BioBlitz 2017

 

Join us on August 12th-13th to take part in a BioBlitz and contribute to our knowledge of Stanley Park’s biodiversity. This event offers something for everyone from scientists to budding naturalists to outdoor enthusiasts.  

Families with small children will enjoy the environmental festival at Lumberman’s Arch on August 12th from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.!

Register for expert-led field surveys, interpretive walks, and family-fun activities.  Events listed below. Participation is FREE, nevertheless registration is required.

Join the Stanley Park BioBlitz project and download iNaturalist before the event.

This event is an outreach campaign of the national BioBlitz Canada 150 initiative, working in concert with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

 

Schedule of Activities – Saturday, August 12th


Saturday Festival
– Free drop-in for everyone

Lumberman’s Arch (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

 

Ecology for Everyone: Programming for all ages at the Festival

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Treetop Treasures
Discover the creatures living in the treetops of Stanley Park.  Analyze pictures taken in the tree tops by trail cameras
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Science World Stage
Visit the stage for interactive shows about sustainability and the environment 
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Life in the Nearshore
Meet the divers from the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society as they bring back underwater treasures

 

Saturday Programming – Registration Required


Ecology for Everyone:
 
Programming for all ages

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Beach Seine: Let’s ID Invertebrates!
Join us to identify the incredible little creatures that live in the water just off the shores of Stanley Park.
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Owl Prowl
Brave the night in Stanley Park join a walk to visit the owls of the Park.

 

Saturday Programming – Registration Required


Family Blitz:
 
Special programming for children

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Birding Basics: Forest Birds
Test your bird identification skills with an expert and try to identify as many birds species as you can.
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Seeds on the Move
Take a closer look at the seed bearing plants and add new species to your plant life list.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Bug Hunt
Let’s flip some logs and search in the fallen leaves, we are going on a bug hunt.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Bug Hunt
There are still some flipped logs out there!  Join our second bug hunt.

 

Saturday Programming – Registration Required


Nature Nerds: 
Programming for individuals over 12

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Beach Seine: Catching Invertebrates
There are an incredible number of little creatures that live in the water just off the shores of Stanley Park. Come and take a look as we bring some to the shore for identification.
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Indigenous Knowledge and Knowing
Participate in a different kind of knowledge: the knowing of plants and animals, land and sea, kept alive through a cultural and spiritual connection.
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Fun with Fungi
Fungi is more than just mushrooms, join an expert and learn more about the vast diversity of fungus.
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Soaring Shore Birds
Who is out there on the water? Learn how to identify our feathered friends on the shore.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Plants Unearthed
Join this discovery walk to find out what plants are in the park!
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Bats of the Night
There are a number of different species of bats in Stanley Park. Come and meet some of the bats, up close once we catch them with mist netting!

 

 

Schedule of Activities – Sunday, August 13th

 

Sunday Mini Festivals – Free drop-in for everyone
Nature House (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Beaver Lake (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)


Ecology for Everyone:
 
Programming for all ages at Nature House

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Bugs, Slugs, Snails, and more! 
Join in on an informational presentation that will answer all your questions about insects and gastropods.

 

Sunday Programming – Registration Required


Ecology for Everyone:
 
Programming for all ages

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Hummingbird Banding
Observe these striking hummers up close and discover what makes them so special!
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Forest Sense Walk 
A walk devoted to the sensory exploration of the forest including snack and story time with forest teas from Gaia Gardens. This walk is drop-in only starting at Beaver Lake.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Discover the Swimmers
There are tiny, spineless creatures in Beaver Lake waiting to be discovered.

 

Sunday Programming – Registration Required


Family Blitz:
 
Special programming for children

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Sounds of the Songbirds
This one is for the early risers. Birds like to come out before the day gets too warm and so should you if you would like to have the best chance of seeing them!
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pollinators of the Park
Join the Environmental Youth Alliance and learn a new way to look at your local pollinating creatures.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The UnbeLEAFable Plant Walk
There are so many different kinds of plants in Stanley Park – try to identify them all!

 

Sunday Programming – Registration Required


Nature Nerds: 
Programming for individuals over 12

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Birds of Beaver Lake
In the cool shaded areas of Beaver Lake, birds romp from branch to branch. Come and develop your identification skills.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A Plant-astic Walk
Join this survey and learn more about the huge diversity of plant life in the Park.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Woody Woodpeckers
Join an expert on a search for these woodworkers of the woods.
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Indigenous Knowledge and Knowing
Participate in a different kind of knowledge: the knowing of plants and animals, land and sea, kept alive through a cultural and spiritual connection.

 

We thank the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Department of Canadian Heritage the support.
Nous nous remercions la Fédération canadienne de la faune et le Ministère du Patrimoine canadien pour le soutien.