Chirp, Croak, Peep! Can you hear the Call of the Wetland?
Calgary Parks Foundation Mattamy-Rotary greenway project provides over 138km of connected green space for Calgarians to enjoy into the future. A vital part of the support for this project is based on Calgarians commitment to recreation and nature. When offered an amenity for their support for the Greenway project, Enbridge recognized the value of nature for Calgarians and wanted to provide a platform for citizens to get involved in urban conservation. Enbridge supported the development of Call of the Wetland, a citizen science project, that invites you to participate by signing up for a scheduled survey or reporting your incidental amphibian observations via the Call of the Wetland app at wetlands throughout the city.
Did you know 90% of pre-settlement wetlands have been lost to development, climate change and pollution in the City of Calgary. This is not only a trend in Calgary, but in urban centres worldwide. Wetlands play a vital role in the water cycle, provide many important ecological services and contain habitat for a biodiverse cast of critters.
Over 150 of your neighbours have downloaded the app and over 100 diligent volunteers have been completing scheduled surveys since April. Our wonderful participants are aged 4-85, proving you’re never too young or to wise to learn more. We welcome all skill levels including beginners that are interested in learning, and experts that are looking for an excuse to get outdoors. There are 60 local wetlands with scheduled surveys available throughout the city, and you are also invited to report incidental observations at any wetland within city limits that you have access to. There are survey times available until August 31 this year, but we’ll be back in action from April-August of 2018 and 2019. Within the remaining run of the project we have 1140 surveys to complete, so we need your help.