Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest


Project Reference Number: 2011-15

Project Status: Complete

Led by: Patrick Williston, Gentian Botanical Research

Funder: Recreation Sites and Trails BC, Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Bulkley Valley Research Centre


Map of the BIOBLITZ area

A BIOBLITZ is a opportunity for the community to gather together to celebrate the diverse natural history of our region. We do this be scrambling around a designated area (Glacier Gulch/Twin Falls Recreation Site) trying to find as many plants, animals and fungi as we can over a 24 hour period. We can get help identifying species by using field guides and by asking questions to biologists who will be participating. The first ever Smithers Bioblitz starts on Saturday, July 30 at noon at the Glacier Gulch/Twin Falls Recreation Site and ends on Sunday, July 31 at noon.

What, I have to be there for 24 hours?! No, just come for as long as you'd like. We all are busy folks and there are always many things are going on at any one time. Consider dropping in for a couple of hours. And remember, there will be a barbecue at around 5:00 pm with hotdogs and burgers provided. Try to make it to the summary slide show on Sunday July 31, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Northwest Community College (3966 2nd Avenue).

What is the schedule all about? The schedule shows when regional biologists will spend a few moments talking about different groups of living things and answering questions. They'll talk a little about how their subjects are trapped/caught/collected and studied, some of the ones to look for in the Glacier Gulch/Twin Falls area, and some of the important characteristics of their habitat. Specimens of various groups will be on display. If you are curious about a certain group and would like to learn more, consider visiting the information tent at the Glacier Gulch/Twin Falls Recreation Site when that group is the focus according to the schedule. The regional biologists will be coming and going just like the other participants.There will also be nature-inspired art installations created by Perry Rath. Perry will be creating more temporary art works during the event that may require help from participants.Remember there will be a bat/owl and moth discussion at 11:00 pm on Saturday evening where you may get a chance to see a bat up close. Exploration in the field will end on Sunday at noon, and then we will get together on Sunday evening to review what was discovered.

General Schedule

Saturday, July 30, 12:00 pm - Meet at Twin Falls Recreation Site

Saturday, July 30, 5:00 pm - Barbecue at Twin Falls Recreation Site

Sunday, July 31, 10:00 - 12:00 pm - More nature discoveries

Sunday, July 31, 7:00 pm - Slide show at NWCC

Related Reports

Publication Date Report Title Authors
August 2011 Bioblitz 2011 Patrick Williston