Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Photo Upload Now Available on E-Fauna BC

We now have the E-Fauna photo upload section working again, and look forward to new submissions.  Sorry for the delay.  Next up is to get the maps working again.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Wall Lizards in BC

 The  introduced Wall Lizard (Podacris muralis) in BC was previously  reported from a small area east of Victoria (Matsuda 2006) but has expanded its distribution to adjacent areas, including adjacent islands. Citizen scientist and photographer Catherine Babault  has photographed the lizard on Denman Island (March 2020), providing documentation.   Reptile and amphibian specialist Brent Matsuda is working to confirm her observation. 

Read more about the Wall Lizard from the Habitat Acquisition Trust here

E-Flora BC: Dots on Maps Now Available for Vascular Plants

Some success!  We have managed today to have the distribution dots appear on the E-Flora maps for vascular plants.  However, note that there is a lag time of a few seconds before the dots show up.  We are working on adjusting that.  More to come.  And we are still working on the E-Fauna maps and a few other features that need restored.  Restoration of the site has been a big project, we apologize for the interruption.

Broad-winged Hawk in BC

A new article on the Broad-winged Hawk in BC by Rick Toochin, E. Alan Russell, David Baker, Paul Baker, Louis Haviland is now posted on our Birds of BC pages.

This is an interesting bird species and the authors provide a good overview and some insight into occurrences in BC:   "In British Columbia, this species has been rapidly increasing in frequency of detection since 1990, and has been found breeding in the Peace River Region, the Golden area, and the Prince George region, but the northern region of the province is highly under-birded and it is far more likely that the Broad-winged Hawk has moved further west as a breeder than current records reflect (e-bird database 2020). The secretive nature of this species, coupled with its relative scarcity, makes finding nest sites difficult. This is likely why there are to date only a few known nest sites in the province. Despite few nests discovered, there have been an ever increasing number of fall and spring migrants all over the province in the past 10-20 years (e-bird database 2020)."

Yellow-browed Warbler in BC

Yellow-browed Warbler, photo by Peter Candido

Several new bird articles prepared by Rick Toochin have been posted on the E-Fauna Birds of BC pages, including an article on the Yellow-browed Warbler.  Rick says:  "The Yellow-browed Warbler is a recent addition to the avifauna of British Columbia in the fall of 2019 and is classified as an accidental vagrant."  Bird articles by Rick are added on an on-going basis, so keep an eye on the bird page for more.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Atlases are now partly restored, and we are still working on them.

While E-Flora BC is now mostly up and running following our site crash, we are still working away at restoring parts of E-Fauna BC, including the photo upload section.  There are bits and pieces on both sites that still require work, such as our comment sections and dots on the maps.  Interactive maps on E-Fauna are still not available.  The technicians are working away at this.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Citizen scientist documents raccoon in Prince Rupert.

Citizen scientist Jim McLauglin recently sent us a photo that documents the occurrence of a raccoon in Prince Rupert.  Mammal specialist Dave Nagorsen says: "[This is] the northernmost occurrence on the BC mainland to my knowledge. Could be an escaped pet or an accidental transport from the Haida Gwaii population or a southern population?"

While we don't know the origin of the raccoon, it is observations like this that help to inform our knowledge of BC wildlife species.   Thanks Jim!