Exploring the species of British Columbia's Central Coast
Biodiversity of the Central Coast provides species identifications for many plants and animals found in the Great Bear Rainforest on the Central Coast of British Columbia, Canada, as well as some background information about the area. It also provides some resources for identification assistance and further species information, and links to research, publications, articles, media, and other sites related to the Central Coast. Be sure to visit the Gallery page to see some great photos of the area's landscape and species.
Many species listed on this site have ranges extending north to Alaska and south to California, making Biodiversity of the Central Coast a useful resource for identifying flora and fauna throughout the Pacific Northwest. We also recommend using iNaturalist: a free app that will ID almost all species for you from a photo you take. It's amazing technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize species. You can also record the location of your observation: a great contribution to biodiversity science!
Right now you'll need a cell/wireless connection to use all of the pages. We're working on a completely offline version to use in areas without cell service. In the meantime, pages previously viewed in the app will become available offline.
Numerous links are provided throughout the text on this site. These links are highlighted in green, and connect to useful photos, articles, definitions, species ID pages on this site and others, or to other relevant information. As well, most of the photos throughout the site will expand when clicked.
This site is constantly evolving as we improve the accuracy of our IDs. While we believe that the large majority of species identifications on this site are correct, we cannot guarantee that every species ID is correct (though it will be close: to Family or Genus, at least). We identify to the best of our abilities at the time, and uncertainty is indicated on species pages. Links to further identification information are provided for you to make your own IDs in the field. We will continue to update the website as we improve our identifications. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us at
centralcoastbio [at] gmail.com
The majority of photos and species identifications on this website are the cumulative results of five seasons of field courses taught by Dr. Brian Starzomski from the University of Victoria. See About This Site for more information. If you would like to find out more about available field schools on the Central Coast and around BC see the BC Field Schools website.
This project was developed through the University of Victoria with generous support from the Tula Foundation and the Hakai Institute.
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