Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bio Blitz with A Rocha

A Rocha,what does this mean?
A Rocha is a Portuguese word meaning 'The Rock'.
A Rocha is an international conservation organization
working to show God's love for all creation.
Here is a link to their website:
Jake and I spent most of the day on Saturday,May 30
involved in a Bio Blitz put on by A Rocha.
This was a 12 hour period where specialists from many
fields were present to identify all plants,insects,birds and mammals
found in one small park in Morden,Manitoba.
Here is a sampling of some of our photos from this exciting day.
We are by no means experts in any of the above mentioned fields,
but we can take pictures and that is why we were there.
Above is a Great-crested Flycatcher.I particularly enjoy this bird. This is a Basswood Tree in flower.
Thanks to one of the tree specialists present I know this. Here is one of the trails in the park. The park may be small and in town,but once in side one hardly notices the surrounding houses and traffic. A baby Cottontail stopped just long enough for a picture. The creek which runs through the park gave some fantastic reflections The name of the creek is The Dead Horse Creek Now that name is another story for another time. Looking through the trees one could frequently see other participants.
Another view of the trail.
We were treated to a lovely coffee break as well as a delicious lunch.
Paul and Val Goossen who spearheaded this event were most gracious and
took great care to see that all needs were met.Thanks Paul & Val
You can learn a great deal about God by studying His creation.


  1. What a neat 'study' to participate in, Ruth (and Jake). You all do love nature---and are so knowledgeable. We ALL need to keep learning---since there is always new things to learn!!!

    Thanks for the great photos.

  2. What a great time. It's great that you were able to learn some things you probably didn't know, I doubt that there were any birds you didn't. Still, it's good to have experts if only to learn one new thing.

  3. What a wonderful opportunity. I'm glad you were able to take part and get such wonderful pictures.

  4. Wow, what a wonderful experience for you. Great pictures along the way.
    I love your Rose header. I've planted 2 this Spring.

  5. What a great park and what wonderful treasures y ou found there :)

  6. Always great when you can be with like minded people and learn something new in the process. Great photos Ruth.

  7. Ruth: Wonderful views of nature and all it has to offer.

  8. That sounds like a great way to spend the day Ruth! Lovely shot of the Flycatcher, that's not a bird one can capture easily at a feeder.

  9. I didn't know there were Christian conservation groups. How interesting to read about them, and you took great photos.

  10. Sounds wonderful, and you took some great photos!

  11. I really enjoyed your lovely photos and the trip to this park...cheers.

  12. I've heard of these study neat to be able to take part in one...your pictures are wonderful, as usual!! Glad you had such a lovely day.

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  14. Beautiful post... God has given us so much to appreciate, learn, explore...

  15. I actually went out and bought a little bird feeder for the balcony outside and some bird seeds!! I will fill it up this weekend and see if I get any little birds!! I am so excited, I can hear them in the trees around me but I'm not sure if they will come to the feeder or not but I will try. I hope and hope some will come because to watch the birds would be wonderful!

    A couple days ago, I walked home from work and a butterfly walked with me. Right by my side. All the way for 15 minutes. It would stop when I did, go when I did. Fluttered around my legs and didn't leave me for a moment! Right up to the front door. A monarch butterfly. Isn't that amazing?!? I didn't want to go inside! It just waited until I went into the apartment. It was like my guardian butterfly =)

    Hugs and kisses♥ I hope you are well.

  16. Wonderful to study nature in this way. These are lovely pictures of your beautiful park! The flycatcher is an amazing little bird and the flowering basswood is so pretty. Thank you for the tour.


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