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New year brings new species to the Smokies

Discover Life in America had a busy year, with many new species added to the nonprofit’s ever-increasing inventory of species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

This year, DLiA’s flagship project, the Smokies All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, logged the following stats:

  • 250 species added to park list 

  • 19 of those species are new to science

  • 21,552 total species are currently known to exist in the park

  • 35,414 iNaturalist observations were made in the park (up 41% from 2021)

  • 2,612 iNaturalist users submitted these observations

  • 1,984 iNaturalist users helped identify the observations. 

  • 3,425 park species were observed on iNaturalist

  • 25 of these species were new park records

To learn more about DLiA, visit dlia.org

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