Dis­cov­er­ing wildlife

Cape Breton High­lands Na­tional Park to host BioBlitz event this week­end

Cape Breton Post - - Northside/ Cape Breton - BY CAPE BRETON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

If you’re cu­ri­ous about plants and an­i­mals that live in around us, this might be an event for you.

The Cape Breton High­lands Na­tional Park will host a BioBlitz event near Fresh­wa­ter Lake in Ingonish this week­end.

A BioBlitz fea­tures sci­en­tists and cit­i­zens team­ing up to find as much wildlife as pos­si­ble in a short pe­riod of time.

BioBlitz events pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore and dis­cover new plants and an­i­mals, while gain­ing an un­der­stand­ing of na­ture and lo­cal ecosys­tems as well as learn­ing about species at risk.

The two-day event will be­gin at 10 a.m. on Satur­day be­fore wrap­ping up around 5 p.m. on Sun­day.

Lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can get in­volved in the pro­gram by par­tic­i­pat­ing in one or more species sur­veys with a sci­en­tis­tled group or at­tend drop-in ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place through­out the week­end.

Parks Canada will host BioBlitz events across the coun­try this year in sup­port of BioBlitz Canada 150 — a Cana­dian her­itage sig­na­ture Canada 150 ini­tia­tive led by the Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion.

BioBlitz events con­trib­ute to the pro­tec­tion of Parks Canada’s her­itage places, through exploring a site’s bio­di­ver­sity and cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ences for Cana­di­ans to con­nect to spe­cial places.

Over the past two years, par­tic­i­pants across Canada have dis­cov­ered one new type of mush­room, eight types of bats and 33 new plants through BioBlitz events.

To reg­is­ter for one or more species sur­veys with a sci­en­tis­tled team visit eventbrite.ca and search Cape Breton High­lands Na­tional Park.

“BioBlitz events con­trib­ute to the pro­tec­tion of Parks Canada’s her­itage places.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Seen here are chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in a re­cent BioBlitz event hosted by Parks Canada. BioBlitz, an event where sci­en­tists and cit­i­zens team up to find as much wildlife as pos­si­ble in a short pe­riod of time, will take place this week­end near Fresh­wa­ter Lake in Ingonish.

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