Backyard BioBlitz encourages Canadians to connect with nature and share what they see

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is running its second annual Big Backyard BioBlitz this long weekend in an attempt to connect Canadians with nature while collecting information to better understand wildlife.

The virtual event, which encourages people to observe nature and learn more about habitats and species in their backyards and neighbourhoods, is an exercise in what the organization calls “citizen science.”

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“Anyone can participate. It’s a great way for people of all ages to look at nature more closely and learn about the plant and animal species close to home,” said Dan Kraus, senior conservation biologist with Nature Conservancy of Canada.

“Spending time outdoors is also beneficial for our physical and mental well-being. This is a great way to connect with nature and fellow nature lovers, while contributing to our collective knowledge on Canada’s wildlife.”

The BioBlitz asks Canadians to register at and then get out into nature and take photos of plants, animals and insects and upload the images to be reviewed by a global network of scientists.

The Nature Conservancy also offers activity sheets for kids, fact sheets and resources to learn more about species identification.

Last year our Big Backyard BioBlitz resulted in more than 20,000 observations.

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