Welcome to the second annual YES BioBlitz! April 30 – May 2
Click here to sign up!
Click here for details YESBioBlitz2022
April 30 – 2 May – take picture of plants and animals
May 3 – May 8 – identify what was found
The results will be announced by May 9th and the prizes will be announced by the end of May.
You are also invited to join: City Nature Challenge 2022: Nanaimo & Area
What’s a BioBlitz, you ask? A BioBlitz can be described as “an intense community engagement to identify as many species as possible in a designated area.” In other words, the goal of our BioBlitz is to engage as many local people to record as many flora and fauna as possible during this three-day event. For more information on what a BioBlitz is and how to participate, click here!
To see the results of last year’s BioBlitz, click here. There, you will see what a huge success last year’s event was and understand why we have decided to make this an annual event. There are also photos of everything that participants found in the chosen geographical area.
This year, we are paying special attention to invasive species. Did you know that over 40 invasive species have been recorded in the Ladysmith Harbour alone? Some of these species appear nowhere else in Canada!
To join in the fun, download the iNaturalist app on your mobile device. You can enter species into iNaturalist all year round, but only when you register for the 2022 YES BioBlitz and take photos between 6 AM on April 30, and runs until 8pm on May 2, will it count for the YES BioBlitz. Below is a map of the area we have chosen.
Practice all you want by snapping photos of anything you see with your phone using the app. Then have fun trying to identify what it is and get others to help identify your find as well.
Our aim is to engage people from Ladysmith to South Nanaimo and from Cassidy to our coastal waters in the east. Your observations can include all types of life forms, dead or alive, native, non-native. Don’t forget to make “notes in the app” with special attention to invasive species, endangered or at risk species.
If you are an early morning bird watcher, you can start at dawn. If you prefer species that are active just before dusk, you can continue until dark. If you are a night owl and happen to hear one, you can even record the sound on the app.
We would like to extend a special invitation to local schools, Stz’uminus and other First Nation members to join us in this fun family friendly event. Prizes will be awarded.
For help downloading or using the iNaturalist ap, attend our webinar on April 26th (more information on this coming soon). Experts on flora and fauna in the area and on BioBlitzes will be there to pique your interest and answer your questions.
To answer your questions and hear your suggestions, call Carrie-lyn Robinson at 250 951-3794.