Sara Wickham

Hakai Institute/University of Victoria
In the past two years (2017 and 2018) the Hakai Institute on Calvert Island (British Columbia Central Coast) has hosted one terrestrial and two marine BioBlitzs. Over the course of these events plant and invertebrate samples were collected from the Hakai-Luxvbalis Conservancy in an effort to better understand the baseline biodiversity, providing data for ongoing monitoring of this remote protected area. A few features of these events were markedly different from the traditional BioBlitz structure. First, each BioBlitz was a minimum of one week long. Second, an effort was made to share sightings and collections with researchers and the general public through the use of iNaturalist.org and social media. Third, a large proportion of the specimens collected were subsampled and submitted for DNA barcoding to the University of Guelph, and archived in the Barcode of Life Database (BOLD). This presentation will discuss the intentions, logistics, and preliminary results of the terrestrial BioBlitz held in summer 2018, with approximately 30 participants. We will also address our past and future collaborations that made these events possible and introduce methods of exploring the data that were collected and are publicly available, including through BOLD and iNaturalist.org.