Outing Information Name of place visited:Date: Departure time: Return time: GPS coordinates: (optional) WEATHER Today’s temperature:________________°C Photo: © iStockphoto.com/Jan_Neville n Sunny n Partly cloudy n Cloudy n Rainy n Snowy n Windy Illustrations: © Environment Canada – Artist: Caroline Brunet During your exploration, take notes or draw what you have observed in the spaces below. Notes Sketch My Diagnosis The biodiversity of the natural environment visited: You just finished taking a hike that was rich in discoveries! Keep them fresh in your mind. Complete a diagnosis of your visit by filling in the following information. Check the Several things boxes that apply Excellent! Pretty good... must be improved General impression regarding the location visited Animal diversity Plant diversity Presence of wetlands Presence of wildlife corridors Existence of protected area(s) with limited access Presence of a waterway, pond or lake Low Moderate High Signs of human disturbance: visible pollutants, dumping, logging, etc. Presence of exotic invasive species Porcini Photo: © iStockphoto.com/Miiicha Number of roads with car traffic, snowmobile or ATV trails crossed during the hike In which column did you check off the most boxes? This will give you a good general idea of how well the area is doing in the conservation and protection of biodiversity. The thought of taking action in the “wilderness” may seem overwhelming at first; here are a few suggestions to get you started. Recommendations: Aussi disponible en français sous le titre : Annexe – Diagnostic de la BioTrousse Nature © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of the Environment, 2012 Catalogue No.: En154-57/1-2012E-PDF Legal deposit: Library and Archives Canada, 2012 Enjoy this environment and help preserve species at risk in the area by adopting sound outdoor ethics. Encourage friends, family and community members to follow your lead. Take pictures of points of interest like animal gathering areas or patches of flowering plants. Try to revisit these places and see how they change over the years by comparing the pictures. You can also become more familiar with the species in the region and join a wildlife survey to report on birds, frogs or plants in the area. Many heads are better than one! Talk to people about your concerns; they might join your improvement efforts. Learn to identify any alien invasive species. Record and report them; if possible, help organize an event to remove them!