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Volunteers inventory the Minesing Wetlands at first annual BioBlitz on June 3

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Event runs 9 am to 6:30 pm

Where: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area

Who: 80 to 100 of participants of all ages, including families and children

Event Background: The Friends of Minesing Wetlands, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and Ducks Unlimited Canada host the first annual Minesing Wetlands BioBlitz on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Minesing Wetlands is designated as a wetland of international importance by the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands. It represents one of the largest and most diverse undisturbed wetland tracts in Canada.

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a volunteer-based biological inventory of a natural area. Participants include local scientists, professional naturalists, amateur enthusiasts and members of the public.

The goal of the BioBlitz is to identify as many species as possible in a set amount of time. Guided walks, canoe trips, workshops and other educational activities are among those planned for the day.

Who can participate?

Everyone! This is an all-ages, all-skill-levels event. Volunteers have a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the natural world while contributing to citizen science and environmental stewardship. 

More information on the BioBlitz can be found at

Best Times & Locations for Photos:

Morning – Kids Hike at Mayer's Marsh (9:00-11:30 am)

Mayer's Marsh is located at Vespra Valley Rd., south of Hwy 26 in Springwater Township. You may be able to park in the small lot off Vespra Valley Rd.; otherwise park along the road.

Lunch – Scarlett the Turtle Returns Home (12:00 – 1:00 pm)

Over lunch, those participating in the event will be introduced to Scarlett the painted turtle. Last June, Scarlett was found injured at the canoe corral – she had been hit by a car. She was taken to the Peterborough Turtle Trauma Centre where she has been recovering. Scarlett returns to her old stomping grounds with her release into the Minesing Wetlands at the BioBlitz. 

Scarlett will be on display at the BBQ which will be hosted at the Edenvale Conservation Area on Hwy 26. From Barrie, take Hwy 26 west to Edenvale, cross the Nottawasaga River and turn right at front gates.

After lunch, Scarlett will go to the Willow Canoe Corral at 2234-2302 George Johnston Rd. for her release while BioBlitz participants continue with other activities.

Media Contacts:

On-Site/Day of Event -- Brittany Hope, Coordinator, Conservation Biology – Central Ontario-West, Nature Conservancy of Canada, 705-209-0705 or

Additional Contact -- Heather Kepran, Communications Coordinator, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, 705-424-1479 x254 or