Citizen Science – Our Projects

Biodiversity Squamish:  
  1. Create an account with iNaturalist and start recording your observations of species anywhere within the boundary of Biodiversity Squamish. Your observations from anywhere will automatically be posted on your own account. However, to be sure that they are also recorded in our project, remember to also press “Add to project” followed by “Biodiversity Squamish”.  
  2. Starting September 2018, a vacancy has become available for the volunteer position of looking after the ANIMALIA section of the Excel spreadsheet. This involves researching and entering reliable historical records of animals recorded within the project’s boundary and entering Animalia iNaturalist records from the Biodiversity Squamish site. There is an established format. This is a good opportunity to become familiar with relevant records in UBC’s Beaty Museum and the Royal BC Museum and published reports that are available online.
  3. Create your own research topic and use the Biodiversity Squamish iNaturalist platform as a tool to record your data.
  • Project Information – Getting started. Go to the Biodiversity Squamish site.  Scroll down to the ABOUT section and click on MORE. (see the diagram at right)


Analysis of Data from Squamish Estuary Bird Counts, 1991 to present:
  • Quest University Professor Kimberly Dawe, PhD, is using SES bird count data to assess changes in bird species composition, abundance, and/or distribution over time.
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Squamish Western Purple Martin Nest Box Program:
  • Project Coordinator: Vanessa Isnardy
  • Jointly Sponsored by: SES,  Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS) and the Community of Squamish.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Help with building and installing nest boxes and with reporting Purple Martin sightings.
  • Project information:
Western Toad Migration Project (Toadalley): 
  • Project Coordinator: Quest University Student Alicia Saunders has chosen as her Keystone Project a study of the migration of Western Toads at Edith Lake in Alice Lake Provincial Park. The project is sponsored by BC Parks. Members of SES are supporting Alicia with her project.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: You can contribute to the documentation and protection of migrating toads at Alice Lake Park using your smart phone. Download the iNaturalist app and add your pictures of toads or frogs that you have seen in Alice Lake Park to the “Toadally Project”.
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