Environment Canada

Environment Canada

July 14, 2010 11:41 ET

BioKits: Nature and Biodiversity Observation Guides for Everyone

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - To celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, the Biosphère invites Canadian families and people of all ages to discover "BioKits," a series of biodiversity exploration guides.

Attractive, colourful and fun, the BioKits developed by the Biosphère are now available in five versions: Urban, Nature, City of Montréal, Île Sainte-Hélène and Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area (NWA).

Urban BioKit users are invited to use all five of their senses to look at the biodiversity of their city in new ways. The Nature BioKit takes you on a journey of discovery through the wilder environments of the country. Users of these two BioKits will have the chance to share their discoveries online and evaluate the biodiversity of the places explored.

The City of Montréal BioKit features ten major parks on Montréal Island. Points of interest are highlighted, and their GPS coordinates can be captured on a GPS navigational device. The Île Sainte-Hélène and Cap Tourmente NWA BioKits offer a GPS-guided adventure in which you are the hero. These BioKits can be rented at the Biosphère and the Cap Tourmente NWA.

"By inviting Canadians to take the time to appreciate biodiversity and to better understand its importance, the Biosphère aims to raise awareness about the value of this biodiversity, its beauty and the services it can provide. Our hope is that the BioKits encourage people to preserve nature by making informed consumer choices," said Jean Langlais, director of the Biosphère.

New BioKits will be developed during the year for other Canadian cities. For more information on the BioKits or to download them free of charge, visit the Environment Canada website, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/biotrousses-biokits.

As an environmental museum, the mandate of Environment Canada's Biosphère is to encourage citizens to take action and get involved in environmental issues. In addition to presenting special exhibitions and events, the Biosphère develops educational and outreach products for a diverse clientele across Canada and is a recognized clearinghouse for environmental information.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

(Also available in French)

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