We are excited to announce the creation of the inaugural Frontenac Biothon fundraising event! The Frontenac Biothon was developed to raise critical funds for our operations while simultaneously making a valuable contribution to science and conservation in the Frontenac Arch. Each year we will pick a location and a weekend in June to identify as many species of living things as possible in a 24-hour period. Each participating biologist will collect sponsorships and put their skills to the test during the biothon weekend. Our biologists will be identifying all plants, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects encountered but will have a specific focus on rare species and designated Species at Risk. The information collected will be valuable to Frontenac Bird Studies as well as many other agencies including Ontario Parks, Canadian Wildlife Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
This year’s biothon will take place at Frontenac Provincial Park on June 12-13. At over 5000 hectares, the park is far too large to be covered in 24 hours so we have selected a section containing mature forest, successional woodland and rock barren habitats. How many species can a group of six people identify in 24 hours: 300? 1000? This being our first year we aren’t so sure ourselves but we have embraced the challenge of finding 500 species during the biothon in 2010.
All of the biothon participants have begun researching natural history for the area, inspecting maps and reaching out to potential sponsors. It is sure to be a great event and we are looking forward to the weekend with great anticipation! Click here for more information on the Frontenac Biothon or to sponsor one of our biologists
2010 Frontenac Biothon
Frontenac Provincial Park