Keji Hosts First BioBlitz

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 16:01 PM

The great outdoors is combining with modern technology this weekend at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

The park is hosting its first ever BioBlitz.

Participants will use their smart phone or digital camera to record any plants and animals they find and experts will help identify them.

Park Ecologist Matt Smith says it will help track what biodiversity is at Keji.

"It's part of the Canada 150 initiative which is happening all across the country. It's trying to document our biodiversity and have people go out and explore it in a fund and friendly way."

Smith says people will have plenty to see.

"We have quite a few amphibians and reptiles, we have 170 species of birds to be found so there is lots to document. There is some rare species like piping plover and blanding's turtles."

Smith says it's possible people could find a new species they don't know about.

The first event will be held at Keji on Saturday from 6 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

A second event goes Sunday at Keji's seaside park from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

(Photo Courtesy: Parks Canada)