College to host second annual BioBlitz April 8


Registration is now open for Niagara College’s second annual BioBlitz.

The family-friendly event, open to the college community and the public, will be held on Saturday, April 8 (from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Niagara-on the-Lake Campus.

The goal of the BioBlitz is to identify as many plant and animal species as possible, noted the College’s sustainability engagement officer Amber Schmucker.

“Aligning with the United Nations directive on mainstreaming biodiversity, it is important to bring this concept outside of the classroom and facilitate interactive learning opportunities for not only our Niagara College students, but the Niagara community as a whole,” she said. “BioBlitzes are gaining popularity across Ontario because they do just that and provide a platform for citizen scientists to connect with their surrounding environment.”

In addition to identify plant and animal species on campus, participants will plant trees, take part in interactive workshops and a litter cleanup. This year, organizers also plan to work with the College’s Commercial Beekeeping program to the install a pollinator garden adjacent to the College apiary during the event.

Event sponsor Walker Industries has donated $2,500 to this year’s BioBlitz.

The BioBlitz will take place rain or shine. Volunteer hours are available and refreshments will be provided.
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