Monarch butterfly at Red Cloud School Road, ON (Photo by Cameron Curran)

Monarch butterfly at Red Cloud School Road, ON (Photo by Cameron Curran)

NCC's Big Backyard BioBlitz: Ontario

Become a community scientist in Ontario

In light of the current situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and in an abundance of caution, all in-person events, including Conservation Volunteers, are postponed for the remainder of 2020. Watch this space for more information.

Event Details

August 24–30, 2020
A cross-country community science program using iNaturalist

Grab your smartphone, tablet or camera and contribute to online community science by searching for plants, animals and insects in your backyard or local green space. Track your observations with iNaturalist and help contribute to conservation!

Please note: Participation in this event requires that you observe the directions of provincial health authorities. Stay two metres away from others, wear a mask when in public spaces and wash your hands frequently.

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What is community science

Community science is just what it sounds like: community members like you contributing to science. Thanks to apps like iNaturalist that allow you to upload detailed observations to a global network of scientists and research managers, all you need is a smartphone or camera to make meaningful contributions to conservation and biodiversity science.

What you will be doing

Get outside in your own backyard or local green space and see how many different species of plants, animals and insects you can find.

  1. Download the iNaturalist app ( to your smartphone or sign up online.
  2. Head outside and start taking photos of the different species you spot.
  3. Upload your images to the app or online, use their identifying software to help identify what you see, and add your submission to the global network of species observations.

Why you will love it

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen increasing evidence that spending time in nature is good for us! It can help relieve stress and anxiety, boost creativity and improve your mood. Community science is a great way to get the whole family outside and to learn about the nature in your own backyard.

The goal of the bioblitz is to observe the diversity around you. You can focus on as many or as few species as you like! We will be sending you a daily email with a different theme each day to get you thinking about the interactions between the organisms you observe. Check your email each morning to learn about the theme for the day and some exciting projects we are working on in Ontario that support the theme.


Please contact Katherine Culbert, acting conservation coordinator

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