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Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area

500 Tiny Flos Townline

44°35'35.61"N 79°55'53.08”W

Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0

Canada

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Join experts and naturalists in a series of guided walks to discover the many species of birds, butterflies, plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, bees and insects that make their home at Tiny Marsh, either for the breeding season, or year-round.

The 2017 Tiny Marsh BioBlitz is part of BioBlitz Canada 150 celebrating the vast richness of Canada’s biodiversity supporting our passion to know, appreciate and conserve our vital natural heritage.

A BioBlitz is an intense search for as many species as possible in a given space over a given time period. The search is for variety, not quantity – so each species gets counted only once, no matter how many individuals are seen.

For Tiny Marsh BioBlitzers, the space is the provincial wildlife area’s approximately 600 hectares of marsh and and 300 hectares of field and forest. Tiny Marsh is recognized as an Important Bird Area, a globally significant habitat for the conservation of bird populations.

The day starts at 6:00 am, when the bird groups head out to find waterfowl, songbirds and raptors at the time of day during which they are most active.

If that’s too early for you, a variety of guided walks leaves the Nature Centre at 10 am, and again at 1 pm. Lunch (noon -1 pm) is included in the registration cost. Species lists are compiled for each walk and handed to a team at the nature centre that will work towards a final tally. The day concludes at 4:30 pm, after a listening circle.

This is a fun day for specialists, amateurs and newcomers to the world of nature. It gives children an opportunity to delight in the process of discovery and play a role as part of the team.

Arrive prepared with weather appropriate clothing including long pants and closed footwear, PLUS sun protection, sufficient water and insect repellent. Bring snacks (especially those participating in the early morning bird walk). This is a rain or shine event!

Please note there is no potable water available at Tiny Marsh so bring enough water for your day especially if warm temperatures are forecast.


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ON or BY JUNE 1ST

One ticket allows you to register for as many of the numerous guided walks scheduled throughout the day as you wish to join.

Please NOTE we do need each adult to register and sign up for walks individually. This allows for organization of groups and leaders.

The EventBrite system requires each person to register under their own seperate email address. If this is a problem, please contact us at bioblitz@mtmconservation.org

Registration includes BBQ lunch and an optional t-shirt (optional because if you have a t-shirt from a previous year, you may want to wear it again).

Funds raised through this event help support the operation of MTM Conservation Association, which manages Tiny Marsh, Marl Lake and Matchedash Bay (all provincially significant wetland and wildlife areas).

EARLY BIRD PRICING

Adult: $15

Children under 16 are FREE

AFTER JUNE 1ST (T-shirts may not be available)

Adult: $20

Children under 16 are FREE




REGISTER NOW for an Exciting and Informative Day!

Early Morning 6 am to 9:30 am

Waterfowl Viewing

Walk the dykes and, with the help of Dave’s powerful lens, get up close and personal with the myriad species of ducks, geese and other waterfowl that at this time of year are raising their young at the marsh.

Leader Dave McLachlin

Bird Challenge

Being an “early bird” pays off as many birds are most active during the first hours of daylight.

Group 1 Ken MacDonald

Group 2 Chris Evans

Morning 10 am to Noon

Family Walk

Dip a net into the water and see what you come up with. Catch a butterfly. Kids 12 and under get a Discovery Passport, net and critter viewing box.

Group 1 Lisa Levez

Group 2 David Eales

Plant Discovery

"What's Growin' On?" Tiny Marsh is awash in colour at this time of year. Find out what’s out there and learn about the role native plants play in the ecosystem.

Group 1 Lynn Short

Group 2 Clare Holden

Pollinator Patrol (Tentative)

Bumblebees, carpenter bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees... There are 400 species of native bees in Ontario. Two bee researchers from the University of Toronto guide us through the complexities of the lives of our wild bees.

Leaders TBA


Fascinating Insects

You'll be amazed at how many interesting and beautiful insects go through their life cycle at the marsh – butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, spiders, flies, beetles and more.

Leader Yvonne Metcalfe


Damsels and Dragons

Shimmering, colourful, acrobatic - damselflies and dragonflies are a wonderful indicator of a healthy wetland.

Group 1 Chris Evans

Group 2 Ken MacDonald and Dan Whittam

On the Wing and Underfoot

The morning bird walk will take you through a variety of habitats - forest, field and marsh. An introduction to the abundance of life that can be found in this important wildlife area – from birds to crayfish.

Group 1 Jim Charlebois,

Group 2 Jennifer Howard

Group 3 Dave Moore


12 noon – 1 pm Lunch provided at Nature Centre

Afternoon 1-3 pm


Black Terns and other marsh breeding birds

The Black Tern is of ‘special concern’ on the species at risk list in Ontario. But Tiny Marsh has healthy breeding colonies of these elegant aerial acrobats, and so ‘our’ Black Terns have been enlisted in a 3-year research project led by Dr. Dave Moore of Canadian Wildlife Service. Geolocators are being used to investigate their migratory behavior and non-breeding distribution.

Leader Dave Moore, TBA


Pollinator Patrol (Tentative)

Bumblebees, carpenter bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees... There are 400 species of native bees in Ontario. Two bee researchers from the University of Toronto guide us through the complexities of the lives of our wild bees.

Leaders TBA

Plant Discovery

"What's Growin' On?" Tiny Marsh is awash in colour at this time of year. Find out what’s out there and learn about the role native plants play in the ecosystem.

Group 1 Lynn Short

Group 2 Clare Holden

Life in the Swamp

Many creatures start life underwater. It's where some, like fish, live out their lives. Others, like frogs and turtles, move back and forth. Some, like the mayfly or the dragonfly, hatch and take off. Wander the wetland and discover where to look, how to listen.

David Eales; Bob Reader

Winding Down 3:30-4:30 pm

No Advance Registration Required. Bring a lawn chair if desired.

The Big Sit

We sit and relax and let nature come to us. Let's see how much we can identify with the least possible effort. Many birds can be identified just by hearing their songs and calls. And there will be insects and other creatures in the air and on the ground. Bring your own lawn chair and cool drink if required.




QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE...

Where are my tickets?

The easiest way to get your tickets is to find your email order confirmation; tickets are usually attached as a PDF file you can print. Can't find them or not sure if you have an Eventbrite account? Just enter your email address at eventbrite.com/gettickets.

What's the refund policy?

Registrations paid and for and cancelled prior to June 1st, 2017 can be fully refunded. No refund will be available after June 1st. Please email bioblitz@conservation.org for registration cancellation.

Where do I park?

In front of the Nature Centre which is BioBlitz HQ.

Are there washrooms at Tiny Marsh?

Yes there are washrooms in the Nature Centre.


Tiny Marsh Map - Parking Areas and Visitors Centre


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bioblitz@mtmconservation.org or call Ellen Hartwick at 705-527-0568


A big THANK YOU to our SPONSORS

We cannot do it without you!

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If your business or organization wishes to be part of our event as a sponsor, contact bioblitz@mtmconservation.org. We promote all our sponsors in advertising and other materials.


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Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area

500 Tiny Flos Townline

44°35'35.61"N 79°55'53.08”W

Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0

Canada

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