Niagara College will host a BioBlitz on Saturday April 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. A BioBlitz is a community approach to identifying as many plant and animal species as possible on a property within a specific time period. This is a free event and students, staff and community members are invited to attend and help collect information and identify bugs, birds, amphibians, plants and more.
The event will include expert scientists leading citizen scientists across campus as well as tree-planting, a litter cleanup, a touch table and other educational activities throughout the day.
The event is rain or shine, and with the generous sponsorship of Walker Industries, the event’s central area will be covered by a large tent. It is important to note, any species identification activities will take place out in the open near the Niagara Escarpment, the wetlands, and other areas on campus.
Community organizations in attendance will include Heartland Forest, Society for Ecological Restoration Niagara College Student Association (SER NCSA), Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and Greening Niagara to provide their expertise and knowledge about biodiversity in Niagara and help with species identification.
Through a project grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, there will be an activity designated to building a variety of habitat boxes at the event.
Participants should dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes, preferably hiking or rubber boots. There will be water available for participants as well as lunch. For those who will be eating lunch, a monetary donation or a non-perishable food items will be collected to support the student food bank.
Participants are asked to register online in advance at http://fluidsurveys.com/s/niagaracollegebioblitzregistration/
Source – Niagara College press release