Community invited to document Niagara Escarpment biodiversity

Members of the Brock community are invited to explore the Niagara Escarpment and collect data on local ecosystems.

As a partner in the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Network (NEBN), Brock is helping to ensure the sustainability of the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve that stretches more than 700 kilometres from Niagara to Tobermory.

To assist in these ongoing efforts, NEBN is hosting a Bioblitz event on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 30. The free, family-friendly event welcomes citizen scientists to visit the Niagara Escarpment at any time during the weekend to identify and catalogue bugs, birds, amphibians, mammals and plants. The ecosystem is currently home to more than 2,000 plant and animal species.

Participants are encouraged to contribute their findings using iNaturalist, a free mobile app that can help identify and record species.

The submitted data will create a baseline for researchers and the local community to monitor biodiversity over time.

Further information about the NEBN and Bioblitz can be found on the NEBN project site in iNaturalist.

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