Friday, June 11, 2021

Mapping Updates and New Maps: Hoofed Mammals, Marine Mammals

Our mapping update is now underway and we are working through each group to bring in data layers for collections and observations.  This will be ongoing for a few weeks. 

This week, new maps have been provided for marine mammals and hoofed mammals.  Until now, we had no maps for marine mammals, and no E-Fauna BC interactive maps for hoofed mammals (research maps only).  Marine mammal data is captured during a search of GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) and of other databases where available, including the VertNet Consortium.  Hoofed mammal data is captured from these and others, including the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the BC Conservation Data Center and the Royal BC Museum (RBCM).  Note that zooming out on the interactive maps will provide a global view of distribution.   Visit the interactive maps to view the colour-coded legend.

For hoofed mammals, our interactive maps do not separate subspecies, however this information is provided in the static research range maps. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

New E-Fauna BC Maps

The  maps on E-Fauna BC are now being updated.  This includes a new presentation (new software) and new data.  Clicking on the large interactive map link on an atlas page will now call up data from GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility), which includes worldwide data.  To view broader distribution data for a species, zoom out on the interactive maps.  The new interactive maps are now available for most faunal groups.  A few groups are still being completed.   The small maps on the atlas pages will be updated next.  Stay tuned for more...

Friday, April 2, 2021

New Maps on E-Flora BC: North American Distribution

Because our map software is no longer being supported, we have updated our maps on E-Flora BC with new software from ESRI.  Work on the maps is ongoing.  The presentation is slightly different now, and we now include data from GBIF (the Global Biodiversity Information Facility).  The maps on E-Fauna BC are also being redeveloped.  As before, the dots on the small maps and larger interactive maps are clickable, and you can pan the maps across North America to view a broader distribution. Zooming out on the large interactive maps will easily show users global distribution information.  Please note that sometimes distributions may not reflect current taxonomic knowledge. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Information for Photographers

All content on E-Flora BC is covered by Canadian Copyright Law. Please note: for photographs submitted to the site, adherence to copyright law is the responsibility of the photographer. Please ensure that you own the copyright to all photos that you submit to E-Flora and E-Fauna BC for publication, and that you have the right to submit the photos to our site.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Bumble Bees on E-Fauna BC

As of September 2020, Maria Leung has taken on editing the bumble bee section on E-Fauna BC. Maria is a wildlife biologist in the Yukon who has  built considerable knowledge of bumble bees and other bee species.  She says: "My work as a wildlife biologist is long and varied, spanning a range of taxonomic groups (mammals, birds, aquatic fauna, insects) and ecosystems (arctic, taiga, boreal, BC interior forest and alpine, coastal).  The common thread through these different studies is the deep interest in wild species in their native habitats and the concern for their ability to persist through the stresses imposed by anthropomorphic change."  

Our reviewers and editors are important to E-Fauna BC and bring important species and ecological knowledge to their work. 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Updated Mosses and Liverworts on E-Flora BC

We have now updated the Mosses and Liverworts on E-Flora BC to match the BCCDC listings, with many new species now displayed.  Shortly we will update again when a new list  currently in preparation is ready to go, co-authored by E-Flora bryophyte editor Steve Joya and other BC moss experts.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Update on E-Flora BC and E-Fauna BC

The distribution maps are now restored on both E-Flora BC and E-Fauna BC.  Now we are working on updating our mapping software to the newest version. That should be completed over the next few weeks.  Most components of the sites have now been restored.  Editing continues for nomenclature, that is on-going.  Please let us know if you find that something doesn't work or needs attention.