Bioblitz the Badlands

Event Details

June 7th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Nodwell, Drumheller, Alberta
Inventories and Monitoring

Join us in using innovative technology to conduct a bioblitz in a unique landscape that tells the story of 70 million years of our planets history! We will be hiking through Horseshoe Canyon and using the app iNaturalist to identify species of plants and animals. The app allows us to make observations which not only contribute to management in the area but data is also shared with scientists worldwide!

To learn more about iNaturalist and download the app yourself follow this link.

Bus transportation will be provided from the TransCanada office, as well as a picnic lunch.

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About Nodwell, Drumheller

The Nodwell property at Horseshoe Canyon is an isolated pocket of badlands amidst the Alberta prairies. The geological features of the property, made visible through erosion, represent 70 million years of our planet’s history, and contain information about past plant and animal life as well as human history.

The early days of the Horseshoe Canyon project is credited to Leila Nodwell, who passed away in April 2000. Leila believed deeply in the importance of maintaining the canyon’s natural state and worked for many years as an interpreter here. In tribute to Leila’s memory, the Nodwell family purchased the 320 acres (130 hectares) that encompass the western half of the canyon, and subsequently sold the land to NCC at a substantial reduction.

What you will be doing

With the help of NCC staff, participants will identify species and record observations using the iNaturalist app while hiking through the Nodwell property. These valuable observations will be shared with scientists around the world.

Why you will love it

Participants will learn more about this unique ecosystem and the species that inhabit it. We will be hiking the canyon and exploring the property stopping to take in the sights with a scenic picnic lunch.


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Please Note

Additional event details, including bus schedule, will be provided closer to event day.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Transportation to property provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal


Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Any necessary medication
  • Smart phone with the iNaturalist app downloaded, if you have one