Thicket of Diversity

Celebrating Life in the Big Thicket

Sponsored by the Big Thicket Association and Partners

The Big Thicket Association is sponsoring the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, "Thicket of Diversity" (TOD), 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. The Big Thicket Association administers and coordinates the ATBI in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) and cooperating affiliates. The ATBI has been undertaken to enhance the ability of the NPS management by identifying every living species inhabiting the Big Thicket National Preserve and surrounding area.

The All Taxa Biodiveristy Inventory, and TWIGS

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. This undertaking would not be possible without generous support from persons like you. Donations help BTA fund researchers seeking knowledge about the components, abundance, and diversity of life in the Big Thicket.

The Big Thicket National Preserve's Field Research Station (FRS) provides students and researchers a facility to support research and field studies in the Preserve and surrounding region. The Station also welcomes environmental education programs.

Field Research Station

New species to science are being discovered at Big Thicket! We have much more to learn about life and habitats. The Big Thicket has long been touted as having a diverse flora and fauna, which scientists continue to enjoy documenting and studying. The world of field biology is an important discipline to nourish!

Science

Researchers are the heart and soul of the ATBI effort. They perform the field sampling and identification of organisms collected during the inventory. They produce milestone reports and scientific reports and studies in peer-reviewed journals. Field research involves students working closely with faculty, preparing a new generation of people dedicated to the study of Life.

Resources

The Big Thicket Association is committed to expanding, enhancing and protecting the Big Thicket National Preserve, in order to assure the preservation, conservation and protection of the natural, scenic and recreational values of a significant portion of the Big Thicket region of southeast Texas.

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