Celebrate the holiday season by participating in our online Winter Bioblitz starting on Friday, December 24th! It’s time for you to become a Biodiversity Champion and collect much-needed data on Ottawa’s nature. 

Ecology Ottawa needs your help; The leaves are falling and the snow has come. We know it can be difficult at times to notice the biodiversity surrounding us. Although it may not be easily seen, we urgently need your help in documenting biodiversity this season! 

We hope you will be getting together safely this holiday season, and what better way to get outdoors than to help collect biodiversity data from the places you care about and help us better protect them. Winter is still a perfect time to document the wildlife and identify native tree species. 

What is a Bioblitz?

Ecology Ottawa’s Winter Bioblitz is a 4-day event that challenges you to bundle up and explore your nearby nature for all kinds of wildlife. Participants will document their observations on iNaturalist, a mobile and web app that allows users to document all nature they encounter. 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.

Check out the results of our Fall Bioblitz 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 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 places from bogs to forests to conservation areas. Here’s a list of places where you will find an abundance of trees and wildlife!

  • Old Quarry Trail
  • Pine Grove Trail
  • Dominion Arboretum
  • Stony Swamp
  • Mud Lake and Britannia Conservation Area

Want to do more for Ottawa’s Biodiversity?

Rewilding 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. 

Click here to sign petition

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