Pictures of a bird or flower in your backyard can help the Nature Conservancy of Canada contain the spread of invasive species and figure out the range of native plants and animals.
Spokesperson Andrew Holland says they’re asking you to snap some pictures of nature and share with them, and, it will also help you find out what species it is.
“If you’re not sure what kind of plant it is, what kind of tree species it is… once you post it, you’re also sharing it with naturalists all over the country,” said Holland. “So that’s the beauty of this. You’re sharing it with a large community of biologists, foresters, scientists and various levels of government and these people can confirm your sighting, or tell you what it is you’re seeing.”
More than 20,000 species observations were reported during their National Big Backyard BioBlitz last year.
The Big Backyard BioBlitz is part of the non-profit organization’s mandate to connect Canadians with nature.
You can register for the event at natureconservancy.ca/2021bioblitz.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada says by participating, you can make a meaningful contribution to conservation and our understanding of wild species and natural habitats.
“Anyone can participate. It’s a great way for people of all ages to look at nature more closely and learn about the plant and animal species close to home,” said Dan Kraus, senior conservation biologist with Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Spending time outdoors is also beneficial for our physical and mental well-being. This is a great way to connect with nature and fellow nature lovers, while contributing to our collective knowledge on Canada’s wildlife.”