'Bio blitz' a chance to spend quality time with Halifax-area wildlife

Bio blitz events, running Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, will take place at Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes, Point Pleasant Park and Kearney Lake.

Wildlife groups urge residents to come out and help inventory all local living species

A guided tour of the Susies Lake Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness is part of the bio blitz this weekend. (Irwin Barrett/Ecology Action Centre)

The Ecology Action Centre has teamed up with the Canadian Wildlife Federation to host "bio blitz" events in Halifax on 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"A bio blitz involves citizen scientists who go to an area and help inventory every species we can find," said David DeRocco of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

The wildlife federation has co-hosted 38 bio blitz events across the country, including the one in Halifax.  

On Friday evening, there will be guided tours of the Susies Lake area of the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness area.

The Ecology Action Centre has teamed up with the Canadian Wildlife Federation to host "bio blitz" events in Halifax. There will be guided tours of the Susies Lake area of the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness area. 0:35

The Saturday event will take place at Point Pleasant Park. 

On Sunday, guided tours will begin at the trail behind the Maskwa Aquatic Club on Kearney Lake. 

Raymond Plourde of the Ecology Action Centre says the event encourages people to get to know and appreciate local wilderness locations. 

He also wants to keep those areas in the public eye to ensure the municipality lives up to its commitments to protect them.

"Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes is meant to be the wild heart of a future, larger, regional park," said Plourde. "It's a key connective corridor for a future green belt in our city."  

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Pam Berman is CBC Nova Scotia's municipal affairs reporter. She's been a journalist for almost 35 years and has covered Halifax regional council since 1997. That includes four municipal elections, 19 budgets and countless meetings. Story ideas can be sent to pam.berman@cbc.ca