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Citizen Scientists Document Life in the Ottawa River Valley

Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 11, 2014

Citizen Scientists Document Life in the Ottawa River Valley

June 11, 2014 – On the weekend of June 14th & 15th nature lovers from all backgrounds will join the Jessup’s Falls Escarpment Landowner Group, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ontario Nature for the Jessup’s Falls BioBlitz. Their efforts will focus on documenting the various plant and wildlife species that live around Jessup’s Falls and the Plantagenet Caves.

Base camp for the BioBlitz will be at Mariposa Farm (6468 County Road 17, Plantagenet) and the event will run from 10:00am on Saturday June 14th to 10:00am on Sunday June 15th. The species data gathered by the citizen scientists will help biologists from Ontario Nature and the Nature Conservancy of Canada learn about the area’s plants and animals so they can better protect them.

“The Jessup’s Falls BioBlitz is a great way for people to learn about our province’s wildlife and habitats while gathering important scientific information,” said Lisa Richardson, Ontario Nature’s Nature Network Coordinator. “We encourage everyone to come out and join the fun!”

In addition to the inventory, the BioBlitz will also feature an introduction to the Ontario Reptile & Amphibian Atlas and guidance on how ordinary citizens can submit observations to the atlas.

This event is free and open to interested participants of all ages and skill levels. No special skills or knowledge are required! All participants must sign in at the registration desk before they can join the inventory.

The Jessup’s Falls BioBlitz is a part of the Ontario BioBlitz, a province-wide initiative aimed at documenting all life in Ontario while educating Ontarians about the importance of our biological diversity. The Ontario BioBlitz is a joint effort of Ontario Nature, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Biological Institute of Ontario, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Toronto Zoo.

For more information about the Jessup’s Falls BioBlitz, contact Lisa Richardson at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 222 or lisar@ontarionature.org.

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