Celebrate Canada 150 with a BioBlitz at Chambly Canal National Historic Site Parks Canada

21 July 2017
Celebrate Canada 150 with a BioBlitz at Chambly Canal National Historic Site Parks Canada

Parks Canada BioBlitzes invite families to help scientists identify flora and fauna.

Throughout 2017, Parks Canada is hosting BioBlitz events across the country in support of BioBlitz Canada 150, a Canadian Heritage signature Canada 150 initiative led by the Canadian Wildlife Foundation. BioBlitzes are fun and educational activities that let families team up with scientists to discover plant and animal species and contribute to their protection.

As we celebrate Canada 150 with free admission to Parks Canada places, the BioBlitz at the Chambly Canal is a great opportunity for families to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment.

A BioBlitz is a team effort to find as many different life forms as possible in one location during a short period of time. At this time of year, many plants and critters are at the peak of their activity and most visible. This nation-wide initiative aims to capture a snapshot of biodiversity on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Events are planned throughout the summer along the banks of the Chambly Canal and across the country.

Preserving and promoting ecological integrity is a priority for Parks Canada and the Government of Canada has committed to protecting 17 per cent of land and inland waters, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine waters by 2020. Canada 150 offers an opportunity for all citizens to get involved in helping to protect the environment and Canada’s biodiversity.

Please visit the Parks Canada website for a full list of BioBlitz events happening across the country, and make conservation part of your plans for Canada 150.

Over the past two years, BioBlitz participants across the country have discovered one new type of mushroom, eight types of bats, and 33 new plants! What will YOU discover?

There are two ways to take part in the BioBlitz at the Chambly Canal:
1) Participate in activities accompanied by experts and volunteers from the Comité de concertation et de valorisation du bassin de la rivière Richelieu and the Club d’ornithologie du Haut-Richelieu, to document and share your discoveries. In small groups, you will record the wildlife that you observe while exploring the banks of the Chambly Canal around Fryer Island. No experience is necessary. All participants will be either paired with experts or provided instruction on how to identify and record species. Events start in mid-May! Register today to save your spot. Visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/chamblycanal to see the full schedule and learn more.

2) Create an account on iNaturalist.ca and download the mobile app, developed in partnership with Parks Canada. Then take pictures and record your observations during your walks along the Chambly Canal all summer long. Join this national movement in support of biodiversity and create your own Canadian nature selfie! #BioBlitz150

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“The Government of Canada is deeply committed to preserving our national parks, expanding the system of protected areas, and contributing to the recovery of species-at-risk. Innovative programs like BioBlitzes enable Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to get directly involved in protecting our biodiversity in fun and interactive ways. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to connect with nature through the expanded BioBlitz program at Parks Canada places across the country.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

  • The Government is happy to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Use your 2017 Discovery Pass to visit fabulous places like Forts Chambly and Lennox!
  • Parks Canada is a recognized leader in conservation. Through its Conservation and Restoration Program, Parks Canada takes actions to preserve national parks and contribute to the recovery of species-at-risk.

Related Links
Chambly Canal National Historic Site
Parks Canada BioBlitz
iNaturalist
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Contacts
Audrey Godin-Champagne
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Quebec Waterways
Parks Canada Agency
450-447-4888
audrey.godin-champagne@pc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
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