It was a day of sunshine, fun and games and celebrating the amazing biodiversity of our beautiful Coast as more than 200 people gathered at the Iris Griffith Centre in the Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve on Saturday, June 12, to enjoy a Family Fun BioBlitz Day.
This year's BioBlitz was designed especially for children, enabling our youngest community members to take a closer look at the natural world around them. At the event, each child was given a nature passport and received a stamp for completing different activities and games or for spotting some of the common wildlife species of the reserve such as ducks, beavers, deer and snakes.
Kids and their parents enjoyed pond dipping, building bird houses, planting flower boxes, nature walks, bird watching and building insect hotels. Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project biologists led a turtle walk to enable families to observe and learn more about the Coast's endangered Western painted turtles.
BioBlitz participants also enjoyed a delicious barbecue, live music by Bonar, face painting and fun games like bean bag and horseshoe toss.
The Lagoon Society wishes to thank all the participating staff, volunteers, scientists and naturalists who helped at the event.
The 2010 Family Fun BioBlitz Day was generously supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional District and the Province of B.C.
To view BioBlitz photos and learn more about Iris Griffith Centre programs and events, see www.lagoonsociety.com.