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What will YOU discover?

Want to connect with nature? Get your kids outside?

You and your family team up with scientists to find as much wildlife as possible, in a short period of time.

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Discover wildlife and support their protection at one of Parks Canada’s special places.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 by taking part in one of Parks Canada BioBlitz events.


Events in 2017

April
April 22 - Banff National Park, Alberta
Become a citizen scientist!

Work with conservationists and specialists to conduct an inventory of amphibians.

  • Event details

    The inventory is a measure of the health of the freshwater systems included in Banff’s Ecological Integrity long-term condition monitoring program.

    Groups of 3-10 members will be led by a trained scientist and volunteer assistant survey leader as they follow scientific sampling protocols in the search for the eggs of two types of frog, one type of toad and a salamander.

    Up to 60 sites close to Banff will be monitored (approximately 30 in the morning and 30 in the afternoon).

Location: Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
Time: All day. Most surveys will take an hour at the sampling site.
May
May - Point Pelee National Park, Ontario
May 12-13 - Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, British Columbia
BioBlitz in the Meadow

A family-oriented event with discovery activities led by pollinator experts as well as arts and craft activities.

  • Event details

    Five years ago, Parks Canada set out to transform one acre of lawn at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites into a biodiverse wildflower meadow and woodland.

    Spring in the Garry Oak Learning Meadow is signaled by a white burst of fawn lilies, soon joined by splashes of sea blush, buttercups, purple camas and chocolate lilies. .

    This spring bonanza of amazing wildflowers attracts a huge abundance of birds and pollinators, from hummingbirds to bees to butterflies.

    This is a great opportunity to discover the amazing diversity of pollinators found in Garry Oak ecosystems!

    Partners: Royal BC Museum, Victoria Natural History Society, Habitat Acquisition Trust, Saanich Native Plants.

Location: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada.
Time: 1pm – 4pm.
May 20-21 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is thrilled to be hosting a full-scale BioBlitz event in 2017

Make lasting memories while contributing to species observations in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

  • Event details

    The goal will be to collect as many species observations as possible over a 24-hour period.

    We will be searching for everything from intertidal and marine life, to bugs and plants of the coastal temperate rainforest, to the unique species that live in bogs and sand dunes.

    We will be offering many fun and interactive programs, including:

    • drop-in educational booths,
    • casual activities suitable for families, and
    • day and night surveys led by plant and animal experts

    Partners: Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ocean Networks Canada, Royal BC Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, Ucluelet Aquarium, Vancouver Aquarium.

Location: Wickanninnish Beach, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Time: Noon to noon.
May 20, 26 - 27 - Chambly Canal National Historic Site, Quebec
This Summer, BioBlitz the Canal!

Outings in the field with experts – Take part in field outings to document your discoveries and share your findings.

  • Event details

    In small groups, you will record the presence of the insects, birds and plants you observe while exploring the banks of the Chambly Canal in the Fryer Island sector. The observations will be recorded using the iNaturalist app and will be used by the people working on research and protection of the region's natural environments. Registration is mandatory. Book now!

    Partners:Club d’ornithologie du Haut-Richelieu and COVABAR.

Activities: Bird watching, nocturnal insects and amphibians, reptiles, fishes, day-time insects.

Location: Chambly Canal National Historic Site (Fryer Island area).
Time and registration details

May 26-27 - Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories
June
June 7 and June 14 - Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, Ontario
Top of Lake Superior BioBlitz

Two events in the Eastern and Western region of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

  • Event details

    The Top of Lake Superior BioBlitz will provide students from elementary schools in the North Shore region with:

    • educational and interactive activities about species at risk;
    • experience in shoreline cleanup; and
    • practice conducting a baseline inventory of aquatic and terrestrial habitat.

    Partners: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Brass Bell Family Resource Center.

Location: Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
  • June 7, Red Rock Marina
  • June 14, Terrace Bay Beach
June 9-18 - Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
10 More Days in June

A family and general public oriented event with some discovery excursions and drop-in events led by experts. There will also be workshops and presentations.

