Out for the Count: BioBlitz Fundraiser
Out for the Count is our first ever BioBlitz fundraiser. Help us collect valuable species data while raising funds for nature! Anyone can participate, from complete beginners to seasoned experts.
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is a community-driven science project to record as many species as possible in a given place, usually in a single day. Think of it as creating a snapshot of biodiversity. It's a great way to connect with nature while collecting important and useful data that helps us assess the health of habitats and figure out how best to steward the nature reserves under our care.
How does it work?
Step 1 - Register your team
A team can include up to 4 adults and unlimited kids (aged 14 and under). Register your team here - you'll need a team name, a team captain, a team category (see below) and a list of team members.
Step 2 - Collect pledges
You can collect pledges at a flat rate or a per-species rate for an extra challenge!
Step 3 - Get Out for the Count!
The main event day takes place on Saturday September 12th, 6am to midnight. In your team, find and record species in your local natural area or at any of the 13 listed TTLT properties. Record as many species as you can - plants, birds, amphibians, fungi, insects - whatever you can find and ID. Afterwards, submit your observations and pledges to us.
Photo by Kaitlin Richardson
Collecting and Submitting Data
Collect your data either by using the excel form (click here to download) or through iNaturalist. If using iNaturalist, go to "Projects" and search for "Out for the Count," then join it. All observations submitted on the day of the BioBlitz will automatically be recorded towards the project.
However you collect your data, you'll need to compile the lists from everyone on your team and submit a team data summary to TTLT using this form.
Your team can register under one of three categories:
Competitive: you have serious or professional naturalists on your team and you want to get really competitive
Recreational: you know a little about nature but you really want to have fun rather than be super competitive
Family: your team members are all beginners and you need some help and resources to get started with finding and IDing species
Photo by Rebecca Launchbury
Awards and Prizes
There are 5 awards available:
1. Most observations in the competitive category (team award and prize)
2. Most observations in the recreational category (team award and prize)
3. Most observations in the family category (team award and prize)
4. Top fundraising team (team award and prize)
5. Best photo, to be judged by photographer Antony Chodas (individual award and prize)
Looking for a place to start? Join Stan Caveney or Colin Johnson on a naturalist hike and learn the basics to identifying plants and animals around you. Entomologist Stan Caveney will be leading hour and a half hikes through MeadowWoods. Soon-to-be TTLT's property, MeadowWoods is home to a great diversity of native flora and fauna, including 200 species of migrant and resident birds. Many rare species are found here. While nature enthusiast, Colin Johnson, will be leading 45 minute tours through London's Meadowlily Nature Preserve. TTLT's first property is a mosaic of landscapes including a floodplain, open meadow and upland forest.
Hikes will be held on September 12th with multiple time slots and limited spots. Please RSVP through Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
Friday August 7th to September 4th - registration open
Friday September 11th, 6pm - launch event via Zoom
Saturday September 12th, 6am to midnight - the big BioBlitz day - get Out for the Count!
Sunday September 13th - teams compile and submit their data and get their pledges in
Tuesday September 15th, 6pm - wrap up event and awards via Zoom
Photo by Justin Langille