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Mayne–Galiano BioBlitz 2019
The Mayne Island Conservancy along with the Galiano Conservancy Association will be hosting our first Bioblitz for Mayne and Galiano Islands May 3-5, 2019.
Islanders are invited to participate in our BioBlitz in various capacities, whether by taking part in community activities, helping experts sample our species diversity, or by paddling along in our fundraising effort: a Paddle Along for Biodiversity!
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is a concentrated, multi-disciplinary inventory of biological organisms in a defined geographic area done in a limited time frame. It is designed to improve knowledge of local biodiversity, providing a comprehensive picture of the local flora and fauna and helping to identify rare and sensitive species. We have invited research scientists and graduate students with specific knowledge to help us and we are extending this invitation to you, the members of our community.
The purpose of our 2019 BioBlitz is to help fill gaps and provide more detailed information on the biodiversity of our islands. A record of the flora and fauna provides an important baseline looking forward to the potential impacts on our changing ecosystems in years to come, and also looking backward to the historical record of species previously reported for our island. The Conservancy will be using this expanded knowledge to improve its restoration programs, walkabouts and conservation work both in the forested and marine ecosystems of the island.
And you can be a part of this …
Among the community activities we'll be hosting during this year's BioBlitz are:
LEARN TO USE iNATURALIST
BEACH SEINE & AQUARIA
ART SHOW AT AGRICULTURAL HALL
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help out!
Join us a Miners Bay Park, May 5, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm under the tents. We will be hosting family and community member activities and events all related to participating in and creating the legacy of the BioBlitz 2019.
See the full program of activities here.
We will have microscopes for viewing all manner of creatures close up.
We will have a identification table staffed by knowledgeable students helping with identification of the photos or specimens of plants and creatures that you bring in. This area will also have reference material for all to peruse.
Learn how to press plants and label them. You get to take the plant press with you.
Learn about using the international database for citizen scientists and experts alike – iNaturalist for identification and recording of your observations.
Create a Mayne biodiversity mural with local artists that will grace the entrance wall to the Conservancy office. This creation is geared to children and adults.
At the beach...
Join us at Miners Bay beach for a beach seine and aquarium viewing of the marine creatures found in the net. Experts will be available tell the stories of these organisms.
Gather on Miners Bay dock in the afternoon to see what marine creatures divers bring from deep water to the aquariums. Specialists will be on hand to tell the stories.
Attend the very special art show at the Agricultural Hall (11 am to 2:30 pm) featuring the amazing scientific artwork of Mayne Island’s Sally Sexsmith as well as works on nature by our local artists.
And more …
Mark your calendars for May 5, 2019 Miners Bay Park.