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Citizen Science Bioblitzes in the Madawaska Highlands with CPAWS-OV

Location: Ottawa Valley / carpool from Ottawa, Ontario
Type: volunteer (camping; meals provided; see below)

  • Do you want to learn more about conservation?
  • Do you want to become a scientist for the day?
  • Do you want to get out of the city and enjoy the beautiful nature of the Madawaska Highlands?
  • Do you want to contribute to a project that will help to protect the Madawaska Highlands?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, come volunteer with us at a bioblitz event!

We are excited to announce that we will be organizing a series of bioblitzes this summer and early fall in the Madawaska Highlands. The first bioblitz is taking place from July 19-21 near Black Donald Lake in Calabogie.

If you would like to participate, please register by emailing: madawaska@cpaws.org . There will be a max of 20 volunteers for the event and spots will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline to register is July 12 but we recommend registering early to secure your spot.

What is a bioblitz?

A bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. These bioblitzes are part of a larger effort to protect the Madawaska Highlands. We know this beautiful region is home to many species, including many that are at risk but there is still a general lack of data on species and ecosystems. The data we collect during these events will help us demonstrate the ecological and cultural value of the Madawaska Highlands to decision makers, stakeholders, and the public and will be used as a tool to advocate for better environmental protection in the region.

The first bioblitz will take place over the July 19-21 weekend. We will be arriving on the Friday afternoon, camping overnight on Friday and Saturday, and departing on the Sunday afternoon. If participants are driving themselves, there is not a requirement to camp overnight but if you are able, we highly recommend it as our species surveys will begin relatively early in the morning – it’s also a lot of fun!

**This will be the first bioblitz of three taking place in the Madawaska Highlands this year. There will also be events in mid-August and mid-September, and we will provide more details on those closer to the dates.**

We will have ecology experts and indigenous knowledge experts to help lead the bioblitzes and teach volunteers about different species and how to identify different plants and animals. No previous experience with species surveys and identification is required for volunteers and we welcome all ability levels. The week leading up to the bioblitz, we will have an online training session for volunteers (exact date and time TBD). Volunteers will also be provided with a training manual.

What else do you need to know?

  • All meals will be provided. When registering please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. We typically do mostly vegetarian meals. We will also bring drinking water.
  • Please bring a tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and camping chair. Please let us know if you do not have this camping equipment as we have extras that we can lend out. Volunteers are also asked to bring a rain jacket and waterproof footwear, bug repellent and sunscreen, flashlight/headlamp, and a reusable water bottle. All field equipment for the species surveys will be provided.
  • We may be able to arrange carpooling from Ottawa. If you require a ride, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. Additionally, if you are planning on driving yourself and are willing to drive other volunteers, please let us know that as well.
  • In addition to performing the species surveys, there may also be the opportunity for swimming in the lake, campfires, and hiking in the nearby trails!

How to apply:

If you have any questions or would like to register, please email Sasha at madawaska@cpaws.org . We really hope you’ll join us! The success of these events and the campaign to protect the Madawaska Highlands depend on amazing volunteers like you!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 25 2024    ID: 71469