Biodiversity hike and bioblitz

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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What is biodiversity, and how does it affect our lives every day? Can you name 3 species found in Nova Scotian forests that you use every day? These and other natural questions will be answered on a hike about biodiversity on the trails behind Maskwa Aquatic Club on Sunday, September 17.

After our hike, YNC members will get to help with the Halifax Bioblitz (“HaliBlitz”) taking place in the same area. A bioblitz aims to identify as many species in an area a possible in a given time. It’s a kind of species identification race, where everyone wins, including nature. The HaliBlitz is one of several bioblitz taking place across Canada this year. This event will show which species live in the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. These insights will allow us to better manage this protected area, and will allow us to get to know its inhabitants a little better. YNC members will be paired up with some of the taxonomic crews (such as experts looking for insects, mushrooms, or birds) and will get to assist them in their search for species.

This is a 2 hour field trip (1 hour hike, followed by 1 hour of helping naturalists at the HaliBlitz), but you may want to stay longer to have lunch, and/or explore more of what is going on at the HaliBlitz. I will also be leading additional biodiversity-themed hikes in the afternoon as part of the HaliBlitz, in case you want to recommend them to friends.

We will meet in the parking lot BESIDE the parking lot of Maskwa Aquatic Club. This is the big gravel parking lot you see on your left when you get to the end of Saskatoon Drive (no need to park close to the Maskwa buildings). Please register for this event by sending an email with the number of people in your family/group attending to ynchalifax at yncns dot ca.

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Maskwa Aquatic Club (trails behind club)

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