Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas

Unido: 11.ene.2020 Última actividad: 11.ago.2020

So I am a member of the non profit charity group called Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. Our non-profit formed to protect, conserve and restore the ecosystems and biodiversity on a long-term basis at the two Saskatoon afforestation areas, [the 326 acre Richard St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (RSBBAA) and the 147 acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park (GGURPP)]. The areas have 17 acres of marshlands as well as 143 acres of woodlands re-naturalized by tree planting. These two areas started as tree nurseries and were preserved in perpetuity by Saskatoon City Council There is value in conserving natural areas and the ecosystem functions of wetlands and forested areas. Such green infrastructure provides a wide array of benefits towards climate change, to people and wildlife. Under direction from the City of Saskatoon and the Meewasin Valley Authority, citizen science bioblitzes are beneficial to learn about the ecosystem at the afforestation areas. These bio-blitzes were planned and then post-poned when COVID-19 came along. The MVA and the CoS have plans to conduct a professional ecological assessment as well. Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (Baker Area Eco-Quest project) and George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Genereux Park Eco-Quest project).

https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com/2020-green-vision/ Email friendsafforestation@gmail.com

Thank you for your help on iNaturalist, indeed. Greatly appreciated.

In the field away from wi-fi service, that my phone drains the battery super quickly when the app looks up a suggested name for an observation. By typing in the Kingdom that the phone stays charged a while longer, and then when after getting back home, delve into the observation naming and identification. Pocket guides are wonderful for local species of plants, however do not give as many species as Flora of North American taxonomic charts / iNaturalist. Thank you to look at the wonderful suggestions proferred by folks who have done this iNaturalist previously. Taxonomic keys go hand in hand with the delving into a few glossaries along the way! ;-)

I will have to keep my eyes open for other helpful web sites, books and resources.-Julia

North American iNaturalist Guides https://www.inaturalist.org/guides?place_id=97394
Helpful journals, guides, tips from iNat users https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/21742-helpful-journals-guides-tips-from-inat-users
iNaturalist Journal of Mary Krieger https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/marykrieger
iNaturalist Nathan Taylor "Links I Use a Lot" https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/nathantaylor/13364-various-links-i-use-a-lot
iNaturalist "What to photograph" When it comes to a plant which is unknown, which plant parts should be photographed to help to create an identification https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/euphorbia-species-of-the-united-states/journal/23255-euphorbia-what-to-photograph
Getting Good Photos For Identification https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/2465

Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre iNaturalist Project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/saskatchewan-conservation-data-centre

Flora:
Plants:

*** Biota of North America Program BONAP USDA https://plants.usda.gov/plantproj/plants/

***Colin's Virtual Herbarium http://www.colinherb.com/ (based out of Regina SK)

*** Discover Life | All living things | Lichens USID https://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Lichens_USID

***Facebook Plant Identification https://www.facebook.com/groups/156706504394635

*** Facebook Saskatchewan Native Plants - Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan https://www.facebook.com/groups/1767293223307278/

***Fire Effects Information System https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/rosaci/all.html

*** Flora of North America http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1

***Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS https://www.itis.gov/

*** Key to the major groups and families of vascular plants in Alberta (illustrated) https://anpc.ab.ca/?page_id=4721

*** Minnesota Wildflowers https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower

*** Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan resources https://www.npss.sk.ca/info-resources

*** Nature Saskatchewan Resources https://www.naturesask.ca/

*** Saskatoon Nature Society Resources https://saskatoonnature.org/printed-resources/

***Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre Species lists http://biodiversity.sk.ca/SppList.htm

*** Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan PCAP resources https://www.pcap-sk.org/for-land-managers

*** Sask Wildflowers https://www.saskwildflower.ca/native-plant-photos.html

***Trees, insects and diseases of Canada's forests https://tidcf.nrcan.gc.ca/en/home

*** University of Saskatchewan Virtual Herbarium of Plants at Risk https://www.usask.ca/biology/rareplants_sk/root/htm/en/index.php -->If a genus contains a species at risk, the taxonomic key for the genus is given

*** USDA Plant Database https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/java/

*** Vascular plants of Canada VASCAN https://data.canadensys.net/vascan/about

***Western Wild Flowers book online https://www.gutenberg.org/files/47971/47971-h/47971-h.htm

Graminoids:
Boreal Forest http://www.borealforest.org/grasses.htm

Nature SK https://www.naturesask.ca/extras/flora-of-saskatchewan-association/book-reviews Book: Sedges (Carex) of Saskatchewan

Fungi:
*** Boletes of California http://www.mykoweb.com/boletes/

***Facebook Fungus Identification https://www.facebook.com/groups/FungusIdentification/?multi_permalinks=1592795920877402

***Facebook Mushroom Identification Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/MushroomIdentification/

***Facebook Saskatchewan Mycological Working Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/446173146166978/?multi_permalinks=717831592334464

***Main features for identifying a mushroom http://www.toxinology.com/generic_static_files/images_generic/MushDiag_combined1v.gif

***Mushroom Expert https://www.mushroomexpert.com/major_groups.html

***Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre Species lists http://biodiversity.sk.ca/SppList.htm

*** Trial field key to the BOLETES in the Pacific Northwest http://www.svims.ca/council/Bolete.htm#nLec

***Wisconsin State Herbarium https://herbarium.wisc.edu/databases/fungi-specimen-databases/ -->Mycology collections portal https://mycoportal.org/portal/

Lichen:
***Boreal Forest Lichens http://www.borealforest.org/lichens/lichen1.htm

***Facebook Lichen Identification and Appreciation https://www.facebook.com/groups/2474556726139834/

*** Lichenland http://gis.nacse.org/lichenland/

***Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre Species lists http://biodiversity.sk.ca/SppList.htm

*** USDA About Lichens https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/beauty/lichens/about.shtml

*** Wisconsin State Herbarium Lichen Portal https://herbarium.wisc.edu/databases/lichen-specimen-database/ --> Lichen Portal https://lichenportal.org/cnalh/

Mosses:
The Mosses of Saskatchewan Part 5 from Biodiversity SK http://biodiversity.sk.ca/Docs/The%2520Mosses%2520of%2520Saskatchewan5.pdf

Mosses of the Prairies of West Central Canada by C.D. Bird. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf

Nature SK https://www.naturesask.ca/extras/flora-of-saskatchewan-association/book-reviews Book Ferns and Fern Allies of Saskatchewa

Fauna:

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Species.
***Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre Species lists http://biodiversity.sk.ca/SppList.htm

Saskatchewan Herptiles Guide on iNaturalist by SCDC https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/12156

Saskatchewan Mammals Guide on iNaturalist by SCDC https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/12157

Birds Aves:
Ebird: by region or by hotspot https://ebird.org/hotspot/L2377848

MacCauley Library by Cornell Lab of Ornithology https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Checklist of Saskatchewan Birds https://saskatoonnature.org/printed-resources/

Arthopods:
Bug Guide https://bugguide.net/node/

Saskatoon Nature Society Checklist of https://saskatoonnature.org/printed-resources/ Checklist of Dragonflies and Damselflies in the Saskatoon Area and Checklist Saskatoon Area Butterflies

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