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Be taught concerning the BC Parks iNaturalist Venture


Comox Valley Nature is happy to host the next free on-line lecture:

Title: Utilizing iNaturalist to doc biodiversity patterns in BC Parks
Audio system: Dr. Brian Starzomski and Kate McKeown
Date: Sunday, January 16, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. PST

This webinar is facilitated by the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists and is open to the general public (see the registration hyperlink under).

In Sugarbowl Grizzly Den Provincial Park (photograph by Jason Headley)

iNaturalist is a biodiversity database and social media platform. It has revolutionized group science by making it straightforward and enjoyable for anybody to contribute to the gathering of biodiversity knowledge, any time they’re out having fun with nature. A devoted group of identifiers helps to refine the accuracy of the species IDs.

iNaturalist is a superb addition to biodiversity stock in British Columbia the place the species range is bigger than wherever else in Canada. BC is huge, and conventional knowledge assortment strategies alone can not survey all corners of the province. To fill in a few of these gaps and supply alternatives for anybody to gather biodiversity observations and hone their pure historical past expertise, Dr. Brian Starzomski (UVic) and Dr. John Reynolds (SFU) teamed up with BC Parks and the BC Parks Basis to create the BC Parks iNaturalist Venture. BC Parks iNaturalist knowledge are quick changing into a big and precious supply of biodiversity data in BC, and it’s all as a result of nice work of greater than 6,000 eager citizen scientists.

To this point, the BC Parks iNaturalist dataset consists of virtually 500,000 observations and greater than 9100 species! The dataset retains rising, and observations are routinely utilized in threatened and endangered species assessments by the federal Committee on the Standing of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

Thus far, the highest three parks for observations are Strathcona Provincial Park, South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Space, and E. C. Manning Provincial Park. All 1035 BC provincial protected areas (together with parks, conservancies, and ecological reserves) are listed within the BC Parks iNaturalist challenge, however 400 have fewer than 10 observations: there may be way more work to do!

This is a wonderful alternative so that you can be taught extra concerning the worth of iNaturalist and citizen science for describing patterns of biodiversity in BC Parks.

In regards to the audio system

Brian Starzomski is the Ian McTaggart Cowan Professor and Director within the College of Environmental Research on the College of Victoria. He likes to work in a wide range of techniques to check biodiversity questions, and is broadly educated as a group ecologist and conservation biologist. His analysis focuses on biodiversity construction and dynamics, and seeks to hyperlink idea and empirical approaches. Brian works throughout the taxonomic spectrum, from bugs to vegetation to birds. He encourages nature lovers so as to add biodiversity observations to iNaturalist.ca.

Kate McKeown joined the BC Parks iNaturalist Venture shortly after graduating with a BSc in Forest Biology from the College of Victoria. Beginning on the sector staff in Could 2020, she has since develop into the challenge supervisor. A few of her BC Parks challenge highlights embrace discovering a brown wasp mantidfly in Skihist Ecological Reserve, photographing Arctic terns in Boya Lake Provincial Park, and seeing peoples’ faces mild up once they be taught that their ardour for wildlife pictures may generate precious biodiversity knowledge!

Registration

“Seating capability” for the speak is proscribed, and you will have to register upfront. You’ll be able to test the pc necessities for attendees right here.

Register right here

After registering, you’ll obtain a affirmation electronic mail with directions for becoming a member of the webinar.

If you’re new to Comox Valley Nature, discover out extra about us right here.

Though CVN lectures are free, donations of any measurement from non-members who attend are all the time appreciated ($4.00 is usually recommended).

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