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Citizen Science: iNaturalist uses citizen observations to contribute to biodiversity science. Citizen findings are shared with global and local scientific data repositories to help scientists find and use your data. Our Canadian repositories are: Canadian Wildlife Federation, Royal Ontario Museum, NatureServe Canada.
Simply, there are not enough scientists to collect the breadth of data we need in order to truly comprehend the Earth's biodiversity and to comprehend the rates of change.
Equally, it is hard to conserve and protect living things if we don't know where they are.
Citizen science opportunities, like this one, encourage people to document and share the life they encounter (ie: biodiversity data) so that we have a better sense of frequency and distribution of plants and animals in an ever-changing world.
Have a quick listen here to learn more:
CBC's Spark: How wildlife snapshots can map biodiversity
What are we observing and documenting?
On the 49 acres surrounding Ozhaawashkwaa Animikii-Bineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae' Inun, there exists an literal walk through history. Along the Right of Way grows a remnant prairie: a fragment of the original or Indigenous prairie, a relic of the pre-settlement prairie landscape. And upon the plot of land defined by its parish lot borders, there grew agricultural crops.
We are observing and documenting the Indigenous species of grasses, flowers (forbs) and shrubs that are growing along the edge of this land and nearby. We are also documenting other life forms that we see now and as the years go on: Birds, Insects, Butterflies, Bats, Mammals, Amphibians.
As we care for the land and re-establish prairie plants over 30 acres, we expect that we will see a change in overall biodiversity on this land.
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