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Forest Arthropod Project Inventory in Canada
Rationale:The Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods) is undertaking a survey of active forest arthropod biodiversity projects in Canada to update a database that is now 10 years old. The intention is to build a comprehensive searchable on-line database that will be regularly updated. Improving awareness of ongoing forest biodiversity research/survey projects in Canada is expected to lead to: increased opportunities for data sharing and syntheses; exchange of experiences, expertise and information; broader collaboration; and better visibility for our activities. We ask you to please take a few minutes to complete the following survey and return it (preferably in an electronic form, e.g., Word document).
Scope: We wish to include current projects focusing on: faunal surveys requiring bulk sampling and assessment of assemblage structure; impact of natural (e.g., wildfire) and anthropogenic (e.g., forestry) impacts on species abundance and genetic diversity; development of ecological indicators; conservation of forest arthropods. Projects in rural or urban forests are of interest. The term current refers to projects in which sampling is ongoing, those in which sampling is completed but identifications and analyses are ongoing; and those for which collaborative opportunities exist for those who wish to look at unprocessed and archived specimens. We are not including projects that are oriented towards pest management, population ecology, physiology, behaviour, systematics. If you have some uncertainty concerning whether your project should be included, please contact David Langor (email@example.com; 780-435-7330).
Survey: For each project the following information is requested, although some categories may not be relevant to particular types of projects. At the end a completed example is provided.
1. Province/Location/Name: Alberta, Northwest, Zama Experiment
2. Contact: David Langor, Canadian Forest Service Edmonton, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (780) 435-7330
3. Forest type (tree species): Boreal Highlands white spruce dominated
4. Trapping methods: pitfall traps, flight intercept (FI) traps on snags, UV light traps, Lindgren funnel traps
5. Sampling duration: 1997 (pre-treatment), 1998, 1999, 2002 April to Sept.; continuous sampling except for UV traps which were run 1 night each week.
6. Focal taxa: Lepidoptera; epigaeic Carabidae, Staphylinidae and spiders; saproxylic beetles.
7. Design: 7 harvesting treatments and controls; 4 replicates; 32 UV traps, 96 pitfall traps, 96 FI traps; 4 Lindgren traps; many thousands of samples.
8. Goals/objectives: To assess responses of arthropods to alternate harvesting practices.
9. Opportunities: Staphylinidae, spiders and saproxylic beetles yet unidentified and may be available to interested parties.
10. Products: species list of Carabidae; journal papers Volney, W.J.A et al. 1999. A silvicultural experiment to mitigate pest damage. Forestry Chronicle 75:461-465.
11. Vouchers: Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton
Please return entries to David Langor, preferably by email (email@example.com).
Please pass this on to colleagues involved in forest biodiversity studies.
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