NC to host BioBlitz April 16

BioBlitz

Youth from across the province, who participated as Young Leaders for Biodiversity at Ontario’s first biodiversity summit in May 2015, collected and identified species at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus wetlands.

Niagara College is hosting a BioBlitz on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. A BioBlitz is a community approach to identifying as many plant and animal species on a property, in a specific time period. This is a free event and students, staff and community members are invited to come and help collect information and identify bugs, birds, amphibians, plants and more.

There will be expert scientists leading citizen scientists across campus as well as tree-planting, a litter cleanup, a touch table and other educational activities throughout the day.

Participants should dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes, preferably hiking or rubber boots. There will be water available for participants as well as a free lunch. For those who will be eating lunch, a monetary donation or a non-perishable food items will be collected to support the student food bank. Participants are asked to register here in advance.

The event is rain or shine, and with the generous sponsorship of Walker Industries, the event will be covered by a large event tent as the central area. It is important to note, any species identification activities will take place out in the open near the Niagara Escarpment, the wetlands, and other areas on campus.

Through a small project grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, there will be an activity designated to building a variety of habitat boxes at the event.

This event could not be possible without the help of the BioBlitz Planning Committee, consisting of student volunteers, staff and faculty from Niagara College, who have planned this event from start to finish.

Community organizations in attendance include Heartland Forest, Society for Ecological Restoration Niagara College Student Association (SER NCSA), Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and Greening Niagara to provide their expertise and knowledge about biodiversity in Niagara and help with species identification.

Follow the BioBlitz on Twitter (@Sustain_NC — use the hashtag #NCBioBlitz); Niagara College Sustainability on Facebook, sustainabilitync on Instagram or at the www.niagaracollege.ca/bioblitz website.

Birds of Prey Student Appreciation

There will be a free event at the NOTL Campus on Thursday, April 14 to promote the BioBlitz from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard. Dave Gibson, CFWI chef professor, will be hosting a Bald Eagle, a Great Horned Owl, a Snowy Owl, a Red Tail Hawk, a Griffon Falcon and a Barn Owl to raise awareness about birds of prey and biodiversity conservation.

A free student appreciation barbecue lunch put on by the Student Administrative Council of Niagara College between noon and 2 p.m. in the courtyard. For those who will be eating lunch, a monetary donation or a non-perishable food items will be collected to support the student food bank.

Members of the BioBlitz Planning Committee will also be there to answer any questions regarding the event. Immediately after the Birds of Prey event, there will be a volunteer orientation in room W213-1 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for all BioBlitz volunteers.

Head to the Get Involved Portal to find out how to sign up to volunteer here.

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