Diario del proyecto BC Parks

07 de agosto de 2020

Let's finish off the summer with a big iNat push in BC Parks!

Hi folks-

It's hard to believe it's already August! We have one month left in the summer to iNat BC Parks! August is a wonderful month to be out exploring provincial protected areas, from swimming in lakes, kayaking the coasts, to climbing into the alpine to see the glorious wildflower blooms. Insects are out by the thousands, and every observation you make increases our knowledge of biodiversity across the province. Who knows what you'll find? Just last month @johndreynolds, @jennyheron, @jgatten and I found new occurrences of a very rare dragonfly in the Lower Mainland. Your iNatting may turn up something just as important, whether a rare species, an out-of-range occurrence, or key information on the timing of activity. All iNat observations are important, and together we're contributing to the next phase of our understanding of Canadian biodiversity.

We're going to do our best to get as many observations as we can before September hits, pushing us past our goals of 225,000 observations and more than 50 protected areas with 1000 observations each. We're aiming for new species, too: just this week the project pushed past 6000 species total! Way to go BC Parks iNatters!

Here's hoping you get out to our beautiful BC Parks and see lots of interesting species. Have fun, be safe!

@bstarzomski and @johndreynolds

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13 de mayo de 2020

BC Parks iNat project is back May 14th!

...aaannnnddddd we're back! BC Parks will be opening up again as of May 14th (see here for more details: http://bcparks.ca/covid-19/ ): we're all excited to get back out there, and what a great time of year to be heading back into provincial parks and protected areas!

What do you want to see in BC Parks this summer? New birds? Beautiful new plants and insects? Unusual mosses, lichens, and fungi? Who knows what you'll see, and record, using iNaturalist to survey biodiversity across the province. We're learning so much about what species are found where, and there are so many wonderful photos.

It's going to be a big summer for observing nature in BC Parks. Can we get past 225,000 observations? What about to 8,000 species? Can we get 50 protected areas up to more than 1,000 observations each?

Have fun out there, and be safe and healthy.

Brian Starzomski @bstarzomski
John Reynolds @johndreynolds

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09 de abril de 2020

BC Parks are closed: iNatting in the time of COVID

Dear all-

With this morning’s announcement that all BC Parks will be shut for the foreseeable future our BC Parks iNaturalist project is going to see a big decline in additions. What a great opportunity to add your old photos! If you have pictures from the past that have dates and locations, now is the time to add them to iNaturalist. It’s easy to do, and historical data are so valuable: we can keep the project momentum going, learn more about what was there in the past, AND reminisce about past awesome trips to BC’s most beautiful places. We can also make plans and dream about our next big trips into BC Parks, which hopefully we can do soon.

Another way to pass the time is to help with identifications: here’s a link to all the unidentified observations in the BC Parks project https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=7085&project_id=bc-parks&quality_grade=needs_id&subview=grid. Let’s see how many IDs we can get!

We hope you’re all managing to stay happy and healthy, and look forward to seeing you on the trails later in the year!

Take care-

Brian and John

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18 de diciembre de 2019

iNatting in BC Parks: 2019 Roundup

With just a couple weeks left in 2019 (and in this decade!) we're looking back at an amazing first year of the BC Parks iNaturalist Project, and looking ahead to even more great iNatting in BC Parks next year. We surpassed all our goals for this project this year: there are now over 113,000 observations and nearly 5000 species, thanks to the more than 2,300 observers and 2,600 identifiers who have contributed their observations and ID expertise!

It’s been so much fun to watch all the exciting and fascinating observations roll in from across the province: we’ve seen cool species interactions, rare and at-risk species, species outside their normal range, and of course countless beautiful photos. To celebrate the collective efforts from everyone involved this past year we’ve picked out a handful of awesome observations to share with you below. With so many amazing observations it was tricky to pick a reasonable number to highlight, so please share your favourite observations with us in the comments below!

This is just the beginning of course; we’re in the midst of planning for even bigger numbers next year, plus there’s still time left to help tip us over 115,000 observations before we ring in the new year. With winter setting in there’s a whole host of new observation opportunities to take advantage of, such as winter birds and snow tracks left by the more elusive mammals, so grab your phone or camera, bundle up, and head out to your favourite park!

