Miskelly garry oak work recognized

The work of Metchosin Biodiversity Project member James Miskelly on the DND Garry oak lands has been recognized in a recent profile from the Pacific Forestry Centre. Congratulation James! Click on image to read.

James regularly logs his Metchosin (and other places) natural history observations in iNaturalist. See some of his pictures and sightings here.

Metchosin Biodiversity

Welcome to the web site of the Metchosin BioBlitz and MycoBlitz. The team at the Metchosin Biodiversity Project sponsors the blitzes and publishes the results on these pages in order to:

  • Increase our understanding of Metchosin’s species and ecosystems.
  • Share natural history information with interested people in Metchosin and adjacent jurisdictions.
  • Use this information and awareness to protect and restore Metchosin’s species and ecosystems.

We started our work in 2011 with BioBlitzes and (a bit later) MycoBlitzes. Until 2018, we kept our species data in our own database. In 2018, we migrated our database to iNaturalist. Our most up-to-date inventories (including all of the data from the older database) are now available in the Metchosin Biodiversity project of iNaturalist. By the end of 2022 we had catalogued over 3412 species, from almost 20,000 observations made 480 people. See the posts below for the latest totals.

We encourage everyone interested in helping us to log their photographed Metchosin observations in iNaturalist. All of these observations will be automatically logged by our 2023 collection project. Curators will review these and move most of them into our iNaturalist database (Metchosin Biodiversity Project).

The Metchosin Talk and Walk series has started up again, post-COVID. You can read about our previous events on the Talk and Walk pages.

(The Metchosin bioblitz data, by the way, also includes some offshore waters and islands and the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve that are not technically in the boundaries of the District of Metchosin.)