FLAG­SHIP BIOBLITZES

Bioblitz Canada 150's big­gest events, by the Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion and part­ner hosts in each re­gion

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VAN­COU­VER: Stan­ley Park Au­gust 12-13

This bioblitz brings to­gether sci­en­tists, nat­u­ral­ists, tax­o­nomic ex­perts and the gen­eral public of all ages to in­ven­tory as many species as pos­si­ble in Stan­ley Park over a 24-hour pe­riod. Sur­veys have been es­tab­lished and will start from var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the park. On Satur­day, there will also be a fes­ti­val with en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion and na­ture-ex­plo­ration ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. Hosted by: Stan­ley Park Ecol­ogy So­ci­ety, Van­cou­ver Aquar­ium, Sci­ence World, Marine Life Sanc­tu­ar­ies So­ci­ety.

REGINA: Was­cana Cen­tre June 9-10

Was­cana Cen­tre is a 930-hectare park in the heart of Regina, mak­ing it one of the largest ur­ban parks in Canada. This event, fo­cused in the nine-hectare con­ser­va­tion area, will help con­nect the ur­ban com­mu­nity with na­ture found right on their doorstep. In this 24-hour event, com­mu­nity mem­bers will be in­vited to help col­lect data along­side the ex­perts as they work, as well as par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ing ac­tiv­i­ties suitable for the en­tire fam­ily. On­go­ing stud­ies of Was­cana’s plants, birds and rep­tiles will be high­lighted, with a spe­cial fo­cus on in­creas­ing un­der­stand­ing of the in­sect and fish species in the park. Hosted by: Royal Saskatchewan Mu­seum, Was­cana Cen­tre Author­ity, Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Mu­seum, Friends of Was­cana Marsh, Na­ture Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Sci­ence Cen­tre, Saskatchewan Breed­ing Bird At­las, Bird Stud­ies Canada.

TORONTO: Rouge Na­tional Ur­ban Park June 24-25

Fol­low­ing on the great Rouge bioblitz of 2013 (1,750 species counted), this year the fo­cus will be on do­ing the first-ever in­ten­sive sur­vey of the 17 square kilo­me­tres of land be­ing added as a part of the Rouge Na­tional Ur­ban Park Act. Reg­is­tra­tion is open for sci­en­tists and skilled nat­u­ral­ists and for folks of all ages want­ing to learn more about identifying di­verse species and field work. The base camp fes­ti­val will fea­ture fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment on Satur­day, June 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by: Parks Canada, Rouge Na­tional Ur­ban Park, Royal On­tario Mu­seum, The Toronto Zoo, Toronto Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity, Cen­tre for Bio­di­ver­sity Ge­nomics.

QUE­BEC CITY: Cen­tre de plein air de Beau­port Septem­ber 1-2

The Beau­port Out­door Cen­tre is nes­tled in a pro­tected woods just 7 km from down­town Que­bec City, not far from the iconic Mont­morency Falls. The bioblitz will be a fun day for rookie and ex­pe­ri­enced nat­u­ral­ists alike to ex­plore and cat­a­logue its rich ecosys­tem and abun­dant wet­land. Hosted by: G3E Ed­u­ca­tion and Wa­ter Mon­i­tor­ing Ac­tion Group, Moun­tain Equip­ment Co-op, City of Que­bec, OBV Charlevoix-mont­morency (the lo­cal wa­ter­shed or­ga­ni­za­tion), Cégep de Ste-foy.

HAL­I­FAX: check bioblitz­canada.ca for date

An event is sched­uled but had not been fi­nal­ized by press time. Hosted by: Ecol­ogy Ac­tion Cen­tre, lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties, Nova Sco­tia De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment, nat­u­ral­ists and out­doors clubs, and oth­ers.

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