BioBlitz 2017

Save the Date!

We will be hosting our 2nd Annual Bioblitz on April 8th, 2017 between 6:00am – 4:00pm at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus!

What is a BioBlitz?

Spend the day with us identifying plants and animal species on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Expert scientists lead citizen scientists like yourself on hikes around the property while identifying and cataloging the bugs, birds, amphibians, mammals, and plants.

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Registration Details

Registration is now open! The registration survey questions are designed to gather your registration and information on your event day availability. The questions should take no longer than 10 minutes of your time. Please note, we are only registering individuals, not groups or organizations. We would like to know exactly who is coming!

We have three different registration forms depending on how you want to participate on the BioBlitz event day. Please download the form first, then fill in your information and email it directly to Amber Schmucker (aschmucker@niagaracollege.ca).

click this button if you just want to come out and identify some species with us!

click this button if you want to help with the day of logistics; including setup, registration, end of day clean up and more (high school students welcome)!

click this button if you to lead hikes around campus and assist our citizen scientists in identifying species!

If you have any questions about registration please contact Amber Schmucker at aschmucker@niagaracollege.ca.


Past BioBlitz Events

BioBlitz 2016

On April 16th, 2016 Niagara College held its first BioBlitz at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. Students, staff and community members spent the day identifying plants and animal species on the property. Expert scientists led citizen scientists on hikes around the property while identifying and cataloging the bugs, birds, amphibians, mammals, and plants. The event also involved student organizations participating in a litter cleanup, and tree-planting organized by the Student Administrative Council, as well as an invasive species removal organized by the Society for Ecological Restoration student group on campus. In total, 138 different species were identified and added to the existing list of species found on campus. Some of the day’s species highlights include:

  • Western Chorus Frogs ‘singing’;
  • Painted Turtles on a log (one group counted 18 on one log!);
  • Salamander eggs both in a creek and in a log;
  • Counting 49 bird species around campus such as a White Egret, Barn Swallows, a Northern Flicker, Golden Knights and  Buffleheads
  • identifying 12 different moss and lichen species.

We would like to thank all that made this day possible: Walker Industries, TD Friends of the Environment, and our Niagara College Student Administrative Council. Without their support, this event would not have occurred.

Remember: completing a BioBlitz does not mean the species count is over! We are cataloguing new species we find on our campus every day. Our species list is a living document that is constantly being updated so check back for more information!

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