Calling All Citizen Scientists!
Green Rainwater Infrastructure uses nature (and engineering!) to help capture, convey and clean polluted urban rainwater runoff. These systems can also provide many environmental and social benefits to a community, like increased biodiversity. The Rainway proposed for St. George Street between Broadway and E 5th Ave will use plants and soils in a series of rain gardens to help manage polluted rainwater. This newly added green corridor will provide important food sources and habitat for a variety of wildlife, including pollinators, birds, small mammals, and insects.
The City of Vancouver wants to quantify the changes in biodiversity along the St. George Rainway by measuring species before and after the Rainway is built. In 2022, we will be hosting a citizen science campaign to get your help to measure the baseline biodiversity conditions along St. George Street. Using the application iNaturalist, we will collect data on the existing birds, plants, trees, insects, and mammals that currently use St. George Street.
Whether you are a biodiversity expert, or a beginner hoping to learn more, you can be a part of our citizen science team!
To help get us started, the City will host a series of BioBlitz events along St. George Street, one in each season. Citizen Scientists are also invited to collect data of biodiversity along St. George Street on their own throughout the year, logging it in our St. George Rainway project on iNaturalist.
Join us for one or both of our upcoming bioblitzes!
St. George Rainway Winter Bioblitz: Birds
Saturday February 26, 2022
8am - 10am
St. George Rainway Spring Bioblitz: Plants
Saturday April 23, 2022
9am - 11am
Contribute to the iNaturalist Project
You don't need to attend a bioblitz event to be a member of our citizen science team. Biodiversity observations can be added any time to the St. George Rainway Biodiversity Project on iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/st-george-rainway-biodiversity
We have created some resources to help you join the project and learn how to make an observation on iNaturalist.
iNaturalist also has some local guidebooks to help you identify local plants, trees, birds and animals.