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 include historical records as well as the first observations recorded in iNaturalist.
The project has just released a version of the master checklist with data for Plantae and Chromista: what we think of as plants and seaweeds. Two more spreadsheets (Animalia and Fungi, Lichens and Protozoa) are also being prepared for December 31, 2018. It takes time to research and enter the data!
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. Early in 2020, a new version will be published on this website. In the meantime, anyone interested in a 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).