  • Event details

    There will be several fun-filled nature activities and outdoor learning-rich activities offered over the ten days. Moreover, by participating in this exciting event, you can make a real difference in helping us better to understand what is going on in Fundy National Park. Although Fundy is 67 years old this year, we still only know a small fraction of what species actually occur here, especially when it comes to insect species and some plant groups! Moreover, as our climate changes, new species are appearing in our midst while others are retreating northward. An event such as a Bio-Blitz is a wonderful opportunity for citizens to make a significant contribution in our understanding of nature. During last year’s event, over 50 participants took part in the 10-day event at the height of spring and recorded a variety of species that were new for the park. We hope to do as well this year!


    Partners: Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, NB Museum, Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, Fundy Guild.

Location: Fundy National Park, New Brunswick.
Time: 9am, Friday, June 9th, to Sunday, 5 pm, June 18th.
June 9-10 - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, British Columbia
Want to connect with nature? Want to get your kids outside?

Take part in the third annual Parks Canada BioBlitz at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve! This year’s event takes place on the Pender Islands.

  • Event details

    During the Bioblitz, you and your friends and family team up with scientists to find as many species as possible within the national park reserve, over a 24-hour period. Discover and learn about nature and support its protection at one of Parks Canada’s special places.

Location: North Pender Island and South Pender Island (camping will be available).
June 9-10 - Prince Edward Island National Park
Prince Edward Island National Park BioBlitz

Prince Edward Island National Park will be hosting a 24 hour community-based BioBlitz.

  • Event details

    This event will include a variety of talks, presentations, guided walks and species counts. Throughout the event the focus will be on 5 main groups: invertebrates, plants, nocturnal, lichen and birds.

Location: Prince Edward Island National Park - Dalvay.
Time: Starts at 12pm on June 9 and ends at 12pm on June 10.
June 14 - Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador
June 16-17 - Thousand Islands National Park, Ontario
June 23-25 - Kluane National Park and Reserve (BioBlitz Canada led), Yukon
BioBlitz Canada 150– Kluane BioBlitz 2017

A biological ‘treasure hunt’ to find as many species as possible within a short time.

  • Event details

    In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration, BioBlitz Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation are supporting a series of public BioBlitz’s across the nation. Yukon Conservation Data Centre and Parks Canada, in Partnership with the Kluane First Nation and Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, are hosting the Yukon’s 150BioBlitz in the Kluane area, as well as in Kluane National Park and Reserve.

    All are welcome to participate! Come and join us in a biological 'treasure hunt' to find as many species as possible within a short time. There will be talks about this unique environment, including a discussion about how a local glacial meltwater abruptly switched direction, resulting in the first ever documented ’river piracy’ in modern history. Experts will also lead nature walks in the Kluane area.

    Join us in exploring the changed landscape and collecting data on bugs, birches and everything in between. With your help, we will contribute to a database of Canadian species in 2017 that can be accessed by anyone at any time now and into the future.

    Make sure you download the free Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada Guide. The guide has over 476 species known to the area. By taking photos through the iNaturalist app of the animals and plants you will help us track the animals and plants you see. Downloading is important as there is limited cell tower reception. More information on how to download and use the guide.


    Partners: Canadian Wildlife Federation, Yukon Government, Yukon Conservation Data Centre, Chamagne and Aishihik First Nations, Kluane First Nation, Parks Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada.

June 24-25 - Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site (BioBlitz Canada led), Ontario

This 24 hour inventory of species at Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site will include expert guided walks, interpretation and an opportunity for visitors to help identify and count plants and animals to create a picture of the natural environment at this national historic site.

Location: Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site.
Time: Starts at 12pm on June 24 and ends at 12pm on June 25.
June 24-25 - Rouge National Urban Park, Ontario
Rouge National Urban Park Flagship BioBlitz

This year's Bioblitz Canada base camp is being hosted by Parks Canada at Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP) - the very first national urban park in Canada! The last time we blitzed the park was in 2013, the same year that the agreement was signed to have the Rouge join the Parks Canada family of protected areas. After four years of change and growth and restoration work in the park, we are excited to be back to challenge our 2013 species count (over 1700 species), and to survey the new lands added to the northern and northeastern sections of RNUP for the very first time.

