Kingsboro Forest Bioblitz

Event Details

July 6th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Kingsboro Forest, PEI
Inventories and Monitoring

Become a citizen scientist! Join NCC as we identify plants and animals in the Kingsboro Forest Nature Reserve. Everyone is welcome a – NCC staff, partners, and experienced naturalists will be available to help guide participants through the species identification process, including how to use iNaturalist, a smartphone application used to identify species.

Participants are also welcome to use the Eastern Kings Community Centre to gather, discuss findings, and use dissecting scopes, hand lenses, and identification guides during the event.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event.

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About Kingsboro Forest

The Kingsboro Forest nature reserve is located in the eastern Kings habitat corridor, which is one of the largest remaining intact forest corridors in the province. This beautiful nature reserve consists mainly of Acadian Forest, a declining forest type native to the East Coast of Canada and New England. The nature reserve also consists of a freshwater bog near the centre, with 15 potential significant species found in the wetland, including various types of orchids.

What you will be doing

Participants will join NCC staff and other expert naturalists to survey various species found on our newest PEI nature reserve. Volunteers will be taking pictures, collecting samples, recording notes, and listening to bird songs to help us collect species data on this nature reserve. A short presentation on ethical bioblitz best practices will start our day, followed by a run-through on how to use iNaturalist, a handy smartphone app used to identify species.

Why you will love it

Learn more about the natural world and become a citizen scientist for the day! This is an excellent event for you to learn tips to identify the interesting species found in this area. It’s also a great opportunity for you to directly impact conservation efforts by contributing to data collection for conservation management plans.

Questions?

Contact Courtney: atlantic@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

If you have your own equipment, such as binoculars or field guides, please feel free to bring them. NCC will also have some on hand for those who do not have their own.

If you’d like to use iNaturalist to help you identify species, please install it on your phone and create a login prior to the event.

NCC will provide snacks and drinks, please bring your own lunch.

Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided

This event is made possible thanks to funding from the PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund.

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:

Clothes
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Layers of clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain gear if necessary
Camping Gear
  • Pack for gear and water
Tools
  • Binoculars
  • Field guides
Miscellaneous
  • Filled reusable water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications