metro Edmonton BioDiverCity Challenge 2022's Journal

June 22, 2022

Thanks for participating in the June Biodiversity Challenge!

Hello iNatters;
We did really well in metro Edmonton; our preliminary results as of midnight Sunday had 146 observers, with 3344 observations of at least 712 species. The deadline has passed for uploading observations, but we can continue to get them identified for another 6 weeks before the numbers are final.
We'd set up a friendly competition with 14 municipalities in western Canada, and that "Prairie Division" also competed with 72 municipalities in a "Northern Rockies division" including AK, YT, and counties and municipalities in BC, WA, OR, ID, MT, and WY. For this competition, I had to exclude 429 observations contributed via eBird, that don't have any photo or audio evidence, so our numbers in the competition are 145 observers, 2915 observations, and 690 species. Results for the "Prairie Division" are as follows:
1a. Highest participation rate (observers per capita, or "Environmental Engagement Index"): Whiteshell, MB (pop. 5000): 0.100% of residents posted observations.

  • runner-up: NWT (pop. 45515): 0.042% of residents posted observations.
    1b. Highest absolute #observers: tie between metro Edmonton and metro Calgary with 145 observers each.
    2a. Most observations per capita: Whiteshell, MB (pop. 5000): 0.042 observations/resident.

  • runner-up: Saskatoon SK (pop. 300000): 0.003 observations/resident.
    2b. Highest absolute #observations: metro Edmonton: 2915 observations.

  • runner-up: Winnipeg, MB: 1565 observations.
    3a. PRELIMINARY Most species per capita: Whiteshell, MB (pop. 5000): 0.022 species/resident.

  • runner-up: NWT (pop. 45515): 0.001 species/resident.
    3b. PRELIMINARY Highest absolute #species: metro Edmonton: 690 species.

  • runner-up: Winnipeg, MB: 337 species.
  • The top individual observer was @seraphinpoudrier from Winnipeg, MB, with a phenomenal 1265 observations of at least 259 species. That was most of Winnipeg's observations.
    If you're a stats junkie and want to dig into the numbers further, check out this umbrella project with all the Prairie Division results:
    https://inaturalist.ca/projects/2022-prairie-biodivercity-challenges
    Note the number of observers and observations is final now, but the number of species will change over the next 6 weeks as more identifications are done. Obviously a place like Edmonton with a large population is going to do better with overall numbers, which is why we calculated results per capita - those are a much better measure of participation. The competition is just for fun, but we'll keep track and see if more people get involved in future years. Additionally the data will be on iNaturalist permanently, where it will help scientists to track changing species distributions and do other research. Our underlying goals are to get more people engaged with nature, and to generate useful data while they're at it.
    The overall winners from among all 86 Prairie and Northern Rocky Mountains municipalities are as follows:
    1a. Highest participation rate (observers per capita, or "Environmental Engagement Index"): Clark Co., ID (pop. 827): 0.363% of residents posting observations.

  • runner-up: Teton Co., WY (pop. 24049) 0.308% of residents posting observations.
    1b. Highest absolute #observers: Alaska: 266 observers.

  • runners-up: metro Edmonton and metro Calgary: 145 observers each.

2a. Most observations per capita: Bear Lake Co., ID (pop 6368): 0.054
observations/resident.

  • runner-up: Whiteshell Provincial Park, MB (pop. 5000): 0.042
    observations/resident.
    2b. Highest absolute #observations: metro Edmonton: 2915 observations.

  • runner-up: Alaska: 1781 observations.

3a. PRELIMINARY Most species per capita: Bear Lake Co., ID (pop. 6368) 0.029
species/resident.

  • runner-up: Whiteshell Provincial Park, MB (pop. 5000) 0.022 species/resident.
    3b. PRELIMINARY Highest absolute #species: metro Edmonton: 690 species.

  • runner-up: Alaska: 588 species.
    Thanks again for participating! I'll send out some information on the final species results in 6 weeks.
    Greg Pohl
    volunteer bioblitz coordinator

Posted on June 22, 2022 20:54 by gpohl gpohl | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 13, 2022

that's just about a wrap on observing for the bioblitz

Hey all;
The window for making observations is just about closed (but my moth light is still going out there!). Remember we've got another week to get our images uploaded - until midnight June 19. I hope everyone had fun and saw some cool things - I've been too busy to do any IDs yet (or uploads) but I look forward to seeing what everyone has been posting the last few days.
Thanks for participating!
Greg Pohl

Posted on June 13, 2022 05:30 by gpohl gpohl | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 11, 2022

halfway through the bioblitz

Happy bioblitzing, everyone!
Great weather the last couple of days; 2 more days to go to observe things. Don't forget the obvious things like robins and thistles, it all counts! I haven't uploaded anything myself yet but I've got a bunch of observations myself - off to check the light traps now.
Greg

Posted on June 11, 2022 15:35 by gpohl gpohl | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 08, 2022

less than 2 days until it starts!

Hi all;
In a little more than a day, you can start making observations for the bioblitz - think bats and moths, if you're keen to get started at midnight wednesday night. Hopefully we get some decent weather.
Greg Pohl

Posted on June 08, 2022 03:53 by gpohl gpohl | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 29, 2022

Welcome to the 2022 metro Edmonton BioDiverCity Challenge!

For the third year in a row, Edmonton is taking part in the BioDiverCity bioblitz, June 9-12. This year, we are joined by almost two dozen other municipalities in western Canada and northwestern USA, who are staging parallel events.
You don't have to "join" this project to have your observations tabulated in the bioblitz; it automatically includes all public iNaturalist observations within the boundaries and time frame. But feel free to join if you'd like occasional updates and a summary of the results (and to find out about future bioblitzes in metro Edmonton).

Guidelines for the bioblitz are as follows:
Observation Dates: observations must be made between 12:01AM June 9, and midnight June 12, 2022.
Boundaries: Includes the municipal boundaries of Edmonton, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park and surroundings, Ardrossan, Beaumont, Nisku, Leduc, Devon, Enoch, Spruce Grove, and Stony Plain.
Observations: All observations made to iNaturalist within the boundary and time frame are automatically tabulated in the results for each region, not including captive or cultivated organisms. Casual observations (obs. of captive or cultivated organisms, and/or those without supporting photos or sound files) are allowed, but if they account for more than 5% of our observations, then for the purposes of the regional bioblitz competition (see below), our results will be recalculated to exclude those casual observations.
Reporting dates: you must upload your observations to iNaturalist by midnight June 19. Note - if your submission date is after June 12, make sure the observation date is correct and is between June 9-12, to be tabulated in the bioblitz.
Preliminary results: compiled after midnight June 19.
Final results: tabulated as of midnight July 31. We're allowing another 6 weeks here for people to make identifications; much longer than for the recent City Nature Challenge.

Guidelines for some friendly competition:
A total of (at least) 10 western Canadian municipalities, and 12 northwestern USA municipalities are participating in the 2022 Biodiversity Challenge. To help drum up some 'buzz', and get some friendly competition going, we're having a competition, to see which region can get the most participants, observations, and species. Recognizing that some municipalities have much larger human populations than others, the results will all be calculated per capita - by simply dividing by the human population of the region. The competition categories are:

  1. Most observers (per capita)
  2. most observations (per capita)
  3. most species (per capita)
    There are no monetary awards or trophies, just annual bragging rights at this time.
    We encourage people to set personal challenges and goals as well. Some suggestions that people may want to strive for are:

  4. see if you can post 50 (or 100, or...??) species each day, or over the 4 days
  5. how many species can you find in your yard?
  6. how many kingdoms or phylums (technically 'phyla') of life can you observe?

Contact me, the project manager if you have any questions
Greg Pohl (iNat user gpohl)
volunteer bioblitz coordinator

Posted on May 29, 2022 22:37 by gpohl gpohl | 2 comments | Leave a comment

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