CSEB Research Webinar on May 9, 2021: Citizen Science Engagement in Surveys of Bryophytes and Lichens in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Join us at 7pm Pacific / 9pm Central / 11pm Atlantic Daylight Time on Sunday May 9 for this presentation by Dan Tucker, graduating student at the University of Alberta and researcher with the Strathcona Wilderness Institute.

Strathcona Provincial Park is the largest wilderness area on Vancouver Island which spans more than 250,000 hectares of the rugged snow-capped mountains, sub-alpine, and coastal temperate rainforest. Although the wilderness of Strathcona Park has been the subject to many botanical surveys since the 1880s the level of scrutiny has been inadequate considering the heterogeneity and inaccessibility of the landscape. Bryophytes and Lichens are among the most neglected due to their cryptic nature, taxonomic difficulty, and the research bias towards vascular plants. App-based citizen science programs such as iNaturalist are effective tools to enhance awareness of biodiversity, address gaps in floristic data, and monitor rare plant populations. We used iNaturalist as a repository for tracking the Strathcona Wilderness Institute’s bryological and lichenological surveys of Strathcona Park during July-August 2019, and 2020. We found 186 bryophyte species, and 165 lichens. These surveys increased the known lists by 61 species of bryophytes (total 304), and 140 species (total 170) of lichens. These curated projects used conjunction with surveys conducted by the Strathcona Wilderness Institute establish a functional floristic baseline essential for species conservation and increase public awareness of these marginalized groups.

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