Are you Canada’s Next Great Naturalist?Canada is home to an estimated 140,000 species, but only HALF have been identified. Whether you are a gardener, a bird watcher, a biologist, or a natural historian, the BioBlitz Canada 150 iNaturalist Contest is your chance to make a real contribution to conservation while exploring the nature you love. Follow in the footsteps of Canada’s great naturalist heroes for a chance to win one of two grand prizes.
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is an event where the community comes together to record the biodiversity in a set location over a 24 hour period. BioBlitz Canada wants to make BioBlitzing available to everyone, so we have partnered with iNaturalist Canada to help you record nature anywhere in the country, at any time.
TWO WAYS TO ENTER
the amazing species in your everyday world
From the rarest butterfly to the most common weeds, share your discoveries using the iNaturalist app.
Choose this option if you love taking nature photos, but can’t identify the species.
species that are posted in the iNaturalist app
Share your nature knowledge and contribute to a living record of Canada’s biodiversity.
Choose this option if you consider yourself somewhat of a species expert and want to help verify other people’s observations.
HOW IT WORKS
- Download the iNaturalist app and make an account. (Android, iPhone)
- Join a BioBlitz Canada 150 project on the iNaturalist app.
- Upload a photo or sound clip to make an observation OR search for observations in the app to help identify species.
Contest deadline: October 31, 2017
At the end of the summer, two people will earn the title of Canada’s Next Great Naturalist with official recognition on bioblitzcanada.ca.
Canada’s Next Great Naturalist
We will send you a Sony Action Cam, live-view remote, and chest mount to make it even easier for you to share your nature discoveries. You will also get a free one-year subscription to Canadian Wildlife or Biosphère magazine, plus a special edition hat, t-shirt and tote bag courtesy of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Canada’s Next Great Naturalist
You will get an exclusive interview with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and a feature in the November/December issue of Canadian Wildlife and Biosphère magazine. Plus, enjoy a free one-year subscription to Canadian Wildlife or Biosphère magazine and a $500.00 honorarium for your help in verifying data on the iNaturalist app.
CONTRIBUTE TO SCIENCE
By using the iNaturalist app, we can build a living record that scientists and environmental managers can use to monitor changes in biodiversity. Every piece of information on a species – whether it is a photo, sound clip, or GPS location – gives a bigger picture of Canada’s natural history and helps researchers make important conservation decisions.
Help build Canada’s largest nature database
JOIN A BIOBLITZ EVENT
There are 35 BioBlitz Canada 150 events happening across Canada in 2017. Attending a BioBlitz is a fun way to connect with other naturalists and provides more opportunities to use the iNaturalist app.
Search for an event near you