  • Event details

    Rouge National Urban Park is a pretty special place - its proximity to the Greater Toronto Area, the largest urban centre in Canada, lends a unique opportunity for Canadians to experience a national park close to home. Once it's fully established, RNUP will be 79.1 square kilometres of protected land, including diverse habitats and wildlife, as well as important agricultural lands.

    A team of scientists, ecologists and local naturalists will be the first-ever to survey and blitz the newly acquired lands in the north and northeast of Rouge National Urban Park which is about 20 square kilometers of varied habitats.

    The Guided BioBlitz will focus on the south end of the park and will be led by Guided BioBlitz hike leaders and public attendees. This gives the opportunity for budding naturalists, students and families to get involved in the blitzing fun! The guided blitz range from birds, insects, bats, fish, plants, trees and many more!

    The Rouge National Urban Park BioBlitz Base Camp is not just home to our scientists and naturalists, it’s going to be a party to celebrate Canada’s biodiversity and natural heritage – the BioBlitz Base Camp Festival!

    The festival features:
    • Activity alley where 15-20 partner organizations will provide engaging and educational activities.
    • Live performances from Newchoir, an 80- person top rock choir based out of Toronto.
    • Owlkids and CBC Kids will be hosting a birthday party for Chirp with song, dance and a giant cupcake! Of course Chirp’s best buddy Parka will be there.
    • Kids play zone with bouncy castle, rock climbing wall and an adventure playground hosted by Earth Day Canada.
    • Live animal shows showcasing the best of biodiversity with visits from local snakes, birds, mammals and insects.
    • A line up of scrumptious food trucks offering savoury and sweet delights.

    Partners: Parks Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, The Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics.

Location: Rouge National Urban Park
Time: June 24 10:00am – June 25 12:00pm
June 25 - Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, British Columbia
Gwaii Haanas BioBlitz

A family oriented event with discovery activities led by local knowledge holders and scientists.

  • Event details

    On Sunday, June 25th, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site will host a day of exploration during its BioBlitz celebration in Skidegate BC.

    Beach Blitz 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Try sugar kelp or peer into an underwater world at the Beach Blitz on the beach in front of the Haida Heritage Centre. Haida Gwaii’s huge tides provide great opportunities for beach exploration and allow a glimpse into another world. As the tide falls, join a Gwaii Haanas Interpreters and local experts to meet some of the strange and beautiful animals that live in the world between the tides.


    Lunch Blitz 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Refuel at the Haida Heritage Centre with a free lunch hosted by Gwaii Haanas and take a moment to enter some of your finds into iNaturalist.


    Forest Blitz 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
    In the afternoon, explore the sights, sounds and smells of a temperate rainforest on the Spirit Lake Trail during the Forest Blitz. Walk alongside Gwaii Haanas Interpreters and local experts to discover how the Haida harvested plants and trees to use for everything from chewing gum to sun block, and check out the different lichens or stream bugs too.

    Participants will note, photograph and track their finds using the iNaturalist app with assistance from Gwaii Haanas team members.


    Partners: Haida Heritage Centre, Gwaii Haanas, Council of the Haida Nation.

Location: Haida Heritage Centre, Skidegate and Spirit Lake Trail, Skidegate.
Time: 9 am-3 pm.
June 30 - Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario
GBI BioBlitz 2017

A family oriented event with discovery activities led by local knowledge holders and scientists.

  • Event details

    Graduates from Lakehead University’s, Ontario Master Naturalist Program will be participating in the Bioblitz on Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay Islands National Park. The Bioblitz, which will take place on Friday, June 30th, will help kick off Canada Day weekend celebrations.

    Bioblitz participants will break into groups and will be guided by park staff to various locations on Beausoleil Island. All observations will be recorded in the iNaturalist app.

    Beausoleil Island has several habitat regions and a rich biodiversity. Participants will be exploring and inventorying vernal pools, coastal wetlands, open meadows, sedge meadows, mixed cedar forests and deciduous shorelines.


