BioBlitzing on Your Moraine!

You’re invited to volunteer and explore our forests, rivers and fields to monitor and identify species and learn about the health of our ecosystem.

What is Blitzing the Moraine?

Have you ever wondered what beautiful bird is behind the chirps and peeps you hear as you walk along the river? Here’s your chance to learn more about the joys and mysteries of nature that surround us, and help monitor the health of our Moraine too!

The beautiful thing about ‘citizen science’ projects like this is that it’s open to everyone, no matter how little (or how much) you know about nature! If you do want to learn a few useful tricks before your adventure, we have a series of skill-based workshops for beginners and intermediate naturalists planned where we’d love to see you! You’ll learn identification skills and tips on how to use the species identification guides. These events are FREE, open to all ages (kids under 15 must be with an adult), and you can sign up for as many as you wish!

We are holding 3 BioBlitz events this spring and summer.

Volunteers like you are teamed up with local experts and work together in teams of 5-6 people to identify every living thing you come across as you explore one of our properties.

Last year we identified over 650 species!

Blitzing the Moraine Events!

Whitchurch-Stouffville

May 27th from 4AM – Midnight – Event completed! Thanks to everyone who participated to make this event a success!

This beautiful oasis has undergone some stunning transformation over the years. Explore mature forests, young plantations, and meadow areas. The property is part of a much larger Regional Forest managed by the Region of York.

Nobleton

July 8th/9th from 4AM – 4AM  This event has completed!

The Humber River is a Canadian Heritage River.  As you sit on the banks and watch the water run, you can feel the history of this stunning landscape.  This 400 acre + site offers something for everyone.  Mature forests, historic rivers, wetlands filled with salamanders and frogs, fields of dragonflies and butterflies.

Uxbridge

August 19th from 4AM – Midnight

There’s no mistaking that this property is on the Oak Ridges Moraine! A 60-acre mature forest that features valleys and hills that offers some of the most spectacular in-forest vistas around! This verdant property boasts forests, plantations, and a disturbed area that may have been used for sand extraction by one of the early settlers.

BioBlitz Free Workshop Series

To register for any of our workshops, please contact us at:

905-853-3171 or email kstephens@oakridgesmoraine.org

Trees and Shrubs of the Moraine: April 25th 7pm-9pm.

Even before the leaves come out, there are tricks to identifying the various trees and shrubs in our local forests. These giants of the forests have unique stories to tell. Perfect for beginners or intermediate naturalists looking for a chance to learn how to identify species and learn a few interesting facts. Join us for an evening of exploration and discovery. Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, 16389 HWY48.

 

Birding for Beginners: May 4th 7pm-9pm.

The beautiful melody of birdsong is a welcome soundtrack for a hike through the forest. But what feathered wonders are behind those beautiful notes? Come and learn some handy techniques for viewing and identifying birds that often don’t sit still for very long. Victoria Hall, Aurora

 

Wildflowers: May 11th 7pm-9pm.

Wildflowers come in all shapes and sizes. Exploring the same area over the course of the spring, summer, and fall can provide completely different palettes of colour and textures. Join us on a tour of Ontario’s wildflowers and learn about some of the most stunning and intriguing examples of nature’s beauty. If you’re a beginner or intermediate naturalist you’ll enjoy this workshop and develop some identification skills. Victoria Hall, Aurora.

 

Dragonflies, Butterflies, & Moths (oh my!): May 18th 7pm-9pm.

The jewels of nature, these beautiful things with wings captivate our imagination and thrill us with their colours. Join us for an introductory workshop and learn about the vast diversity of these insects. Learn the differences between butterflies and moths, dragonflies and damselflies. Then learn where you can go to find these wonders of nature. Victoria Hall, Aurora.

Wildflowers: May 9th 7pm-9pm.

Wildflowers come in all shapes and sizes. Exploring the same area over the course of the spring, summer, and fall can provide completely different palettes of colour and textures. Join us on a tour of Ontario’s wildflowers and learn about some of the most stunning and intriguing examples of nature’s beauty. If you’re a beginner or intermediate naturalist you’ll enjoy this workshop and develop some identification skills. Uxbridge Library.

 

Mushrooms of the Moraine: May 16th 7pm-9pm.

Have you ever wondered about the crazy fungi in the forest? What is their purpose, where would you find them, and what happens if you eat them? Join us for a fun and interesting exploration of the mushrooms you might find in Ontario. These mysterious plants will be a little less mysterious by the end of the night. Uxbridge Library.

 

Trees and Shrubs of the Moraine: May 23rd 7pm-9pm.

Even before the leaves come out, there are tricks to identifying the various trees and shrubs in our local forests. These giants of the forests have unique stories to tell. Perfect for beginners or intermediate naturalists looking for a chance to learn how to identify species and learn a few interesting facts. Join us for an evening of exploration and discovery. Uxbridge Library

 

Salamanders and other Slithery Friends: May 30th 7pm-9pm.

Have you ever seen the mating rituals of salamanders? A crowd favourite, this workshop on amphibians and reptiles will leave you wanting more! Come learn where to find these creatures, how to tell them apart and why so many of them are at risk of extinction! This workshop is excellent no matter your skill level. Uxbridge Library.

The Bat Man Returns: June 6th 7pm-9pm.

Toby Thorne will be joining us for an evening of exploring the different types of bats you’ll see along the Moraine.  Toby will brings some thrilling stories and information about our bat populations and some of his work studying these adorable (when they’re outside) creatures!  He’ll also treat us to the ‘sound of bats’ – using high powered microphones to capture the echolocation sounds that they use to help them ‘see’ as they cruise our forests and open areas. Schomberg Community Hall.

 

Salamanders and other Slithery Friends: June 15th 7pm-9pm.

Have you ever seen the mating rituals of salamanders? A crowd favourite, this workshop on amphibians and reptiles will leave you wanting more! Come learn where to find these creatures, how to tell them apart and why so many of them are at risk of extinction! This workshop is excellent no matter your skill level. Schomberg Community Hall.

 

Dragonflies, Butterflies, & Moths (oh my!): June 22nd 7pm-9pm.

The jewels of nature, these beautiful things with wings captivate our imagination and thrill us with their colours. Join us for an introductory workshop and learn about the vast diversity of these insects. Learn the differences between butterflies and moths, dragonflies and damselflies. Then learn where you can go to find these wonders of nature. Schomberg Community Hall.

 

Wildflowers: June 29th 7pm-9pm.

Wildflowers come in all shapes and sizes. Exploring the same area over the course of the spring, summer, and fall can provide completely different palettes of colour and textures. Join us on a tour of Ontario’s wildflowers and learn about some of the most stunning and intriguing examples of nature’s beauty. If you’re a beginner or intermediate naturalist you’ll enjoy this workshop and develop some identification skills. Schomberg Community Hall.