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General News · 22nd April 2017
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The deadline for registration is April 26.

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, April 29 through noon on Sunday, April 30, we will be assessing the biodiversity of this special place.


Our BioBlitz 2017 portal/ base, will be Carrington Bay Park campsite. Families joining in the Community Campout, Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, are required to register with us. The deadline for registration is April 26.
Please e-mail to register or leave your registration forms at the Cortes Natural Foods Coop. 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; all participants walk in from Carrington Bay Road trailhead at their leisure; set up camp and settle into… place, with music around the campfire.

SATURDAY: 08:30 am-12:30 pm Fish & Oceans!; streamkeeping, DFO joins to pull a beach seine, low-tide explorations, marine critter ID and underwater camera viewing
2:00 pm-6:00 pm Insects!; field work groups led by 7 professional Victoria entomologists; learn about spiders, beetles, moths and the diversity of our insect fauna
8:00 pm-midnight Crepuscular Hour & Night Watches!: sonic detection of bat species, moth attraction & identification, flying squirrel watches and owl listening stations

SUNDAY: 5:00 am The Dawn Chorus & 7:00 am Morning Bird Walk & Listen
8:30 am-12:30 pm Blitz Bluff - Insects! Reptiles! Mosses!; bluff crawl, recognition of our sensitive ecosystems woodland & herbaceous; moss ID with the moss man, Frank Boas!
2:00 pm-3:30 pm Beltane Ceremony with Kristen Scholfield-Sweet; we give thanks to the forest
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 2017 is sponsored by the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society/ FTCCIS. Check us out at
iNaturalist project on Cortes Biodiversity
Comment by okellhammer on 27th April 2017
Don't forget to post your sightings to the iNaturalist Cortes Island Biodiversity project. This helps track regional and global population and biodiversity trends. All you need is a digital image. You can download the free app to post from the field or just use the website to upload your sightings. What we find on Cortes is of global significance and even if you aren't sure about what is you found, scientists from all over check this site and help with identification. Here is the link: ·