    Partners: Lakehead University: Ontario Master Naturalist Program,

Location:Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay
Time:8 am– 3pm
July
July 1 - Forillon National Park, Quebec
Forillon National Park is thrilled to host its very own BioBlitz Canada 150 Challenge

Come discover all that lives from the sea shore to the forest floor ! The goal : to observe and identify at least 150 different species over a 24-hour period.

  • Event details

    Participants and on-site experts will be searching for everything from marine life present in eelgrass beds to the birds, bugs and plants re-establishing themselves in our controlled burn areas. All other sighting made made in the park during this period will also be tallied. Be part of the action and make your Canada Day 2017 visit to Forillon National Park really count!

    We will be offering many fun and interactive programs, including:
    • drop-in educational booths
    • casual activities suitable for families
    • surveys led by local plant and animal experts

    BioBlitz Canada 150 Challenge : 24 hours to observe 150 species of plants and animals in Forillon. Come be part of the action!


    Guided discovery activities (free of charge)
    • 9 am to 1 pm: After the fire - Forest insect, bird and plant inventory in an area burned by a forest fire. Le Portage Trail, south entrance. Limited number of places available. Hats, long-sleeve shirts, long pants and hiking boots recommended. For reservations and information please call 418 892-5825 or write to bruce.o'connor@pc.gc.ca
    • 1 pm to 4 pm: Eelgrass bed dwellers - marine organism observation and indentification activity. Penouille beach. Participants wishing to help out in the water are invited to bring waders or wetsuits + aquatic footwear. For additional information please call 418 892-5825 or write to bruce.o'connor@pc.gc.ca.
    • 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Tide pool critter count - tide pool algae and invertebrate indentification activity. Recreational Centre, near Petit-Gaspé. For additional information please call 418 892-5825 or write to bruce.o'connor@pc.gc.ca.
    • 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm: Totally batty for bats! - bat detection and identification activity. Petit-Gaspé Amphitheatre. For additional information please call 418 892-5825 or write to bruce.o'connor@pc.gc.ca.

    Activities offered by our partners (fees apply)
    • Whale whatching cruises : Marine mammal and seabird observation and identification. July 01 departures at 9:30 am and 1pm. For info on tarifs and reservations call (418) 892-5500 or click on https://www.baleines-forillon.com/fr/ Special BioBlitz offer : buy one regularly priced adult ticket and obtain two free children's tickets (children aged 4 to 15).
    • Snorkelling with seals : Seal and marine life observation and identification. For info on tarifs and reservations call (418) 892-5888 or click on http://www.plongeeforillon.com/index.html
    • Sea kayak : Marine mammal and seabird observation and identification. For info on tarifs and reservations call 1-877-792-5055 or click on https://www.capaventure.net/
    • SUP outings : Marine mammal and seabird observation and identification. For info on tarifs and reservations call (418) 360-7292 or click on http://www.ecorecreo.ca/fr/Parc-National-Forillon/

    Go at your own pace

    Visitors are more than welcome to contribute to Forillon's BioBlitz150 Challenge at their own pace. Whether walking, hiking, running, cycling, swimming, scuba diving, snokelleing or driving(!) in our park, our staff will be happy to receive any and all visitor fauna and flora sightings and questions!


    Partners: Canadian Wildlife Federation, Club d'ornithologie de la Gaspésie, Cegep de la Gaspésie, Ecorécréo, Centre récréatif Forillon, Croisières Baie-de-Gaspé, Cap Aventure, Plongée Forillon.

July 5-8 - Sirmilik National Park, Nunavut

The Sirmilik National Park BioBlitz will provide a unique opportunity for youth, elders, and researchers to come together to share knowledge and explore Paquet Bay, in the Oliver Sound area of the park. This area of the park is largely unstudied, and surveys will help Parks Canada understand its terrestrial ecosystems. The BioBlitz event will focus on two main areas: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit knowledge) and breeding bird surveys. Twenty local youth will be selected to participate, with ten traveling to the park by helicopter each day on July 6 and 7. They will participate in both types of surveys, as well as identify plants and help collect insects.

