On August 5th, the Biopolis team participated in the 2017 Bioblitz at Champ des Possibles, organized by les Amis du Champ des Possibles, in partnership with WWF-Canada. The citizen based biological inventory of this once-industrial brownfield, allowed to identify species never before recorded in this urban green space located in the heart of the Mile End.
The event gathered several local biodiversity experts who were present on site to help citizens identify plant and insect species. Among them were bioneers Mark Ambard, Marie-Pierre Beauvais and Caroline Magar, from les Amis du Champ des Possibles, as well Daniel Blouin and Étienne Normandin who offered workshops on identifying plants and insects. Marc Sardi, our urban biodiversity specialist, tackled quite a challenge: identifying a maximum number of spider species for a grand total of five. Approximately fifty citizens of all ages participated in this edition of the Bioblitz and enjoyed the beautiful weather that had cleared up, just before the event.
A Squash Bee, a new species for Champ des Possibles detected during the Bioblitz.
The main objective of the Bioblitz is to update the current list of species found at Champ des Possibles and to publish a second edition of its Catalogue de la biodiversité in 2018.
The event was made possible by the financial support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation awarded to les Amis du Champ des Possibles to support them in pursuing their species inventory work and in further developing knowledge about the rich biodiversity of this unique space.