"Thicket of Diversity" (TOD) is a project supported by The Big Thicket Association in partnership with the Big Thicket National Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Parks & Wildlife, John H. Kirby State Forest, Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust and Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve. In cooperation with the National Park Service and affiliates, the TOD funds scientists for research, administers and coordinates the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI).
Since TOD's inception in 2006, over 500 new species to science, preserve,region, state, and United States have been discovered.
Taxonomic Working Inventory Groups (TWIGS) are the heart and soul of the ATBI effort. They perform the field sampling and identification of organisms collected during the inventory. You may wish to get involved: Citizen scientists are volunteers that help provide key support to the ATBI effort. People of all ages enjoy opportunities to learn, explore, make friends, and contribute to a unique and worthwhile endeavor.
As part of the project, we have identified and documented over 500 new species in the Big Thicket.