Help document nature during the 2022 Backyard Bioblitz

Posted On Wednesday July 27, 2022
2022 Backyard Bioblitz poster
2022 Backyard Bioblitz poster

Calling all citizen scientists and nature lovers! The City of Cornwall needs your help to be on the lookout for biodiversity during its first ever Backyard Bioblitz!

From Thursday, July 28 until August 1st 2022, residents are encouraged to go outside and identify as many insect, plant, and animal species as they can. Don’t have a backyard? Find the nearest green space near you!

The event is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to contribute to science through data collection and monitoring.

To participate, simply create a free iNaturalist account on the following webpage (https://www.inaturalist.org/signup?return_to=https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/about) or download the free app:

Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&gl=US

Once that’s done, search for Backyard Bioblitz Cornwall. Lastly, join the City of Cornwall Public Project by visiting: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-of-cornwall-public.

Get your camera or phone ready! Photograph and record sightings of as many species of plants, animals, and insects as possible within City limits.

Every observation counts! Together, we’ll document species so that conservationists may one day use this information to target conservation locations for species at risk or to combat the spread of invasive ones. Bioblitzes have even led to the documentation of rare or endangered species.

For more information, contact the City of Cornwall’s Green Infrastructure Research Assistant Kimberly Bray at kbray@cornwall.ca.

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