What will YOU discover? Explore amazing places and make your mark on official species lists. All Parks Canada BioBlitz events help protect Parks Canada's heritage places, through biodiversity, discovery and experiences for Canadians to connect to these places. 

To help us commemorate Point Pelee National Park's 100 years of conservation, and even more years of ecological study and monitoring, you are invited to join our first all park, all species BioBlitz! Over a 24 hour period starting at 12 pm on July 21, 2018, the park's resource conservation staff will be joined by nature experts and naturalists to conduct an all park search for all different kinds of species in the park.  

Become a Point Pelee 100 BioBlitz participant and join experts for talks and hikes on different groups of species found in the park. As a participant you can also get involved in your own species survey with the use of the iNaturalist app on your personal iPhone or Android device. What will YOU discover!? 

If you are interested in getting involved beyond the participant experience, consider joining the Point Pelee 100 BioBlitz as an event volunteer! See below for more details.

Have an interest in a specific area of nature?  Join experts in various fields for a hike.  You’ll learn how to identify different species, record information and contribute to the total bioblitz species count. Check out the schedule listed below and sign up for a specialized hike (limited space available) or as a BioBlitz participant. 

Note: The Point Pelee 100 BioBlitz programs are included with the price of admission. 

Park Entrance Fee 

  • Family/Group (up to 7 people in one vehicle) $15.70
  • Adults (18-64yrs) $7.80
  • Seniors (65 yrs +) $6.80
  • Youth (0-17)  FREECAn

Park Hours

  • July 21, 6 am to midnight
  • July 22, 6 am to 10 pm

Register

  • Eventbrite
  • For those wishing to sign up without Eventbrite, please contact the park at 519-322-2365 ext. 0

Event Schedule - subject to change

All programs meet at the Visitor Centre Basecamp unless otherwise noted.

Saturday July 21

Registration and Check-in  9:00 am

The BioBlitz Basecamp at the Visitor Centre will be open for check-in and registration prior to the opening ceremonies. Look for the tent in the Visitor Centre shuttle loop.

BioBlitz Kickoff (Visitor Centre) – 11:30 am

Help us kick off our BioBlitz – meet the experts and learn how you can share your observations, contributing to the total species count.

Wild Ontario Booth (drop in)  11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wild Ontario will be on hand with birds of prey. Learn more about these important predators and the role they play in our ecosystems.

Nature Photography  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm     

Learn how to take the best photos for identification and records. From your phone to a DSLR, our expert will show you tips and tricks to get the best shot.

Bee BioBlitz Hike (White Pine)  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm    

Bees and other pollinators are important components of our ecosystems. Join a bee expert and learn how to identify the different species found at Point Pelee.

Kids Butterfly BioBlitz Hike  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   

Do your kids like butterflies? This is their chance to learn how to identify some of Point Pelee’s special species and help our expert add to our total species list.

Kids Photography Hike – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join a Parks Canada staff member to learn about how to photograph nature! Indoor instruction provided followed by a short hike to put the lesson into action. Suitable for ages 9 - 12. Participants should have access to a photography device (ie. cell phone, tablet, digital camera, etc.)

Plant BioBlitz Hike  2:00 pm to 3:00 pm   

You may have wondered about many of the plants found here at Point Pelee. This is your chance to join a plant expert and learn just how diverse plant life is in the park.

Tree BioBlitz Hike  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Did you know that Point Pelee is home to more than 70 species of trees? Join our tree expert and see how many you can tally on this hike.

Native Plant Workshop – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Learn about the rare and unique plants that are found in southern Ontario and learn some tips and tricks to incorporate them in your own garden.

BioBlitz Freighter Canoe Tour – 2:30 pm 

Join a park interpreter in our 10 passenger freighter canoe for this special tour to survey marsh plants and animals.

Dragonfly and Butterfly BioBlitz Hike (DeLaurier) – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join our expert where savannah meets marsh and look for butterflies and dragonflies on this hike.

