Matt Wallace

Unido: 10.mar.2018 Última actividad: 20.abr.2024 iNaturalist Canada

Great cities have great nature! Urban explorer and nature enthusiast living in Calgary, AB Canada.
If you're reading this, you've likely helped with an ID or responded to a comment. Thank you for you're help and I'm happy to make your acquaintance.

My background is in Geography (BSc Honours University of Calgary 2019) and Urban Ecology (Technische Universität Berlin Urban Ecosystem Sciences (Study Abroad)). My thesis on the Vegetation Structure and Composition of St. Patrick's Island (Calgary) and this was my first introduction to iNaturalist . I started my first project as a means to create an ongoing record of everything living on the island. I'm interested in questions that surround birds/mammals, invasive plants, and urban soils, and of course, human interaction with the natural environment. iNaturalist is a powerful tool that I enjoy using to learn about my passions... and all of the other things I never could of imagined.

I am the organizer of the Calgary City Nature Challenge (www.citynatureyyc.ca) and work with community groups to host bioblitzes and citizen science events throughout the year (www.citizenblitz.ca). Although, many of these are geared towards data collection, I also use iNaturalist to investigate patterns of biodiversity and park/ landuse usership for various programs. I believe iNaturalist has the potential for unprecedented collaboration between communities, decision makers, and researchers and can benefit all of us through shared experience.

You may notice that I have several observations which are obscured or private and this is due to locations I visited through work. If for some reason you require access to the exact locations for research or conservation purposes, please contact me and I am happy to share the true locations with you.

I am always open to collaborative projects and new ideas! If you'd like to connect you can email me at citynatureyyc@gmail.com or send me a msg here!

Naturally,

Matt

PS I regularly get people asking about my user name or trying to pronounce it ( Wow Okay Yes). I chose this name as it kind of describes my immediate reactions to seeing things interesting and exciting in nature:
Wow ("holy smokes look at that!")
Okay (Calm down, try to understand what this is!
Yes (learn, leave no trace and feel privileged for my experience)!

Personal Social Pages: Instagram/ TikTok/ YouTube: @CitizenBlitz
Citizen Science Social Pages (Events): Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @CityNatureYYC

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