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MTRI 6th Annual Science Conference: Biodiversity Workshop


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MTRI 6th Annual Science Conference: Biodiversity Workshop

We had an amazing three days of bioblitzing and biodiversity extravaganza July 14th to 16th in Caledonia and Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Many thanks to all of the Kejimkujik Park Staff, experts and researchers, MTRI staff, and volunteers that helped to bring together the three day series of events and pull off another Science Conference.

We kicked off the weekend with the Biodiversity Workshop on Friday at the Caledonia Fire Hall, which saw over 90 people in attendance and 25 expert-led workshops on identifying diverse wildlife from lichens to seabirds. Check out the full program here.

Tom Herman's Small mammals presentation here

Parks Canada hosted their first annual Bioblitz in Kejimkujik National Park on Saturday (main park) and Sunday (seaside). There were organised walks led by experts on how to identify common species in the park, such as “Gone Turtlin’” and “ iNaturalist was promoted as a simple tool for logging observations of wildlife species in the Park. Find out more about the Bioblitz and iNaturalist app here.

Matt Smith with Parks Canada at Biodiversity Workshop

Jonathon Sheppard with Parks Canada at Biodiversity Workshop

Andrew Hebda with Nova Scotia MuseumAlain Belliveau helping to identify fernsCharlane Bishop leading butterfly workshop     Lesley Rogers leading medicinal plants workshop