Moss BioBlitz Hike  3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Some of the rarest mosses in Canada are found at Point Pelee. Join our moss expert and learn about some of the unique species that make the park home.  

BioBlitz Freighter Canoe Tour – 4:00 pm

Join a park interpreter in our 10 passenger freighter canoe for this special tour to survey marsh plants and animals.

Reptiles and Amphibians of Point Pelee National Park Presentation (Visitor Centre Theatre)  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Take a break from survey work and join our expert in the theatre for an enthusiastic presentation about the reptiles and amphibians of Point Pelee.

BioBlitz with a Park Interpreter (DeLaurier)  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join a park interpreter for an excursion around the DeLaurier trail – you’ll record everything you can find on this general hike.

Bioblitz Feature Film (Visitor Centre Theatre) – 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us for our feature film, highlighting the importance of biodiversity and how programs like our BioBlitz can help us protect it for the future.

Insects After Dark  (drop in Blue Heron picnic area)  9:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Many insects are active after dark. Drop in to the Blue Heron picnic area and see what species have been attracted to the lights set up by our insect expert.

Moths After Dark (drop in Visitor Centre)  10:00 pm to 11:30 pm 

You’d be amazed how beautiful and diverse moth species are at Point Pelee. Join our moth expert and see what species have been attracted to his light sheet at the Visitor Centre.

Sunday July 22

Bird BioBlitz Hike  9:00 am to 10:00 am 

Point Pelee is famous for its bird migration, but what species stay here to breed? Join our bird expert for a morning walk in search of some of our breeding species.

Grasses and Sedges BioBlitz Hike  9:00 am to 10:00 am

While these species can look very similar, our expert will introduce to the differences between sedges and grasses. Remember, sedges have edges!

Dragonfly and Butterfly BioBlitz Hike (DeLaurier) – 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Join our expert where savannah meets marsh and look for butterflies and dragonflies on this hike.

Southern Flying Squirrel Demonstration  9:30 am

Learn how park staff monitors the Southern Fly0ing Squirrel population at Point Pelee and hopefully see one of these amazing creatures up close.

Mission Monarch Workshop – 9:30 am to noon

Mission Monarch is a citizen science project that was launched to locate the breeding hotspots for the endangered Monarch butterfly. Find out how you can help by becoming a head of mission for Mission Monarch.

Herptile BioBlitz Hike (Marsh Boardwalk)  10:00 am to 11:00 am   

Frogs and toads and snakes – oh my! Join our herptile expert for a walk in search of the herptiles found at Point Pelee, many of which are species at risk.

Bioblitzing with the Park Ecologist  10:30 am to 11:30 am 

Join the park ecologist for this informative hike. You’ll be looking and recording any species you can find – it’s your chance to see wide range of species and learn about what the park is doing to protect them.

Kids Butterfly BioBlitz Hike (DeLaurier) – 11:00 am to noon

Do your kids like butterflies? This is their chance to learn how to identify some of Point Pelee’s special species and help our expert add to our total species list.

BioBlitz Farewell (Visitor Centre Theatre)  12:30 pm

Join us to say goodbye and recognize our accomplishments. This is an opportunity celebrate all of our hard work and a chance to see the updated species tally.

All hikes are offered in English only.

We Want Your Nature Observations!

We want to capture a detailed snapshot of the diversity of plants and animals in Point Pelee National Park. You can contribute to the Point Pelee National Park 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 Point Pelee National Park iNaturalist page.

Link

Point Pelee National Park iNaturalist page

FAQs

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

GENERAL QUESTIONS: Contact the event co-ordinator by telephone at 519-322-2365 ext. 0

VOLUNTEERS: If you are interested in volunteering as an event assistant during the BioBlitz please send an email to the following address: pelee.info@pc.gc.ca to sign up and get more information.

For those wishing to sign up without Eventbrite, please contact the park at 519-322-2365 ext. 0

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages welcome

Is this event free?

The Point Pelee 100 BioBlitz programs are included with park admission.