Monadenia fidelis // Pacific Sideband Snail // Camas Hill

Metchosin BioBlitz 2011

Sixty taxonomic specialists showed up on a sunny Saturday (April 30, 2011) to help catalogue the species of Metchosin. They were joined by a few dozen area residents and a large group of Pearson students.

We added to our master list 1400 observation events about 850 Metchosin species, divided into the following categories:

Vascular plant

 

 

325

 

Vascular plant

Tree

18

 

Vascular plant

Shrub

35

 

Vascular plant

Forb

227

 

Vascular plant

Grass

23

 

Vascular plant

Rush

5

 

Vascular plant

Sedge

6

 

Vascular plant

Fern

11

Bryophyte

 

 

74

 

Bryophyte

Moss

60

 

Bryophyte

Liverwort

14

Lichen

 

 

60

Fungus

 

 

71

Alga

 

 

28

Vertebrate

 

 

126

 

Vertebrate

Amphibian

4

 

Vertebrate

Reptile

5

 

Vertebrate

Bird

110

(Marine species)

Vertebrate

Fish

2

 

Vertebrate

Mammal

5

Invertebrate

 

 

166

 

Invertebrate

Insect

27

 

Invertebrate

Spider

52

 

Invertebrate

Annelid

2

 

Invertebrate

Slug

6

 

Invertebrate

Snail

14

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Mollusc

27

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Nemertean

1

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Cnidaria

4

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Arthropod

13

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Echinoderm

6

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Porifera

4

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Polychaete

6

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Bryozoan

2

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Flatworm

1

(Marine species)

Invertebrate

Urochordate

1

Total:

 

 

850

Red

-listed

 

5

Blue

-listed

 

14

 

You can view on these links the full array of species found listed alphabetically by scientific name or listed by species group. The authorities against which the scientific names have been verified can be found here. (Certain small errors were in the 2011 lists -- they have been corrected in later lists).

Among the many highlights of the day was a sighting, for the first time in several decades, of a pair of (possibly) nesting Western Bluebirds. Bluebirds were common on Vancouver Island and mainland BC until the 1950s but have not been part of our ecosystems since the 1980s. The pair was spotted by Jeremy Gatten and Jamie Fenneman on private property. A picture of the BioBlitz bluebird is at the right. Bluebird

Taildropper Also spotted in one of the CRD Parks on Saturday were two juveniles of the rare Blue-Grey Taildropper slugs. These are only the second and third juveniles ever found and one of them is the youngest ever found. Spotted by Kevin Trim in Sarcosphaera crassa, the Crown Fungus, and identified and photographed by Lennart Sopuck. The slugs were collected for identification and have been released to the same spot where they were found.

A third rare species to show up at the BioBlitz was the Yellow Montane Violet, Viola praemorsa. It was discovered by one of our young birders, Ian Cruickshank, at a CRD Park. Identity was confirmed a few minutes later by Garry Ansell. This is the first verified sighting in Metchosin of this rare inhabitant of Garry Oak meadows. There are about five plants in the patch. The photograph at the right is of one of these plants. Photo by Kem Luther. Viola praemorsa

Nesticus SpiderNesticus Spider Robb Bennett and Darren & Claudia Copley found two small (2.5-3.0 mm) spiders at the BioBlitz that raised eyebrows. Nesticus sylvestrii (top left) was hiding near Matheson Lake. Rob's find was only the second record of this species on Vancouver Island and the first since 1930. Coreorgonal petulcus (bottom left), which turned up at Pearson College during the BioBlitz forays, has, as you can see, a very strange head. It has only been recorded three or four times before.


Enjoy some photos of the events, people, and places of the 2011 Metchosin BioBlitz. Pictures of Metchosin species taken at the 2011 BioBlitz are on the Photos page.

Taxonomic experts who helped with the 2011 Metchosin BioBlitz include:

 

Gerry Allen
Kent Anders
Gerry Ansell
Joe Antos
Libby Avis
Rick Avis
Robb Bennett
Kent Brothers
Catrin Brown
Brenda Callan
Todd Carnahan
Adolf Ceska
Oluna Ceska
Claudia Copley
Darren Copley
Ian Cruickshank
Christian Engelstoft
Jamie Fenneman
Garry Fletcher
Melissa Frey
Marilyn Fuchs

Jeremy Gatten
Sharon Godkin
Barb Grenere
Mike Grenere
Beverly Hall
Kristen Harrison
Thor Henrich
Blake Hodgins
Judith Holm
Sid Jorna
Rosemary Jorna
Marilyn Lambert
Phil Lambert
Kem Luther
Andy MacKinnon
Todd Manning
Rich Mably
Peter McAuliffe
Moralea Milne
James Miskelly
Ann Nightingale
Dan O'Connell

Sinclair Philip
Christene Rafuse
Mary Robichaud
Hans Roemer
Ron Samborski
Syliva Samborski
Bill Savale
Rick Schortinghuis
Lennart Sopuck
Jeremy Tatum
Daryl Thompson
Leanne Gallon
Kevin Trim
Katie Turner
Joel Ussery
Laura Verhegge
Gwen Walter
Richard Winder
Ken Wong
Lynn Woodgate
David Woodgate

 

Many other people and organizations contributed to the success of the BioBlitz. Our sponsors, the CRD, sent along CRD Parks staffers Nancie Dohan, Reed Osler, and Crystal Oberg with their tents and displays, and gave us research permits for the Metchosin CRD Parks. The Metchosin Foundation helped support us. Gala Milne did our poster and logo. My Chosen Pizza donated pizzas for supper. The District of Metchosin provided insurance coverage for our CRD Parks forays. Mairi MacKinnnon and helpers put together the noon meal and food was provided by Cobbs Bakery, Royal Bay Bakery, Costco, and Leigh & Mary Ellen Hodgetts.

For press coverage of the 2011 BioBlitz, see the "Media/Press" tab at the left.

Andy models one of the hats with our BioBlitz logo that were distributed to participants:

Andy models a hat