Day camps for the general public will be held simultaneously in the nearby community of Pond Inlet:

  • July 6 – ages 8-10
  • July 7 – ages 11-15
  • July 8 – ages 16+
  • ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ (Inuktitut version)

    ᓯᕐᒥᓕᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒥᕐᖑᐃᖅᓯᕐᕕᖓ ᓂᕐᔪᑎᐅᑉ ᐆᒪᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᑐᑭᓯᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᓱᐊᓈᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓄᑦ, ᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓱᓇᒃᑯᑖᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᕿᒥᕐᕈᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᑲᓇᔪᖅᑑᖅ, ᐋᓕᕗ ᐃᒪᖓᓂ ᒥᕐᖑᐃᕐᓯᕕᖕᒥ ᒥᙳᐃᖅᓯᕐᕕᖓᓂ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᓇᔪᕐᕕᐅᔪᖅ ᒥᙳᐃᖅᓯᕐᕕᒃ ᐊᖏᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᙱᑦᑐᖅ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒥᙳᐃᖅᓯᕐᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᐊᔾᔪᑎᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᒋᔭᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᓇᔪᕐᕕᖏᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᓂᒃ. ᐸᐅᐃᑉᓕᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᔅᓴᖅ ᑐᕌᖅᓯᒪᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᒪᕐᕉᓐᓄᑦ: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᑐᖃᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓕᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᖁᐸᓄᐊᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᖅ. ᐊᕙᑏᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓗᑎᒃ, ᖁᓕᓂᒃ ᕼᐃᓕᑳᑉᑕᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᒥᙳᐃᖅᓯᕐᕕᒻᒧᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᑕᒫᑦ ᔪᓚᐃᑦ 6 ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 7−ᖑᓕᖅᐸᑦ. ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᒪᒃᑮᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒋᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᕈᖅᓯᐊᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᐃᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᑯᒪᓂᒃ/ᖁᐱᕐᕈᓂᒃ.

    ᐱᙳᐊᕐᕕᒃᑕᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᑭᒃᑯᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᑕᐅᑦᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ ᑭᙵᐃᑦᒥ:

    • ᔪᓚᐃ 5 – ᐅᑭᐅᓕᑦ 8-ᒥᑦ 10-ᒧᑦ
    • ᔪᓚᐃ 6 – ᐅᑭᐅᓕᑦ 11-ᒥᑦ 15-ᒧᑦ
    • ᔪᓚᐃ 7 – ᐅᑭᐅᓕᑦ 16 ᐊᖓᔪᒡᖠᓪᓗ
July 9-19 - Tuktut Nogait National Park, Northwest Territories

The goal of hosting this BioBlitz event at Tuktut Nogait National Park is to engage the local community of Paulatuk while providing important information about Parks Canada’s scientific opportunities.

July 11 - Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Alberta
Butterfly BioBlitz

This is a great opportunity for families, young, old and everybody in between! Join butterfly experts and park staff to catch, identify and learn about Waterton Lakes National Park’s butterflies.

  • Event details

    Participants will get together to learn some basics sampling protocols, with some snacks and refreshments provided for their lunch. Then they are off to locations in the park to catch and release butterflies. Butterfly nets will be provided and an expert will be on hand to help with identifications.

    Partners: Glacier National Park, USA is planning their inaugural Butterfly BioBlitz for Monday, July 10, in conjunction with Waterton Lakes National Park’s the following day.

Location:Waterton Lakes National Park, BioBlitz Base Camp at Maskinonge Day-Use Area.
Time: 11 am-5 pm.
July 14 - Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, Quebec
BioBlitz to Discover the Biodiversity of Quarry Island

Discover the amazing diversity of plants found in three of the habitats on Quarry Island and participate in a binocular workshop for bird watching.

  • Event details

    Quarry Island has a diversity of habitats. In the company of a plant expert, coastal, forest and Moors will be explored using photos, identification books and quizzes to discover the plants present in these environments. To get started with bird watching, bird silhouettes will be explained using binoculars.

