Tag: DLiA

  1. Share Your Photos for Science! DLiA to Host Talk on Community Science SnapIt & MapIt Project

    Share Your Photos for Science! DLiA to Host Talk on Community Science SnapIt & MapIt Project Photo by Valerie Polk Did you know you could be using your phone to help study the exceptional biodiversity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Join Discover Life in America (DLiA) Science and Research Director Will Kuhn on Friday, October 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a crash course on Species SnapIt & MapIt—a unique community Read more...
  2. Come one, come all to the Salamander Ball

    Come one, come all to the Salamander Ball By Steve Kemp Longtime park partner Discover Life in America (DLIA) has announced its first-ever Salamander Ball on Wheels! This fun, family-friendly event will take place at the Parkway Drive-in Theater in Maryville, TN, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Activities will include live music by guitarist Bill Mize, videos highlighting DLIA’s Read more...
  3. Little Beetle Makes a Big Difference

    Little Beetle Makes a Big Difference By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Maggie Mamantov loves... dung beetles! She’s getting her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology and studying the impact of climate change on non-native species, particularly dung beetles in the genus Onthophagus. After getting her B.A from Iowa’s Grinnell College, Mamantov has come back Read more...
  4. Long-Lost Number 31: The Green Salamander

    Long-Lost Number 31: The Green Salamander By Will Kuhn, Director of Science and Research, Discover Life in America Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its inordinately high diversity of salamanders. Indeed, there are 30 documented species, ranging from the tiny pygmy salamander (Desmognathus wrighti) to the huge hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). Among the many Read more...
  5. Blue Ghosts: Spirits of the Forest Part 2

    Blue Ghosts: Spirits of the Forest Part 2 By Gus Elmore, former intern at Discover Life in America, and Will Kuhn, DLiA’s Director of Science and Research In Part 1 of this two-part series, we learned about the blue ghost firefly (Phausis reticulata), so named for the ghostly light produced by males in their slow, silent search for females in the forests of Appalachia. We also Read more...
  6. Blue Ghosts: Spirits of the Forest Part 1

    Blue Ghosts: Spirits of the Forest Part 1 By Gus Elmore, former intern at Discover Life in America, and Will Kuhn, DLiA’s Director of Science and Research The synchronous firefly may hog the limelight, but another kind of firefly is perhaps underappreciated given its suite of fascinating characteristics: the blue ghost firefly (Phausis reticulata). This species is so named for the Read more...
  7. The Fireflies’ Last Hoorah

    The Fireflies’ Last Hoorah Just because there is no lottery event this year doesn’t mean the lights have to go out on firefly viewing By Frances Figart with image by Radim Schreiber What happens if a firefly flashes in the Smokies and there’s no one there to see it? You might guess, as I did, that a break from the crowds would help strengthen the firefly Read more...
  8. The Secret Life on a Tree—Part Three: Mysteries

    The Secret Life on a Tree—Part Three: Mysteries This three-part series in honor of Earth Day 2020 is brought to you by Smokies Live and Discover Life in America. Other parts of the series can be found here: Part One: Bees Part Two: Other Insects and Arthropods By Will Kuhn, Director of Science and Research at Discover Life in America. All photos by Will Kuhn. Like many of us, I’ve Read more...
  9. The Secret Life on a Tree—Part Two: Other Insects and Arthropods

    The Secret Life on a Tree—Part Two: Other Insects and Arthropods This three-part series in honor of Earth Day 2020 is brought to you by Smokies Live and Discover Life in America. Other parts of the series can be found here: Part One: Bees Part Three: Mysteries By Will Kuhn, Director of Science and Research at Discover Life in America. All photos by Will Kuhn. Like many of us, I’ve spent most of my Read more...
  10. The Secret Life on a Tree—Part One: Bees

    The Secret Life on a Tree—Part One: Bees This three-part series in honor of Earth Day 2020 is brought to you by Smokies Live and Discover Life in America. Other parts of the series can be found here: Part Two: Other Insects and Arthropods Part Three: Mysteries By Will Kuhn, Director of Science and Research at Discover Life in America. All photos by Will Kuhn. Like many of us, I& Read more...

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