Watershed report: Citizen Science and the Lesser Slave Watershed Council

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Do you like being in the outdoors? Are you interested in what is living in your own back yard? Curious to see who or what is living in the region?

Check out the NatureLynx app! It is so easy to use! NatureLynx is an Alberta-based species identification tool and data sharing platform that can help regular citizens identify the species that they encounter out in nature! All you need is a smart phone and the NatureLynx app to get started!

Once you download the app and create an account, you can snap a picture and add a sighting of anything that you might have seen in or around nature!

It is a great way to get outdoors and start engaging with the natural world around you, and a great way to teach kids about the environment and how we share the outdoors with so many cool and interesting creatures!

Get the family together and take a nature walk. Challenge your friends to find the most species that they can. Get active!

The database collects information on plants and animals, which can be used to determine what species are living where and how many of a species are living in a given area.

All you need to do is snap a picture of the plant or animal, input the date that you saw it and where you saw it. Bonus points if you add it to a group or mission! If you don’t know the species, no worries!

The NatureLynx community will help you identify your sighting and confirm the species! But if you do know the different markings or characteristics of different species and want to show off your knowledge, you can do that too!

The project is a community effort to help one another, and also has some roots in science and decision making!

Because much of the grant funding opportunities and research projects happen in more southern areas, where there is a heavier human population base, much of the north is left undiscovered! That’s where citizen scientists come in!

Researchers will use data collected on platforms like NatureLynx to help understand species, their migration patterns, how they live and even help get a basis for management and decision making processes!

The Lesser Slave Watershed Council has created a group on the NatureLynx app! Join and help add to our missions:

  • Counting Biodiversity in the Lesser Slave Watershed – Finding the Cool and Unusual in the Lesser Slave Watershed
  • Invasive Species in the Lesser Slave Watershed

Oh, and did we mention that the Lesser Slave Watershed Council is hosting monthly prizes for participants of the NatureLynx project starting in June 2021? Join the project and post a sighting to be entered in our June draw!

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