Every Living Thing: Experiencing a Bioblitz
the United Nations Decade of Biodiversity (2011-2020), Every Living Thing follows a 20-year biodiversity research project
to identify and catalogue as many species as possible in the province of New
Brunswick, before human encroachment and climate change intensifies.
Lloyd Salomone and director Kent Martin, with Fredericton-based Flower Power
Production Inc., got the idea for the film in 2011, when the two were working
on another film about the Acadian forest.
says they crossed paths with some researchers from the New Brunswick Museum —
in particular Don McAlpine, the museum's research chair of zoology.
and his colleague Stephen Clayden spoke about their 20-year biodiversity
project to go to 10 very large protected natural areas around the province of
New Brunswick," he said. "To go there one summer and then the next
summer, at different times, because different species come out at different
times in the year."
and Martin decided to follow the researchers in 2013 and 2014 on bioblitzes, as
dozens of experts from North America and around the world gathered to document
species of fish, insects, plants, fungi, reptiles, mammals and amphibians at a
site in the middle of the province.
was just a matter of following them around and seeing the work they do, and
love doing," Salomone said. "It became clear they have a very strong
relationship with the natural world and they understand it in relation to