Collect important biodiversity data as you hike, and learn more about Niagara Escarpment species as a citizen science volunteer.
The Niagara Escarpment is one of the most biodiverse regions in Canada yet it sits within one of the country’s most densely populated regions. The Bruce Trail Conservancy cares for over 12,700 acres of Niagara Escarpment land, and works with conservation partners along the length of the Bruce Trail.
Understanding the diversity and distribution of species along the Niagara Escarpment is essential for making decisions about the stewardship of our natural areas. Observations from Citizen Science volunteers are helping to:
- Catalogue species along the Trail
- Create a visual tool to look for distribution patterns & species movement
- Track invasive species to that we minimize their spread
- Track rare species so that we may best protect them and their habitats
Actions you can take
- Become a Bruce Trail Conservancy Citizen Science volunteer using iNaturalist.
All ages and skill levels welcomed. Using the free powerful online tool iNaturalist, you can collect much needed data while you are out hiking the Bruce Trail. When you take the pledge, check “Share your plant & wildlife sightings” and we’ll be in touch with details.
- Share your favourite flora/fauna/fungi photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and Tag @BruceTrail_BTC and use the hashtag #BruceTrailPledge2021
- How to participate in BTC's Citizen Science Program
- Browse BTC's iNaturalist Project
- Bruce Trail Field Guides
- Guidelines for hiking safely & responsibly