Downtown Halifax Hosts City Nature Walk Bioblitz

April 16/19
Downtown Halifax Hosts City Nature Walk Bioblitz

On Friday, April 26, 2019, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) will host a Downtown Halifax City Nature Walk from 12:00 pm (sharp) to 1:00 pm, with participants meeting at the DHBC storefront at 1546 Barrington Street at 11:45 am. The walk is free and open to the public and pre-registration is not required. The Downtown Halifax City Nature Walk is part of City Nature Challenge that was created by iNaturalist, an online community and mobile application of and for nature observers. The City Nature Challenge, April 26-29, is a global bioblitz event that celebrates citizen scientists, biodiversity, and the environment, while providing valuable information to scientists about the natural world.

“Downtown Halifax City Nature Walk will be a great opportunity for Haligonians to observe Downtown Halifax through a different lens, recognizing nature in an urban environment,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “With over 170 other cities competing, it will allow us to show our Downtown’s biodiversity.”

From April 26 to 29, three Canadian cities are registered to take part in the global City Nature Challenge: Richmond, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Cities around the world will compete over four days to see which city can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people.

“Halifax Regional Municipality has an incredible diversity of nature, from the urban forests of Blue-Mountain Birch Cove Lakes to the coastal dunes of Martinique Beach and the many, many lakes, rivers and ponds that scatter our landscape,” said Dave Ireland from iNaturalist Canada. “If Haligonians participate, we will compete well against the world."

The Downtown Halifax City Nature Walk will be led by Stephen Cushing, Landscape Architect with HRM Policy & Planning, Parks & Recreation, who will identify the different species of urban plants and trees found in the Downtown core.

About iNaturalist Canada:

iNaturalist is an application where nature observers can record and share what they see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about Canada’s plants species and wildlife. By participating as a citizen scientist, naturalists can contribute to a growing wealth of knowledge of Canadian species and help conserve the natural world. iNaturalist Canada is run by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), in collaboration with iNaturalist.org at the California Academy of Sciences.