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General News · 2nd May 2018
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BioBlitz is a 24 hour intensive inventory of the fauna and flora of a given place.
Our place of choice… the Children’s Forest on Cortes Island. From noon on Saturday, May 5 through noon on Sunday, May 6, we will be assessing the biodiversity of this special place. Plants, plants… glorious plants are this year’s focus!


Our BioBlitz! 2018 base camp, will be Carrington Bay Park campsite. Families joining in the Community Campout, Friday, May 4– Sunday, May 6, are required to register with us. Please e-mail to register. All logistical information is in the registration documents.

Here is a general schedule for the weekend; always subject to change and ever shape-shifting! Enjoy embracing the natural world as primary teacher! Place-based, experiential education at it’s best, and calling out all Cortes youth!!!

FRIDAY: 2:00 pm Community Campout begins; camping gear transfer by truck at 2:00 pm ONLY from Carrington Bay Road trailhead; all participants walk in at their leisure; set up camp and settle into… place, with an evening campfire to pull us all together.

SATURDAY: 09:00 am-12:00 pm Fossil Forays w/ Asha Harvey, Nature Study Activities w/ Hayley Newell, Heron Nesting Surveys and some Great Moss Collecting Expeditions afield and afar!
1:00 pm-6:00 pm PLANTS!; field working groups led by forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon; learn about trees, shrubs, orchids and ferns in our sensitive ecosystems. Moss man, Frank Boas, returns to man Moss Central; identification, specimen preparation, photographic documentation & inventory collation of local moss species.
8:00 pm-midnight Crepuscular Hour and Night Forays; flying squirrel night watches and owl listening stations… together with things that go bump in the night! Headlamps!

SUNDAY: 5:00 am The Dawn Chorus & 7:00 am Morning Bird Walk & Listen
9:00 am-12:00 pm PLANTS!; field working groups led by forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon; learn about sedges, which have edges and reeds which are round and grasses that are hollow like a hole in the ground!
1:00 pm BioBlitz Closing Circle.
4:00 pm Community Campout ends; break camp with truck transport of camping gear to Carrington Bay Road trailhead, 4:00 pm ONLY; all participants walk out at their leisure.

Come for the day; come for the weekend! Join us in celebrating the Children’s Forest!

BioBlitz 2018 is sponsored by the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society/ FTCCIS. Check us out at