Experience the Biodiversity Hotspot in Atlantic Canada
July 14 - 16, 2017

Find as much wildlife as possible in a short period of time! Experience the Biodiversity Hotspot in Atlantic Canada!

This summer, we’re hosting our first-ever annual BioBlitz at Kejimkujik and you’re invited! Young or old, seasoned naturalist or newbie – everyone is welcome to join in this exciting event.

Choose how you will participate: attend seminars, head out on your own, or team up with scientists to record as many species of plants and animals as you possibly can. It’s a whole new way for you and your family to connect with nature and with Kejimkujik!

A Black-tipped Darner laying eggs on a stem in Keji.
A Black-tipped Darner laying eggs on a stem in Keji. 

Why BioBlitz?

We’re holding our first-ever BioBlitz on Parks Day as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. What better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than to experience first-hand Canada’s rich biodiversity? As a biodiversity hotspot, Southwestern Nova Scotia is home to Species at Risk found nowhere else in the Maritimes, including the Blanding’s Turtle, Northern Ribbonsnake, Water Pennywort, and Long’s Bullrush. The Kejimkujik BioBlitz is open to everyone, with hands-on activities for naturalists young and old. The more eyes the better, so join in and help us find new records for species rarely seen.

We Want Your Nature Observations!

During the BioBlitz weekend, we want to capture a detailed snapshot of the diversity of plants and animals in Kejimkujik - both inland and at the Seaside. You can contribute to the Kejimkujik Bioblitz database directly without needing to identify any species! To do this you can simply upload your observations, along with an identifiable image or sound to iNaturalist. What is iNaturalist? In summary, iNaturalist is a nature database. In addition to sharing your own BioBlitz sightings with others, you can discover what fellow participants found during the event. 

1) Please create your own iNaturalist account ahead of time online or through the iNaturalist app (for Android and Apple).
2) We need YOU to get out there and record and photograph your species observations using a camera or smartphone. 
3) Upload all your observations to our BioBlitz Event Page

Schedule

Why participate?

Kejimkujik’s BioBlitz is an event you don’t want to miss! Over the weekend, there will be hands-on nature activities, opportunities to see wild creatures up close, and loads of fun to be had. What’s more is that by adding your observations, you can make a real difference by helping us compile an up-to-date list of species in Kejimkujik.


Gone Turtlin' Program

Win Prizes

All participants will receive one entry for a prize draw. Prizes include t-shirts, water bottles and gift baskets! The Grand Prize is an overnight stay in one of Kejimkujik's oTENTiks!

Gone Crabbin' in the St. Catherine’s River Estuary

 Links

Kejimkujik’s iNaturalist page: http://www.inaturalist.ca/projects/keji-bioblitz-2017-le-bioblitz-2017-keji
Kejimkujik's Seaside iNaturalist page: http://www.inaturalist.ca/projects/keji-seaside-bioblitz-2017-le-bioblitz-2017-keji

Schedule

Friday, July 14th

Join in the one-day Biodiversity Workshop hosted by the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) on Friday, to kick off the BioBlitz weekend!

Caledonia Fire Hall & North Queens Business Hub
9793 Nova Scotia Trunk 8, Caledonia

9:30               Welcome: Julie Tompa and Tom Herman (Parks Canada & MTRI)
9:45-10:30     Biodiversity Key Note Speaker: Sherman Boates (NS Department of Natural Resources)
10:35-10:55   Biodiversity Key Note Speaker: Andrew Hebda (Nova Scotia Museum)
                      Break
11:15-11:35   iNaturalist: Denis Doucet (Parks Canada)
11:40-11:55   BioBlitz: Sean Brilliant (Canadian Wildlife Federation)
12:00-1:00     Lunch
1:00- 4:00      Concurrent workshops offer hands-on learning in afternoon workshops about identifying birds, turtles, plants, lichens and other wildlife.

Registration in advance is required. To register: info@merseytobeatic.ca. Early bird registration before July 7th and deadline July 12th. For more information contact amy.buckland-nicks@merseytobeatic.ca or at 902-682-2371.

Saturday, July 15th

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Maitland Bridge
The BioBlitz basecamp will be held at Merrymakedge Beach on beautiful Kejimkujik Lake.

