Diario del proyecto City Nature Challenge 2022: Cariboo Region

13 de mayo de 2022

City Nature Challenge: Cariboo 2022 Results!

The City Nature Challenge Cariboo is officially over and the results are in! Thank you to all the participants who spent their weekend creating a snapshot of all the biodiversity in and around our region. The Cariboo Region had 16 observers contribute 449 observations of 93 different species. A great turnout for the size of our region and our climate in early spring!

Our project showcased the wildflowers, birds, plants and animals in the Cariboo Region. These are some of our most observed species!

The top ten species we observed were:

  1. Moose (Alces alces)
  2. Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)
  3. Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
  4. Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
  5. Furrow bees (Halictus spp.)
  6. Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium)
  7. American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
  8. Common douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
  9. Rocky mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)
  10. Yellow-banded bumblebee (Bombus terricola)

The top five introduced and invasive species reported were:

  1. Spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
  2. Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
  3. Yellow salsify (Tragopogon dubius)
  4. Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
  5. Common mullein (Cerbascum thapsus)

The Cariboo region found some interesting and unique things over the City Nature Challenge weekend!

  • A Northern pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) found by @heather_vrm. Did you know that the classic ‘ribbit’ frog call used in most Hollywood movies is actually the call of the Pacific tree frog?
  • A Bearberry or Kinninnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) observation found by @aksimpson. The scientific name for this low growing plant can be broken down and translated into its root words. Arctos is Greek for ‘Bear’. Staphylo is Greeks for “Grapes”. Uva is Latin for “Grapes”. Ursi is Latin for “Bear”. That means if you translate the entire scientific name you get the name of Bear grapes grapes bear!
  • A Long-billed curlew sighting by @nogwon2003. This shore bird is closely related to sandpipers and is commonly found in mudflats and shorelines. Their mating display is an elaborate dance with wings out and quick flights that loop!

Thanks again to all the observers and identifiers of this year's City Nature Challenge!
To see all the global CNC results, click here: CNC Global Results Infographic (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2022)
For more Community Science initiatives like this City Nature Challenge BioBlitz, join the Invasive Species Council of BC’s Community Science Network (https://bcinvasives.ca/take-action/community-science/)!

Publicado el 13 de mayo de 2022 a las 05:05 PM por csangarapillai csangarapillai | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

30 de abril de 2022

City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is on right now! All observations in Williams Lake and the Cariboo Region will be counted towards the City Nature Challenge. We have until the end of Monday, May 2 to observe all the biodiversity we can find in and around our city. Join the fun by snapping photos of plants, animals, and more this weekend!

This year, more than 40 Canadian cities, and over 450 global cities are taking part! To see how the Cariboo Region stacks up against other Canadian cities, follow along in the City Nature Challenge Canada umbrella project here.


Our number one priority is the safety of all participants, including the wildlife we aim to observe. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re out enjoying nature this weekend.

Leave No Trace

This year the City Nature Challenge is promoting Leave No Trace to remind all participants to take only photos and leave only footprints. Let’s all do our part to be great stewards of the land and not disturb wildlife or trample native vegetation. Please stick to designated trails, so we leave our parks better than we found them!

Play Clean Go

Do you take the time to clean off your hiking boots or outdoor gear? While it’s still early in the season, we want to ensure we are not bringing any invasive hitchhikers from one park to another. In addition, this season is a concern for avian flu and our native bird populations. It’s recommended to clean your boots before going from one birding location to another to help minimize any possible spread.

Respect Wildlife

Wild animals need space! Please respect our wildlife by keeping a safe distance and observing them for short periods of time! Avoid handling or picking up any small creatures, and always replace any rocks or logs after you’ve peeked underneath. And please do not feed wildlife as this habituates animals to our presence, and may cause sickness or even death.

Ensure Your Own Safety

Bring water and snacks when heading out for a long day of enjoying nature. It’s always better to go as a group or with a friend. But if you’re heading out alone make sure someone knows where you’re going and what time you will be back! Wear good shoes and carry a first aid kit and a whistle.

Make your time spent in nature even more interesting by taking along some optional gear such as a ruler or coin for scale, a hand lens for close up shots or binoculars.

Enjoy connecting with nature during the 2022 City Nature Challenge!

Publicado el 30 de abril de 2022 a las 01:08 PM por invasive_species_council_of_bc invasive_species_council_of_bc | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario