Bryomonitoring Canada


This is it – the final sampling season!

Are you ready for the 2022 field season?

We were pleased with the success of our 2021 field season, which was the pilot year for Bryomonitoring Canada. Now, we are looking ahead to 2022! You can get ready for sampling by reserving your turf now!

Did you know that about 80% of Canada’s population lives within 150 km of the Canada-US border? It’s no surprise then that our map shows that most of our samples are so far received from within this band. We’d really like to see some green (or even red!) in those northern grids; if you know anyone living in or travelling to un-sampled grids, please let them know about Bryomonitoring Canada!

Thank you for volunteering for Bryomonitoring Canada! -The Canadian Bryomonitoring Team

Êtes-vous prêts pour la saison de terrain 2022 ?

Nous sommes heureux du succès de notre saison de terrain 2021, qui était l’année pilote de Bryomonitoring Canada. Maintenant, nous nous tournons vers 2022 ! Vous pouvez vous préparer à l’échantillonnage en réservant votre grille dès maintenant !

Saviez-vous qu’environ 80 % de la population du Canada vit à moins de 150 km de la frontière canado-américaine ? Il n’est donc pas surprenant que notre carte montre que la plupart de nos échantillons proviennent jusqu’à présent de cette bande. Nous aimerions vraiment voir un peu de vert (ou même de rouge !) dans les grilles du nord ; si vous connaissez quelqu’un qui vit ou voyage dans des grilles non échantillonnées, faites-leur connaître Bryomonitoring Canada !

Merci de vous porter volontaire pour Bryomonitoring Canada !

-L’équipe canadienne de Bryomonitoring

Welcome ABMI

Bryomonitoring Canada is pleased to announce our new partner: The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). ABMI tracks changes in Alberta’s wildlife and habitats through regular monitoring efforts. ABMI technicians will now collect samples of Red-stemmed feather moss and Stair-step moss for Bryomonitoring Canada. Thank you ABMI for joining our efforts to track air quality across Canada!

-The Bryomonitoring Canada Team

Bryomonitoring featured on CBC blog

Yes, this is a blog post about a blog post… but we are so excited we had to share! Bryomonitoring Canada caught the eye of CBC Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald and we were thrilled to have the project featured on his science blog .  Please check it out!

-The Canadian Bryomonitoring Team

Le blogue de CBC Quirks & Quarks sur Bryomonitoring Canada

Oui, c’est un billet de blog à propos d’un billet de blog… mais nous sommes tellement excités que nous devions partager ! Bryomonitoring Canada a attiré l’attention de Bob McDonald, l’animateur de CBC Quirks & Quarks, et nous avons été ravis que le projet soit présenté sur son blogue scientifique. Jetez-y un coup d’œil !

-L’équipe canadienne de Bryomonitoring

“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