Thanks to everyone who helped make the Bioblitz a great success. The complete report will be posted this fall.
SATURDAY JULY 20
11 AM – Registration and Sign-in begin at 191 Ostrander Point Rd., Milford
12 PM – BioBlitz begins, walks with experts, beginning with Butterflies & Dragonflies (David Bree)
1:00 PM – Amphibian presentation and walk – Matt Ellerbeck
2:30 PM – Reptiles, ecology and more
4:00 PM – Trees and shrubs
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner at the Base Camp
7:30 PM – Evening Birds – walk leaves from Base Camp (Peter Fuller: PEPtBO)
9:30 PM – Swamp Observations
9:30 PM - Moth Study begins (David Beadle)
9:30 PM – Base Camp closes for the day (moth study continues until 11 PM)
SUNDAY JULY 21
7 AM – Base Camp opens
7 AM – Early Morning Birds – walk leaves from Base Camp (Katie Thomas)
8:30 AM – Bird walk along road (Terry Sprague)
10:00 AM – Observe moths from night survey
10:30 AM – Plant walk
11:00 AM – Amphibian, Reptile, Insects walk
12 PM – BioBlitz ends followed by BBQ lunch and report of species observed
Please sign in at the REGISTRATION TENT when you arrive ($5/person includes meals – children 16 or under are free but must be accompanied by an adult). You will be asked to sign a Liability Waiver. Please note that photographs may be taken during the event, and by participating you grant PECFN and event organizers the right to use photos for documentation, promotion and press releases in print or online.
WHAT TO BRING
1. Clothing: long pants and close-toed footwear (to protect against ticks and poison ivy)
2. Sun protection: sunscreen, hat and water (bring a refillable container – water is available at Base Camp)
3. Optional: rain gear (boots and jacket) – activities continue rain or shine and there can be wet areas if it has rained recently
4. Snacks (be sure to pack out all garbage)
5. Camera, binoculars, magnifying glass, notebook, pencil, field guides, butterfly net
1. Black-legged Ticks (which may carry Lyme disease) are present in Prince Edward County. Wear long pants and do a check after activities. More information on Ticks and Lyme disease can be found at www.ontario.ca/page/lyme-disease
2. Poison Ivy is present in the area
First Aid is available at the Base Camp but you may wish to carry a basic First Aid kit with you
CODE OF CONDUCT
Be respectful of wildlife and please do not harm animals or trample vegetation unnecessarily.
Please do not bring pets to the BioBlitz.
Please report any rare or species-at-risk to the experts at the Base Camp
From Picton: Take Main Street to the east end of downtown Picton. At the 'Y' intersection turn onto Bridge St. and go down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn right onto Union Street . Follow Union Street out of Picton (becomes County Road 8) for 2.5 km, and at the junction, turn right on County Road 17.
Take County Road 17 for 6.5 km - look for the Black River Cheese sign, and turn left onto County Road 16 and follow for 1 km to the Stop sign.
Turn right on County Road 13 - travel past Black River Cheese and around South Bay. Turn right on Babylon Rd. After 2km there is a 90-degree turn and the next road on the right is Ostrander Pt. Rd.
From Milford: Follow County Rd. 10 south to Co. Rd. 13 and turn right. At Babylon Rd. turn right. After 2km there is a 90-degree turn and the next road on the right is Ostrander Pt. Rd.