Oak Lake and Routledge Sandhills Bioblitz

Event Details

July 15th, 2017, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Routledge Sandhills, Manitoba
Inventories and Monitoring

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program, and local experts for a day of bio-blitzing! Hike through beautiful sandhills as we catalogue the amazing diversity this area has to offer and search for rare and elusive species. Teams of birders will be conducting extensive surveys around Oak Lake in order to collect information on bird population levels.

All levels of expertise and ages are welcome to participate!

If you are interested in carpooling with other volunteers click here and add your car, or join a car.

For some extra fun, join us on Friday July 14, at 7:00pm at the Legion Hall in the town of Oak Lake to learn about Tiger Beetles with Dr. Robert Wrigley, followed by an evening Bird Walk at the Cherry Point Educational Nature Trail.

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More Information

About Routledge Sandhills

The Routledge Sandhills are a partially stabilized sand dune system located east of the town of Oak Lake, in the northern portion of the Oak Lake/Plum Lakes Important Bird Area.  These sandhills support suite of rare and at-risk species, some of which can only be found in these dune systems.  The IBA which also encompasses Oak Lake, and the surrounding grasslands, wetlands and woodlands, supporting not only significant concentrations of waterbirds, but also important habitat for grassland birds and other landbirds.

What you will be doing

A Bioblitz is an event where surveyors attempt to identify as many different species as possible during a certain time frame, at a certain location. You can collect and contribute your own observations, join an expert to learn about something new, and help us search for for rare species!

Why you will love it

This is a great chance to explore and learn more about this special part of Manitoba! Endangered grassland birds, rare sandhill wildflowers, Manitoba's only lizard the Prairie Skink, elusive Tiger Beetles are just a few of the things we might find!


Contact Rebekah Neufeld: manitoba@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

There will be Poison Ivy present at the site, be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. A simple picnic lunch will be provided. Additional information and directions for Saturday's activities will be provided closer to the event. (No registration required for the Friday evening).

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Water and snacks will be provided

Bioblitz Canada 150

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:

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Long pants
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Any necessary medications