For Immediate Release
Parks Canada Hosts Second Annual ‘Ten Days in June’ Bio-Blitz Event at Fundy National Park
Connect with nature and help experts identify flora and fauna species June 10-19
June 9, 2016 Alma, New Brunswick Parks Canada Agency
Be an Ecologist for the day and discover what type of plants and critters inhabit Fundy National Park during the second annual “Ten Days in June” Bio-Blitz event from June 10 at 9:00 a.m. to June 19 at 5:00 p.m. A Bio-Blitz is an intense team effort to discover as many different life forms as possible in one location during a short period of time. Fundy National Park’s 2016 Bio-Blitz event is being held during one of the busiest periods in nature, at the height of spring emergence. At this time of year, many groups of plants and critters are at the peak of their activity cycles or at their most visible.
No experience is necessary; all participants will be either paired with experts or provided instruction on how to collect and learn species identification techniques. Fun workshops including “Beetlemania” will be offered to the public and participants are encouraged to share their observations by uploading them along with an identifiable image or sound on a nature site called iNaturalist.ca. The Bio-Blitz base camp is located at the new Salt and Fir Centre, situated near the golf pro shop and playground area in the park. For more information and updates on planned outings, presentations and drop-in programs offered during the event, please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fundy.
Quick Facts· Parks Canada is a recognized world leader in conservation. Through its Conservation and Restoration Program, Parks Canada takes actions to preserve national parks and contribute to the recovery of species-at-risk
· Conservation organisations from the region will help Parks Canada to complete the Bio-Blitz. Event partners include: the NB Museum, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Nature NB, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Fort Folly First Nation, Fort Folly Habitat Recovery, the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre and the Fundy Guild.
· From June 13 to 17, Fundy National Park’s interpretation team will be offering new special Bio-Blitz programming for schools. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the park’s natural environment through exciting programs such as Exploring Plant Life, the Lost Ladybug Survey, the Bumblebee Blitz and Dragonflypalooza. Please call 506-887-6028 to reserve your spot today.
Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park Bio-Blitz
External Relations Manager
New Brunswick South Field Unit