If you’re free this Friday, September 23, you couldn’t find a better way to spend the day than to help Andrew Stiles of the Nature Conservancy of Canada conduct a bio-blitz in the Bragg Creek area. A bio-blitz is an intense biological survey that attempts to record all the species of flora and fauna in a designated area. Naturalists and volunteers will try to identify all the birds, animals, insects, and plants on the Connop Estate. Volunteers are needed to help with this, and no particular experience is needed. It’s enough to be able to point out a bird or mammal, or a plant species that hasn’t yet been recorded.
The last time the area was studied, many raptors were observed, as well as Elk and wild horses.
Typical forest scene in the Bragg Creek area – in this case, in Brown-Lowery Provincial Park, not at the Connop Estate.
How many species?
If you’d like to take part, or to get more information, please call Gus Yaki at 403-243-2248. The group will carpool from the south side of the Canadian Tire parking lot on Richmond Road SW in Calgary (just east of Sarcee Trail) at 8am, or meet at the Cinnamon Spoon, at the south end of the shopping centre in Bragg Creek at 8:30am, on Friday, 23 September 2011. But please call Gus first so he knows who to expect, and in case there is a change of plans due to rain.
Bring suitable clothing for the season, as well as a lunch and drinks.
American Three-toed Woodpecker in the Bragg Creek area.
Posted by Bob Lefebvre