Saturday June 22: Tiny Marsh BioBlitz
Black Tern at Tiny Marsh -John Wright photo
The Tiny Marsh BioBlitz is back!
Join expert naturalists and discover the amazing diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish and plants that live within this expanse of marsh, forest and field north-west of Elmvale.
A BioBlitz is an intense search for as many species as possible in a given space over a given time period. The search is for variety, not quantity – so each species gets counted only once, no matter how many individuals are seen.
For Tiny Marsh Blitzers, the space is the provincial wildlife area’s approximately 900 hectares. Tiny Marsh is recognized as an Important Bird Area, a globally significant habitat for the conservation of bird populations.
Come for just one activity, all day, or part of the day. Our children’s activities attract more interest every year and we’re delighted to help introduce the wonders of nature to the next generation.
Early-bird activities begin at 6:00 am, when the bird groups head out to find waterfowl, songbirds and raptors at the time of day during which they are most active.
Our formal welcome is at 9:45 at the Nature Centre followed by a variety of guided activities beginning at 10:00. We will break for lunch from noon – 1:00. Please bring your own packed lunch. A second round of guided activities begins at 1:00 pm followed by at sharing circle at 3:00 pm. This year we will finish the day with a special sunset activity from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
This is a fun day for specialists, amateurs and newcomers to the world of nature. We have found that a 7-year-old is as likely as a seasoned naturalist to spot a rarity. And children delight in the process of discovery and playing a role as part of the team.
Arrive prepared with weather appropriate clothing including a hat, long pants, and closed footwear, sun protection, sufficient water and insect repellent. Bring snacks (especially those participating in the early morning bird walk). This is a rain or shine event!
Please note there is no potable water available at Tiny Marsh so bring enough water for your day especially if warm temperatures are forecast.