Massif des monts Sutton BioKit: diagnosis
The biodiversity of the natural environment visited
You just finished taking a hike that was rich in discoveries! Keep them fresh in your mind.
For each of the following categories, decide whether the situation is "Excellent!", "Not bad, but..." or "Several things must be improved!".
Note: This diagnosis can be printed directly from the BioKits website and used for other visits. The website also offers other BioKits and complementary activities.
- General impression regarding the location visited
- Animal diversity
- Plant diversity
- Presence of wetlands
- Presence of wildlife corridors
- Existence of a protected area with limited access
- Presence of a waterway, pond or lake
Decide, for each of the threats below, if they are present at a "low", "moderate" or "high" level:
- Signs of human disturbance: visible pollutants, dumping, logging, etc.
- Presence of exotic invasive species
- Number of roads, snowmobile or ATV trails crossed during the hike
This will give you a good general idea of how well the area is doing in the conservation and protection of biodiversity. The thought of taking action out in "the wilderness" may seem overwhelming at first. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
If the situation is excellent:
Enjoy this environment and help preserve species at risk in the area by acting in a responsible, ethical way when outdoors.
Encourage friends, family and community members to follow your example.
If the situation is not bad, but...:
Take pictures of specific points of interest, like areas where animals feed or rest, or patches of flowering plants. Revisit these places with your photos and see how they change over time.
You can also discover the different species in the region by joining a group of wildlife observers to survey birds, frogs or plants in the area.
If the situation demands that several things improve:
Many heads are better than one! Talk to people about your concerns; they might join your improvement efforts.
Learn to identify invasive alien species. Record and report them; if possible, help organize a friendly get-together to remove them.
Think Back on Your Outing
Back home, create a keepsake of your excursion by producing a drawing, story, poem, photo, collage or other souvenir!
Don't forget to identify the species you photographed: borrow an identification guide from the library or do an Internet search.
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