The International Day for Biological Diversity or International Biodiversity Day (IBD) occurs annually on May 22nd. Each year BEAN promotes a day of local action and awareness to engage Ontarians in the conservation and improvement of biodiversity.
2016 IBD Event Funding
BEAN is pleased to announce that we are once again supporting International Biodiversity Day events across the province by providing funding of up to $500 to reimburse eligible event expenses for selected grant recipients.
- Applications are due Friday April 1st, 2016, and must be submitted via BEAN’s online form.
- Events will take place across Ontario between May 1, 2016 and July 31, 2016, inclusive
- A list of eligible organization and event costs is included in the application guidelines
- download 2016 guidelines in WORD format
- download 2016 guidelines in PDF format
- Events must be open to the public, and will be listed on BEAN’s online Biodiversity Events Calendar
- Additional tools (including checklists, BEAN logo, lesson plans, etc.) are available for event coordinators on our IBD Toolkit Page
- For more information on IBD and the “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” theme, visit the Convention on Biological Diversity website.
- Join our email list to ensure you never miss an IBD update!
In the past, BEAN has supported events such as invasive plant pulls, native plantings, educational workshops, as well as conferences, nature hikes and BioBlitz events.
BioBlitzs are biological inventories that encourage people to explore and catalogue the plants & wildlife found in a certain area. Events can run for a full 24 hours, with volunteers (“citizen scientists”) led by experienced biologists or naturalists.
Is your organization considering a BioBlitz style event this year? The following are several helpful resources:
- The Get to Know program has a good introduction to BioBlitzs and a guide for leaders of events.
- Ontario BioBlitz provides a good protocol guide (Their flagship event takes place June 11-12, 2016 in the Credit River Watershed)
- National Geographic describes a BioBlitz.
Information for Grant Recipients
- Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief report using our online form by March 30th, 2016
- Please review the reporting guidelines before submitting your final report:
- Grant recipients will receive payment from BEAN by July 31, 2016 provided their reporting forms are submitted on time
- Volunteer Appreciation certificates are available on a first come, first served basis. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how many you’d like
- Please consider recognizing our support by adding the BEAN logo to printed materials, or your event’s webpage, and/or adding a link to the BEAN website: www.biodiversityeducation.ca