Birth­day Bioblitzes

All year across the coun­try, “cit­i­zen sci­en­tists” will be mark­ing Canada’s 150th in the most fit­ting way: cel­e­brat­ing in na­ture while help­ing to pro­tect it. You’re in­vited!

Canadian Wildlife - - FEATURES - By Dave Ire­land

This year, across the coun­try “cit­i­zen sci­en­tists” will be mark­ing Canada’s 150th in the most fit­ting way: cel­e­brat­ing in na­ture while help­ing to pro­tect it. You’re in­vited!

Bio­di­ver­sity is the foun­da­tion of life. It is the in­fi­nite net­work of in­ter­con­nec­tions be­tween, among and within species, or­gan­isms and ecosys­tems. Bio­di­ver­sity pro­vides fresh wa­ter, clean air and healthy soil. Hu­mans are not out­side of or some­how sep­a­rate from bio­di­ver­sity; we are very much part of this fab­ric.

Bio­di­ver­sity is not just some­thing you see in the im­age of a tow­er­ing moun­tain range with glaciers, un­touched turquoise lakes and wa­ter­falls. It is also in the cracks in in­ner-city pave­ment, in the empty lots at the end of cul-de-sacs and in the parks, flood­ways, ravines and rivers, es­kers and moraines that de­fine our ur­ban wa­ter­sheds. It is in the hedgerows and fence lines of farms across Canada. It is so ubiq­ui­tous in fact that for gen­er­a­tions we barely no­ticed it. And that’s been a part of the prob­lem.

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