29 July 2010

Exciting Line Up for New Brunswick Museum’s Bioblitz 2010

 

The countdown is on!  From August 6-19, biodiversity experts will descend for a second and final year on the Jacquet River Gorge Protected Natural Area (JRG PNA) south of Dalhousie for the New Brunswick Museum-organized Bioblitz 2010.

The New Brunswick Museum Centre for Biodiversity Research is leading this two week project to discover and document the biodiversity of the JRG PNA.  A great deal was accomplished at last year’s Bioblitz and this year’s program is expected to be equally as successful.

In addition to New Brunswick Museum scientists and Research Associates, experts from a number of other institutions and agencies will be on hand, including the, the University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, Bishops Mills Natural History Centre (Ontario), the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, Texas Technical University,  and the University of Maine.

New Additions to this year’s Bioblitz include:

Artists-in-Residence – Two artists will be on hand to help broaden the scope of the Bioblitz beyond the scientific.  Kathleen Gallant, a local multi-disciplinary artist from Atholville will be joining the Bioblitz for five days as Bioblitz Artist-in-Residence; and Aleta Karstad, an experienced scientific illustrator and natural history artist, based in Ontario at the Bishops Mills Natural History Center, will be on hand throughout as Visiting Bioblitz Artist-in-Residence.

Butterfly and Dragonfly Workshops – As part of the Bioblitz, on August 13 and 14, 10am-4pm, 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.  To register for the workshops please contact the New Brunswick Museum at 1-888-268-9595 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Butterfly Workshop:
On August 13, 10am-4pm - 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.

Dragonfly Workshop:
On August 14, 10am-4pm - Paul Brunelle, founder and co-ordinator of the Atlantic Dragonfly Inventory Project, will be offering a workshop on monitoring dragonflies.

Returning this year, on August 17 from 4-8pm an Open House will be held in the Heritage Hall at the Auberge Blue Heron B&B, where you are invited to come and meet some of the experts participating in the Bioblitz, and learn about their discoveries.  Artists-in-residence will be on hand as well during this event to share their artistic interpretations.

Project made possible by financial support from:
New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund
Salamander Foundation
New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund
New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
Belledune Regional Environmental Association
Port of Belledune
NB Power
Xstrata

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For further information:

Vita Kipping
Community Relations
New Brunswick Museum
Tel: (506) 643-2358
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Caitlin Griffiths
Communications and Marketing
New Brunswick Museum
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