Activities of the BSC

The Biological Survey of Canada promotes and facilitates activities to create, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge of Canada’s biodiversity. This mandate is fulfilled through:

  • initiating and coordinating project-based biodiversity research;
  • organizing surveys of the Canadian biota, including short-term events (e.g., BioBlitzs) and long-term initiatives;
  • analysis and sharing of biodiversity data;
  • coordinating production of publications that characterize the Canadian biota, particularly in under-studied regions and habitats;
  • enhancing communication and collaboration amongst biodiversity workers and enthusiasts, including serving as a clearinghouse of relevant biodiversity information.

Information on specific projects and publications can be found throughout this web site. Topics that help to interpret the nature or development of the Canadian fauna are of special interest to the BSC. Such topics focus on particularly significant regions, or kinds of animals, or subjects. For example, the Arctic is among the most fragile ecosystems on Earth; it is also under immense environmental pressure as the effects of global warming are felt most acutely at northern latitudes. With their diversity and potential for rapid population growth, arthropods can serve as barometers of environmental change. Forests, springs and other habitats are characteristic and informative.

The BSC also acts as a clearing-house or coordinating office, through current knowledge of relevant people and their individual projects, and other information. A newsletter is produced twice per year.

Page updated on May 19, 2020