Bio Blitz blasts off in Tuktoyaktuk

Musk Oxen in the barren NWT

Bio Blitz is coming to five communities in the North West Territories.

The environmental initiative starts off in Tuktoyaktuk on July 28 then in Inuvik on July 30, with stops also in Norman wells on August the 2nd and Fort Simpson on August the 8th.

Bio Blitz will have a three day presentation in Yellowknife, which will conclude their work.Those dates are from August 10 through the 12th. Biologist Paul Catling is with a team of two other

biologists in Tuktoyaktuk.

Catling says the wildlife in Tuktoyaktuk is variable. Interestingly, the bioligist says the region has 7 species of bumblebees.

Additionally there are all kinds of land mammals. Musk ox, artic foxes, and arctic wolves are among the main land mammals in the north west part of the NWT.

Marine mammals are also a big part of the Beaufort Sea, which is at the shoreline of Tuktoyaktuk.

Beluga whales and Humpback whales are among the main population in the Beaufort, according to Catling.

Their work is to have the Bio Blitz scientists work with the general public to identify as many species in the five designated communities they will be visiting.

Another part of their mandate is to celebrate Canada’s natural heritage, wildlife, bio-diversity and love of the land.

About the Author

Daniel MacKenzie
Returning to the airwaves after a 9 year absence, Dan MacKenzie worked as a news director in Rocky Mountain House Alberta and Thompson Manitoba. As well as a lead morning news anchor in Prince George and lead afternoon news anchor in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. As well, Dan worked the evening sports desk from 1998 to 2000 in Winnipeg. Dan did his journalism education at Red River College, completing in 1997.

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