The 1000 hectares of nature sanctuaries belonging to Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) are a Canadian biodiversity hotspot, hosting a greater diversity of plants than any other protected area in the country, as well as being nationally recognised for their bird, reptile, and amphibian populations. Part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, these areas form the heart of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, 3,900 hectares of open space wrapped around the western end of Lake Ontario. Join an enthusiastic team of EcoPark System partners, friends and the public as we blitz these special areas as part of the Canada BioBlitz program.

On Friday, July 21, scientists and ecologists will focus on inventorying newly protected properties and populations of rare species, while on Friday evening, and through the day Saturday July 22, the BioBlitz will cover a broader range of the area, and include special introductory identification workshops and a community Biodiversity Festival at the Basecamp, located in the RBG Arboretum.

We are currently seeking taxon experts to volunteer their time and help us inventory and identify a broad range of species on Friday, July 21, as well as lead guided blitzes for the public on Saturday, July 22. If you are interested in participating, please register now using button above. Lunch will be provided on both days.

If you are not a taxon expert, but would like to participate and assist in our Bioblitz on Friday evening or Saturday, you can also register using the button above.

 

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz brings together taxonomic experts, citizen scientists and the general public to inventory all species (plants, animals, fungi, and more) in a particular area over a 24-hour period. Participants record all the organisms they find, and then experts verify their identity. As the Blitz proceeds and after it is done, the species records are compiled into a single data set; the species list, which provides a snapshot of the biodiversity in that location on that date.

For a general introduction to what a BioBlitz is, watch this short video by the Canadian Wildlife Federation:

 

Royal Botanical Gardens and Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System would like to thank the following organizations for their support.