Experience the Biodiversity Hotspot in Atlantic Canada
Explore Nature's Diversity!
As a biodiversity hotspot, Southwestern Nova Scotia is home to Species at Risk found nowhere else in the Maritimes, including the Blanding’s Turtle, Eastern Ribbonsnake, Water Pennywort, and Long’s Bulrush. We want everyone- naturalists young and old, beginner or expert- to participate and add to Kejimkujik's important nature database. The more eyes the better, so join in and help us find new records for species rarely seen.
July 7 (Keji) and 8 (Keji Seaside)
Find as much wildlife as possible in a short period of time! Experience the Biodiversity Hotspot in Atlantic Canada!
We’re hosting our second annual BioBlitz at Kejimkujik and you’re invited! Young or old, seasoned naturalist or newbie – everyone is welcome to join in this exciting event.
Join the organised activities or head out on your own 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!
10AM - noon: Turtle Paddle*
8 boat maximum; sign up at the Visitor Centre. Join researchers on a paddle up the Mersey as they check turtle traps for Blanding's Turtles.
*Bring or rent your own boat and gear and be ready to be on the water at Jake's Landing by 10AM.
12 - 4PM BioBlitz Exhibit
Satisfy your curiosity as well as your appetite with Keji's park ecologist at the Merrymakedge Eatery.
Drop in activity, everyone welcome.
2 - 3PM: Exploring Aquatic Insects
Have a look at life hiding in Keji's waters.
Drop in activity on Merrymakedge Beach, everyone welcome.
9 - 11:30AM: Tidal Pool Tour and Estuary Encounter
Find out what gets left behind by the receding tide or encounter some estuarine creatures that call the Seaside home.
Meet at the Seaside parking lot at 9AM.
12 - 2:30PM: Plover Beach Walk*
20 person limit. First come, first served. Stroll along the spectacular St. Catherine's River Beach and learn about life on both sides of the tide line.
*Bring water and dress for the weather. Don't forget good footwear. Meet at the Seaside parking lot at 12PM.
We Want Your Nature Observations!
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 iNaturalist page 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 nature sightings with others, you can discover what others have found in the park.
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 Kejimkujik iNaturalist page
Seal sunbathing at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside