News Article | May 19, 2017
OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - May 19, 2017) - As the Auditor General reported on numbers just south of the Hill, meanwhile, on the Hill's eastern side, the numbers of living species were tallied, as Parliamentarians led a demonstration nature count to launch BioBlitz Canada 150, a nation-wide Canada 150 Signature project. "This fascinating project will help us raise our environmental awareness," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "Let's take this opportunity to celebrate Canada 150 by connecting with Canada's natural beauty and learning more about Canada's wild species -- a priceless resource." In only 45 minutes, the Parliamentarians' teams blitzed an impressive 137 species of the air, land and water, all logged onto the national iNaturalist.ca database. This, for a location in middle of Canada's capital, downtown, within centimetres of where hundreds of tourists walk by, and metres from the turbulent Ottawa River, at historic flood levels only days before. Two squads vied in a little friendly contention, this time outside Parliament, by representatives of the different political stripes, plus the Clerk of the House of Commons on behalf of all the Hill officials. Several are top-notch naturalists in their own right, and they were joined by some local specialists. The Parliamentary Secretary for Science Kate Young cheered them on, and added her estimate of how many species would be found. Estimates ranged from 3,100 species to 67 (the latter more symbolic than serious). The closest to the actual total was by MP (and professional biologist) Richard Cannings (South Okanagan-West Kootenay) who predicted 167. Among the smallest of the species were barely visible freshwater plankton. A special find was a Yellowbanded Bumble Bee, a species listed as "Special Concern" by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Among the largest species identified was a Butternut tree along the escarpment of the Hill. A mere ten minutes drive away, the maximum species list is 3,592, in the Gatineau Park area, site of the Bioblitz Canada 150 National Capital BioBlitz for the public on June 10-11. This tally has been compiled over decades by constant surveying and by experts in the most obscure taxa -- and even there, a species new to science was added this past year. Other bioblitzes are set for the next days and months across Canada: there will be 35 official events, with a growing list of independent projects posted at bioblitzcanada.ca. CWF and its partners in conservation across the country call on Canadians to join in all year at a Bioblitz Canada 150 event or on their own with the resources available through the website. The CWF will be inviting all Canadian to play along by guessing the total species identified under the project as of October 31, 2017, the end of the events season. About the Canadian Wildlife Federation: The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending legislative changes and co-operating with likeminded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca for more information. About BioBlitz Canada: BioBlitz Canada is a national partnership of leading conservation, education and research organizations with the goal to document Canada's biodiversity by connecting the public with nature in a scientist-led participatory survey of life from sea to sea to sea, and make sure this important information can be useful to current and future science, with open-source access to all. Its vision is to help Canadians learn about and connect with nature, be it in one's own backyard or the most important ecological sites in Canada. Other partners in conservation include: Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Biological Survey of Canada, Birds Studies Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada, NatureServe Canada, New Brunswick Museum, Parks Canada, RARE Charitable Research Reserve, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Toronto Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and other organizations. About iNaturalist Canada: Launched in 2015, iNaturalist Canada is a virtual place where Canadians can record and share what they see in nature, interact with other nature watchers, and learn about Canada's wildlife. The app is run by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in collaboration with iNaturalist.org and the California Academy of Sciences. Parks Canada, NatureServe Canada and CWF's Hinterland Who's Who have been key partners in the development of iNaturalist Canada and will continue to play a role in the program. Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/19/11G139307/Images/BioBlitz_Canada_150_Logo-06e7dfbae1048b518343499c85e03879.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/19/11G139307/Images/mw1bggo93tgma01pcmtvvmfo1f6q2-fc5e904644859ce3a72a8d7d3d8fc3dc.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/19/11G139307/Images/mw1bggntv641hf8vev1qkp1rq11sia2-9bd032cc4beaac678edd64a202b2a648.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/19/11G139307/Images/mw1bggnkbkth8glup6q614raedl2-d3af64f9d31da9929d8912828e52264b.jpg
News Article | May 19, 2017
OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - 19 mai 2017) - Alors que le compte rendu du Vérificateur Général était annoncé au Parlement le 16 mai dernier, des petits groupes de Parlementaires faisaient de leur côté un tout autre compte, celui des espèces sauvages habitant la Colline. Le projet Signature Canada 150 - BioBlitz Canada 150 était ainsi lancé, lors d'une démonstration BioBlitz. " Ce projet fascinant nous aidera à éveiller notre conscience environnementale. Profitons de Canada 150 pour célébrer la beauté naturelle de notre pays et en apprendre davantage sur les espèces sauvages canadiennes, une source inestimable de richesse ", a déclaré l'honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien. En seulement 45 minutes, les explorateurs on fait un Blitz de 137 espèces se trouvant dans l'air, le sol et l'eau, alors qu'ils étaient à quelques mètres des centaines de touristes et de la turbulente rivière, puis à quelques jours près des inondations derrière la Colline. Les résultats ont été enregistrés dans la grande base de données nationale iNaturalist.ca. Les 2 équipes menées par des Parlementaires de chaque parti politique se sont jointes à des experts naturalistes, alors qu'ils étaient aussi encouragés par la Secrétaire parlementaire pour les Sciences, Kate Young et le Greffier de la Chambre des communes représentant le Parlement. Dans leurs estimations des espèces trouvées, les chiffres variaient entre 3,100 et 67 (le premier nombre étant plus symbolique que sérieux). L'estimation la plus près du résultat final, soit 167 espèces, fut celle lancée par le Débuté Richard Cannings, de la circonscription Okanagan-Sud-Kootenay-Ouest, aussi professeur en biologie,. La plus grande espèce trouvée dans l'habitat naturel de la Colline fut un Noyer cendré, alors que dans la catégorie à peine visible, fut du Plancton d'eau douce. Un Bourdon terricole a aussi été identifié, une espèce à surveiller dans les prochaines années, selon le Comité de la situation des espèces en péril au Canada. Finalement, c'est un Grand Héron qui a clôturé le BioBlitz en s'imposant à la toute fin sur l'air de rassemblement des participants. Non loin du Parlement, il faut se rendre au Parc de la Gatineau pour trouver 3592 sortes d'espèces identifiées. Le public pourra participer aux célébrations du BioBlitz de la Capitale Nationale, le 10-11 juin prochain. La liste des espèces du Parc a été compilée depuis des dizaines d'années à travers différents rapports, avec la contribution d'experts reconnus. Même avec le rassemblement de ces efforts, l'on ajoutera cette année, de nouvelles données scientifiques. Des activités BioBlitz se déroulent tout au long de l'année à travers le Canada. La Fédération canadienne de la faune et ses partenaires en conservation font appel aux canadiens d'un bout à l'autre du pays, afin qu'ils se joignent aux célébrations. Pour visiter le calendrier des 35 BioBlitz officiels en plus des indépendants, consultez bioblitzcanada.ca. La FCF invite tous les Canadiens à se prêter au jeu, en essayant de deviner le nombre d'espèces total qui seront identifiés tout au long de la série d'événements, le dernier étant le 31 octobre, 2017. Surveiller les prochains dévoilements qui seront faits très bientôt. À propos de la Fédération canadienne de la faune: La Fédération canadienne de la faune (FCF) est un organisme de bienfaisance national sans but lucratif voué à la sensibilisation et à l'appréciation de notre monde naturel. En diffusant des connaissances sur les répercussions humaines sur l'environnement, en menant des recherches, en élaborant et en exécutant des programmes d'éducation, en promouvant l'utilisation durable des ressources naturelles, en recommandant des changements aux politiques et en coopérant avec des partenaires partageant les mêmes idées, la FCF encourage un avenir auquel les Canadiens peuvent vivre en harmonie avec la nature. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, visitez www.cwf-fcf.org. À propos de BioBlitz Canada: BioBlitz Canada est un partenariat national des principales organisations de conservation, d'éducation et de recherche qui a pour objectif de documenter la biodiversité du Canada en rapprochant le public de la nature dans le cadre d'une étude participative de la vie dirigée par des scientifiques d'un océan à l'autre et d'assurer que ces importantes informations puissent servir à la science actuelle et future, par l'intermédiaire d'un accès libre à tous. Sa vision est d'encourager les Canadiens à se rapprocher de la nature et à en apprendre davantage à son sujet, que ce soit dans le cadre de leur propre jardin ou dans celui des plus importants sites écologiques au Canada. Autres partenaires: Alliance des musées d'histoire naturelle du Canada, Institut de la biodiversité de l'Ontario, Commission biologique du Canada, Études d'Oiseaux Canada, Association botanique du Canada, Musée canadien de la nature, Service canadien de la faune (Environnement et Changement climatique Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Conservation de la nature Canada, NatureServe Canada, Musée du Nouveau-Brunswick, Parcs Canada, rare Réserve de Recherche Charitable, Musée royal de l'Ontario, Musée royal de la Saskatchewan, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Zoo de Toronto, Aquarium de Vancouver et autres organisations. À propos de iNaturalist Canada: Lancé en 2015, iNaturalist Canada est un lieu virtuel où les Canadiens peuvent consigner et partager leurs observations dans la nature, interagir avec d'autres observateurs, et en apprendre davantage sur les espèces sauvages du Canada. Cette application est gérée par la Fédération canadienne de la faune (FCF) et le Musée royal de l'Ontario (MRO), en collaboration avec iNaturalist.org et la California Academy of Sciences (ou Académie des sciences de Californie). Parcs Canada, NatureServe Canada et le programme Faune et flore du pays de la FCF ont été des partenaires clés dans le développement de iNaturalist Canada et continueront à jouer un rôle dans le cade de ce programme. 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News Article | November 14, 2016
Honorees to be recognized at the AGENDA17 Conference FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - November 14, 2016) - Computerworld -- the leading IT media brand dedicated to being the voice of business technology -- reveals the 2017 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leaders (click to tweet). One hundred leaders from technology and business are being acknowledged by Computerworld for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. The honorees will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the AGENDA Conference, co-produced by CIO, Computerworld and the CIO Executive Council. The AGENDA17 conference will be held March 20-22, 2017, at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. AGENDA is the business leadership conference focused on driving your business forward in changing times. At the 2017 conference, 300+ senior IT and line of business professionals will explore digital business demands including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality and leadership in the digital economy, as well as hear first-hand experiences from experts and peers, including Premier 100 honorees. "The Premier 100 awards program highlights the exceptional work of an elite group of IT executives who are leading their organizations through times of unprecedented change. They are using technology to drive high-stakes business projects and create dynamic growth in their organizations," said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. "These 100 men and women are not only strategic business thinkers, but also team leaders who recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining the brightest talent to enable digital transformation and harness the opportunities of cloud, big data, mobile and social. We're pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their achievements." This year's Premier 100 honorees are not only leading their organizations through digital transformation, they are also launching cutting-edge projects that are helping their businesses thrive. This innovative spirit is cultivated throughout their organizations, driving team engagement and new business opportunities. "Maintaining status quo is no longer a business option. Organizations that cause disruption will quickly advance in their industry, and technology is often the force of this disruption," said Adam Dennison, SVP / General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO. "We are excited to recognize and bring together such a dynamic group of technology leaders at AGENDA17. Their stories will no doubt spark ideas in future winners and help elevate the technology industry overall." 2017 Premier 100 Honorees: Dimitris Agrafiotis, Chief data officer and head of technology products, Covance Peter Ambs, CIO, City of Albuquerque Peter Anderson, CIO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Matthew Arvay, CIO, City of Virginia Beach, Va. Sami Ben Jamaa, Senior executive officer and CIO, Coca-Cola East Japan Timothy Birdsall, Senior vice president of Information Services and chief medical information officer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Douglas Blackwell, Senior vice president and CIO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Brett Bonner, Vice president, IT Research and Development, Kroger Daniel Bosman, Managing director and assistant vice president, TD Securities Gary Brantley, CIO, DeKalb County School District Michal Cenkl, Director of Innovation and Technology, Center for Information and Technology, Mitre Christopher Chang, Senior vice president and CIO, Darden Restaurants Samuel Chesterman, Worldwide CIO, IPG Mediabrands Abhishek Choudhary, Manager, Information Systems, Indian Oil William Confalonieri, Chief digital officer, CIO and vice president, Deakin University Paul Czarapata, Vice president and CIO, Kentucky Community & Technical College System Paul Daugherty, CTO, Accenture Lesley Dickie, Vice president, Global Business Services, IT, Raytheon Jim Dye, Director, Global IT Infrastructure, Pittsburgh Glass Works Saman Far, Senior vice president, technology, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Kim Felix, Vice president, IT, UPS Airlines Jeff Fields, CIO, Servpro Harry Folloder, CIO, Advantage Waypoint Michael Garcia, Vice president, Development Services, Fannie Mae Rodell Garcia, Chief technology adviser, Manila Water Gint Grabauskas, CTO, VIxxo José Güereque, IT and innovation director, Arca Continental Saravanan Gurumurthy, CTO, ForwardLine Greg Hart, Vice president, Cloud Services, McKesson Joseph Haskell, CTO, Planned Systems International Chong Huan, CIO, The Inland Real Estate Group Konstandinos Kalpos, Senior advisor, Cybersecurity, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Mohit Kapoor, Chief information and technology officer, TransUnion Hakan Karamanli, Executive vice president and CIO, Tam Faktoring Jeffrey Keisling, Senior vice president and CIO, Business Technology, Pfizer Sajed Khan, Senior vice president and CIO, United Solutions Akash Khurana, Vice president and CIO, McDermott International Georgette Kiser, Managing director and CIO, The Carlyle Group Wolfgang Krips, Executive vice president, Global Operations, and general manager, Amadeus Data Processing George Labelle, CIO, Independent Purchasing Cooperative Jason Lei, General manager, Intelligence Product, MediaMath Paul Lough, Vice president, Technology Strategy and Planning, and CTO, Navy Federal Credit Union Ryan Loy, Vice president, IT, Adtran Nandu Mahadevan, Vice president, SaaS Operations, BMC Software Charles Mance, Director, Communications & Technology Support Services, The George Washington University Saran Mandair, Vice president, Production Operations & IT, Yapstone Dave McCandless, Vice president, IT, Navis Trevor McDougall, CIO, Open Colleges Scott McIsaac, CTO, Secure-24 Matthew Minetola, Executive vice president of technology, CIO, Travelport Sumit Nagpal, Co-founder, chief architect and UX officer, LumiraDx USA Robert Napoli, CIO, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands Sarah Naqvi, Executive vice president, CIO, HMSHost Rafat Naqvi, Vice president, IT Services, Avanade Steven Narvaez, IT director and CIO, City of Deltona, Fla. Timothy Newman, Associate deputy assistance secretary, HR Automation, Systems and Analytics, Department of Veteran Affairs Niel Nickolaisen, Senior vice president and CTO, O.C. Tanner Jim Noel, Vice president, Software Services, Veterans United Home Loans Anthony Norris, Senior vice president, IT, FedEx Services Ken Piddington, CIO and executive advisor, MRE Consulting Phil Potloff, Chief digital officer, Edmunds Prabhakar Posam, Head of IT & Business Process, PAE Kaushik Ray, Vice president, Global Architecture and Customer Engineering, Sungard Availability Services Jamshid Rezaei, CIO, Mitel Olaf Romer, Head of corporate IT and group CIO, Baloise Group Douglas Rousso, Senior vice president and CTO, CBS Theresa Rowe, CIO, Oakland University Sanjay Saraf, Senior vice president and CTO, Western Union Digital, Western Union Robin Sarkar, CIO, Lakeland Health Sorabh Saxena, Senior vice president, Software Development & Engineering, AT&T Julie Schlabach, Senior director, Emerging Technology Services, Cerner Glenn Schneider, Executive vice president and CIO, Discover Financial Services Lori Scott, CIO, NatureServe Carlos Selonke, CIO, Santander Bank John Showalter, Chief health information officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center Shane Snider, Executive vice president, IT and Customer Care, SkillPath Seminars Scott Spradley, Senior vice president and CIO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Sanjay Srinivasan, Vice president and chief technology architect, Business Engineering, Vonage Suresh Srinivasan, CTO, NYU Langone Medical Center Tom Stafford, Vice president and CIO, Halifax Health Raied Stanley, Vice president, Business Systems, Metropolitan Utilities District Alan Stukalsky, Managing director and CIO, North America, Randstad North America Ramakrishnan Sudarshanam, Divisional vice president, IT, United Breweries Mike Sutten, Senior vice president and CTO, Kaiser Permanente Thomson Thomas, Senior vice president, Business Systems and Technology, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Sean Valcamp, Chief information security officer, Avnet Robin Veit, Director, Client Engineering and Operations, Starz Radhika Venkatraman, Senior vice president and CIO, Network and Technology, Verizon Craig Walker, Vice president and Global CIO Shell Downstream, Shell International Petroleum Melissa Ward, Vice president, IT, Eurpac Service Creighton Warren, CIO, USG Florian Wegener, Vice president and head of global ecommerce, Qiagen Tommy Whitten, District technology coordinator, Madison County Schools Judd Williams, CIO, National Collegiate Athletic Association Richard Wilson, Chief, Solution Delivery, Defense Health Agency Lisa Woodley, Vice president, Digital Experience, NTT Data Naoto Yamamoto, Chief, Business Solutions, United Nations Development Programme Michael Young, Chief product security officer, Esri Michael Yzerman, Vice president and Deputy CIO, Community Health Systems Sigal Zarmi, CIO, Network and U.S., PwC AGENDA17 Sponsorship Opportunities We invite leading technology solution providers to join us at AGENDA17 through our various sponsorship opportunities, including the awards celebration. Please contact Adam Dennison, SVP / General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO at email@example.com to learn more. Follow Computerworld on Twitter: @Computerworld and #Premier100 Follow IDG Enterprise on Twitter: @IDGEnterprise Join Computerworld on LinkedIn Like Computerworld on Facebook About the Premier 100 Technology Leadership Awards The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year nominees are invited to complete a survey that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. 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This event creates a unique atmosphere for technology solution providers to integrate themselves into discussions during the strategic planning stage. About Computerworld Computerworld from IDG is the leading technology media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. 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News Article | May 12, 2017
Discovering Biodiversity Even at the Heart of the Nation's Capital OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - May 12, 2017) - Next May 16, right at Parliament Hill itself, comes the launch of a new cross-Canada initiative, BioBlitz Canada 150, one of the Canada 150 Signature Projects. Coordinated by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and more than 60 partner organizations, this series of BioBlitz events will reach thousands of Canadians from sea to sea to sea in a celebration of our wild natural heritage. The launch will take a "nature selfie" of the Hill, outdoors, in habitat that lives on at this historic site. A select all-party squad of parliamentarians, some of whom are accomplished scientists in their own right, will team up with expert naturalists and head out to demonstrate what a BioBlitz is. Before media representatives and a film crew, they will have 45 minutes to survey a section along the base of the wooded slopes and the riverside, in a friendly race to list all the living species they can see, hear or reach. "This fascinating project will help us raise our environmental awareness," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "Let's take this opportunity to celebrate Canada 150 by connecting with Canada's natural beauty and learning more about Canada's wild species -- a priceless resource." "BioBlitz Canada 150 calls all citizens to be citizen-scientists this year," added Rick Bates, CEO of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. "Canadians, like our parliamentarians, range from very expert to just getting to know our wildlife better. But everyone can truly contribute real scientific knowledge in 2017 for the future of Canada's natural heritage." Leading the way, Senator Rosa Galvez (Independent) and MPs Will Amos (Liberal), Richard Cannings (NDP), Elizabeth May (Green) and Robert Sopuck (Conservative) will show how Canadians everywhere can come together too in 2017 to explore Canada's rich biodiversity. In 2017, 35 official BioBlitz events across the country will include 5 flagships in Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec City and Halifax, with 20 community celebrations and science activities, as well as 10 specialized science-intensive surveys by taxonomic experts. The BioBlitz Canada 150 events, including the demonstration launch, will gather real scientific data, tracking the changing species mix in each area -- maybe even making discoveries of species new to science. This information will ground our knowledge of such issues as climate change and the state of our biodiversity. The results will be shared in the public domain, accessible to all citizens, wildlife managers, conservation groups, science and education institutions, and government organizations to help shape wise decisions now and into the future to help conserve these wild species for generations to come. For more information about BioBlitz Canada 150 and for the list of events, as they roll out across the country, please visit bioblitzcanada.ca. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending legislative changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca for more information. BioBlitz Canada is a national partnership of leading conservation, education and research organizations with the goal to document Canada's biodiversity by connecting the public with nature in a scientist-led participatory survey of life from sea to sea to sea, and make sure this important information can be useful to current and future science, with open-source access to all. Its vision is to help Canadians learn about and connect with nature, be it in one's own backyard or the most important ecological sites in Canada. Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Biological Survey of Canada, Birds Studies Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada, NatureServe Canada, New Brunswick Museum, Parks Canada, RARE Charitable Research Reserve, Royal Ontario Museum, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Toronto Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and other organizations. About iNaturalist Canada: Launched in 2015, iNaturalist Canada is a virtual place where Canadians can record and share what they see in nature, interact with other nature watchers, and learn about Canada's wildlife. The app is run by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in collaboration with iNaturalist.org and the California Academy of Sciences. Parks Canada, NatureServe Canada and CWF's Hinterland Who's Who have been key partners in the development of iNaturalist Canada and will continue to play a role in the program.
News Article | September 14, 2017
Gland, Switzerland, 14 September 2017 (IUCN) - North America's most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African antelope species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. Today's IUCN Red List update also reveals a dramatic decline of grasshoppers and millipedes endemic to Madagascar, and the extinction of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle bat. The IUCN Red List now includes 87,967 species of which 25,062 are threatened with extinction. "Our activities as humans are pushing species to the brink so fast that it's impossible for conservationists to assess the declines in real time," says Inger Andersen IUCN Director General. "Even those species that we thought were abundant and safe - such as antelopes in Africa or ash trees in the U.S. - now face an imminent threat of extinction. "And while conservation action does work, conserving the forests, savannas and other biomes that we depend on for our survival and development is simply not a high-enough funding priority. Our planet needs urgent, global action, guided by the Red List data, to ensure species' survival and our own sustainable future." Five of the six most prominent ash tree species in North America enter The IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered - only one step from going extinct - with the sixth species assessed as Endangered. These species are being decimated by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle (Agrilus planipennis). Three of them - Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), White Ash (Fraxinus americana) and Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra) - are the country's most dominant ash trees, comprising nearly nine billion trees in the forested lands of the contiguous U.S. The once-plentiful White Ash (Fraxinus americana) is one of the most valuable timber trees of North America used for making furniture, baseball bats, hockey sticks and tennis racquets. Ash trees are a key component of North American forests. They provide habitat and food for birds, squirrels, and insects, and support important pollinator species such as butterflies and moths. "Ash trees are essential to plant communities of the United States and have been a popular horticultural species, planted by the millions along our streets and in gardens," says Murphy Westwood, member of the IUCN Global Tree Specialist Group who led the assessment. "Their decline, which is likely to affect over 80 percent of the trees, will dramatically change the composition of both wild and urban forests. Due to the great ecological and economic value of ash trees, and because removing dead ash trees is extremely costly, much research is currently underway across sectors to halt their devastating decline. This brings hope for the survival of the species." The fast-moving Emerald Ash Borer beetle arrived in Michigan from Asia in the late 1990s via infested shipping pallets, and has already destroyed tens of millions of trees throughout the U.S. and Canada. It has the potential to destroy over eight billion ash trees as it spreads rapidly and can kill nearly an entire forest stand of ash within six years of infestation. Due to a warming climate, areas which were previously too cold for the beetle are becoming more suitable for it to thrive, making it impossible to know how far it could spread in future. Although the status of most antelope species remains unchanged, five species of African antelopes - of which four were previously assessed as Least Concern - are declining drastically as a result of poaching, habitat degradation and competition with domestic livestock. This decline reflects a broader downward trend for large African mammals as they compete with the growing human population for space and resources. "Antelopes have been declining as human populations continue to grow, clearing land for agriculture, unsustainably harvesting bushmeat, expanding their settlements, extracting resources and building new roads," says David Mallon, Co-Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Antelope Specialist Group. "To reverse this dangerous trend, conserving biodiversity must be given much higher priority as part of efforts to achieve sustainable national economic development. Existing laws protecting wildlife must also be much more effectively enforced." The world's largest antelope, the Giant Eland (Tragelaphus derbianus) - previously assessed as Least Concern - is now Vulnerable. Its estimated global population is between 12,000 and 14,000 at most, with fewer than 10,000 mature animals. This species is declining due to poaching for bushmeat, encroachment into protected areas and expansion of agriculture and livestock grazing. Political instability and armed conflict in Central African Republic are major barriers to protecting this species. Also previously listed as Least Concern, the Mountain Reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula) has seen an approximate 55% decline in its South African population over the last 15 years. It is now listed as Endangered as similar declines throughout the rest of the range are probable. Expansion of human settlements leading to increases in poaching and sport hunting with dogs are thought to be the main reasons for its decline. Other threats may include widespread disturbance by cattle herders and their livestock and increased frequency and duration of droughts associated with climate change. Further monitoring data, especially from outside protected areas, are needed to fully quantify the population decline in this species. Other species are also under threat, including the Heuglin's Gazelle (Eudorcas tilonura) - now Endangered due to competition with domestic livestock and habitat degradation; Southern Lechwe (Kobus leche), now listed as Near Threatened due to poaching, agricultural expansion, livestock grazing and droughts; and the Grey Rhebok (Pelea capreolus) - the origin of the Reebok sports brand - now in the Near Threatened category. Reasons for the decline of this species are poorly understood, and may include increases in illegal sport hunting with dogs, and poaching for bushmeat. While the conservation status of the majority of invertebrate species is still unknown, recent assessments are beginning to reveal the impact of deforestation on Madagascar's invertebrates. An assessment of all 71 species of endemic Madagascan pygmy grasshoppers shows that almost 40% of them are threatened with extinction. Seven of these species enter The IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered, including the Rumplestiltskin Pygmy Grasshopper (Agkistropleuron simplex). This flightless species is only known to occur in Manakambahiny forest in eastern Madagascar. The only recent record of the species dates back to 1995. Its decline is due to the loss of its forest habitat. More than 40% of 145 endemic Madagascan millipedes are also threatened with extinction, with 27 of them assessed as Critically Endangered. These include the Shiny Giant Pill Millipede (Sphaeromimus splendidus), which requires a very specific sandy soil habitat in coastal rainforest areas. Its only habitat - the littoral rainforest of Sainte Luce - is now partly degraded due to wood removal and grazing. However, a planned strip-mining project, which will likely cause the destruction of most of its remaining habitat, poses the greatest threat to its survival. Thanks to new available data, the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) has moved from the Endangered to Vulnerable category. However, its population continues to decline and it still faces a high risk of extinction through habitat loss and degradation, declines in prey, competition with livestock, persecution, and poaching for illegal wildlife trade. Thanks to significant investments in conservation for this species, including anti-poaching efforts, initiatives to reduce conflict with livestock, and awareness-raising programmes, conditions in parts of the Snow Leopard's range have improved. It is essential to continue and expand conservation efforts to reverse its declining trend and prevent this iconic cat from moving even closer to extinction. Today's update declares the Christmas Island Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi) - a bat species endemic to Australia's Christmas Island - as Extinct. The population of this species rapidly declined from being common and widespread in the 1980s to between four and 20 animals in January 2009. Only one individual remained in August 2009, and it disappeared later that month. There has been no trace of this bat since then, despite extensive searches of the island. The reasons for the decline are not clear, but may have been a combination of increased predation by introduced species, impacts of invasive Yellow Crazy Ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) on its habitat and on its invertebrate prey species, or possibly an unknown disease. For more information or interviews please contact: Ewa Magiera, IUCN Media Relations, m +41 76 505 33 78, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org More information on the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis), which threatens the survival of North American ash trees, can be found in the IUCN Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). The database contains over 850 invasive alien species, as well as information on their distribution, impacts, pathways of introduction, and measures to eradicate or manage them. Examples of other species that have been added to the IUCN Red List Examples of other species whose conservation status has declined The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ contributes to the achievement of Target 12 of the 2011 to 2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. Target 12: By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained. Global figures for the 2017-2 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: TOTAL SPECIES ASSESSED = 87,967 (Total threatened species = 25,062) Extinct = 859 Extinct in the Wild = 68 Critically Endangered = 5,403 Endangered = 8,152 Vulnerable = 11,507 Near Threatened = 5,691 Lower Risk/conservation dependent = 231 (this is an old category that is gradually being phased out of the IUCN Red List) Least Concern = 41,992 Data Deficient = 14,064 The figures presented above are only for those species that have been assessed for the IUCN Red List to date. Although not all of the world's species have been assessed, The IUCN Red List provides a useful snapshot of what is happening to species today and highlights the urgent need for conservation action. Relative percentages for threatened species cannot be provided for many taxonomic groups on The IUCN Red List because they have not been comprehensively assessed. For many of these groups, assessment efforts have focussed on threatened species; therefore, the percentage of threatened species for these groups would be heavily biased. For those groups that have been comprehensively assessed, the percentage of threatened species can be calculated, but the actual number of threatened species is often uncertain because it is not known whether Data Deficient (DD) species are actually threatened or not. Therefore, the percentages presented above provide the best estimate of extinction risk for those groups that have been comprehensively assessed (excluding Extinct species), based on the assumption that Data Deficient species are equally threatened as data sufficient species. In other words, this is a mid-point figure within a range from x% threatened species (if all DD species are not threatened) to y% threatened species (if all DD species are threatened). Available evidence indicates that this is a best estimate. The IUCN Red List threat categories are as follows, in descending order of threat: Extinct or Extinct in the Wild Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable: species threatened with global extinction. Near Threatened: species close to the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened without ongoing conservation measures. Least Concern: species evaluated with a lower risk of extinction. Data Deficient: no assessment because of insufficient data. Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct): this is not a new IUCN Red List category, but is a flag developed to identify those Critically Endangered species that are in all probability already extinct but for which confirmation is required; for example, through more extensive surveys being carried out and failing to find any individuals. About The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ (or The IUCN Red List) is an invaluable resource to guide conservation action and policy decisions. It is a health check for our planet - a Barometer of Life. It is the world's most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of plant, animal and fungi species. It is based on an objective system for assessing the risk of extinction of a species should no conservation action be taken. Species are assigned to one of eight categories of threat based on whether they meet criteria linked to population trend, population size and structure and geographic range. Species listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable are collectively described as 'threatened'. The IUCN Red List is not just a register of names and associated threat categories. It is a rich compendium of information on the threats to the species, their ecological requirements, where they live, and information on conservation actions that can be used to reduce or prevent extinctions. The IUCN Red List is a joint effort between IUCN and its Species Survival Commission, working with its IUCN Red List partners - Arizona State University; BirdLife International; Botanic Gardens Conservation International; Conservation International; NatureServe; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Sapienza University of Rome; Texas A&M University; and the Zoological Society of London. IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world's largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards. IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, Indigenous peoples' organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development. Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people's well-being. http://www. https:/ The Species Survival Commission (SSC) is the largest of IUCN's six volunteer commissions with a global membership of around 7,500 experts. SSC advises IUCN and its members on the wide range of technical and scientific aspects of species conservation, and is dedicated to securing a future for biodiversity. SSC has significant input into the international agreements dealing with biodiversity conservation. Ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation, Arizona State University (ASU) is a new model for American higher education, combining academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. It serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, AZ. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. ASU's Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) is a partnership between the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) and the School of Life Sciences (SoLS) via partnerships with NGOs, companies, and governmental organizations. Follow CBO's work on Twitter. BirdLife International is the world's largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide - one per country - and growing, with almost 11 million supporters, 7000 local conservation groups and 7400 staff. As the official Red List Authority for birds for the IUCN Red List, BirdLife coordinates the process of evaluating all of the world's bird species against the Red List categories and criteria, in order to assess their extinction risk. Find out more about BirdLife and its Preventing Extinctions Programme at: http://www. / http://www. BGCI is an international organization that exists to ensure the world-wide conservation of threatened plants, the continued existence of which are intrinsically linked to global issues including poverty, human well-being and climate change. BGCI represents over 700 members - mostly botanic gardens - in 118 countries. We aim to support and empower our members and the wider conservation community so that their knowledge and expertise can be applied to reversing the threat of extinction crisis facing one third of all plants. http://www. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the long term well-being of people. Founded in 1987 and marking its 25th anniversary in 2012, CI has headquarters in the Washington DC area, and 900 employees working in nearly 30 countries on four continents, plus 1,000+ partners around the world. For more information, please visit at http://www. , or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to providing the scientific basis for effective conservation action. Through its network of 82 natural heritage programs and conservation data centres in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, NatureServe provides a unique body of detailed scientific information and conservation biodiversity expertise about the plants, animals, and ecosystems of the Americas. http://www. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction. Its landscaped 132 hectares and RBG Kew's country estate, Wakehurst Place, attract nearly 2 million visitors every year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst Place is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. RBG Kew and its partners have collected and conserved seed from 10 per cent of the world's wild flowering plant species (c.30, 000 species). The aim is to conserve 25 per cent by 2020, and its enormous potential for future conservation can only be fulfilled with the support of the public and other funders. http://www. With over 700 years of history and 110,000 students, Sapienza is the largest University in Europe, the second in the world after El Cairo: a city within the city. The University includes 11 faculties and 67 departments. In Sapienza there are over 4,500 professors, and 5,000 administrative and technical staff. Sapienza offers a wide choice of courses including 300 degree programs and 200 specialized qualifications. Students coming from other regions are over 30,000 and the foreign students are over 7,000. Sapienza plans and carries out important scientific investigations in almost all disciplines, achieving high-standard results both on a national and on an international level. Eugenio Gaudio has been the Rector of Sapienza University since November 2014. http://www. From humble beginnings in 1876 as Texas' first public institution of higher learning, to a bustling 5,200-acre campus with a nationally recognized faculty, Texas A&M University is one of a select few universities with land-grant, sea-grant and space- grant designations. With an enrolment of about half men and half women, 25 percent of the freshman class are the first in their family to attend college. Here, 39,000-plus undergraduates and more than 9,400 graduate students have access to world-class research programs and award-winning faculty. Texas A&M has two branch campuses, one in Galveston, Texas, and one in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. This research-intensive flagship university with 10 colleges was recently ranked first in the nation by Smart Money magazine for "pay-back ratio" (what graduates earn compared to the cost of their education). The 2011 U.S. News and World Report ranked Texas A&M second nationally in their "Great Schools, Great Prices" category among public universities and 22nd overall. Many degree programs are ranked among the top 10 in the country. http://www. About the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: the key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. The Society runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research at the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation in over 50 countries worldwide. http://www.