    People can register from June 27 to July 10 on our Facebook page, or in one of our reception and interpretation centres:

    • Havre-Saint-Pierre: 418 538-3285
    • Long-edge-de-Mingan: 418 949-2126
Location: Quarry Island in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve.
Time: 7 am - 3:30 pm.
July 15 - Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
Twilight BioBlitz in Riding Mountain

A night-time survey of Riding Mountain’s bats led by our Resource Conservation team and Parks interpreters.

  • Event details

    Every summer Riding Mountain National Park becomes a home to some fascinating and misunderstood creatures of the night!

    As hibernating bat species become increasingly threatened by white-nose syndrome, we are doing everything we can to understand and protect any bats living in the park.

    Join us at twilight as we survey historic buildings around the beautiful townsite of Wasagaming to see where the bats are hanging out!


    Partners: Friends of Riding Mountain.

Location: Wasagaming, Manitoba.
Time: 8:30pm-10:45pm.
July 15-16 - Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia
Come be a part of the first ever BioBlitz event held in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site!

The Keji Bioblitz will be held in partnership with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Group (MTRI) and the Friends of Keji.

  • Event details

    Prior to the Keji BIoblitz, MTRI are holding a Biodiversity Conference on the 14 of July in Caledonia, Nova Scotia.

    The Biodiversity conference will feature speakers on Biodiversity in Southwest Nova as well as workshops on identifying mushrooms, plants and bird calls.

    Park visitors, naturalists and scientists will try to record as many species as possible in a 24 hour period. Special walk and talks will occur throughout the day. For more information see:

    Partners: Mersey Tobeatic Research Group, Friends of Keji.

Location: July 15, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
July 16, Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct.
Time: 6am start.
July 22-29 - Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec
Marine Environment Discovery Center BioBlitz

Identify organisms protected by the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.

  • Event details

    Alongside our interpreters, use a magnifying glass to discover the organisms that live underwater or on the seabed.

    Or participate in the St. Lawrence Live activity (fees apply) and accompany our dive team in their exploration of the seabed to see the diversity and abundance of benthic life.

    If you are a certified diver, you can explore the waters of the marine park yourself and send us your observations using underwater cameras available on site.

Location: Marine Environment Discovery Center, 41, Pilotes St, Les Escoumins, Quebec.
Time: Diving from 9am to 6pm every day
  • The St. Lawrence River on July 22-23, 26-29 at 2:30pm.
  • Magnifying glass activity on July 22-23, 25-26 and 29 at 10:30am and July 24, 27-28 at 2:30pm.
Price: St. Lawrence Live activity - $4.90 per person, reservations recommended.
August
August 12-13 - Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
Make a real difference! Spend time outside! Discover wildlife!

You and your family team up with scientists and park interpreters around Freshwater Lake in Ingonish to find as much wildlife as possible, in a short period of time.

  • Event details

    There will be lake safaris, puppet shows and more fun activities designed to bring awareness to biodiversity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

    An opportunity to see wild creatures up close and support the protection of this special place.

    Partners: Cape Breton University, Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources, Mi'kmaq Environmental Learning Centre.

Location: Freshwater Lake, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Time: Starts at 1pm on August 12 and ends at 4pm on August 13
August 19-20 - Rideau Canal National Historic Site, Ontario
BioBlitz on the Rideau Canal!

Take part in the Rideau Canal’s first BlioBlitz! This event is a great opportunity to learn about the species found along the Rideau Canal.

  • Event details

    Stretching 202 kilometers in length, the Rideau Canal supports a variety of plant and animal species. This unique waterway is home of many species at risk such as the Blanding’s Turtle, the Least Bitten and the Five-lined Skink.

    With the guidance from Interpreters, participants will take part in field surveys. Observations will be documented using the iNaturalist app. In addition to the surveys, Monarch Butterfly workshops will be offered throughout the day.

    Come connect with nature!

    Partners: Monarch Mission

Location:Poonamalie Lockstation, Rideau Canal National Historic Site
Time: 9am-3pm
August 19 Chambly Canal National Historic Site, Quebec
This Summer, BioBlitz the Canal!

Outings in the field with experts – Take part in field outings to document your discoveries and share your findings.

