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What will YOU discover?
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.
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.
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve BioBlitz 2017
When: June 9 & 10, 2017
Where: North Pender Island and South Pender Island (camping will be available)
Join drop-in activities
Join the drop-in activities and plan an afternoon of fun that works with your family’s schedule. Or pack your camping gear and make it into a weekend of adventure. Lots of hands-on activities and opportunities to see and learn about wild creatures up close.Participate in a survey
Participate in a species survey with a scientist-led team. Help Gulf Islands National Park Reserve find and identify plants and animals. Add to the species inventory, or make new discoveries!
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 by working with experts and share your enthusiasm by interacting with the public.
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.
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!
See how past participants identified and discovered plants, animals, and more!
- Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites: Participants found a new type of mushroom never before recorded in British Columbia.
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve 2015: Participants found eight types of bats, including the little brown bat, a species at risk.
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve 2016: Participants Observed 57 different species of birds at Sidney Spit, an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.
Want MORE Parks Canada BioBlitz action?
BioBlitz in the Meadow
Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017
West Coast Quest
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Noon Saturday, May 20, 2017 to noon Sunday, May 21, 2017
Or visit: pc.gc.ca/eng/apprend-learn/bioblitz.aspx
This Parks Canada BioBlitz Event is proudly presented by:
Marine Life Sanctuaries Society
Pender Island Field Naturalists
Victoria Natural History Society