Participate in PECFN’s BioBlitz at Ostrander Point, August 9-10, 2014

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Public invited to help inventory the biologically significant Ostrander Point.

No experience is necessary.

Come for an hour, an afternoon, an evening, a day or for both days.

The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are hosting the county’s first ever BioBlitz at Ostrander Point. The event runs over a 24 hour period from noon on Saturday August 9 to noon on Sunday August 10, 2014 and includes guided tours for the public focussing on how to identify a variety of species from plants to birds, insects and amphibians and reptiles.

Ostrander Point is located within the South Shore Important Bird Area, a site recognized globally for its importance to birds and biodiversity.

“Much of the biodiversity of the South Shore Important Bird Area has not been identified” notes Myrna Wood of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists Club. Wood continues “Ostrander Point was the subject of an Environmental Review Tribunal hearing during which it became clear that we still have a lot to discover about the flora and fauna of the site. We hope this BioBlitz will help us uncover mysteries of who is living here as well as introduce the public to this unique site. Ostrander Point really is a gem that we have in the County, and it needs to be better understood.”

Wood and other naturalist experts [see list below] are aiming to identify as many species as possible at this unique site in a 24 hour period. The Ostrander Point BioBlitz is being held with the support of the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and Nature Canada.

Since poison ivy and ticks are common in County wildlands, everyone should wear closed shoes, long sleeves and trousers.

Time Topic
11:00 continues throughout event Registration 2763 Cty. Rd. 13
12 – 12:30 Introductory talk Dr. Paul Catling & Ted Cheskey
12:45 – 2:15 Butterflies Dr. Paul Catling, Ottawa
12:45 – 2:15 Turtles and Frogs Tanya Pulfer, ON, Reptile & Amphibian Atlas
12:45 – 3 Monarch census Myrna Wood, PECFN
2:30 – 4 Insects Dr. Henri Goulet, Ottawa
2:30 – 4 Alvar Plants and Habitat Dr. Paul Catling
2:30 – 4 Insectivore birds Ted Cheskey, Nature Canada
4 -5 Insects through the microscope Dr. Henri Goulet
4 – 5 Turtles and Frogs Ms. Tanya Pulfer
5 – 7:00 Dinner $5
7 – 8 Insect trap set up Dr. Henri Goulet
7 – 8 Submit records
8:30 – 9:30 Evening bird walks Ted Cheskey & Cheryl Anderson
8:30 – 10 Moths Dr. Henri Goulet
7-9 Bird Walk Terry Sprague
8 – 9 Insects examine traps Dr. Henri Goulet
9:30 – 11 Aquatic Insects Dr. Henri Goulet
9:30 – 11 Alvar Birds  Ted Cheskey
10 – 12 Aquatic insects through the mic. Dr. Henri Goulet
11 -12 Butterflies Dr. Paul Catling
12 noon BBQ Wrap up $5 submit observations


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