Save the Date!
We will be hosting our 3rd annual spring BioBlitz on April 14th, 2018 between 6:00am – 4:00pm at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus! Home base will be at the college greenhouse where we will be serving snacks and lunch throughout the day. There will also be a photo contest and prizes to be won!
What is a BioBlitz?
Spend the evening 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.
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!
Please use the buttons below to register as either an event participants, volunteer, or expert. Full descriptions of each role are available directly beside the buttons! Note: there will be one more step to complete before you are fully registered.
If you have any questions about registration please contact Amber Schmucker at email@example.com.
Past BioBlitz Events
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!