Morris Island Conservation Bioinventory Kick-off

Saturday Sept 10, 2022 8 am – 4 pm, Rain or Shine

Spearheaded by the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club, in conjunction with the MFNC, this will be the first of several events in 2022 and 2023 held at the Morris Island Conservation Area (MICA, Map) to document the site’s biodiversity.

Experts and non-experts alike are welcome to come and help us record the biodiversity present in this interesting riverside conservation area at the northwestern edge of Ottawa. We hope many attendees will bring cameras (even smartphones) to take photos of lifeforms and record wildlife sounds while touring the site. We will encourage attendees to consider uploading photos/sounds of wildlife to the citizen science platform iNaturalist (iNaturalist), to help us gather reliable information regarding MICA’s biodiversity.

People interested in attending this event are welcome to come anytime throughout the day between 8am-4pm. Experts will be onsite to share information about Morris Island Conservation Area, how/why to document biodiversity via photos/sounds, use of the citizen science iNaturalist platform, and more.

Several tours throughout the day will be offered by experts on themes such as: a general site biodiversity tour, plants, birds, fungi, insects, reptiles/amphibians, and wetlands. Tours will depart the parking lot (eastern end of Morris Island Conservation Area Access Road; Parking Lot ) at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.