Please note: The Merrymakedge Eatery will be open for the day

BASE CAMP: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Merrymakedge P4
Check in at Base Camp to view exhibits, access species guide books, talk to local experts, and get assistance with uploading your observations.

6:00am – 8:30am - Early Morning Bird Walk*
Visitor Centre
Every spring forests come alive with the sounds songbirds as they return from the tropics to breed and raise their families. Learn some ID tips and tricks on this guided walk through the forest.

9:00am - Grand Opening of the Bioblitz
Base Camp at Merrymakedge P4
A welcome ceremony and information session for the day’s activities.

10:00am – 12:30pm - Plant Medicine Walk and Medicinal Teas*
Base Camp at Merrymakedge P4
Join medicinal plant specialist Laurie Lacie on a walk through the forest. Learn to identify native plants and their traditional uses.

10:00am- 12:00pm - Know your Lichens, Mosses and Fungi*
Rogers Brook’s Trail Head
Last year a rare new lichen was found in the Park; the first record for all of Canada! Come out to learn more about lichens, mosses, and fungi from local experts!

1:00pm – 4:00pm - Parks Day Picnic
Base Camp at Merrymakedge P4
Activities for all ages including discovering amazing aquatic insects (1-2pm and 3-4pm), family games and activities (2-3pm), and Mi’kmaq cultural crafts (2-4pm)!

1:00pm – 3:00pm - Learn your Dragonflies and Butterflies*
Grafton Field Station
Kejimkujik’s lakes and streams are home to a large number of dragonflies and damselflies. Join us as we explore their diversity and try to find as many of these amazing insects as we can!

1:00pm - 3:30pm: - Gone Turtling*
Meadow Beach, Jeremy’s Bay Campground
Travel by canoe from Meadow Beach to the Heber Coves conducting visual surveys and checking traps for Endangered Blanding’s Turtles, and painted and snapping turtles too!

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Evening Presentation
Outdoor Theater, P1 at Jeremy’s Bay Campground
Join Tuma Young CBU professor of Indigenous Studies will share his work on preserving traditional Mi’kmaq names of birds.

9:00pm - 9:30pm - Awards Ceremony
Outdoor Theater, P1 at Jeremy’s Bay Campground
Prizes include t-shirts, water bottles, and gift baskets! The Grand Prize is an overnight stay in one of Kejimkujik’s oTENTiks!

* = Sign-up required on Eventbrite due to limited spaces

Sunday, July 16th

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, Port Joli.
Head to the Atlantic coast and meet at the trail-head picnic shelter

Please note: There will be a noontime fundraising BBQ hosted by a local charity

BASE CAMP: 9:00am – 5:00pm
St. Catherine’s Parking Lot/Picnic Shelter
Check in at Base Camp to view exhibits, access species guide books, and talk to experts for help ID’ing your observations.

12:00pm – 3:00pm - Seaside Plover Walk*
Base Camp at St. Catherine’s Beach Parking Lot/Picnic Shelter
Each year Piping Plovers travel all the way from the Caribbean to nest and raise their young at Kejimkujik Seaside. Join us as we conduct a guided walk to see Keji’s plovers!

12:00pm - 3:30pm - Seaside Estuary Blitz*
Base Camp at St. Catherine’s Beach Parking Lot/Picnic Shelter
Find out what an estuary is and why they are special. Assist Parks Canada with their beach seine net as they inventory the marine animals that call the estuary home.

12:30pm – 3:30pm - Intertidal Zone Exploration*
Base Camp at St. Catherine’s Beach Parking Lot/Picnic Shelter
Intertidal zones are home to a huge diversity of organisms like mussels, barnacles, sea stars, and more! Join us as we explore this area of our coast!

12:30pm – 3:30pm - Seaside Bird Walk*
Base Camp at St. Catherine’s Beach Parking Lot/Picnic Shelter
Through boggy barrens, rocky shores, and coastal forests the Port Joli Head Trail offers a wide rage of habitats for many of our migratory and resident birds. Join in on this guided bird walk to learn more! 

* = Sign-up required on Eventbrite due to limited spaces

For more information please contact: samantha.hudson@pc.gc.ca or call 902-298-0486.


Seal sunbathing at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside