Citizen Science – Other Projects

The projects below are sponsored by other organizations and individuals:

  • Great Blue Herons in the Squamish Lillooet Regional District: Vancouver biologist Greg Ferguson is conducting a project to collect sightings of Great Blue Herons in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. The goal of this project is to define the distribution, abundance, and habitats used by this blue-listed species so we can help conserve it. Project Information
  • Effects of climate change on distribution of bobcat and lynx populations: Masters’ student TJ Gooliaff is researching the effect of climate change on bobcat and lynx and he is looking for help from wildlife enthusiasts and avid photographers. Project info and volunteer opportunities
  • Peregrine Falcon nest monitoring: BC Parks conducts monitoring between March and July each year, to observe falcon activity and locate nests on the Stawamus Chief. The project aims to reduce disturbance to nesting birds, by temporarily closing climbing routes adjacent to active nest sites. Project info and volunteer opportunities          Update on 2017 survey
  • Eradication of invasive species: The Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council (SSISC) is working to eradicate invasive plant species in the Sea to Sky corridor. Everyone is invited to search and report locations so that crews can verify and remove the plants. This post deals with project info and volunteer opportunities with respect to one species. More general information is available on the SSISC website.
  • Create pocket habitats to improve ecological functions in our community: The Nature Conservancy and Cornell Lab have initiated the Habitat Network, a citizen science project to help transform our landscapes. The project offers guidance anyone can use for assessing a site large or small, planning and making improvements, and sharing results to help encourage others. Project info.
  • The British Columbia pink snow project: Quest Teaching Fellow, Dr. Laura Hilton, and SFU Professor, Dr. Lynne Quarmby, want to know if you’ve spotted pink, orange, or green snow on your alpine adventures. The researchers are hoping to learn how the algae that give the snow its colour grow and change over the season. You can contact the researchers with information about your colourful snow sightings any time. For more information about the project.
  • Shorebird Study: In 2013, Bird Studies Canada and the Centre for Wildlife Ecology at Simon Fraser University launched a new collaborative project to study western sandpiper abundance and behaviour with the help of citizen scientists. They are seeking volunteers for work in the Squamish Estuary in summer 2017. For more information about the project.