Bioblitz Opportunity!

The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust will be holding a Bioblitz from May 27-28! During a Bioblitz, volunteers and specialists survey an area, documenting every living thing that they see. Participating in a Bioblitz is a great way to aide conservation research and meet natural history experts. Please see below for details about the event and how to register:


For a 24 hour period, starting at 12:00 P.M. on Friday May 27th until 12:00 P.M. on Saturday May 28th, the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust will be conducting a Bioblitz at the McLeod Woods Nature Reserve in Aurora .   

Imagine an island of green, where cool waters flow from natural seeps, at risk trees like the Butternut cling to the soil, and birds and amphibians chirp and call in the dawning hours.  This beautiful oasis is an island, but it isn’t surrounded by water.  Instead, it is surrounded on 3 sides by new housing developments.  The pressures on this 40 acres is enormous!  Now is the time to document the diversity of species in this mixed hardwood forest, so that we can better understand the impacts of development and settlement on our natural areas.  The nurse logs in this forest are outstanding, and you’ll even have a chance to see a blue beech tree – a rare sighting in this area of Ontario!

Critical to the success of this initiative will be volunteer contributions; we are actively seeking individuals from local community groups and environmental organizations to participate in this event.  Within a 24 hour period we will organize crews to provide maximum coverage, working in shifts of 3-4 hours each.

Volunteers to undertake the inventory, working in groups of 3-4, led by one individual having a high level of expertise in the identification of a certain category, e.g. plants, birds, insects, etc.  We anticipate 60-85 volunteers being involved.

A preliminary estimate shows 28 specialists being required, although some specialists may be interested in participating on more than one crew.  














Mushrooms / Lichen


Trees / Shrubs



Volunteers are requested to bring their own supplies such as:

·        Rubber boots or hiking boots depending on where they are requesting to work

·        Bug suits, head nets or spray

·        Sunscreen

·        Hats, gloves, rain gear (personal clothing)

·        Flashlights (headlights) for those on night shift

·        Diet specific snacks


Work plan essentials: 

·        A base camp will be established at the property.

·        First aid concerns will be addressed.

·        Refreshments will be provided.

·        Sites to be monitored will be identified and maps provided

·        A support crew will provide the administrative support necessary for the smooth transition and data entry for each of the monitoring crews. 


If interested, and wish to register, please contact Kristie Virgoe, Program Manager, Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, at 905-853-3171 ext 31, or by e-mail at –

Thanks for considering this opportunity.   To register on-line please follow the link below and select the May 27th event


Kristie Virgoe, Program Manager

Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust

18462 Bathurst St.

Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 4V9

905-853-3171 ext 31



Charitable Registration # 87320 8920


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