Blitzers find plenty at Pond Nature Reserve BioBlitz

Long Point Basin Land Trust’s first BioBlitz event was a big success

(Port Rowan, ON) Long Point Basin Land Trust (LPBLT)’s first BioBlitz was held on August 12th at the Shirley and George Pond Nature Reserve. Six experts donated their time and knowledge to inventory trees, plants, butterflies and other pollinators, bats, and moths. Over 30 people attended the three different workshops hosted throughout the day. Armed with reference guides, binoculars and cameras, participants assisted the experts in identifying as many species as they could while exploring the property. Highlights of the day include 20 different butterfly species identified, three different bat species identified, and sightings of an Eastern Screech-owl and a Red-bellied Snake. The total species count is still being tallied; however, the current total count of species is 174.

Stefan Weber leading the Plant ID group during the BioBlitz. Photo by: L. Gauthier-Helmer

The fun does not stop there. If you were unable to attend LPBLT’s BioBlitz, you can still contribute to inventorying biodiversity by undertaking a Mini-Blitz Challenge. Participants are challenged to identify as many species as they can in 150 minutes on any LPBLT property or in any greenspace. For more information, please visit www.longpointlandtrust.ca or contact Lyndsay Shular at steward@longpointlandtrust.ca.

Long Point Basin Land Trust would like to thank Stefan Weber, Adam Biddle, Jenna Siu, Bernie Solymar, Toby Thorne, and Mary Gartshore, as well as everyone who came out to help make the event a big success. Thank you to Burning Kiln Winery for their support and gracious donations, and to Olde Tyme Deli and Eatery for providing a delicious lunch. Funding for the BioBlitz was provided by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Participants with group leader Adam Biddle, during the Tree ID portion of the BioBlitz

steward@longpointlandtrust.ca