The lands and waters of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System are a Canadian biodiversity hotspot. We need your help to inventory what lives here. Join Canadians in this national initiative and put our area on the map. Become a citizen scientist and learn from our experts as we blitz these properties around the clock!


Our BioBlitz is divided into three components:


Biodiversity Festival

July 22, 2017; 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. RBG Arboretum

Join us for this free festival when you can join a guided blitz, browse educational displays, and participate in a wide variety of fun activities, including:

Bird Banding

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Arboretum

Join a bird bander to learn about birds and migration as he catches and bands them on their way through the Arboretum.

Wild Ontario’s Live Birds of Prey

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Arboretum

Get close with some of Ontario’s fastest and craftiest birds of prey at Wild Ontario’s display!

Amazing Monarchs

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Arboretum

Uncover the mysteries of Monarchs and learn how you can help this species at risk.

Touch and Learn

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Arboretum

Get wild and explore a variety of furs, skulls, tracks, and scat.

BBQ and Refreshments

11:00 to 3:00 p.m. | Arboretum

Feed your hungry BioBlitz-ers! Food and refreshments available for purchase.


Guided Blitz

Join an expert on a guided blitz, as together you explore and discover all kinds of wild things. Maybe you will discover something we never knew was here before! Registration is required to participate. Interested members of the public are asked to be registered by Thursday, July 20, 2017 through this link.

Register Now    Find a Guided BioBlitz


Science-Intense, Expert Only Blitz

Starting bright and early on Friday, July 21, 2017 experts will be blitzing the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark Properties in an attempt to identify as much variety of living things as possible.


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.