“If you record or are interested in recording wildlife then we would love to hear from you. We can offer advice and support, access to some training and help with managing data and providing data to TWIC. If you would like maps, data or any other information to help you with your recording work then get in touch and we will see how we can help.
“Every year we organise survey work at a number of sites and are always looking for more recorders to help. We also organise public surveys, to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in recording. See the link to recording events to see reports of recent meetings and find out what is going on in the near future. We also occasionally put out special requests for sightings of particular species – see the Request for Data page.
GR: Scotland has a smaller population than Arizona, my home state. Yet I am not aware of a comparable program here. If any of you Arizona readers know of a state supported program like this, please add a comment. Thank you.
P.S. Note that none of the wildlife information being collected could be acquired from space.
It turns out that the majority of threatened species are “invisible” when using modern methods to predict species distributions under climate change. This is especially true when it comes to African amphibians, many of which are under the threat of extinction.
GR: Simple presence/absence trends are lacking for most species. In Arizona, US, where I live, we lack status and trend information for even common, highly visible, groups such as butterflies (http://wp.me/p26kDO-2ZR).
Ben Kilham argues that simple observations are still an important component of conservation science. Everyone can learn to recognize birds and butterflies and note when and where they’re seen. This is the argument I made in the Arizona Wildlife Notebook. The notebook gives Arizona residents and visitors a practical tool for recording animal sightings.
As conservation science increasingly draws from sophisticated models and genomics, does natural history still have relevance? Benjamin Kilham, a dyslexic who has made significant contributions to bear research, builds a powerful case for field observation in his book, “Out on a Limb.”
The second edition of my “Arizona Wildlife Notebook” will be off to the printer (CreateSpace) as soon as I finish the cover. This edition has introductions and checklists for 12 groups of Arizona animal species: Amphibians, ants, bats, birds, butterflies and moths, dragonflies and damselflies, fish, grasshoppers, lizards, mammals, snakes, and turtles. Groups in bold type are new to the Notebook. The introduction to each group covers the group’s conservation issues and provides references for printed and online field guides. The checklist for each group includes scientific and common names and conservation status. I alphabetized each checklist by scientific name, and I included an index for all the common names. Continue reading →