• Every Living Thing: Experiencing a Bioblitz

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    In this 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.

    Producer 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.

    Salomone says they crossed paths with some researchers from the New Brunswick Museum — in particular Don McAlpine, the museum's research chair of zoology.

    "Don 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."

    Salomone 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.

    "It 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 climate change."