The Whistler Naturalists' 11th annual (and Canada's longest-running) BioBlitz was a huge success, thanks to the quality and quantity of over 70 scientists and volunteers.
The event June 2-4, 2017, was the earliest we’ve ever held it in order to coincide with the 40(ish) Whistler-Pemberton Breeding Bird Survey and made it possible for BioBlitz scientists to give presentations to our local schools. We thank the scientists who presented to 15 classes at Spring Creek Elementary, École La Passerelle, Myrtle Philip, and Whistler Secondary School. We also thank the students for being a fantastic audience!
Thanks also to the Whistler Secondary Junior Scientists who were so keen on learning and being excited about all the different organisms they encountered. We thank BioBlitz scientists for being great mentors and representing a wide range of specialties from fungi and lichen to aquatic critters and reptiles.
This year’s BioBlitz included two night-time presentation. On Friday night, Kevin Bell gave an informative and animated overview of four decades of Breeding Bird Surveys. Saturday night was our annual “Night Critters” event at Alpha Lake Park. Thanks to everyone who braved the June-uary weather and special thanks to the one hardy California Myotis bat who was kind enough to get caught in our mistnet and be the star of our event.