The Credit River watershed must be a pretty special place. It’s known for its beautiful landscapes, abundant streams and diverse wildlife. On June 11 and 12, citizen scientists and nature lovers from across the GTA will converge on our watershed for the 2016 Flagship Ontario BioBlitz.
What’s a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz brings together ecologists, citizen scientists and the general public to inventory all the species (plants, animals, fungi and more) in a particular area over a 24-hour period. Participants record all the organisms they find and experts verify their identity. This gives a snapshot of the biodiversity in that location on that date.
A BioBlitz is a great way to become familiar with nature in your own backyard. You will find that you don’t have to travel to exotic locations to discover really cool organisms!
Sometimes new discoveries are made, which contribute to our knowledge of species distribution. Sighting species-at-risk or invasive species can be an important first step in conservation or restoration efforts.
How can you get involved?
You can sign up for one of the guided BioBlitz sessions. Join knowledgeable leaders who will teach you survey skills and species identification. Sessions take place at three different locations: Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, Riverwood Conservancy and Terra Cotta Conservation Area.
Most Guided BioBlitz sessions are capped at 30 participants – so don’t delay in signing up! You can sign up for as many Guided BioBlitz sessions as you like. Sessions are 1.5 hours long, though evening sessions may extend longer depending on time of sunset.