An All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) is an effort to compile the full list of species of all groups present in some area on the planet. No ATBI has ever been (or is ever likely to be) completed, but such efforts have provided striking insights into the largely undocumented diversity of the earth. This class is an ongoing effort towards a working ATBI for the Bennington College campus (which is unusually diverse for its area). Each cycle of the class addresses some taxonomic or ecological group. Inventory efforts from past terms are compiled at http://wiki.bennington.edu/Ben
This course will be offered the first seven weeks of term.