The Great Salish Sea BioBlitz


Photo: Thomas Shahon

Do you know the difference between a nudibranch and a sand dollar? Here’s your chance to learn! The Great Salish Sea BioBlitz is the perfect opportunity for citizen scientists of all ages to get outside and learn about the environment around Victoria. Participate from your favourite beach or coastline.

A BioBlitz is a wilderness scavenger hunt to try to identify as many species as possible in a short period of time. This helps give us a snapshot of an area’s diversity of wildlife, or biodiversity.

Taking part is easy. Download iNaturalist onto your phone. Now all you have to do is take a picture! The app automatically generates suggestions, or you can submit it without a label and it will get identified by other users.

The event runs July 3-12 as part of a youth-led initiative from Ocean Bridge and the Georgia Strait Alliance. It’s organized by Geography and Anthropology alum Kirsten Mathison and current Sociology Master’s student Chelsea Power.

It’s a fun and educational way to get outside and interact with the people and animals of the Salish Sea bioregion while maintaining physical distance. Register for free on Eventbrite to stay connected and get all the links you need to participate.

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