Chelsea BioBlitz

Discover your wild neighbours

For 24 hours, from Saturday June 5 to Sunday June 6, scientists and naturalists will converge on Chelsea in a race to identify as many different species of flora and fauna as possible. Many exciting public activities will take place on Saturday June 5th from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. See the Schedule of Events for more information.

It’s called a BioBlitz, and it is a partnership between the Municipality of Chelsea, the National Capital Commission, and ACRE. Over 41 experts in birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, plants, fungi, and lichen will survey as many species as they can in a race against the clock.

During the Bioblitz, teams of professional ornithologists, botanists, herpetologists, entomologists, mammalogists, mycologists and lichenologists will comb through the numerous habitats in five of Chelsea’s largest parcels of land -- its forests, meadows, wetlands, and creeks -- in search of species in their particular taxa of specialty.

In addition to gathering scientific information, a primary objective of the Bioblitz is to bring awareness to local residents about the rich diversity of life in their backyards. It’s an important public education opportunity, a chance to discover new things about Chelsea and what makes it special and worthy of good stewardship.

The public will find plenty to do at the Bioblitz base camp at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre on Scott Road. A pavilion tent will house kiosks and representatives of local and regional environmental organizations--including ACRE, Friends of Gatineau Park, Gatineau Park, and Environment Canada, along with displays and exhibits. Scientists will interact with the public at base camp, answering questions about their area of specialty and in some cases showing specimens. It will be a very interesting way for the public to connect with science and learn more about the environment they live in.

Click here for the 2010 BioBlitz calendar of events >>

See the 2009 Bioblitz Result >>