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​​​Rogers Reservoir BioBlitz

Will you help us search, collect and identify regionally rare and endangered species at Rogers Re​servoir Conservation Area​? We could also use help to guide a hike, lead volunteers, and share knowledge.

Join us for the 2018 BioBlitz and find out what amphibians, reptiles, fish, plants, insects and breeding birds call Rogers ​R​eser​voir home.​

Event D​etails

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 5:00 a.m. until dusk (join us for a few hours or stay the whole day)
Location: Rogers Reservoir ​Conservation Area
Cost: FREE 

Community event registration is open now! Spaces are limited, so please select only the events you can attend. Each guided hike is approximately one hour long. 

Click to register for the 2018 BioBlitz
 

Community Event Schedule

 

​Time

Activity​

​​Description

​7am​

Birding Hike​​

​Keep your ears tuned and eyes peeled as we hike slowly along the trail. Under the expert guidance of Bruce Brydon, learn how to observe and recognize our feathered friends. Will we hear the loud drumming of the Pileated woodpecker? Will we see the black mask of the Cedar Waxwing? Come and find out! Binoculars are recommended.

​8am
​Breakfast 
​Continental Breakfast (bagels, fruit, granola bars)
​9am
​Wetlands Hike
​Do you want to learn more about wetlands and the species that live in them? Come on out for a wetland hike with Jennifer Lavigne from Ducks Unlimited and Brian Kemp from LSRCA. While on the hike you will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of species and learn about both naturally occurring and recently constructed wetlands at Rogers Reservoir.
​10am - 12pm
​Kids Wildlife Drop In Activities 
  • ​​I spy with my little eye… our nature scavenger hunt will get little eyes and feet out on the trails searching for special items of interest. Challenging for kids of all ages!
  • Can you tell the difference between a fox, raccoon or beaver fur? Feel the differences in texture of many different kinds of animal pelts we'll have on display. Then see if you can figure out which animal they belong to! ​
  • Did you know that 99% of life is smaller than a bee? Use our insect collection boxes and nets to discover what tiny animals are all around us. 
  • Play our invasive species matching game: which is the periwinkle and which is the garlic mustard? Test out your knowledge and learn something new!
  • Who doesn't love a personalized button? Kids, pick your favourite colours and bring the outline of Gary the Grasshopper to life. Wear that pin proudly to show your support for the BioBlitz!
  • Kids under 12, don't forget to take your nature-themed loot bag to continue the fun at home!​
​11am
Electrofishing and Aquatic Insects Demonstration 

​Have you ever wondered how electrofishing works? Now is the time to find out! This session will give you the opportunity to see LSRCA's Aquatic Ecologist Rob Wilson in action! He will explain why electrofishing is being used and how the process works. If you're lucky, you may even see species such as Pike or White Suckers. 

The second part of this session will include a talk and demonstration on aquatic insects by Ray Bolton, an Environmental Monitoring Expert from LSRCA. He'll show you how they're captured through the travelling kick and sweep method.


​12pm
​Lunch
​BBQ
​1pm
​Bees & Beyond
​Join Erika Nardone bumblebee expert from Credit Valley Conservation on an exciting hike where she will teach you all about bees. At the end of the hike, you will have a chance to safely catch a bee using a special net and Erika will help you identify it. 
​3pm
​Grasslands and Species at Risk Hike
​Join us on a hike with Melanie Shaiera from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Lori McLean form LSRCA to learn about grasslands and Species at Risk including the Meadowlark and Bobolink. Throughout the hike, we'll teach you about grassland ecology and breeding bird populations in the area. 
​5pm
​Dinner
​Pizza​

​9pm
​Nighttime Creatures
​During this exciting and informative night walk, you will rely on your ears and expert guidance to carefully listen for the calls of nighttime party animals. Staff from the Toronto Zoo's Adopt -A- Pond program will go through the different senses that these creatures use to adapt to their surroundings and look out for danger.

​Meeting Place

Meet us at Holland Landing Public School at the registration pavilion to sign in before we get started. The map and additional details will be sent to registered participants by June 7.

More About Rogers Reservoir

Rogers Reservoir consists of a mix of riparian and upland forest, a small plantation, wetlands (both naturally occurring and recently constructed) and meadow habitats.

For more information, contact Christa Sharp, 905-895-1281 or c.sharp@LSRCA.on.ca