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BSC vision document
At the Fall 2007 BSC Scientific Committee meeting, it was decided that a vision document should be produced for the Biological Survey of Canada. The purpose of this document is to promote the BSC by articulating the goals of the organization while giving a brief overview of accomplishments, capabilities, and credentials. The text of the vision document is reproduced below and the full formatted version can be downloaded in the Overview section of the BSC web site.
The Biological Survey of Canada (BSC) is a network of scientists who discover, synthesize, and freely share knowledge about Canada’s biological diversity. The BSC is a high-quality source of expert scientific advice for biodiversity science, and provides national and international leadership in this field.
2. Detect, measure, and predict changes in Canadian biological diversity, and provide science-based advice for sustaining native biodiversity in Canadian ecosystems;
3. Promote the importance of taxonomic research and provide access to taxonomic expertise;
4. Promote awareness of the values and vulnerabilities of Canada’s biological diversity by inspiring, educating, and engaging Canadians.
What drives the need for our research?
Strength through collaboration
Activities and projects
1. publication of a new electronic journal – The Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification;
2. a northern insect survey that measures changes in biodiversity using a century of data on arctic and boreal species;
3. production of a multi-volume publication on the arthropods of Canadian grasslands;
4. development of specimen databases of Canadian arthropods based on museum specimens;
5. arthropod inventories of several Canadian biodiversity hotspots; and
6. monitoring species at risk and invasive alien species.
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