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! Check out some of the highlights here!

Blitzing the Moraine Events!

We will add new events here as they are announced.

Happy Valley BioBlitz… Part 2 August 11, 2018

Return to our Starcliff Nature Reserve for a mini-blitz to look for insects and flowers, species that hadn’t yet emerged during our May BioBlitz

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.

Beeton BioBlitz  October 13th 8AM-8PM

Discover the hundreds of species that call this magnificent 100acre Heritage Forest home. 

BioBlitz Free Workshop Series

 Join us for our upcoming BioBlitz workshops. If you’d like to register for a workshop, please contact us at:

905-853-3171 ext 33 or email kstephens@oakridgesmoraine.org

 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. Schomberg Community Hall, 325 Main St. Schomberg

Introduction to Bats and Bat Box Building: July 14, 2018 6-8PM

Bats are the only species of mammal that can fly – learn about what makes them so special, and which 8 species call Ontario home. The workshop will also introduce you to some of the risks to bat populations, like White Nose Syndrome, and what you can do to help bats. There will also be the opportunity for the whole family to assemble bat boxes to help bats in habitats protected by the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust. Kettleby Pottageville Lions Club, 15980 7th Concession Rd, Schomberg. Register Here!

Advanced Bat Identification and Conservation Workshop & Bat Walk: July 14, 2018 8-10:30PM

Delve deeper into how we can use acoustic surveying to identify bats, and some of the challenges associated with it. This workshop will also introduce participants to trapping techniques, conservation challenges, and success stories. It will be followed by a bat walk, weather permitting, where you will learn more about bat study field work and detection techniques first hand. Acoustically search for bats as they forage for insects overhead using ultrasonic microphones that allow you to hear AND see their calls in realtime! You will have the opportunity to actually see bats in flight using a special spotlight which will illuminate them as they fly overhead. Not suitable for children under 12 years old. Kettleby Pottageville Lions Club, 15980 7th Concession Rd, Schomberg. Register Here!

  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.

Join us at the BioBlitz in Uxbridge on June 16th!

 

Past BioBlitzes

Happy Valley BioBlitz May 4th & 5th 2018

Over the course of the two days, experts, volunteers, and local students searched high and low for species that had emerged after the ice storm only 3 weeks prior. Groups explored the forests, meadows, and wetlands, finding warblers perched in the treetops, salamanders hidden under logs, and wildflowers just starting to bloom. Some groups were lucky enough to see a white-tailed deer bounding through the forest, hear the avian species at risk Bobolink with his R2-D2-like song, and catch a glimpse of the blue Spring Azure butterfly. Over 230 species were identified, including a whopping 77 bird species!! Thank you to all the experts and volunteers that contributed your time, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the days!

Uxbridge BioBlitz: June 16, 2018

The Uxbridge BioBlitz was a huge success, complete with perfect weather, enthusiastic volunteers, and knowledgeable experts. From pre-dawn to dusk, 44 dedicated volunteers contributed 230 hours blitzing 73 acres of forest and meadow to discover how many species call the protected property home. Over 400 species were identified during the event, including 42 species of birds, and over 200 species of ferns, flowers, grasses, sedges, trees and shrubs.

As the day warmed up, the sun came out and with it came plenty of butterflies! A Canadian Tiger Swallowtail perched for the paparazzi (volunteers) to take photos of it at basecamp, and many other species flew past as well. Groups found 47 species of butterflies & moths, and 33 other species of insects!

At dusk, a small group of volunteers sat by the pond watching Big Brown and Hoary Bats swoop in to take a drink of water before leaving to forage for insects. The forest was awash with fireflies, twinkling along the trails and by the pond.

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/ 

This work would not be possible without the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation