NC BioBlitz 2017 a great success

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Niagara College’s BioBlitz April 8 was a huge success, drawing 140 participants, including students, community members and organizations, and students from local high schools.

The day turned out to be sunny and the perfect temperature to identify species. Participants identified approximately 150 unique species on the day; some highlights include five different salamander species, a Belted King Fisher, and a Northern Phoebe.

“The snow the day before the event had us really worried that there wouldn’t be many species out to identify, especially insect, reptile and amphibians species because they tend to be active with warmer temperatures, but we were in luck!” said Amber Schmucker, who organized the event, from Niagara College sustainability department.

There were many highlights throughout the day including tree planting near the lagoons with NOTL Campus grounds supervisor Judy Johnson; the planting of specked alder and forsythia trees, and an apiary tour and seed bomb throwing with Jay Thatcher and Mylee Nordin from the School of Environment and Horticulture Studies.

The event also included invasive phragmites remediation planting with the Niagara College chapter of the Society for Ecosystem Restoration (SERNC), specialized identification hikes throughout the day with birding, mycology, entomology, and reptile and amphibian experts.

Special mention and thanks to the NC BioBlitz Planning Committee whose dedication and professionalism truly shined on the event day, as well as the amazing and resourceful first and second year students from Broadcasting – Radio, TV and Film program that covered most of the day’s activities.

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