This spring the Haliburton Highlands Trust is sponsoring a bioblitz. Although still in the planning stages, here are a few details provided by Ed Poropat who is organizing the event:
All meetings will now be held in Gravenhurst at the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre (Grace and Speed Museum), located at 275 Steamship Bay Road off Hwy. 169 N (towards Bala).
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Canada's Great National Bird Debate - Bob Bowles, MFN charter member, wrote about the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's efforts to seek consensus for Canada's national bird in the Orillia Packet & Times in December 2016. He'll speak to the club about the debate about naming a national bird for Canada's 150th anniversary, how the Gray Jay came to prominence by default, and the research he's been doing into small outlier populations in Simcoe, Carden, Muskoka, and eastern Ontario.
Saturday, 13 May 2017 (Rain date 14 May)
Join us for the annual Great Canadian Birdathon (formerly known as the Baillie Birdathon). While the name has changed the goal remains the same: to count as many species as possible and raise funds for both the MFN and Bird Studies Canada. We will meet at Kerr Park at 7:00 a.m. Lagoon sightings will be first on the list before moving on to other birding locations. Come out for a great spring outing and be the one to find that rare bird!
Where: Dahl Forest. A beautiful 400 acre property that straddles the pristine Burnt River, S of Gelert, ON in Haliburton County. Some of you might recognize the site as it is where Common Sanddragon was first discovered in Haliburton County.
When: Saturday, June 24th to Sunday, June 25th
Time: 11:00am to 11:00am.
There will be an area set aside for camping, for those that would prefer to do that. Feel free to come for a few hours or for the entire 24hour period. I would love to collect data on as many taxa as possible, but this will obviously depend on the expertise available. I am hoping to have some short guided hikes for the general public throughout the day, focused on different groups of plants or animals.
Please feel free to contact me and let me know if you might be interested in participating, and what taxa you could assist with. Also, please feel free to share this with friends/acquaintances that might also be keen to assist.
For more information:
Or contact Ed to sign up at: email@example.com