BioBlitz 2013

 

The 7th annual Whistler BioBlitz at Alpha Lake Park was a huge success, thanks to the great weather and the quality and quantity of scientists. This year’s BioBlitz attracted 65 of BC’s top scientists and nature educators and included a large contingent from the Royal BC Museum and UBC Biodiversity Museum.

Thanks to everyone who dropped by Alpha Lake Park to see all the amphibians, reptiles, spiders, insects, plants, and fungi at our displays. And thanks also to those who dropped by on Saturday night to learn directly from the scientists and have a chance to see live bats up close.

Preliminary results show about 600 species in total counted over the 24-hour event, of which 50-100 will be new records in Whistler. The results will be collated by the Whistler Biodiversity Project and available on-line within the next few weeks.

The Whistler Naturalists would like to send thanks to: all the scientists and local volunteers, plus our key sponsors the Community Foundation of Whistler and RMOW.  We would also like to thank all the businesses and organizations who contributed to the event: ZipTrek, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, Dusty’s Pub, AWARE, Creekside Market, Nester’s Market, The Adventure Group, Legends Hotel, Riverside Café, Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council, South Coast Conservation Program, South Coast Bat Action Team, Avalanche Pizza, Whistler Museum, Squamish River Watershed Society, Whistler Golf Club, and Nicklaus North Golf Club.

 

 

Preliminary results (as of August 1st).  More to come:

Whistler Biodiversity Project Master List Total BioBlitz 2013 Totals, before BioBlitz Totals after BioBlitz Total introduced, before BioBlitz Total introduced, after BioBlitz BioBlitz 2013 new records
Vertebrates Mammals 15 64 65 5 5 1
Birds 46 262 262 6 6 0
Invertebrates Amphibians, Reptiles, & reptiles 7 18 18 0 0 0
Butterflies 9 43 45 2 2 2
Moths 39 133 133 2 2 0
Dragonflies & Damselflies 4 42 42 0 0 0
Spiders 1 100 101 2 2 0
Snails, Slugs, & Clams 11 21 25 8 9 4
Zooplankton 0 14 14 0 0 0
Other invertebrates 14 240 240 8 8 0
Plants Native Vascular Plants 193 527 537 0 0 8
Introduced Vascular Plants 28 169 171 169 171 1
Bryophytes 67 300 318 0 0 9
Phytoplankton (inc. non-Plantae) 0 105 105 0 0 0
Fungi and Other Fungi 43 663 677 2 2 7
Lichen 19 497 499 1 1 2
Other algae & cyanobacteria 1 6 6 1 1 0
TOTAL 497 3,204 3,258 206 209 34
Percent new species 7%