OTTAWA, ON – While the Auditor General’s report was announced to Parliament on May 16, small groups of parliamentarians were making a different account, the wildlife species Hill. The Signature Canada 150 – BioBlitz Canada 150 project was launched at a BioBlitz demonstration.
“This fascinating project will help raise our environmental awareness. Let’s take advantage of Canada 150 to celebrate the natural beauty of our country and learn more about Canadian wildlife, an invaluable source of wealth,” said the Honorable Melanie Joly, Minister Of Canadian Heritage.
In just 45 minutes, the explorers made a blitz of 137 species in the air, soil and water, while they were a few meters from the hundreds of tourists and the turbulent river and then a few days Near the floods behind the Hill. The results were recorded in the large national iNaturalist.ca database.
The two teams led by parliamentarians from each political party joined naturalist experts while they were also encouraged by Parliamentary Secretary for Science Kate Young and the Clerk of the House of Commons representing Parliament. In their estimates of the species found, the figures varied between 3,100 and 67 (the first number being more symbolic than serious). The estimate closest to the final result, 167 species, was that initiated by the Deputy Richard Cannings of Okanagan South-Kootenay West, also a professor of biology.
The largest species found in the natural habitat of the Hill was a Butternut, while in the barely visible category was the Freshwater Plankton. A Bumblebee has also been identified, a species to be monitored in the coming years, according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Finally, it was a Great Blue Heron who closed the BioBlitz by imposing itself at the very end on the gathering air of the participants.
Not far from the Parliament, it is necessary to go to the Park of the Gatineau to find 3592 kinds of identified species. The public will be able to participate in the BioBlitz celebrations of the National Capital, June 10-11. The list of species in the Park has been compiled for decades through various reports, with the contribution of recognized experts. Even with the gathering of these efforts, new scientific data will be added this year.
BioBlitz activities take place throughout the year across Canada. The Canadian Wildlife Federation and its conservation partners call on Canadians from coast to coast to coast to join the celebrations. To visit the official 35 BioBlitz calendar in addition to the freelancers, visit bioblitzcanada.ca.
The CWF invites all Canadians to play the game, trying to guess the total number of species that will be identified throughout the series of events, the last being October 31, 2017. Watch for the next unveilings Very soon.
About the Canadian Wildlife
Federation : The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By disseminating knowledge about human impacts on the environment, conducting research, developing and implementing education programs, promoting sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and cooperating with Partners, CWF promotes a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature.
Source: Canadian Wildlife Federation