A Celebration of Biodiversity: Engaging Citizens and Scientists in a BioBlitz at the rare Charitable Research Reserve
Start date: 16 January, 2017
End date: 30 September, 2017
Our 24 hour bioblitz will be a celebration of biodiversity in Cambridge and North Dumfries and
bring together scientists and the general public as we explore 900+ acres for all the wildlife that
call 'rare' home.
Nature of the Project Reach
We will invite scientists and naturalists as well as citizens from Waterloo Region and beyond to participate in this event.
In Canada’s 150th year, there is a national effort to capture a snapshot of Canada’s biodiversity
from coast to coast to coast. The rare Charitable Research Reserve has joined a partnership of
leading conservation, education, and research organisations with the collective goal of both
documenting biodiversity and connecting the public to nature through bioblitz events across the
Here in Waterloo Region, on the rare reserve in the Township of North Dumfries, we will host a
bioblitz open to the community. Our project aims to celebrate the biodiversity in Waterloo Region
and engage its citizens in exploration of this landscape, all while collecting valuable information
on the state of species residing here. Our project addresses the lack of species occurrence records in the area, allowing scientists and
community members to gather data that will contribute to rare and Waterloo Region species lists
as well as international databases. Any new occurrences may contribute to provincial or even
national records. The workshops offered as part of the bioblitz will empower citizens to become
environmental stewards in their local natural settings, through increased education on the
organisms in their area.
We need scientists, naturalists, and educators to lead citizen groups during our event. We will also look for volunteers to help with administrative tasks and food preparation.