Smokies visitors asked to record plants, animals for science

March 3, 2022 GMT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its nonprofit science research partner, Discover Life in America, need the public’s help with their Smokies Most Wanted program. The initiative allows visitors to help preserve park species by recording sightings on their smartphones using the iNaturalist app.

Smokies Most Wanted encourages visitors to document any organism they encounter while exploring the Smokies. Discover Life in America uses the data to record new park species, detect invasive species and learn more about understudied or rare species.

Smokies Most Wanted is an extension of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, the nonprofit’s ongoing project to catalog all life in the Smokies.

More information about the Smokies Most Wanted project is available on the Discover Life in America website at dlia.org/smokiesmostwanted.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina is the country’s most visited national park.