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 2019 blitz events. By October of 2019 we had catalogued over 2700 species. Our inventories are also available in the Metchosin Biodiversity project of iNaturalist.

Metchosin MycoBlitz 2019

Gibson talk
Talk poster--click to enlarge

The seventh Metchosin MycoBlitz will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9, 2019.

The MycoBlitz doubles as November's Metchosin Talk and Walk event. Please join us Friday November 8, 20 19, 7:00 pm, for a talk by Dr. Cara Gibson, an expert on the relationships between insects and fungi.

The talk will be at the Metchosin Municipal Hall Council Chambers.

The November 9 MycoBlitz will start at the parking lot of the Metchosin Municipal Hall, 4450 Happy Valley Road (just behind the Fire Hall) at 9:00 am. A number of mycology specialists will be on hand to lead us to several Metchosin locations. At these locations the experts will do field identification and collect samples of mushrooms for table display and further study. Metchosin residents, members of the Southern Vancouver Island Mycological Society, Pearson students, and anyone else with an eye for/interest in mushrooms are welcome to join the MycoBlitz leaders on the Saturday hunt. Rain or shine!

False Morel, Helvella infula, at Royal Roads
The Golden Pholiota, Pholiota aurivella, Neild Rd

Groups will return to the Municipal Hall by noon. At 12:10 pm, guests are invited to attend a mini-film fest at the nearby Metchosin Firehall. Bring a brown bag lunch (popcorn, coffee and tea will be provided) and eat it while you watch a Nature of Things episode on Fungi. After the film, walk back to to the Council Chambers and see the immense bounty of Metchosin fungal species that the expert have laid out and labeled for our Metchosin inventory of species.

Artwork by Gala Milne

              Artwork by Gala Milne