Fleming College hosted a BioBlitz in September that involved eco-activities for both elementary students and Fleming students.
A ‘BioBlitz’ is a biological inventory that occurs over a 24-hour period. BioBlitzes help to quantify the number of species in given ecosystems to help assess the decline in biodiversity within that area. A combination of faculty and community volunteers from different backgrounds (some academic, some professional) lead groups of students through protocols associated with collecting and identifying species. Targeted species include: birds, reptiles, small mammals, insects, trees and shrubs, grasses, mosses, and fish.
Over 300 students in grades 2 to 7 from Leslie Frost Public School attended the event. Throughout the day, students rotated through stations that exposed them to different ecosystems. For each ecosystem, they were shown tools and techniques used to identify different species of plants and animals, and were encouraged to explore the ecosystem and find as many species as they can.