Workshops & Events
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 will be holding 4 BioBlitz events in the spring and summer of 2018.
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.
In 2017 we identified over 740 species!
Blitzing the Moraine Events!
We will add new events here as they are announced.
Happy Valley BioBlitz May 4th/5th, Noon-Noon
Two beautiful properties just around the corner from one another both feature aquatic ecosystems so characteristic of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Explore mature forests, young plantations, wetlands, and meadow areas.
Uxbridge BioBlitz June 16th, 4AM – Midnight
Explore the maple-beech forest and pine plantations and discover the many species that call these ecosystems home.
King BioBlitz September 15th, 4AM – Midnight
An ancient kettle lake sits on the property and was formed by the melt waters from the last glacial period over 12,000 years ago. Surrounding the shores are beautiful forests and meadows. The varied habitats within this protected area provide home for dozens of bird, mammal, and insect species to discover.
BioBlitz Free Workshop Series
Spiders: November 28, 2017 6:30-9pm
Have you ever wondered who has made the beautiful web you see glistening in the morning dew? Or questioned just how many eight-legged friends live in our fields and forests? Join us in learning about some of the spiders found on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Uxbridge Public Library
Snakes, Salamanders & other Slithery Friends: March 6, 2018, 7-9pm
Have you ever seen the mating rituals of salamanders? A fan favorite, this workshop on amphibians and reptiles will leave you wanting more! Come learn where to find these creatures, learn how to tell them apart and learn why so many of them are at risk of extinction! This workshop is excellent no matter what your skill level. Uxbridge Public Library
Wildflowers: Tuesday May 15, 2018, 7-9pm
Wildflowers come in all shapes and sizes. Exploring the same area over the course of the spring, summer, and fall can provide completely different pallets 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 Public Library.
Stay tuned for more workshops!
Winter Birds: November 30, 2017 6:30-9pm
With cold weather rolling in, many birds head south for the winter – but not all! Learn which birds stick around throughout the winter months, and how to identify them. Nobleton Community Hall.
Wild and Wonderful World of Wetlands: April 21, 2018 10AM – Noon
These unique ecosystems are home to so many different species – from plants creating shade on the shoreline, to microscopic invertebrates living on the bottom of a creek or pond. Learn about what lives here, then find out for yourself! Participants will have the opportunity to explore the wetlands at the Koffler Scientific Reserve, guided by researchers from the University of Toronto. Koffler Scientific Reserve, 17000 Dufferin St.
Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies & other Bugs: June 9, 2018 Noon-2PM
From buzzing bees, to beautiful butterflies, and many other species in between – we depend on pollinators to maintain wild and agricultural plants. Learn how to identify the key features of these important members of our ecosystems, then visit the fields at KSR to put your knowledge into action. Butterfly nets will be provided. Koffler Scientific Reserve, 17000 Dufferin St.
Wildflowers: July 5, 2018 7-9PM
Wildflowers come in all shapes and sizes. Exploring the same area over the course of the spring, summer, and fall can provide completely different pallets 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.
Stay tuned for more workshops!
Mammals & Tracks: Saturday January 27, 2018 10am-12pm
Winter is a great time to explore the outdoors, trying to spot evidence of mammals. Although you may not see them, you’ll be able to learn which mammal has come by and left tracks. Join us for a family-friendly weekend workshop. Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre 16389 HWY48.
Trees & Shrubs of the Moraine: March 14, 2018 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.
Stay tuned for more workshops!
iNaturalist at Blitzing the Moraine Events
iNaturalist is a smartphone app which lets you become a citizen scientist – at home and at our events. Take pictures of organisms, post them to iNat, and learn more about the species that surround us. Get started by visiting: http://inaturalist.ca/