August 2014 – August 2015
The OFNC’s Conservation Committee has launched an ambitious new initiative at Constance Bay: the first in a series of planned annual “Biothons” at significant natural areas in the Ottawa region.
The goal of the Biothon is to acquire a thorough biological inventory, while promoting active nature exploration and appreciation by both experienced and prospective naturalists.
Many important questions about conservation can only be addressed if a solid baseline dataset is available. We will be building such a dataset over the next year at Constance Bay.
In contrast to the typical 24-hour “bioblitz,” the study period covers a whole year. Thus, there will be ample opportunity to observe organisms only conspicuous or present at the site during brief periods throughout the year.
Both experts (professionals, serious amateurs) and budding experts (nature lovers, members of Constance Bay community, others interested) are encouraged to participate.
Events and excursions
The official launch for the Biothon was on 23 and 24 August 2014, hosted by OFNC Conservation Chair Owen Clarkin and community member Hank Jones. Both days included a short orientation session followed by a hike on the trail behind the community centre to put into practice the information presented in the introduction.