Bryomonitoring Canada


“Reserve Your Turf” is open!

After a long delay, our grid reservation system is now open! Our volunteers (you!) can sign up to sample moss in one of over 900 grid areas across the country. Your samples will be used to help researchers understand air pollution trends across Canada. If you will be out hiking, exploring, or doing field research this summer, please take a few minutes to collect samples for Bryomonitoring Canada! Please stay safe while you sample, and follow your province or territory’s current Covid-19 restrictions.

Please Reserve Your Turf and help pick moss for science!

-The Canadian Bryomonitoring Team

Save the Date: July 1st Official Project Launch!

Well it’s been a long time since our last post—thank you for your patience as we delayed the start of our project due to Covid-19. We are excited to announce that we are ready to launch our project July 1st, 2021, and we are eagerly looking for volunteers to pick and submit moss samples for the project!

What does the Official Launch mean for volunteers? It means that we can finally accept your moss samples for analysis in our lab! Starting July 1st, the Reserve Your Turf (Step One) button will be enabled on our website, and you can reserve your sampling grid square. Spot Your Moss (Step Two) now has updated video links on the website to help volunteers correctly identify our two bryomonitoring species. When you are ready to Pick and Package (Step Three) you can order your free sampling kits through our website.

Please adhere to the current Covid-19 regulations in your province or territory as you head out to sample.

Bryomonitoring Canada in ON Nature magazine

Check it out! Bryomonitoring Canada was highlighted in Ontario Nature’s fall 2020 edition of ON Nature magazine. Page 17:

Covid-19 update: With continuted limited access to the laboratories due to Covid-19, we will not be accepting any samples or conducting a moss sampling field season in 2020. Our hope is that we can start accepting samples in spring 2021!

-The Canadian Bryomonitoring Team

We’re online!

Our webpage is finally up and we invite you all to explore the details of the Canadian Bryomonitoring project. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we are still holding off on field sampling until procedures have been updated and laboratory access has resumed. In the meantime, check out these pages:

We hope to have more information soon for sampling volunteers. Stay tuned!

A COVID-19 update

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic we have put our current sampling season on hold. We will re-evaluate the situation periodically and release an update when it becomes clearer if sampling can safely move forward this year. You may check here for updates, or join the mailing list to receive updates on the project.

Thanks for your understanding,

-The Canadian Bryomonitoring Team