Photo by James Holkko
The Whistler Naturalists’ 12th annual BioBlitz was a success June 7-10 thanks to our hardy scientists who persevered through Junuary weather. We were so pleased to host over 70 local and visiting scientists whose combined caliber continues to amaze us.
The event started last Thursday and Friday with BioBlitz scientists going into classrooms, with some bringing live critters, and all bringing their enthusiasm and knowledge of nature directly to local kids. Scientists also shared why and how they became biologists and the things they are working on. Scientists presented to 22 classes and over 500 students at Spring Creek, Myrtle Philip and Whistler Secondary.
A huge thank you to Wildlife Biologist Bruce McLellan who kicked off our presentations with a fantastic overview of “The Complex World of Grizzlies and Wilderness”. You know you’re hearing from a knowledgeable source when they’ve tracked an individual bear for 32 years!
On Saturday scientists scoured Pemberton looking for all the species they could find. On Sunday they were in different Whistler locations including Brandywine, Emerald Forest and the Wildlife Refuge. Results from the weekend are now coming in and the results will be collated by the Whistler Biodiversity Project and available here within the next few weeks.
The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank all the scientists and local volunteers, plus our key sponsors: Community Foundation of Whistler, AWARE, Resort Municipality of Whistler and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.
We would also like to thank all the organizations and businesses who contributed to the event: Whistler Blackcomb, Legends Hotel, Creekside Market, Nesters Market, Whistler Brewing, Avalanche Pizza, Purebread, The Venue, Vanessa Stark, Black Fish Clothing and Whistler Library.
Thanks to Joern Rohde for these photos:
Thanks to James Holkko for these photos:
Thanks to Elke Wind and Toadally Awesome Video for this great video: