Since the 1990s, scientists, naturalists, and volunteers across the world have come together to conduct intensive field studies over a continuous period of time—typically 24 hours. These studies, known as bioblitzes, attempt to record the diversity of living species within a designated region.
During Canada 150, The Canadian Wildlife Federation is bringing bioblitzes to communities across the country, giving people a chance to both contribute to scientific studies and connect with nature. During BioBlitz Canada 150, 35 bioblitzes—including five flagship events, twenty community events, and ten science-intense events—will bring together scientists and the Canadian public to explore the rich natural heritage in their own backyards. The Canadian Wildlife Foundation is also running a virtual bioblitz, using the iNaturalist app, so Canadians from coast-to-coast can contribute to conservation science during the sesquicentennial.
“[Canada 150] is a great way to remind people of all the environmental research that was done before them, and encourage them to contribute now,” says Annie Belair, partner liaison for BioBlitz Canada 150. “The database becomes extremely useful when you have data to compare with. Let’s say Canada 150 is your first [bioblitz], hopefully people will do another one either next year, or in five years, or in ten years, and that’s when you can compare [the region’s biodiversity.]”