  • Event details

    In small groups, you will record the presence of the insects, birds and plants you observe while exploring the banks of the Chambly Canal in the Fryer Island sector. The observations will be recorded using the iNaturalist app and will be used by the people working on research and protection of the region's natural environments. Registration is mandatory. Book now!

    Partners:Club d’ornithologie du Haut-Richelieu and COVABAR.

Activities: Quality of the water and of the river banks and benthic macroinvertebrates.

Location: Chambly Canal National Historic Site (Fryer Island area).
Time and registration details

September
September 16 and 19 - Chambly Canal National Historic Site, Quebec
This Summer, BioBlitz the Canal!

Outings in the field with experts – Take part in field outings to document your discoveries and share your findings.

  • Event details

    In small groups, you will record the presence of the insects, birds and plants you observe while exploring the banks of the Chambly Canal in the Fryer Island sector. The observations will be recorded using the iNaturalist app and will be used by the people working on research and protection of the region's natural environments. Registration is mandatory. Book now!

    Partners:Club d’ornithologie du Haut-Richelieu and COVABAR.

Activities:Bird watching and activities for families (September 16) and Ornithological conference (September 19).

Location: Chambly Canal National Historic Site (Fryer Island area).
Time and registration details

September 20-24 – Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario
The fungi edition!

This BioBlitz occurs over 5 days and includes a guest lecture on an introduction to fungi, field outings and laboratory identification.

  • Event details

    An intensive, 4 day workshop with renowned fungi expert Richard Aaron will be help for a limited number of participants.

    In addition, a culinary workshop featuring wild mushroom recipes, guided introductory hikes on the Saturday and Sunday, and ongoing exhibits and fungus prop talks at the visitor’s center will occur over the 5 days.

    The BioBlitz will incorporate traditional knowledge and invites local Ojibwa knowledge keepers to lead discussions and potential guided walks. The workshop and week in general will result in the first ever Bruce Peninsula National Park Fungi inventory.

Location: Bruce Peninsula National Park
Time: Starting 9am, September 20 and ending 6pm, September 24


Get involved

Join drop-in activities

Join the drop-in activities and plan an afternoon of fun that works with your family’s schedule. Or pack a picnic and make it into a day of adventure. Lots of hands-on activities and opportunities to see wild creatures up close.

Participate in a survey

Participate in a survey with a scientist-led team. Help your national park, national park reserve, national historic site or national marine conservation area find and identify plants and animals.


Volunteer

Volunteer as a Survey Leader

Are you a professional scientist or naturalist with a high level of knowledge of a taxonomic group? Parks Canada needs you to lead species survey groups and educate the public about biodiversity. Your efforts will contribute to the protection of Parks Canada’s heritage places.

Volunteer as a Survey Assistant

Are you an interpreter, naturalist or student specialist with outdoor education experience or an intermediate knowledge of a taxonomic group? Parks Canada needs you to assist survey leaders and the public on species surveys and possibly lead family activities. Deepen your knowledge, working with experts and share your enthusiasm interacting with the public.

Volunteer as an Event Assistant

Are you someone with lots of energy and enthusiasm and a willingness to learn? Parks Canada needs help with the operation of Basecamp. Gain experience for your resume and have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve contributed to something worthwhile.

Volunteer as an Event Photographer

Are you a professional or amateur photographer? Parks Canada needs volunteers to capture the essence of a BioBlitz. Share your creativity and skill with the world and spread the word about the importance of biodiversity.

Record your discoveries with the iNaturalist app

Parks Canada has been working with partners to support the development of iNaturalist.ca, a bilingual, interactive online record of the amazing variety of life in our country. Anyone in the world can explore the photos, make species identifications or add comments on the website. The result is an exciting network of scientists and the public, creating data to support conservation decisions.

Visit iNaturalist.ca to sign up and download the smartphone app!

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What will YOU discover?


Past discoveries

See how past participants identified and discovered plants, animals, and more.

  • Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Sites: Participants found a new type of mushroom never before recorded in British Columbia. (2015)
  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve: Participants found eight types of bats, including the little brown bat, a species at risk. (2015 | 2016)
  • Fundy National Park: Participants identified thirty-three new plants for Fundy National Park. (2015 | 2016)
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park: (2016)