News Article | November 4, 2016
Nobody likes to see the great outdoors marred by restrictive fences and scolding signs. But a new study suggests that we may need to be reined in: Human recreational activities such as hiking, biking and off-road vehicle driving threaten more rare and endangered plants in the continental U.S. than any other single factor, beating out familiar enemies such as agriculture, residential development, pollution and invasive species. The finding emerged from an analysis of the most comprehensive database of rare and endangered plants in the U.S. In the study, which was published in the journal Biological Conservation, ecologist Adam Smith of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and his students analyzed thousands of field reports by scientists, conservationists and others detailing specific threats to populations of plants either listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, or believed by scientists to be imperiled. The threats included all factors known to increase the likelihood that a plant population or species will go extinct. The study was not the first of its kind. In 1998, a team led by ecologist David Wilcove of Princeton University in New Jersey published an analysis that included 1,055 imperiled and endangered plants. That team found that residential and commercial development -- a destructive factor familiar to all ecologists -- was plants’ top threat, affecting 36 percent of species. But outdoor recreation was only a few percentage points behind. The prevalence of recreation-related threats “was probably the most unpredicted finding of our study,” Wilcove said, “the one that drew the most quizzical looks from our colleagues.” Smith’s team started with data from 1996, where Wilcove’s team left off, and analyzed almost three times as many plant species -- 2,733 in total, representing nearly all known imperiled and endangered plants in the U.S. They found that between 1996 and 2014, outdoor recreation was the most common threat reported in the continental U.S., affecting 35 percent of species. Livestock were close behind, threatening a third of the plants in the database, followed by residential development, invasive species, and construction and maintenance of roads and railroads. Within outdoor recreation, off-road vehicles, or ORVs, were the top culprit, impacting 19 percent of all species. This did not surprise Smith, who noted as a telling example an ORV with the nickname “Desert Killer.” However, he added, people engaging in seemingly gentler activities are not off the hook. Hikers, bicyclers, trail riders, skiers and climbers collectively threatened 13 percent of all plants studied, either directly by trampling on them or disturbing the soil they grow in, or indirectly by bringing in invasive species that displace native ones. An illustrative example is the small flowering plant Cumberland sandwort (Minuartia cumberlandensis), which lives only in cool, dark natural shelters that often form under sandstone cliffs in eastern Kentucky and northern Tennessee. Such shelters are also favorite haunts of rock climbers and campers, who can inadvertently rip out plants or scrape away the thin soil they grow in. Amateur archaeologists may also trample the plants while seeking Native Americans artifacts. Cumberland sandwort was discovered by biologists only in the 1970s, and by 1988 it had become so rare that it was listed as an endangered species. The new study comes with several caveats. The data, which were compiled by the Arlington, Virginia-based conservation organization NatureServe, do not specify how severe particular threats are. So even though recreation showed up most frequently in the data, some of those instances might indicate only a relatively mild threat. “It’s a lot better to walk on something than plow it up,” Smith noted. The researchers also found vastly different results in Hawaii, where many unique species face imminent danger of extinction. Invasive species introduced by commercial shipping or European colonizers were by far the most common threat there, imperiling 95 percent of all plants. Recreation imperiled a comparatively small 9 percent. (Data on Hawaiian plants were also, on average, almost a decade older.) “It’s great that the authors really delved into this issue and tried to quantify something that’s actually very difficult to quantify,” said Anne Frances, a botanist at NatureServe who reviewed an early draft of the paper. She added that including information on the severity, scope and timing of threats could more precisely guide conservationists’ efforts in limiting harm to plants. Wilcove also applauded the effort. “In a way, I felt gratified that this new study reaffirmed the significance of recreation as a threat to rare plants,” he said. Land management agencies have long known that ORV drivers, hikers and others can harm or kill plants, said Joseph Burns, a biologist and endangered species program leader with the U.S. Forest Service. And agencies have successfully addressed threats to some endangered plants. The National Park Service and other agencies have banned climbing and put up fences to keep people out of shelters where Cumberland sandwort lives, for example, and the plant’s population has recovered somewhat. In another case, the Bureau of Land Management banned ORVs from sand dunes harboring a sensitive buckwheat plant in the Sand Mountain Recreation Area in Nevada. But agencies may be fighting an uphill battle. Smith and his colleagues found that the number of threats recorded increased over the study period, likely because more people are driving ORVs and hitting the trail at the same time that cities and suburbs are gobbling up more and more land. “It’s not surprising,” Wilcove said. “People love the outdoors and there’s less of the outdoors to love.” Smith also said that despite Wilcove’s 1998 paper, some conservation biologists may still need to hear the message. His team found that papers published in five top conservation journals between 2000 and 2014 focused disproportionately on a few threat types such as missing pollinators, pathogens and diseases, and largely ignored many of the most prevalent, including recreation. “There’s an inherent resistance [among scientists] to hearing that people who like being outside are actually a source of harm,” he said. However, Burns and Frances contended that scientists are aware of the threats plants face, noting that relevant data are often recorded in government reports and other sources that don’t go through the standard academic peer review process -- the so-called “gray literature” -- which Smith’s team did not analyze. Burns added that broad-ranging studies such as Smith’s can play an important role in informing state agencies and private land owners of the potential impacts of recreation. “It’s important for those folks to understand” how to protect plants on their land, he said. “Collectively, they can make a difference.” The other audience that needs to hear the message is us. Smith does not want to discourage people from enjoying the outdoors, but he says we should probably be more careful when we do so. “I love to go hiking too, but it really has surprised me,” Smith said. “I notice much more now if I see a ‘trail closed’ sign. I’m much more obedient."
News Article | November 30, 2016
L'événement BioBlitz Canada 150 mettra les Canadiens en contact direct avec nos espèces sauvages OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - 30 novembre 2016) - Dans le cadre des célébrations du 150e anniversaire de la Confédération canadienne, la Fédération canadienne de la faune (FCF), avec BioBlitz Canada et ses autres partenaires en matière de conservation, mènera une série de bioblitz publics dans l'ensemble du pays pour contribuer à mettre en valeur et à conserver notre patrimoine naturel. " Ce projet fascinant fera participer les Canadiens dans tout le pays, les inspirera et renforcera leur conscience environnementale. Profitons de l'occasion qui nous est offerte de devenir les gardiens de nos espèces sauvages canadiennes, source inestimable de richesse ", a déclaré l'honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien. BioBlitz Canada 150 est l'un des 38 projets Signature récemment dévoilés par Mélanie Joly dans le cadre de l'initiative fédérale Canada 150. Les événements BioBlitz Canada 150 rassembleront des milliers de Canadiens de tous les âges, de toutes les origines culturelles et de tous les milieux pour explorer les environnements terrestres, d'eau douce, côtiers et marins du Canada. À travers ce projet, de nouvelles données scientifiques seront générées et de nouvelles espèces seront documentées, ce qui est nécessaire pour nous aider à prendre des décisions à l'égard de la biodiversité canadienne. Au cours des prochains jours, par exemple, le Comité sur la situation des espèces en péril au Canada (COSEPAC) annoncera quelles espèces sont en voie de disparition ou non d'après leurs évaluations. Les données recueillies par un projet tel BioBlitz Canada 150 sont utilisées lors de ces évaluations. " La faune et la nature sont des éléments clés de l'identité canadienne et nous sommes très heureux que le gouvernement du Canada reconnaisse et soutienne cet aspect de notre célébration nationale, a ajouté Rick Bates, directeur général de la Fédération canadienne de la faune. Nous sommes impatients de voir des habitants de l'ensemble du pays participer à un bioblitz dans le cadre des célébrations du 150e anniversaire du Canada. " Les événements publics des bioblitz associeront science, communauté et engagement des jeunes. Les scientifiques et les membres intéressés du grand public se rendront ensemble dans la nature pour trouver, identifier et consigner autant d'espèces que possible dans un temps donné. Le projet BioBlitz Canada 150 présentera 5 événements phares dans des zones urbaines, 20 événements communautaires, et 10 bioblitz scientifiques intensifs. Les particuliers, les écoles et les organisations seront également encouragés à organiser leurs propres événements BioBlitz pour participer à la célébration des espèces sauvages du Canada et contribuer à la base de données nationale. Les sites étudiés, les résultats obtenus ainsi que des guides d'activités seront affichés sur le nouveau site de BioBlitzCanada.ca et les observations seront enregistrées en temps réel sur iNaturalist.ca, la plateforme officielle de BioBlitz Canada 150. Le site Web offrira également une panoplie de ressources pour encourager la participation du public tout au long de l'année. Ces découvertes seront également présentées au public canadien, gestionnaires de la faune, organisations de conservation, établissements d'enseignement et organismes gouvernementaux pour façonner les décisions de conservation qui contribueront à éclairer les choix à venir sur des questions comme les changements climatiques et la perte de biodiversité, et faire en sorte que ces espèces et espaces sauvages demeurent pour les générations à venir. Ce projet permettra de créer un égoportrait de notre nature pour nos 150 ans. Pour plus d'information et pour suivre le déroulement du projet, consultez BioBlitzCanada.ca. À propos de la Fédération canadienne de la faune : La Fédération canadienne de la faune se consacre à favoriser la prise de conscience et l'appréciation de notre monde naturel. Par la diffusion des connaissances des impacts des activités humaines sur l'environnement, la subvention de recherches, la promotion de l'utilisation durable des ressources naturelles, la recommandation de modifications législatives et la coopération avec des partenaires aux vues similaires, la FCF promeut un avenir dans lequel les Canadiens pourront vivre en harmonie avec la nature. Consultez le site Fédérationcanadiennedelafaune.ca pour plus d'information. À propos de BioBlitz Canada : BioBlitz Canada est un partenariat national des principales organisations de conservation, d'éducation et de recherche qui a pour objectif de documenter la biodiversité du Canada en rapprochant le public de la nature dans le cadre d'une étude participative de la vie dirigée par des scientifiques d'un océan à l'autre et d'assurer que ces importantes informations puissent servir à la science actuelle et future, par l'intermédiaire d'un accès libre à tous. Sa vision est d'encourager les Canadiens à se rapprocher de la nature et à en apprendre davantage à son sujet, que ce soit dans le cadre de leur propre jardin ou dans celui des plus importants sites écologiques au Canada. Autres partenaires : Alliance des musées d'histoire naturelle du Canada, Institut de la biodiversité de l'Ontario, Commission biologique du Canada, Études d'Oiseaux Canada, Association botanique du Canada, Musée canadien de la nature, Service canadien de la faune (Environnement et Changement climatique Canada), iNaturalist Canada, Nature Canada, Conservation de la nature Canada, NatureServe Canada, Musée du Nouveau-Brunswick, Parcs Canada, rare Réserve de Recherche Charitable, Musée royal de l'Ontario, Musée royal de la Saskatchewan, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Zoo de Toronto, Aquarium de Vancouver et autres organisations. À propos de iNaturalist Canada : Lancé en 2015, iNaturalist Canada est un lieu virtuel où les Canadiens peuvent consigner et partager leurs observations dans la nature, interagir avec d'autres observateurs, et en apprendre davantage sur les espèces sauvages du Canada. Cette application est gérée par la Fédération canadienne de la faune (FCF) et le Musée royal de l'Ontario (MRO), en collaboration avec iNaturalist.org et la California Academy of Sciences (ou Académie des sciences de Californie). Parcs Canada, NatureServe Canada et le programme Faune et flore du pays de la FCF ont été des partenaires clés dans le développement de iNaturalist Canada et continueront à jouer un rôle dans le cade de ce programme.