Jade J, West Vancouver: Activity 2

Environment   Oct 21, 2019 by Jade Jordan
  • My local Natural History Museums are the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Vancouver Aquarium.
  • The biome my city belongs in is the temperate rainforest.
  • Notable organisms from my local area include: grizzly bears, killer whales, gray wolves, douglas firs, and pacific salmon.
  • The biodiversity in my area is mostly stable, but vulnerable to climate change and unregulated urban development.

  • The most endangered animal in my area is the Vancouver Island Marmot due to habitat destruction.
    • A significant obstacle faced when trying to answer this question was insufficient data on species population. As other declining species, such as the Grain Physa, have incomplete data, it is difficult to tell which organism is truly at the highest risk.
    • These records are important because it gives us the ability to regulate the wellbeing of a particular population, and therefore address their needs more urgently and effectively. With incomplete information on the species' in an ecosystem, it becomes challenging to determine the state of its biodiversity. Consequently, we are unable to precisely relate biodiversity gain/loss to the success of specific ecosystems, and to external factors like climate and development.

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Nicole Lam
Oct 28, 2019

Hi Jade, 

Thanks for your sharing! You are right! Incomplete data about certain species is definitely an obstacle faced by scientists and government as local biodiversity has to be taken into considerations when it comes to conservation work and city development. There may be more species that are more vulnerable to risks than we thought, examples are sandpipers and plovers. As the nature is largely unexplored , there could be some undiscovered species in our cities!

Some more questions to think about: What hinders the complete data collection on a certain species? How could public facilitate scientists to obtain more information about local biodiversity?


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