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/)!

Lähettänyt csangarapillai csangarapillai, 13. toukokuuta 2022 17:05

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