The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Has three com­po­nents: Ex­pert blitz — Fri­day evening Pub­lic blitz with guides — Satur­day Bio­di­ver­sity Fes­ti­val — A free fes­ti­val of bio­di­ver­sity dis­plays and ac­tiv­i­ties from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The RBG Ar­bore­tum. 55-60 ex­perts from the Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, uni­ver­si­ties and mu­se­ums along with more than 250 mem­bers of the pub­lic are ex­pected to take part For in­for­ma­tion about the RBG BioBlitz — and to sign up for the pub­lic blitz — go to www.rbg.ca/bioblitz. Reg­is­tra­tion must be com­pleted be­fore 4 p.m. Thurs­day. The iNat­u­ral­ist app can be found at inat­u­ral­ist.ca

RBG bio­di­ver­sity

— The BioBlitz hopes to shed new light on bio­di­ver­sity at the RBG as well as the Cootes to the Es­carp­ment EcoPark, a col­lec­tion of prop­erty owned by the Hamil­ton Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity, the City of Hamil­ton and oth­ers. Species known to ex­ist on RBG lands in­clude: — 277 species of birds — 37 species of mam­mals — 68 species of fish — 9 species of am­phib­ians — 1,200 species of vas­cu­lar (or wild) plants

The RBG con­tains:

— 20 per cent of Canada’s wild plant species — 40 per cent of On­tario’s wild plant species — Habi­tat for more than 50 species at risk

The RBG size

— 1,100 hectares of to­tal land — 121 hectares of cul­ti­vated gar­dens — 971 hectares of na­ture sanc­tu­ar­ies — 27 kms of trails

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