Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz 2018

Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23; Arboretum

bioblitzers with butterfly nets

Help Us Document Biodiversity!

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 an enthusiastic team of EcoPark System partners, friends and the public for our second annual BioBlitz to document the biodiversity in the area. Become a citizen scientist and learn from our experts as we blitz these properties around the clock!

Our BioBlitz is divided into two components: The Expert Blitz, and the Guided Blitz.


Expert examining plant matter

1. Science-Intense, Expert Only Blitz

Starting bright and early and extending all day on Friday, June 22nd, experts will be blitzing the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark Properties in an attempt to identify as much variety of living things as possible. Food will be provided throughout the day. Registration is required to participate.


group looking through binoculars outside

2. Public, Guided Blitz

Join an expert on a guided blitz during the night of Friday, June 22nd and the morning of Saturday, June 23rd, as together you explore and discover all kinds of wild things. Maybe you will discover something we never knew was here before! See guided hike schedule below for details. Registration is required to participate.

  • Friday, June 22 at 10pm: Owls
  • Saturday, June 23 at 7am: Birds
  • Saturday, June 23 at 8am: Trees
  • Saturday, June 23 at 8am: Reptiles
  • Saturday, June 23 at 9am: Benthic Invertebrates
  • Saturday, June 23 at 9am: Butterflies
  • Saturday, June 23 at 10am: Trees and Wildflowers
  • Saturday, June 23 at 10am: Plants
  • Saturday, June 23 at 11am: Butterflies
  • Saturday, June 23 at 11am: Plants

The event will run rain or shine. The guided hike schedule is subject to change.


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 recap of last year’s Canada150 BioBlitz, please watch this video!

Our thanks to

for supporting this event


2017 Results

Check out the summary of our 2017 BioBlitz results from iNaturalist!

2017 Results