Batting for the Flathead: Bioblitz 2014
This week, our new Flathead Outreach coordinator, Mark Worthing heads into the Flathead for the third annual Flathead BioBlitz.
The Flathead Bioblitz 2014, organized by Sierra Club BC and our partners in the Flathead Wild coalition, will take place from July 24-29 this year, with a special focus on the area’s bat populations.
The BioBlitzes have been a real revelation for our understanding of this area. In the first two, held in August 2012 and June2013, scientists have documented hundreds of species of plants, insects, spiders, snails, clams, various invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, birds, and mammals, and including some rare and previously undiscovered species.
Last year, a team of bat scientists, headed by Kootenays-based bat biologist Cori Lausen, performed the first formal bat inventory in the Flathead River Valley of B.C. This year, Lausen’s team will be sampling in warmer weather, more fully documenting the bat diversity.
Read more about last year’s bat findings.
This year’s we will also be joined by videographer, Leanne Allison, who will be documenting the event.
B.C.’s portion of the wide, low-elevation Flathead River Valley is unprotected, and there is much that is known about its life and biodiversity. Last year’s BioBlitz proved to be a huge success in furthering our understanding of this wild area and attracting the attention of a wider audience of British Columbians who want to see its most ecologically important places protected.
We twice packed the auditorium at the Royal BC Museum in February and April 2013 to share the story of the first BioBlitz. Stay tuned for other Flathead events later in the year.
We can’t wait to share all our stories as we get closer to finally protecting – with a national park and wildlife management area – B.C.’s beautiful and biologically diverse Flathead.
The BioBlitz is coordinated by the Flathead Wild team, which includes The Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, Headwaters Montana, National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club BC, Wildsight, and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. We are all working to complete the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park by incorporating B.C.’s portion of the Flathead Valley.