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Urban biodiversity scavenger hunt

Take on our urban biodiversity scavenger hunt and see what you can find--and learn-- right in the neighborhood around your home.

A male cardinal approaches a feeder

Get outside. What can you see? What can you hear?

People don’t often think of urban centres when they think about biodiversity. And yet, cities are where most of us interact with nature most often.

Have you ever seen a sparrow? Probably. But have you ever looked for one?

In this activity, we encourage our community to seek out the different species of plants, birds, and insects that can be found in Montreal at this time of year. Take your phone or camera out on your next walk to the corner store, grab your kids for a fun quest, or relax on a bench in the park and see what you can spot!

The scavenger hunt has been extended until April 12.




Urban biodiversity in Montreal: Why should we care?

On March 25 we hosted a webinar entitled "Urban biodiversity in Montreal: Why should we care?", where professors Carly Ziter, Emma Desplands, and Rebecca Tittler outlined what we can find in Montreal-- and why we should look!

View the recording to learn more about some of the species on the scavenger hunt list!

People don’t often think of urban centres when they think about biodiversity. And yet, cities are where most of us interact with nature most often.
Species index

13:51​ YELLOW BIRCH
14:33​ GINKGO BILOBA
15:21​ SILVER MAPLE
21:04​ HONEY BEE
24:09​ CARPENTER ANTS
24:41​ TURF GRASS ANT
26:20​ MOURNING CLOAK BUTTERFLY
27:04​ RED ADMIRAL BUTTERFLY
42:56​ ROCK DOVES
44:11​ HOUSE SPARROWS
44:44​ PEREGRINE FALCONS
45:46​ TURKEY VULTURE
46:53​ NORTHERN CARDINAL
49:23​ BLACK CAPPED CHICKADEE
50:56​ AMERICAN CROW




This activity is offered in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and 4TH SPACE, as part of the WWF Living Planet @ Campus program at Concordia.

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