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What will YOU discover?

Parks Canada needs your help to find as many plants and animals as possible within 24 hours!

Group photo of BioBlitz volunteers

Want to connect with nature? Want to get your kids outside? Take part in the second Parks Canada BioBlitz at Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites!

What: A BioBlitz is a fun race against the clock to observe and identify as many plants and animals as we can in 24-hours. This gives us a better idea of regional biodiversity and helps you discover and learn about nature and support its protection at one of Parks Canada’s special places.  We will be offering many fun and interactive programs, including drop-in educational booths and casual activities suitable for families.

When: 24-hours, from 4 pm Friday, May 12 to 4 pm Saturday, May 13 2017

Where: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC


Information: Call 250-478-5140 or This is a pet-free event.

Get involved

Naturalist from The Raptor Centre holding a Turkey Vulture in her hand while a father and a child look on.

Join drop-in activities
Saturday May 13, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm

Parks Canada and Rocky Point Bird Observatory have teamed up to offer an exciting day of family-friendly events to celebrate and conserve local biodiversity.

Roam from one fun family activity to the next at your own pace, with many drop-in activities and educational booths to choose from. Lots of hands-on activities and opportunities to see and learn about wild creatures up close.

Appropriate for all ages, including families with children 12 and under. All activities are free. Registration recommended, but not required.

Drop-In Schedule

7 am: Victoria Natural History Society’s Bird Walk
Meet at the entrance kiosk

10 am – 2 pm: International Migratory Bird Day 2017 Festival: Helping Birds Along the Way
Guided Birdwalks ● Bird-friendly Displays ● Banding Demonstrations ● Birds of Prey
Hosted by Rocky Point Bird Observatory

11 am – noon: Unveiling of our Coast Salish archway by master carver Tom LaFortune
Meet at the entrance to the Garry Oak Learning Meadow
Hosted by Parks Canada

1 pm – 4 pm: Family BioBlitz Festival
Pollinator Discovery Stations and Displays ● Guided Bug Hunts ● Cool Nature Crafts
Hosted by Parks Canada


Bioblitz volunteers photograph species for iNaturalist, an app used to track the species observations.

Volunteer as a Survey Leader

Are you a professional scientist or naturalist with a high level of knowledge of a taxonomic group? As a as a volunteer survey leader, you will have access to 54 hectares of natural areas at Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites from 4 pm Friday, May 12 to 4 pm Saturday, May 13 to conduct species surveys. Should you choose, we invite you to share your discoveries with the public during the Family BioBlitz Festival on May 13 from 1 to 4 pm.

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 skills with the world and spread the word about the importance of biodiversity.

Parks Canada is offering free BioBlitz camping for volunteers in the oTENTiks on Friday, May 12 and Saturday May 13. Reserve your spot by contacting or 250-812-8133.

Record your discoveries with the iNaturalist app

Girl with banana slug on her hand, holding up an iPhone photo of the slug

See. Snap. Upload. Identify. Use your smart phone or digital camera to record the plants and animals you find at Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites from 4 pm May 12 to 4 pm May 13 with Experts will be available to help with identification. Watch the species tally grow on the iNaturalist project page!

Visit to sign up and download the smartphone app!


Past discoveries

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

Want MORE Parks Canada BioBlitz action?

A young boy in the foreground holds up a small plankton net. Behind him, two BioBlitz volunteers with backs turned look down at the water. In the background various boats are moored on the dock at Sidney Island.

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
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BioBlitz on North Pender and South Pender islands
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
4:00 pm Friday, June 9, 2017 to 4:00 pm Saturday, June 10, 2017

Or visit:



This Parks Canada BioBlitz Event is co-hosted by:

Rocky Point Bird Observatory

This Parks Canada BioBlitz Event is proudly presented by:

This Parks Canada BioBlitz Event is proudly supported by:

Capital Regional District


Habitat Acquisition Trust


Saanich Native Plants

Victoria Natural History Society