The all-star team of Ontario biologists, naturalists, and volunteers that forms the Ontario BioBlitz collective will once again gather at Rouge Park this September 2013 to document the area’s biodiversity and educate local communities about nature’s value. Researchers from the ROM, Parks Canada, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Nature, Rouge Park, local universities and NGOs have been planning the 24 hour BioBlitz since last year’s event, in May 2012 (see ROM Blog). Hundreds of volunteers are expected to descend upon Rouge Park to catalogue all the living things they can find, including mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, plants, fungi, insects, and all other walks of life from the micro to macro-scopic.
To engage the public this year, organizers will be working hard to make sure visitors are fascinated and inspired by biodiversity, gain new knowledge about nature, and can actually contribute to the BioBlitz. Volunteers will be able to sign up for guided hikes, species identification workshops, and photo workshops, or simply tour under the public programming tent where they can learn about some of the top organizations working with nature in Ontario. Live animals will be present, as will real life scientists - some ranking among the best in the world in their field.
Fun activities will be available for the whole family. A kids tent complete with colouring, sculpting, games and stories will delight children of all ages. Naturalists can identify and photograph species in the field, which will contribute to a growing list that will be updated in real time on the bioblitz website - www.ontariobioblitz.ca - online visitors who can’t attend the event in person will be able to tune in to real-time tweets, photo and video updates, and a live “google-event” to which everyone who participates on-site or digitally will be able to contribute.
Come learn about species at risk, invasive species, and nature in Ontario at this family-friendly, fun and informative event!