This milestone year offers a good reason for Canadians to join the bioblitz party. Together, let’s count our blessings — literally! — by tracking Canada’s wildlife species
News, events and updates on conservation projects for the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
As part of celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Wildlife Federation is helping to organize a massive cross-canada bioblitz campaign—a series of biological surveys to record all the living species in selected areas.
Many events are already planned, with more to come. All you need to do is check our new dedicated website www.bioblitzcanada.ca to find blitz events near you. While you are there, look at the resources that may inspire and support you to put on your own independent bioblitz event, and discover how to add your observations in real time throughout the year.
IT’S BIOBLITZ CANADA 150—AND YOU’RE INVITED!
One of the 38 Canada 150 signature projects, the national bioblitz is calling you and thousands of other Canadians of all ages, cultural backgrounds and regions to join together on a mission for our terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine habitats. It’s all about uniting the power of individuals, clubs, not-for profit groups, and federal, provincial, territorial and municipal agencies to make a grand inventory of nature. Bioblitz Canada 150 events will connect professional scientists, amateur experts and keen beginners of all ages to get together to find, identify and record as many species as possible in a given area in a given time.
What better way to bring people from across Canada out into nature to celebrate our natural heritage?
It is also important work. You can add or track results and observations in real time on inaturalist.ca, the official database platform for
the project (itself a joint venture by CWF, Natureserve Canada and other partners). All discoveries will be open-source, so they can be used to shape conservation decisions to help ensure wild species and spaces remain for generations to come.
CWF LEADING CROSS-CANADA BIOBLITZ EVENTS IN 2017
Under Bioblitz Canada 150, five flagship events and 20 community events across Canada will each be a combo of species inventory, wildlife workshop activities and nature jamboree. Ten science-intense blitzes by specialists will survey ecologically important areas.
CWF is pleased to lead the Bioblitz Canada alliance working with many groups to reach out to everyone: urban, suburban, rural, remote, new Canadian, indigenous, sporty, outdoorsy, young, old, individual and family. Everyone is welcome to join the fun. We at CWF are a natural fit for the project, through our Wild Family Nature Clubs, our Wild About Gardening program and our active daily work nationally and internationally for wise conservation action.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CANADA’S CITIZEN SCIENTIST HEROES
At the heart of the Canadian identity is a tradition of knowing and loving the living things of this land. Many of the knowledge-keepers of the past did this painstaking, generous work out of sheer joy and curiosity, as fervent amateur naturalists. Think of Samuel de Champlain’s Récits de voyages en Nouvelle-france from the early 17th century. Catharine Parr Traill, trailblazing Upper Canada botanist, wrote the Canadian landmark Backwoods of Canada (1836) and several authoritative plant guides. Later, Frère Marie-victorin created the master reference Flore laurentienne (1935). And the astonishing Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, who lived in Russia immediately after the Bolshevik Revolution, went on to become nurse to the Dionne quintuplets and, even later in life, one of the era’s great amateur ornithologists. More recently, consider Taamusi Qumaq Allatangit, the much-honoured Inuit leader who preserved accumulated expertise of his culture through two groundbreaking works in the 1980s: Sivulitta Piusituqangit, an encyclopedia of Inuit traditional customs and knowledge, and a comprehensive 30,000-word Inuktitut dictionary.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO CELEBRATE CANADA’S BIODIVERSITY
As a citizen scientist today, you can build on this historic legacy, helping to add new scientific knowledge and data in partnership with others who share a passion for Canada’s outdoor and living things.
150’s Bioblitz Canada selfie” inaugural “nature by Canadian Heritage Joly. Minister Melanie