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Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region BioBlitz at Milner Gardens & Woodland
Sat, 22 April 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Join us for the second annual Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) BioBlitz at Milner Gardens & Woodland. Spend time in the great outdoors while contributing to environmental research! Community members, experts, and VIU students will be working together to inventory plant and animal species. All of the information collected from the day will later be compiled into a species inventory, which will be compared to future years' BioBlitz data. Our goal is to establish an MABR BioBlitz each year that will eventually expand to include several locations within the region. No experience necessary.
Do I need to have experience identifying species to participate?
Not at all! Everyone is welcome. There will be assistance available from our knowledgeable VIU students and faculty as well as experts on site to help those who want to learn about species identification.
What if I am an expert? Will I need to go through the same training as those who are brand new?
There will be a brief introduction at the beginning of each session to go over goals, expectations, and safety instructions. After that, groups will Blitz. Those with more experience are encouraged to help out those with less, but our experts will not have to sit through a full training session.
I have my own books and species guides. Should I bring them?
Yes, please do! We will have some guides available, but these will be shared. If you bring anything, we highly recommend that you clearly label it with your name.
Is this event suitable for kids?
The BioBlitz is conducted at the group's own pace and is an open learning opportunity. As long as there is a parent/guardian present, we believe this would be a great way to get youth interested in their environment. For younger children, we recommend checking out the nature scavenger hunt that our VIU students will be running!
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint we recommend car pooling to this event.
For any questions, contact Kayla Harris (Research Assistant, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute):