Thank you to everyone that attended our 3rd annual spring BioBlitz on April 14th, 2018 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus! Despite some questionable weather, we had over 100 people come out and enjoy an amazing day enjoying nature on campus. We are already making plans and looking forward to next year, keep an eye out over the coming months for more information about our fall BioBlitz event!
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.
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!