Activities — Citizen Science

Other Citizen Science Projects

Citizen science is becoming very popular and, as well as what we have integrated into the Atlas, there are many, many excellent and exciting initiatives locally and across the country.

Below is just a sampling of some other citizen science programs on offer. The first two listings, for the Kootenay Community Bat Project and the Kootenay Camas Project, have shared their information with the Atlas, and we've provided links below to the Atlas pages for these species. We'll endeavour to include other citizen science projects in the region within the Atlas in the future. In the meantime, we invite you to follow the various links we've provided and explore the programs on your own.

Kootenay Community Bat Project

Established in 2004 to raise awareness about bats in southwestern BC, the project team works with the local residents who are already hosting bats in their buildings, and welcomes the aid of volunteers. Among the activities: volunteering four evenings a year to count bats as they fly out of a roost site; installing and monitoring a bat house; creating and enhancing bat habitat on your property and much more. For more information, visit their website or contact Juliet Craig, Project Coordinator, at [email protected] or (250) 352 2260. To see the associated map of Kootenay bats here on the Atlas, click through to individual species on the species page

Kootenay Camas Project

This project is an initiative of the West Kootenay Native Plant Study Group and focuses on the camas lily, a native perennial herb with edible bulbs. The blue flowered plant is found mostly in moist meadows and prairies in southern B.C. and the northwestern U.S. Here in the Columbia Basin, home of the Biodiversity Atlas, camas are very rare and are found in low-elevation sites in the West Kootenay. Kootenay Camas Project volunteer "scientists" are helping monitor the plant and creating an inventory—the first steps to providing baseline information "vital to understanding the origin, persistence and threats to camas." If you are interested in this initiative, be sure to visit their website. You can even use your smartphone and the iNaturalist app to enter your data. To see the map of the camas lily here on the Atlas, click here.

Map our Marshes

This is a relatively new project from the BC Wildlife Federation under the Wetlands Education Program. These daylong courses were put together to help interested people learn how to map smaller, unappreciated wetland areas with the help of GPS. Participants also learned how to upload their data to the Community Mapping Network online database. Most of the courses have finished but to learn more about the project (and any future classes) contact Neil Fletcher, Wetland Education Program Coordinator at [email protected] or at (604) 882 9988 ext. 232. The BC Wildlife Federation manages many other citizen science projects as well. Be sure to take a spin around the site!

Bird Studies Canada

Birders have been at the forefront of the citizen science movement and this is clear looking at the Bird Studies Canada website and all the programs underway. The organization is: "committed to advancing the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Canada's wild birds and their habitats." Click on the "Get Involved" tab (centre top) and learn about various programs in your specific area. If you have questions about local programs—and how you can take part—click here?to get contact information for your area.

 

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