BC Parks's News

September 06, 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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August 13, 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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March 20, 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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March 03, 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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February 18, 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

Posted on February 18, 2019 04:45 by johndreynolds johndreynolds | 0 comments | Leave a comment

February 09, 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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