Whistler Bioblitz 2014
2014 marked the 8th annual Whistler Bioblitz. Bioblitz is a 24-hour race against the clock to count as many species as possible- mammals, birds, plants, frogs, fish, bugs- you name it. It introduces people to real science and the amazing biodiversity that surrounds us in our community.
The 2014 event took place on August 23-24 and attracted 65 of the provinces top scientists and nature educators, including a large contingent from the Royal BC Museum and UBC Biodiversity Museum. The visiting scientists all volunteer their time and expertise to Bioblitz.
For the first time this year the event was expanded into Pemberton- so it was dubbed "SuperBioblitz"
After a full day of hunting for species in Whistler, the scentists piled into the bus and headed to the Riverside wetlands in Pemberton where they combed the wetlands, dry bluffs and Bathtub Trail.
Community members dropped by the Nature Festival at Alpha Lake Park in Whistler to see amphibians, reptiles, spiders, insects, plants, and fungi at the interpretive displays. On the Saturday evening, visitors learned directly from the scientists about fossils, moths, owls and bats. Children participated in the Wild Things Scavenger Hunt.
Approximately 600 species were counted over the 24 hour event, with 50 new species found for Whistler.
The Whistler BioBlitz was the first event of its kind in western Canada. It has inspired at least six BioBlitzes in other communities such as Vancouver, Victoria, Sunshine Coast, Metchosin and even Halifax.
Whistler BioBlitz is an important community event. Part of what makes it so special is the unique and valuable opportunities it creates for community members to interact with and learn directly from leading scientists in our province.
In addition, it collects important inventory data about the local biodiversity. This data is important to the community for monitoring of our natural environment.
And finally, it's a whole lot of fun!
Whistler BioBlitz was supported with a grant from the Environmental Legacy Fund.
Have a look at the video:
And check out the Photo Gallery, with special thanks to Joern Rohde Photography for capturing the event: