BioBlitz With Us on June 24th!

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Northumberland BioBlitz being conducted in the Ganaraska Forest! The BioBlitz, in association with the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative and supported by the Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network, takes place next weekend.

There are selected sites in the 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest that will be studied and inventoried by experts over the 24-hour blitz – plus additional sites that Citizen Scientists will be invited to assist with species counts during the public portion of the event on Sunday June 24th. The goal is to obtain a baseline of flora & fauna diversity, as well as insects, reptiles and amphibians, bats, birds, and other animals – in short, to gain a better understanding of the Ganaraska Forest’s current biodiversity.

You’re invited to participate! The public event runs from 10am – 4pm on Sunday the 24th at the Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC), and includes guided walks, presentations and workshops. The GFC is located at 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road in Cambellcroft. Participants arriving in the morning to explore and assist with counts (10am – approx. 1pm) are asked to meet at the blue tent located at the north end of the visitor’s parking lot; and for those arriving for the afternoon presentations and workshops (1pm – approx. 4pm), the educational fun will be in the Great Hall of the GFC.

If you’re an expert who is willing to volunteer their time, please contact Chris Ketola, Northumberland BioBlitz Lead at chrisketola@hotmail.com, or Ken Towle, GRCA Terrestrial Ecologist at ktowle@grca.on.ca. For further information about the public event, please contact the GRCA at 905.885.8173.