Help us protect the places you love! Join us this long weekend, October 8th to 11th, for our second fall bioblitz! It is just as important to continue collecting this much needed data on Ottawa's biodiversity during the Autumn months.
Ecology Ottawa needs your help; As the leaves start to change and the wildlife begins preparing for winter, it can sometimes be difficult to notice the biodiversity surrounding us. Although it may not be easily seen, we urgently need your help in documenting biodiversity this season!
We know you will be out and about this long weekend, why not help collect data from the places you care about and help us better protect them. Autumn is a perfect time to identify native tree species by spotting their leaves unique colour changing habits and patterns before they fall.
What is a Bioblitz?
A bioblitz is a community event that highlights the importance of citizen-science, where the effort is to record as many species possible. This is Ecology Ottawa's second Fall Bioblitz and with the long weekend, the event will be 4-days long, starting Friday, October 8th and ending Monday, October 11th. The goal is to collect as many natural observations as you can from birds to plants to insects, you name it! Help us better understand the rich biodiversity present in Ottawa that needs protection. Take this opportunity to learn more about the wildlife that surrounds you and contribute to our growing dataset on iNaturalist!
Check out the results of our Fall Bioblitz by clicking here.
How do I participate?
Participating in this event is super easy because guess what? There is nature all around us! Whether it be on a local hike or in your own backyard, plants and wildlife are everywhere. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps:
- Download the app from the AppStore or Google Play
- Sign up and create an account
- Join Ecology Ottawa's Bioblitz project
- Start sharing your observations!
Need some suggestions on places to visit?
Ottawa is full of natural spaces from trails to bogs, forests, and conservations areas. Here's a list of somewhere you will most definitely see an abundance of different tree, plant, animal, and bird species all around you!
- Mer Bleue Conservation Area
- Fletcher Wildlife Garden
- Hog's Back and Vincent Massey Park
- Stony Swamp and Jack Pine Trail
- Britannia Conservation Area
- Rideau Canal Eastern Pathways
Want to do more for Ottawa's Biodiversity?
Rewiliding initiatives must be prioritized in order to support our city's nature. Our petition calls on council to make bold financial and political commitments to rewild Ottawa. Sign the Rewilding petition today to start protecting and conserving Ottawa's unique and rich biodiversity.