You are invited and welcome to participate in the BC Parks Big Summer iNaturalist project to document species in BC Parks and protected areas.
This initiative is led by BC Parks, the University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University. The goal is to survey as many of the 1000+ provincial protected areas as possible to record new biodiversity data. A crack team of 6 students has been hired to travel around the province, visiting parks, ecological reserves, and conservancies, and treat each day as a bioblitz. This will increase our knowledge enormously, but our province is so big, people’s expertise so varied, and the opportunity to collect excellent data so great that this project would work best with hundreds or thousands of eyes contributing.
Any observations we make for provincial parks will be automatically included in the collection project for that park you visit, and will be captured in the umbrella project for all BC Parks. The project will close on July 31.
As of June 16, there were already more than 45,000 observations of more than 3,500 species, posted by more than 1300 observers. The project goal is to push the total to 85,000 observations of 4,000 species and to triple the number of observers. Follow the project leaderboard.
To help inspire you, here is a list of BC Parks and protected areas within the Biodiversity Squamish boundaries:
Alice Lake Provincial Park
Baynes Island Ecological Reserve
Bowen Island Ecological Reserve
Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park
Callaghan Provincial Park
Cypress Provincial Park
Garibaldi Provincial Park
Murrin Provincial Park
Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park
Tantalus Provincial Park
Tetrahedron Provincial Park
Photo above shows project leaders John Reynolds (Simon Fraser University) at left and Brian Starkomski (University of Victoria) at right, with some of the students who will be bioblitzing our parks.