Check out the collection of resources put together by the BC Parks Foundation if you’re looking for observation tips and tricks or inspiration (hint: helpful for getting new iNatters hooked), including a guide to getting started with the BC Parks project and fun observation bingo cards, downloadable here: https://tinyurl.com/bcpf-inat-kit


A not-so-small selection of unique, beautiful, strange, or otherwise outstanding observations:

1) A majestic moose captured mid-drink by @kblaney in Muncho Lake Provincial Park:

2) @jasonheadley’s shot of an Arctic butterfingers lichen in Stone Mountain Provincial Park made the iNat Observation of the Day:

3) We loved @erinleeski’s beautiful shot of white pasqueflowers so much that we made it the banner photo for the Valhalla Provincial Park page (Got great park banner photo candidates? Send them our way!):

4) @kg- found a new patch of oysterplant (or sea bluebells), a provincial species of special concern, thanks to collaboration with @eacameron and the BC Conservation Data Centre:

5) A very out of range species of gooseneck barnacle, Lepas testudinata, in Rose Spit Ecological Reserve photographed by @kg-:

6) @alisonnorthup spotted this goldenrod crab spider in the process of dealing with its freshly-caught bumblebee prey, in Mt Robson Provincial Park:

7) A wary wolf spotted by @bstarzomski on Duck Island in the Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy:

8) @joanseptembre found a pile of healthy-looking ochre sea stars in Dionisio Point Provincial Park, a promising sign in the wake of sea star wasting disease:

9) A particularly adorable American pika, captured mid-call by @jasonheadley in Nancy Greene Provincial Park:

10) @camerondeckert uploaded BC’s first iNat record of the plains forktail (a provincially red-listed species), found in Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park:

11) A beautiful shot of sockeye salmon spawning in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park by @kokanee:

12) Collaboration between our BC Parks Big Summer field team and @leah at the BC Conservation Data Centre led to a number of vivid dancer damselfly observations (blue-listed provincially and special concern federally) in Ram Creek Ecological Reserve, such as this one by @ldietzchiasson:

13) @hydaticus caught this Pacific banana slug munching on a plant in Strathcona Provincial Park, prompting the question of how it managed to reach so high in the first place:

14) @marmota_taylor found this teeny tiny western toad in Wells Grey Provincial Park:

15) @liamsingh captured this crisp portrait of a pigeon guillemot with its freshly-caught prey in Oak Bay Islands Ecological Reserve:

16) A picturesque snow-dusted American bison duo snapped by @brookemichell in Muncho Lake Provincial Park:

17 - 19) A three-in-one observation of whale lice and whale barnacles on a grey whale that washed up on North Beach in Naikoon Provincial Park:
https://inaturalist.ca/observations/29037015 (barnacles by @kg-)
https://inaturalist.ca/observations/28969655 (lice by @katiekushneryk)
https://inaturalist.ca/observations/28260061 (grey whale by @jennyheron)

20) @johnreynolds uploaded the first iNat observations of Tubaphe levii, found in abundance in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park:

21) @kokanee caught a northern saw-whet owl grasping a shrew in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park:

22) A very photogenic Pacific sideband snail, captured by @thomasbarbin in Goldstream Provincial Park:

23) A rufous hummingbird sourcing nest materials in Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park, photographed by @hmbbirder:

24) @chowarth spotted this northern rubber boa at night in Kalamalka Lake Protected Area:

25) @hydaticus captured mating bee-mimic robber flies from two different species in Silver Star Provincial Park:

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06 de septiembre de 2019

100,000 Observations!

Today we hit a major milestone: we hit the 100,000 observation mark! Those observations gave us 4,715 species that were contributed by 2,053 people. In our February 2019 post we wondered whether 75,000 observations and 3,500 species might be possible by the end of the summer. We never dreamed we'd blow past both of those milestones, with an extra 25,000 observations and 1,215 species! The fact that we now have 2.5 times as many observers as back in February is perhaps the best news of all, as it shows that people are catching on to how fun and useful it is to use iNat in BC Parks.

We also want to thank our partners, including our universities (University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University), as well as, of course BC Parks and the BC Parks Foundation. We also appreciate the support of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation who supported some of our marine surveys.

All of these thanks do NOT mean the project is over! Far from it, we're just getting warmed up. The project will continue "forever", and we're already making plans for expansion over the coming years. Brian says let's hit 250,000 next year, John says "is that all"? So keep iNatting our beautiful BC parks and stay tuned for more news.


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13 de agosto de 2019

Mid-August in the BC Parks Big Summer!

