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2nd Annual National Lake Blitz!

MAY – SEPTEMBER 2022

The goal of the National Lake Blitz is to encourage the widespread monitoring of lakes across Canada using simple tools so participants can easily understand the impacts of climate change on freshwater lakes.

From May to September 2022, Lake Blitz volunteers across Canada are helping create a ‘snapshot’ of freshwater lakes by collecting temperature readings at their chosen lake and shoreline photos of their location and the colour of the water. All the data that’s being collected will be added to the Lake Observation Map that can be viewed in real-time!

REGISTRATION HAS NOW CLOSED

Questions?

Contact the Lake Blitz Coordinator Camille LeBlanc at lakeblitz@livinglakescanada.ca.

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Thank you to RBC’s Tech for Nature Program for making the Lake Blitz possible. 

Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge

Contest is now open!

Vote for your favourite photos!

The Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge is the sister event to the Lake Blitz to celebrate the beauty of Canada’s 2 million lakes and raise awareness around what’s threatening their incredible biodiversity.

Submit your photos that capture the diversity of a lake or human impacts affecting it using the form below.

All photos are will be displayed in the 2022 online gallery and the best of each week will be shared on Living Lakes Canada’s social media channels.
Prizes in 3 categories by Kicking Horse CoffeeLush and DAVIDsTEA!
Read about the Prize Categories & Contest Rules

2022 Photo Submission Form

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TERMS & CONDITIONS: I accept the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge Terms and Conditions.(Required)
MAILING LIST: I consent to be added to the Living Lakes Canada mailing list (including Lake Blitz and Photo Challenge updates).(Required)

What is the National Lake Blitz?

Blitz: a sudden, energetic, and concerted effort, typically on a specific task

The goal of the National Lake Blitz is to encourage the widespread monitoring of lakes across Canada using simple tools so participants can easily understand the impacts of climate change on freshwater lakes.

The Lake Blitz is open to everyone. To monitor a lake, participants don’t need a science/technical background or any formal training. Instead, all you need as a Lake Blitz volunteer is a thermometer (which we’ll send you), a camera (or phone with a camera), and a lake you care about.

Volunteer Commitment

As a volunteer, you will get the chance to take action to address the climate crisis by collecting simple yet crucial data on freshwater health. Lake Blitz volunteers will become part of a growing national network of water stewards who will meet regularly online to share results, ask questions and sit in on presentations from water experts from across Canada. As data is collected it will be automatically displayed on the Lake Blitz Observation Map available here at lakeblitz.livinglakescanada.ca. Volunteers can even win prizes!

The Equipment you will need to be a part of the Blitz:

  • Lake Blitz Test Kits (including a thermometer, data sheets and a field guide with detailed instructions) provided by Living Lakes Canada
  • Camera or Cellphone with a camera
  • Cellphone or Computer

Lake Blitz Sampling Process:

  1. Select a sample site on your local lake where you can measure temperature in water at least 1 metre deep (docks, boats or other safe access points work well). Choose a site that you can visit twice per month from May to September.
  2. To enter data in the field you can use the Lake Blitz Observation Form on the Survey 123 app or get ready to enter data onto your data card.
  3. Using the Lake Blitz Field Guide instructions and thermometer, sample for water and air temperatures.
  4. Using your camera or smartphone take a photo of the lake shoreline and water colour. Take additional photos each month if you notice any changes.
  5. Observe your surroundings and record any wildlife and aquatic invasive species you see. Not sure what species are invasive? Use the invasive species ID guide in the field guide or contact your local invasive species council to learn more. Snap a photo to support your observations.
  6. Submit your data, photos, and observations to the Lake Blitz Observation form using the mobile app or on your desktop at lakeblitz.livinglakescanada.ca
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 throughout the summer.

See our Volunteer Guide below for full details!

Field Guidebook

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Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Lake Blitz Coordinator Camille LeBlanc at lakeblitz@livinglakescanada.ca.

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