Citizen Science

Engage with the LSWC Through Citizen Science!

NatureLynx 

NatureLynx is an Alberta based database that was built by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute for citizen scientists to record their sightings and share data with the scientific community! Creating an account is free and easy! 

Did you know that the LSWC has a group on NatureLynx? Check us out and add your sightings to the Lesser Slave Watershed group to help us monitor the biodiversity of the watershed! So far, we have a few 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

Check out our missions and make contributions! The LSWC will be promoting citizen science initiatives in the coming months, so it is a good idea to get familiar with the NatureLynx app! 

iNaturalist

iNaturalist is similar to the NatureLynx app, with a larger, more global scope. It is a database for citizen scientists to record sightings and help contribute to science as a whole. Create a free account and access sightings from around the world. You can also use it to determine what species you have stumbled across using the community's knowledge base and experience to identify species! 

Check out the sightings already recorded for the Lesser Slave Watershed region here!

Help us build our database by adding your sightings! The LSWC will be promoting citizen science initiatives like this in the coming months, so familiarize yourself with the app now and get a head start on mapping your sightings! 

Project FeederWatch

Are you an avid bird watcher? Interested in birding? Check out the Cornell Lab's Project FeederWatch website here. This is an excellent way to get into birding or to share your sightings in a way that might influence scientific discoveries! The project is meant to help collect bird data all year round to help scientists track migration patterns and bird population abundance! 

Create an account here and start inputting data today! And the best part? You can participate in this citizen science initiative from your own yard! Just watch your bird feeder and snap pictures to gather quality data for the birding database! It is quick, easy and convenient! 

Alberta Bat Program 

Report a bat sighting or roost to help provide much needed data to monitor and better understand bats in Alberta! Learn more about the Project here. There are two ways that you can participate in this program! You can either report a roost or report a bat sighting! 

Roost: a place where bats settle or congregate for rest or sleep, usually in groups. 

Sighting: a record of having seen a bat

For the best data, try to record a location, time of day, how many individuals you found, anything unusual about the sighting, and even a clear image of the sighting! Check out the link above to find out where sightings are best recorded and start sharing data today!