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“Have you seen the new website update?” “Not yet, but I’m sure it’s amazing!”                                       (Yes, this was the exact conversation they had that day)

Conservation Science Website Update

By Michelle Jackson, Conservation Research Biologist

We recognize the importance of making our science accessible as we strive to protect the biodiversity of  the Little Campbell River Watershed. For example, water quality and habitat data is shared with the BC Ministry of Environment and local municipalities in order to inform environmental management and land use planning decisions. With that in mind, we rolled out a series of updates this past week to our Conservation Science pages.

Have you been wondering how to access A Rocha’s Conservation Science reports? Have you been wishing for an easy way to view the conservation status of all Species at Risk that our team monitors within the Little Campbell River watershed? Or for an updated description of our recent Coastal Cutthroat Trout surveys? Perhaps you’re just curious about A Rocha’s science work and would like to know where you can find out more.

Our newly updated Conservation Science portion of the site contains links to a Reports and Media page showcasing finalized reports on select projects from the Little Campbell River watershed spanning many years. For instance, you can read our Barn Swallow annual project reports from 2014-2019 and a recently published article on Northern Red-legged Frogs, among others.

Barn Swallow
Northern Red-Legged Frog

We’ve also redesigned (and renamed) our Surveys and Research page (previously Our Projects) and added descriptions of several Conservation Science projects that were not previously online, such as the Thirsty River Project, our volunteer-led pollinator surveys, and our Hydrolab water quality monitoring partnership with the Ministry of Environment and City of Surrey. All of our long-term monitoring project descriptions have been updated as well, with conservation status summary tables for all Species at Risk.

Our data also helps with these specific community results:

  • Designating critical habitat for the endangered Salish Sucker in partnership with Pearson Ecological and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  • Helping the City of Surrey design a better park to protect Beggarticks, an endangered plant, using our Vancouver Island Beggarticks surveys.
  • Helping the Township of Langley design amphibian-friendly development plans using our toad survey data.
  • Building trust and credibility with local landowners on whom we depend for access to important Barn Swallow nesting habitat.

We’re all in this together, and only through sharing our research with others will we be able to bring about significant change.

Beggarticks.

We are looking for you to get involved! Citizen science is on the rise as people across the globe become empowered to contribute to scientific research and recognize its importance for protecting our environment. Scientists are also realizing the great potential in involving local citizens in research. At A Rocha, we hope to involve more citizen scientists in our long-term conservation science projects. Our work has already benefited greatly from landowner involvement in Barn Swallow nest monitoring and Western Toad surveys. Several other projects would also be well suited for a citizen science approach. As you browse the updated project descriptions on our website, you’ll see opportunities to get involved in certain projects as a volunteer citizen scientist. While data sharing is great for decision-making and environmental management, advertising citizen science opportunities more widely can strengthen ties among neighbors who long to do something practical for their watershed.

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We’re excited to share these initial website updates with you. Please read and explore, and share with friends! And stay tuned – there will be more to come in the future as more reports go online and as science programs expand in our Ontario and Manitoba hubs.
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