Scanlon Creek is a plant and animal paradise
600 species recorded in a single-day BioBlitz
NEWMARKET, ON – June 29, 2015 – The results are in! On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), Friends of Scanlon Creek, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Streams, The Toronto Zoo, Ontario Nature and a number of other volunteer citizen scientists, nature lovers and community members took on a challenge at the first Scanlon Creek Conservation Area BioBlitz.
“We are thrilled with the results of this first BioBlitz,” said Brian Kemp, General
Manager of Conservation Lands for LSRCA.
“The incredible variety of species living at Scanlon Creek Conservation
Area is a really positive indicator of the health of this area. This is
important because we know what a huge impact our environment has on our own
personal health and well-being!”
is an intensive biological survey of a specific area with the goal of
recording all the living species within that area. These types of events are
done over a continuous time period; often 24 hours.
Along with the discovery of The Little Brown Bat, which is considered to be an endangered species in Canada, the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area BioBlitz group recorded 600 different species, including:
- 284 plants and trees
- 205 insects and spiders
- 79 birds
- 12 reptiles and amphibians
- 12 mammals and
- 8 species of fish
Armed with this information, LSRCA and other scientists will be able to track changes over time and watch the potential movement of species of concern.
"It was a wonderful day for novice or expert alike," student Eliza Montgomery noted: "I was happy to help identify so many species and I also learned a lot in the process."
It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to collaborate, protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed with innovative research, policy and action.
Senior Communications Advisor
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 264
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
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