Three Rivers Market is proud to announce Discover Life in America (DLIA) as the March Nourishing Change recipient. Three Rivers Market makes contributions to area non-profits and other groups whose mission and work aligns with or compliments its own. Through the Nourishing Change program, Three Rivers Market's customers donate change to make a change in their community. DLIA will host a conference and visit from world renowned bat and cave conservationist, Merlin Tuttle, March 20-22, 2014, with events in Gatlinburg and Knoxville. As a part of the Nourishing Change program, Three Rivers Market will host the exhibit “Documenting Life,” which includes high resolution scans of incredible Smoky Mountain critters. You can see the exhibit, shop for your groceries, and make donations to DLIA all in one stop.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is considered by scientists to be one of the most biodiverse places in North America. It is here, in the midst of such species richness, that DLIA is conducting an ongoing project to inventory all species that exist in the park. The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory seeks to catalogue the estimated 60,000-80,000 species of living organisms in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The project continues to develop checklists, reports, maps, databases, GIS tools, and natural history profiles that describe the biology of this rich landscape to enhance park management and provide biodiversity information to a wide audience.
E. O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard and Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America interview with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
"The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park began in 1998 and is still going strong. To date, biologists have identified over 7000 species in the Park, with more than 900 species that are new to science. Discover Life in America, the non-profit overseeing the inventory, is holding its annual conference in Gatlinburg with keynote speaker E.O. Wilson. Wilson is a naturalist and Harvard professor who began his graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Wilson and with Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America. Witcher says the ATBI in the Smokies has become a model for projects just like it all over the world..."