Observation Nation / BioObservateurs's Journal

June 01, 2020

Transition to Observation Nation / Passons aux BioObservateurs

All systems go! CWF's "Observation Nation" initiative has officially launched. The project is transitioning from "Observations from Isolation" to this renewed focus on collaboration and safely exploring as outdoor spaces open up more and more. Like SpaceX, we had a delay or two. Now we're fully operational and ready to lift our observation totals to new heights! Our launch coincides with Environment Week in Canada, a great time to enlist your help in collecting 50,000 species observations by Canada Day. Remember, all you have to do is record observations using iNaturalist and they'll be automatically added to the project.
By being part of CWF Observation Nation, you'll have access to regular journal posts, interesting information, and coming soon, contesting and prizes! Check out our new look and our updated project description to give you a sense of what we're up to. Good luck in your search for exciting observations -- keeping in mind any local physical distancing measures.

Tous les systèmes fonctionnent ! L'initiative "BioObservateurs" de la FCF a été officiellement lancée. Le projet passe de "Observations en isolement" à une nouvelle orientation mise sur la collaboration et l'exploration en toute sécurité à mesure que les espaces extérieurs redeviennent accessibles. Comme pour SpaceX, nous avons eu un ou deux retards. Maintenant, nous sommes pleinement opérationnels et prêts à atteindre de nouveaux sommets ! Notre lancement coïncide avec la Semaine de l'environnement au Canada, un moment idéal pour solliciter votre aide afin de recueillir 50 000 observations d'espèces d'ici la fête du Canada. N'oubliez pas qu'il vous suffit d'enregistrer vos observations dans iNaturalist et elles seront automatiquement ajoutées au projet.
En faisant partie de BioObservateurs de la FCF, vous aurez accès à ces nouvelles régulières, à des informations intéressantes et, bientôt, à des concours et à des prix ! Consultez notre nouveau look et notre description de projet mise à jour pour vous donner une idée de ce que nous faisons. Bonne chance dans votre recherche d'observations intéressantes - en gardant à l'esprit toute mesure de distanciation sociale locale.

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May 22, 2020

A little longer with our Isolation Project / Un peu plus longtemps avec Observations en isolement

Apologies for jumping the gun. There are a few small details we want to put in place to transition over to "Observation Nation". We're looking to launch for Canadian Environment Week which starts Monday June 1, culminating on World Environment Day on Friday June 5.
In the meantime, you can check out the Canadian Wildlife Federation's resources to reconnect with nature as we ride out physical distancing for a little longer.

Désolé pour le faux départ. Il y a quelques petits détails que nous voulons mettre en place pour passer à «BioObservateurs». Nous envisageons de lancer la Semaine canadienne de l'environnement qui débutera lundi le 1er juin et se terminera par la Journée mondiale de l'environnement, vendredi le 5 juin.
En attendant, vous pouvez consulter les ressources de la Fédération canadienne de la faune pour pour renouer avec la nature en cette période de distanciation sociale

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May 20, 2020

Feeling less Isolated!

With summer just around the corner and some public outdoor spaces slowly opening up, we will be transitioning this project from Isolation to one of Coalition. As of Friday May 22, which also happens to be the International Day for Biological Diversity we are hoping you will stay on with us as part of “Observation Nation”.
Don’t be surprised when this project has a new look and title. You’ll get a sense of what we have in mind by having a look once the project description is updated. If you have ideas to share on the transition or what you’d like to see, please leave us a comment!
And while we’re at it, let’s see if we can get out and explore on the International Day for Biological Diversity (upholding local distancing restrictions, of course!).

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April 23, 2020

City Nature Challenge Runs From Friday Through Monday

If you haven't caught wind of it already, the City Nature Challenge is starting. There are several cities in Canada taking part, albeit with a unique slant of physical distancing this year.
Be sure to follow regulations suggested by local government in light of concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Also, to embrace the collaborative aspect of the City Nature Challenge and to reflect the healing power of nature, this year’s event is no longer a competition. Instead, we encourage all people to document their local biodiversity in whatever way they can during the event.

If you're not in a participating city, your observations are still important to see how many observations we can record over the next few days!

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April 16, 2020

Welcome to Observations from Isolation

Welcome to this project where we're sharing things we've seen on local walks, balconies, yards and even in the depths of our homes.
If you don't want your observations to pinpoint your property, you can pick a point on the street, or choose to manually obscure the observation when you record it (or after the fact).
We have everyone from seasoned iNaturalist members to entirely newcomers, and all are welcomed.
This journal can be a place place for us to connect on all things nature and let each other know about the wildlife, plants and fungi we're seeing in these exceptional times.
And to kick things off, please leave a comment on what has been the most interesting/favourite wildlife observation in Canada in the time of physical distancing - it can be your observation or someone else's (and it doesn't have to be an iNaturalist observation if you weren't able to capture it on camera).
Mine is this wood frog observation photographed by an iNaturalist member on an empty road (and many other frog and salamander photos from roadsides). I wonder if under normal circumstances and people still driving lots, if this frog would have ended up as roadkill.

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