On May 25, 2012 BBEMA, In partnership with the Robert Bateman Get To Know Program, hosted a BioBlitz at the Maple Plains Agri-Environmental Farm, Kinkora, PEI
A BioBlitz is a species count that documents biodiversity in a natural area while allowing participants to develop a deeper understanding of the local environment. The Get to Know BioBlitz is a youth-friendly event that uses science, exploration and creative activities to help young people develop their understanding and appreciation of nature
This year BBEMA invited 75 grade eight and nine science students from Summerside Intermediate School for a fun filled day of outdoor exploration as they tried their hand at species identification while learning about the plants and animals around them. The group was accompanied by 4 teachers and 10 community volunteers.
It was a very successful day – the Maple Plains Farm is 174 acres which includes: woodlands, bog, pasture fields, 3 ponds, 2 streams and agricultural fields – the students had free range of 20 acres of this property with which to explore and find wildlife
Morning activities had students studying the woodlands, bog, pasture fields, ponds and streams.
Some of the big finds of the day included a blue spotted salamander, a Northern Leopard frog, nesting pairs of black ducks and red wing blackbirds, Spring Peeper frogs eggs, and 2nd year Northern Green Frog tadpoles! A variety of insect larvae (mayflies, damselflies, freshwater leech, water mite, dragonfly, predacious diving beetle) and native plants (Lady Slipper Orchid, British Soldier Lichen, Sundew – a carnivorous plant, Bog Berry, and wild Rhododendron) were also found.