Monadenia fidelis // Pacific Sideband Snail // Camas Hill

Welcome to the web site of the Metchosin BioBlitz and MycoBlitz. The team at the Metchosin Biodiversity Project sponsors the blitzes and publishes the results on these pages in order to:

  • Increase our understanding of Metchosin’s species and ecosystems.
  • Share natural history information with interested people in Metchosin and adjacent jurisdictions.
  • Use this information and awareness to protect and restore Metchosin’s species and ecosystems.

A large number of Metchosin species have been located during the seven years of the Metchosin BioBlitzes and MycoBlitzes.  Here is the summary of our counts in May of 2018, broken down by organism groups.  You can view the entire set of observations--more than 10,000--by species group and by scientific name. You can also download an Excel spreadsheet of all of our data (but with specific observation locations removed). These spreadsheet and observation lists were last updated in May, 2017.

Species counts continued to mount during our various 2018 blitz events (described below). In November of 2018, we reached 2425 species. This last year we also began to add pre-bioblitz observations to our database. This brought the total observed species to over 2600.

Metchosin Bioblitz Upcoming Events

boys and girls club earth day Poster for the upcoming Earth Day Metchosin 2019. Click to view/print PDF version.

The Metchosin Biodiversity Project joins with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria and Habitat Acquisition Trust to celebrate Earth Day in Metchosin

This event is open-house style, so drop in anytime from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the Boys and Girls Club property at 3900 Metchosin Road. The event is free to the general public. BBQ food will be available by donation. Music will be by the talented local Bald Eagles Band.

During the afternoon, join us for expert-led walks by Joel Ussery, Paige Erickson-McGee, Kem Luther, and Mike Fischer. We will be offering on-the-spot training on how to use the iNaturalist phone app to do biological inventories (Bring your smartphone!). There will also be a photo scavenger hunt, a keep-the-earth alive big balloon bounce, fun interactive games, nature displays, and prizes! Schedule of walks:
12:00pm: iSpy - Plants using iNaturalist.
1:00pm: Plants Galore! A Native Plant Walk for all knowledge levels.
2:00pm: Habitat Walk – Who lives where? Great for the whole family

Parking will be at the main lot. Follow the signs to the camp centre.

On May 11, Andrew Simon will be doing a presentation in Metchosin's Talk and Walk series about the Galiano bioblitzes. On the following day, Saturday, May 12, we will be having our spring bioblitz at Metchosin Wilderness Park. We will use the iNaturalist software that Andrew has been employing for the Galiano bioblitzes. Bring your smartphone and tablet and help us photograph and inventory Metchosin species.


          iNaturalist Download the iNaturalist software to your phone and/or tablet before the bioblitz and set up an iNaturalist account.

Sharmin Gamiet
Sharmin Gamiet, speaker at the 2019 MycoBlitz.

The MycoBlitz will be a few days later this year than in previous years. It happens on November 8 and 9, 2019. On Friday night we will have a talk by the renowned Abbotsford mycologist Sharmin Gamiet. Sharmin, a member of the Vancouver Mycological Society, trained at UBC and the University of Washington. For the last 25 years she has led popular mushroom walks throughout our region.

Artwork by Gala Milne

              Artwork by Gala Milne