The Big Backyard BioBlitz calls for contributions to science

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Over the August long weekend, the NCC will host its third annual Big Backyard Bioblitz. For this event, families and individuals are encouraged to enjoy and document the nature around them.

If you’re a Saskatchewan resident who wants to help nature but don’t know what to do, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has a fun event that promotes knowledge and conservation.

Over the August long weekend, the NCC will host its third annual Big Backyard Bioblitz. For this event, families and individuals are encouraged to enjoy and document the nature around them.

” Everyone is invited to participate. It’s a great way for people of all ages to get a closer look at nature and learn more about the biodiversity close to home,” said Kayla Burak, NCC Saskatchewan Engagement Program Manager. . “Spending time outdoors is also beneficial for our physical and mental well-being. The Big Backyard BioBlitz event is a great incentive to connect with nature and other nature lovers while contributing to our collective knowledge of plants, animals and other species in Canada.

Whether you’re in one of our national parks or sitting in your backyard, people can take photos of the species they see and submit their sightings to the NCC. This is one of the largest species inventories in Canada. They compile all critical information on species populations and locations for scientists and conservation planners. The NCC hopes that the information gathered will help plan future protection and restoration efforts in our country.

“Whether you’re recording an invasive plant like Glossy Buckthorn or a rare bird like Red Knot, every entry counts,” Burak said. “Using iNaturalist can provide valuable information such as the location of species outside of their usual range or where invasive species are encroaching. This information can be used to identify habitat important for the protection of species at risk.

Over 6,500 participants recorded over 36,000 sightings across Canada at last year’s event.

Once registered, you will receive a step-by-step guide on how to enter, species identification information, photography tips, and automatic entry to win a Big Backyard BioBlitz prize pack. To register for the Big Backyard BioBlitz, go to www.backyarbrioblitz.com and register at any time.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has brought Canadians together to conserve and restore more than fifteen million hectares since 1962. NCC seeks solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through large-scale conservation . Learn more about visiting the NCC natureconservancy.ca.

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