Biodiversity Squamish is a citizen science project open to everyone. The work of the project is being presented as a series of spreadsheets incorporated in a master checklist, which includes one entry for each species recorded in the Howe Sound watershed. This includes historical records as well as the first observations recorded in iNaturalist.
The format has been designed so that it is compatible with other projects for nearby areas, including Galiano Island, Metchosin and Lantzville. The project area matches that for the current initiative to have Howe Sound designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Region.
The checklist is regularly being updated to incorporate results of genetic research as well as new observations. Each year, we will publish a new version on this website. In the meantime, anyone interested in the most current version is welcome to contact Judith Holm, project coordinator.
Those of us who are not biologists may not realize the monumental task Judith has taken on with her work to produce this master checklist. It reflects citizen science approached with academic rigour and meets the standards of the BC Conservation Data Centre (CDC).
Photo above: Vanessa Isnardy’s double rainbow over the Squamish Estuary.
This post is an update of one originally-published on February 20, 2019.