12 August 2014

2014 NBM Bioblitz at Grand Lake Protected Natural Area

 

The 2014 New Brunswick Museum Bioblitz is now underway! Until August 20, approximately 50 experts, volunteers and students will research the biodiversity of the Grand Lake Protected Natural Area (PNA) near Gagetown. Led by the NBM, this is the sixth annual Bioblitz to discover and document the biodiversity of the major Protected Natural Areas in New Brunswick. In 2009 and 2010, the Bioblitz was held in Jacquet River Gorge PNA in northeastern NB. In 2011 and 2012, the Bioblitz moved to Caledonia Gorge PNA in southeastern NB. 2014 is the second and final year for the Bioblitz in the Grand Lake PNA. The 2013 Bioblitz, held earlier in the summer, provided a great deal of new information about the plant and animal species that inhabit that PNA, including the discovery of a ground beetle never before seen in New Brunswick. This year, researchers are studying the PNA later in the season, when other life forms, such as fungi, are more abundant.

In addition to New Brunswick Museum staff and NBM Research Associates, experts from a number of other institutions and agencies from Canada and the United States are participating in the Bioblitz. The expertise is wide-ranging. A new participant this year is an American expert in slime mold, who will be at the Bioblitz until August 15.

As well, there are several Artists-in-Residence, including Aleta Karstad, an experienced scientific illustrator and natural history artist from Ontario. Wayne Clifford, from Grand Manan, is the Bioblitz Poet-in-Residence.

From Tuesday, August 12 to Tuesday, August 19, from 1 – 4 pm each day, people of all ages are invited to learn more about the Grand Lake PNA Bioblitz, and try some hands-on activities, by visiting the Interpretation Tent set up on the lawn of the Queens County Court House, 16 Court House Rd, Gagetown.

On Monday, August 18 from 4 - 8pm, a Public Open House will be held in the Bioblitz Field Lab, located in the Queens County Court House. Come and meet some of the experts participating in the Bioblitz, and learn about their discoveries.  Bioblitz Artists-in-residence will be on hand as well during this event to share artistic interpretations.

The NBM wishes to acknowledge and thank the supporters who have made the 2014 Bioblitz possible through their contributions, including New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund, Environment Canada, University of New Brunswick Grand Lake Meadows Endowment Fund, Department of Natural Resources, New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund and J.D. Irving, Limited.

For more information:
Aristi Dsilva, Marketing and Community Relations, New Brunswick Museum
506-643-2358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.