21 June 2010

Be a Part of New Brunswick Museum’s Jacquet River Bioblitz 2010

 

From August 6 to 19, biodiversity experts will descend on the Jacquet River Gorge Protected Natural Area south of Dalhousie for the second annual New Brunswick Museum-organized Bioblitz.  There are several great opportunities for community members to participate in this Bioblitz:

Project Artist – The Project Artist will assist the team in communicating with the public the important work being undertaken.  Proposals are requested from New Brunswick visual artists who live/work in the area of the Jacquet River Gorge Protected Natural Area.

Youth Volunteer – Three students from northeastern New Brunswick that have completed grades 11 and 12, or are in university, will be selected to join world-class biodiversity experts and Project Artist for 5 days (August 8-13 or August 13-18).

Further details about the information to be included in the Project Artist proposal and Youth Volunteer application are available on the New Brunswick Museum website at www.nbm-mnb.ca.  Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2010.

Butterfly and Dragonfly Workshops – As part of the Bioblitz on August 13 and 14, two one-day workshops will be offered for local teachers, naturalists, and the general public at Auberge Blue Heron B&B, New Mills, New Brunswick.  These workshops will include a full day of field and lab work – monitoring various butterfly and dragonfly specimens.

On August 13 - John Klymko of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre will be offering a workshop on monitoring butterflies that will tie in with the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas.  Visit www.accdc.com/butterflyatlas/ for more information about this organization.

On August 14 - Paul Brunelle, founder and co-ordinator of the Atlantic Dragonfly Inventory Project, will be offering a workshop on monitoring dragonflies.

For detailed information on the above workshops please contact Donald F. McAlpine, PhD, New Brunswick Museum at (1-888-268-9595) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The New Brunswick Museum Centre for Biodiversity Research is leading this two week project to discover and document the biodiversity of the Jacquet River Gorge Protected Natural Area.  Financial support to help make this project a reality comes from the Salamander Foundation, as well as the Belledune Regional Environment Association, the Port of Belledune and the Restigouche Naturalists Club.

For further information:

Vita Kipping
Community Relations
New Brunswick Museum
Tel: (506) 643-2358
Toll-free: 1-888-268-9595
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