New year, new hopes

Hopefully 2021 will improve on the her predecessor, and everyone one will get a bit of a reprieve, as a turn-round is badly needed by many of us.

Spring is springing already in the Southern parts of BC and Ontario, so now is the time to start setting some clamming targets for the coming season. Find new watersheds to explore around vacation destinations, or just pit-stops along the way where your travels will make you cross some suitable riverine habitats.
One needs only to glance at our Canaiad data map to see where the data gaps that need filling are. We're counting on your precious citizen-scientist contributions.

Also always looking for some enthusiastic new expert identifiers for all the records that keep pouring in from coast to coast, such as @sam10turner who joined our humble little project last year and has been a prolific contributor since. Thank you Sam for your ongoing help!

Cheers,

Phil

Posted on March 16, 2021 11:38 AM by redgarter redgarter

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Thanks Phil, always happy to help where I can and learn! I'm looking forward to getting outside for another great musseling season soon

Posted by sam10turner over 3 years ago

Same!
I was thinking of asking you if you'd be interested in becoming a 4rth project curator for Canaiad Sam. Is that something that would interest you? Basically you would just keep doing what you are already doing...ids... and then just ad them to the project when the observations qualify. When you can and feel like it, the obligations are on par with the salary ; ) .
I must say you're seem to be as qualified as they come, as you're right up there with your rate of correct ids, which isn't very common out there in the musseling world.
The thing is the data keeps pouring in faster every year now, and I sort of need reinforcements. Paul has been lending a very good helping hand since last year, but we could use a few more reliable guys to pitch in so I don't have to spend so many hours at the end of my days processing observation from May to October!

Lemme know what you think. Cheers,

Dr. Phil

Posted by redgarter about 3 years ago

Thank you Phil, that means a lot to me. It's great that the project is growing so quickly, and yes I would definitely be up for becoming a 4th curator! The mussel community is awesome and I'm excited to be more involved.

Posted by sam10turner about 3 years ago

Great, you're in, it is done!

Correction, you are our third curator now, not fourth, as Will Van Hemessen is a manager (managers can curate as well, it's complicated this iNat hierarchy). Paul Smith and Dwayne Sabine are the other two, Dwayne takes care of the Maritimes data and Paul you already know I guess, as he covers your home turf of Southern Ontario as well.
Maybe it'll help fluff up your CV too. I'm guessing you're graduate or post-graduate by now? DFO is well aware of Canaiad and is a potential employer for your specific biological niche interests. They just asked me for a hickorynut photo to replace the one they have on their recovery program document or other.

So welcome on board Sam.

Cheers,

Phil

Posted by redgarter about 3 years ago

Absolutely, the more on my CV the better! I'm actually still an undergrad at the University of Guelph for marine and freshwater bio. I've met a couple of people at the DFO, my first job in the field was actually surveying SAR mussels with Todd and Kelly through the FSWEP program and they're who made mussels so interesting for me. I think I heard about your project from them before, that's a really cool relationship. Last summer and this upcoming summer I'll be working for an environmental consulting firm that does a lot of large fish and mussel projects.

Posted by sam10turner about 3 years ago

Sounds like a promising career on the horizon. Best of luck your studies.

Cheers

Posted by redgarter about 3 years ago

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