Parks Canada BioBlitz
What will YOU discover?
Want to connect with nature? Get your kids outside?
'Bio' means life and 'blitz' means to do something quickly and intensively. In a BioBlitz, experts team up with the public to find targeted species, within a set area, over a defined period of time.
Parks Canada BioBlitz events contribute to the protection of Parks Canada's heritage places, though scientific biodiversity discovery and experiences for Canadians to connect to these places.
Events in 2018
In the meantime, please contact Parks Canada sites near you to learn about their upcoming citizen science activities.
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, working with experts and share your enthusiasm interacting with the public.
Volunteer as an Event Assistant
Are you someone with lots of energy and enthusiasm and a willingness to learn? Parks Canada needs help with the operation of Basecamp. Gain experience for your resume and have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve contributed to something worthwhile.
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 skill 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 National Historic Sites: Participants found a new type of mushroom never before recorded in British Columbia. (2015)
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve: Participants found eight types of bats, including the little brown bat, a species at risk. (2015 | 2016)
- Fundy National Park: Participants identified thirty-three new plants for Fundy National Park. (2015 | 2016)
- Bruce Peninsula National Park: (2016)