The International Day for Biological Diversity (or International Biodiversity Day, IBD) takes place each year on May 22nd. This year’s theme is Island Biodiversity, to coincide with the International Year of Small Island Developing States.
For the past several years, BEAN has promoted local action and awareness to help get Ontarians involved with conserving and improving biodiversity right in their own communities.
BEAN is pleased to once again be able to offer small grants to organizations holding events to celebrate International Biodiversity Day. This year, BEAN will be offering grants of up to $500.00 for eligible events that take place in May & June 2014.
In the past, BEAN has supported events such as invasive plant pulls, native plantings, educational workshops, as well as conferences and nature hikes. This year BEAN is proud to add BioBlitz style events to our list of eligible projects.
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.
Organizations wishing to apply for funding must complete the online application form by Friday, April 4th 2014. For more information on IBD funding, eligibility, and to submit your application online, please visit BEAN’s IBD page.
If you have any questions, please contact BEAN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping BEAN inspire and empower people to improve and protect Ontario’s biodiversity!
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 FAQ on their event (happening May 23-25th, 2014)
- National Geographic describes a BioBlitz.