FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 31, 2017
KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The public is invited to help create the biggest and most accessible national wildlife inventory in Canada with a special focus on Halifax. If you’re curious about plants and animals that live around us, HaliBlitz is an event for you.
HaliBlitz is a BioBlitz150 event happening this September 11-17th in HRM. Participants will work alongside biodiversity experts to identify the wildlife in our parks and wilderness spaces and celebrate our local biodiversity. The Halifax event is part of a cross-country project called BioBlitz Canada, a signature project of the Canada 150 commemoration. More than 35 events have been held across the country.
“This fascinating project will engage, inspire and strengthen the environmental consciousness of Canadians all across the country. Let’s take the opportunity being offered to us to become the guardians of our Canadian wildlife, an invaluable source of wealth,” said the Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Halifax participants will learn about different plant, insects, birds, and other species found in Point Pleasant Park and Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area – the site of a long-promised, but still yet-to-be-created, urban Regional Park that will be nearly 25 times larger than Point Pleasant.
“HaliBlitz is an event where everyone in Halifax can become citizen scientists, and contribute to our understanding of our local parks and protected areas,” said Jeana MacLeod, Wilderness Outreach Officer and project lead at the Ecology Action Centre. “Protected areas are essential in an urban environment like Halifax to conserve species habitat and allow us to observe and connect with nature.” The information collected during these events helps inform conservation decisions to protect wildlife habitat, and choices related to climate change and loss of biodiversity.
The Ecology Action Centre and Canadian Wildlife Federation are hosting this event with the support of the Government of Canada. HaliBlitz is a flagship event of a national movement to inventory species across Canada, and the last major event in this cross-Canada wildlife inventory.
"The bioblitz movement has taken Canada by storm, with events happening from coast to coast to coast," says Dave Ireland, Managing Director, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. "Having the final major event in Halifax is incredibly fitting - a place where ocean meets forest, and where people care deeply about their natural heritage."
Join in on the fun with species identification or guided hikes for all knowledge levels at Point Pleasant Park on Saturday, September 16th and Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness Area on Sunday, September 17th. Download the iNaturalist.ca citizen science application (iPhone or Android) to contribute to the online species inventory all week long.
It’s Halifax’s “nature selfie,” and you’re invited! For more information and to get involved visit EcologyAction.ca/BioBlitz.
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For further information, please contact:
Wilderness Outreach Officer
Photo Credit: Irwin Barrett