A BioBlitz brings together scientists, naturalists and the general public to document all the species they can in a particular area, and within 24-hours. Participants scan the skies for birds, sweep up insects, identify fungi, and even zap fish (safely) out of the water; the end result produces a snapshot of biodiversity for that area, and provides a tactile way for participants to engage with and learn about their local environment.
In 2017, for Canada’s 150th anniversary, the government designated the BioBlitz a signature project. Traveling across Southern Ontario to Halifax, I covered these events for local organizations and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. To me, this is a story about discovery, research, conservation and connection. What's more, attending these events solidified my belief that conservation efforts need to engage people, young and old, in meaningful ways to their natural areas – a BioBlitz is a great start.