What an amazing summer, and it's not over yet! The BC Parks Big Summer continues to be a huge success, with the BC Parks iNaturalist project having collected almost 80,000 observations of over 4400 species, seen by more than 1850 observers! There are so many interesting observations, including of new species for BC, rare species, and some absolutely wonderful photos of iconic BC species in some of the most important places in the province. BC Parks and their partners are responsible for the management of over 1000 parks and protected areas, and it looks like more than 470 of those protected areas have at least 1 observation in our BC Parks project at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/bc-parks.

There are a little more than 2 weeks left before the end of August: can we push the number of observations over 100,000? To more than 5000 species? (Hint: take photos of insects!). Encourage your friends to use iNat too: the more eyes the better as we see more and more of BC's biodiversity. Let's get out there and enjoy BC Parks and record our species observations for everyone to see. This is only the first of many years of observing nature across the province: it's exciting to imagine how much everyone will see in the years to come.

Happy Summer and iNatting everybody!

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20 de marzo de 2019

Springing into the BC Parks Big Summer!

As the weather warms and it Springs up more and more (we've found 3 Anna's Hummingbird nests in the past week, saw our first swallows today, and White-crowned Sparrows are singing all over), we're getting very excited for the BC Parks Big Summer! Using iNaturalist to record biodiversity in some of BC's most beautiful places is a dream: getting out in nature, being a naturalist, taking photos, and collecting data that helps us to better understand the natural world are our passions. What more can we learn about our protected areas? What new species can we find? Can we get dozens of parks with at least a thousand observations each? Will we push past 2000 observers? Who will find the most species this year? Who will see the rarest species? Who will observe something way out of its range, or in a totally new, unknown location? Who will take the best photo? Find out the answers to all of these, and more, during the BC Parks Big Summer!

Brian Starzomski @bstarzomski
John Reynolds @johndreynolds
Andrew Simon @chlorophilia

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03 de marzo de 2019

815 protected areas and more!

We're continuing to enter in the boundaries of protected areas around British Columbia, and we're now over 800, with about 200 more to go! We've moved through creating these projects several weeks faster than we thought we would, and are excited for the Spring to hit so we can all spend lots more time making iNat observations!

We're now at 15,535 observations of 2639 species. More than 900 people have made these observations.

What can we do this summer? Push the BC Parks observations over 75,000? Over 3500 species? At least 30 parks with 1000 observations each? More than 2000 observers?

It's shaping up to be a great year of iNaturalisting around the province, and we can't wait to see the amazing things we'll see! Let's all get out there and record as many observations as we can- and remember to have fun, be safe!

Brian Starzomski @bstarzomski
John Reynolds @johndreynolds
Andrew Simon @chlorophilia

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18 de febrero de 2019

500 parks and counting

Today we reached a major kilometrestone! We have created 500 iNat "projects" for BC's provincial parks and protected areas! We have now captured 14,257 observations of 2,511 species, by 835 observers. This includes 979 species of plants, 434 species of insects, and a surprising 379 species of fungi including lichens. We also have 190 species of birds and an impressive 54 species of fish. Oh yeah, and 59 species of mammals and 43 species of spidery things. Who would have thought that fish would give mammals a run for their money?

We still have about 550 iNat projects left to create. At the rate we're going, these may be finished by the end of March, which would be two months ahead of schedule.

While creating all these provincial parks and protected areas, we were struck by the large number of parks that, frankly, we hadn't heard of before. With about 1,050 parks and protected areas across such a vast province, maybe that's not surprising. But it makes us even more keen to get out and explore these wonderful places, with camera in hand, to put them onto the iNat map. Let's get out there!

John Reynolds @johndreynolds
Brian Starzomski @bstarzomski
Andrew Simon @chlorophilia

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09 de febrero de 2019

395 Projects and Counting

We have now created 395 iNat projects for BC's Provincial Parks, Protected Areas, and Conservancies, with over 600 still to go. We hope to finish these by May, so we can spend the rest of our time iNatting parks! We're also gradually adding photo banners and specific blurbs about each park.

The interest in this initiative has been overwhelming, and we're looking forward to a big summer of observations in our provincial parks. We're delighted with our tally so far of 13,396 observations, 2,295 species, 805 observers, and 1,120 identifiers.

What's possible by the end of the summer? How about 75,000 observations of 3,500 species?

Brian Starzomski @bstarzomski
John Reynolds @johndreynolds
Andrew Simon @chlorophilia

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