Re-defining Ecological Perspectives: An Indigenous-Led Bioblitz.

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Join Gary Pritchard of Curve Lake First Nation and principal consultant, 4 Directions of Conservation.

On the shores of the Black River in Treaty Territory 20 and Williams Treaties, Gary will teach us about decolonizing conservation and learning to value all of our relations. 

All life deserves a space on the landscape, and all of our spiritual energy is tied together.  Trying to govern how each individual species behaves hasn’t worked.   Conservation must move beyond managing for species at risk and trying to eradicate the species that don’t serve us. 

Bring a clear and open mind.   There will be ceremony to begin each session. 

Participants must attend the following two webinars in order to participate in the outdoor bioblitzes below.

  1.  Indigenous Conservation Strategies.  Thursday September 23,    7 – 9 pm via Zoom
  2. Common Myths of Indigenous Peoples.  Thursday September 30, 7 – 9 pm via Zoom 

Zoom links for these webinars will be sent separately to those who register for a bioblitz – you do not need to register separately.

Please register for each of the bioblitzes you wish to attend:

WATER & BENTHICS

Sunday October 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm

It’s all inter-connected:  Healthy watersheds, healthy forests, healthy landscapes & healthy people.

What is the water telling us about its overall health?  We will observe benthics, freshwater mussels, fish, and the interface with the terrestrial landscape.


WETLANDS, REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

Saturday October 16th from 10 am to 2 pm

All wetlands are protected under treaty, so settlers shouldn’t actually be harming them.  How do we change the mindset to acknowledge treaty? 


PLANTS & BIRDS

Sunday October 24th from 8 am to Noon

We will survey everybody who lives there:  Grackles, poison ivy, blackflies, horseflies, wild mint – not just the charismatic species. 

Webinars:

There are limited spots available to attend the webinars without taking part in the bioblitzes.

A Zoom link for each webinar will be sent closer to the event date.

  • Indigenous Conservation Strategies.  Thursday September 23,    7 – 9 pm via Zoom – register here
  • Common Myths of Indigenous Peoples.  Thursday September 30, 7 – 9 pm via Zoom – register here