Bioblitz tots up 1200 species in Yellowstone NP

Scientists from around the country found more than 1,200 species of plants and animals in Yellowstone National Park in a 24-hour research marathon in late August.

The park's first BioBlitz has documented the species with taxonomic and DNA experts still analyzing lab results, which "will surely increase our numbers,'' said organizer Kayhan Ostovar, an assistant professor of environmental science at Rocky Mountain College.

Some of the finds included new species, such as the tiger beetle, previously undocumented in the park, Ostovar said.

Ostovar called the event "a huge success by all accounts."

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