Fort Frances, Ontario, 2000

More than 30 people turned out for the Rainy River First Nations Bio-Blitz which was held on July 25, at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre in Chapple, Ontario. The event was a success in spite of bad weather, as small groups of both children and adults headed by local naturalists set out in 45-minute "biodiversity scavenger hunts" along the shores of the river. They would bring back what they found, including water bugs, fish, plants and insects, for identification, switch groups and go back out again for another search. According to organizers, "The event provided an opportunity to share some Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge with Manitou Rapids Reserve children and with the public. It was also an enjoyable way to draw the attention of the public and educate them about the value of non-harvest plants and animals." Local Rainy River Watershed Programme participants expressed enthusiasm about the potential of a series of Blitzes which could help give a more complete picture of species life along the river and be used as a benchmark to see how the ecosystem is changing.







4 Bio-Blitz experiences