The distribution of the Bay Area's unique plants and animals are already shifting in response to land use and climate change. As a baseline for monitoring these changes, the Bay Area BioAtlas seeks to build reserve-level Species Guides of where these plants and animals persist and where they are absent. The BioAtlas consists of a network of participating reserves working together to assemble comprehensive, standardized checklists of all vertebrates, plants, butterflies, and dragonflies harbored within their boundaries.
The BioAtlas partners with iNaturalist's growing community of citizen scientists to collect new records, and coordinate with Calflora's library of 21,000 checklists to ensure these valuable distribution data are available to conservationists. Explore the map to browse completed Species Guides.
Interested? Email or call Morgan Kennedy, iNaturalist Preserve Coordinator at mkennedy at pepperwoodpreserve dot org or 707-591-9310 x121. To learn more about Calflora contact Dan Gluesenkamp at dan at Calflora dot org. To learn more about iNaturalist.org, please check out the website and contact Dr. Scott Loarie, co-director, iNaturalist.org at loarie at stanford dot edu with any questions.