There are three major objectives for the integration of an ATBI program centered at George Washington Birthplace National Monument to be completed by the National Park system’s Centennial Anniversary in 2016; 1) increase the ATBI inventory by ten-fold, 2) integrate and involve at least 30 schools in ATBI research and education, 3) involve and train at minimum 50 volunteers in ATBI research and education. In achieving these objectives, project goals are established as a road map toward the successful completion of this program.
- Write a draft plan for a GEWA-based biodiversity program. A comprehensive plan would include inventory and outreach efforts, who would be involved in establishing and maintaining different aspects of the program.
- Develop network of scientists, agencies, and educators.
- Design and implement ATBI inventory. This may encompass studies based on habitat, human disturbance, invasive species, or species of special interest. All research questions and experiments will be short range studies designed to answer question related to the unique characteristics of George Washington Birthplace National Monuments and its environs.
- Create and curate biodiversity collection. This entails collection and proper curation of arthropods found in and around the park. Methods of collection will include malaise traps, pitfall traps, sweep netting, collection from flowers and fruiting plants via bug-vacuum, night/light collection and chance encounter collections.
Curation consists of proper pinning, pointing and preservation of specimens with all relevant information about location, date and extraction of specimen.
This will also involve creating and maintenance of biodiversity collection database will the require assigning catalog and accession numbers to specimens and entering them in a spreadsheet which will be maintained and updated with specimen location, identification and all relevant information.
- Biodiversity education and outreach. This will require instruction of individuals/volunteers interested in acting as an interpreter of biodiversity and arthropod information to the public. The subject matter will cover topics such as basic arthropods biology, habitat specializations, niche roles, species interactions and the role of arthropods in habitat maintenance and health. Additional topics may include backyard biodiversity, native plant interactions with native arthropods, and biodiversity in the face of climate change.
This would mainly be comprised of posters, displays and talks that would be directed to audiences of park visitors in an instructional setting. Additional “BioBlitz” and activities for visitors would be included in this training and outreach category. This will include Arthropods outreach for GEWANM patrons. Included in this goal is the active interaction with National Monument visitors to relate the importance of biodiversity, habitat preservation/conservation, and the role of arthropods in the park’s ecosystems. This, ideally, would involve introducing park employees to the information pertaining to the above mentioned topics and tools for interpreting this material the park visitors on a daily basis.
- Targeted research on indicator species and species at risk. This may encompass studies based on habitat, human disturbance, invasive species, or species of special interest. All research questions and experiments will be short range studies designed to answer question related to the unique characteristics of George Washington Birthplace National Monuments and its environs.
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