B.C. Conservation Data Centre: Data Submissions

The Conservation Data Centre relies upon the observations of scientists and knowledgeable amateur naturalists to continue building its province-wide database of the locations of species and ecological communities at risk.

Once received, data will be reviewed by the relevant staff specialist. If appropriate, it will be incorporated into the CDC data systems as a new record(s), or used to update an existing record(s).  Please note that even if the CDC does not use the data for mapping purposes, it is still valuable information that will be used when assessing the status of  the species or ecosystem.

Please note that data submitted via the links below will not go directly to the CDC.  CDC staff will access it once the species or community becomes a priority for mapping or status assessment. If you feel that a particular submission should quickly come to the attention of the CDC, please send a separate email to informing us of your submission.

Data Submission Sites

  • Animals

Please use the following sites to guide your submission of information (note the pdf submission forms have been retired and all submissions should be made through the websites below):

Species and Ecosystems Information Portal - All Animals  -  You will find links to submit Inventory Projects/Surveys or Incidental Observations
  • Plants

Plant At Risk Observation Spreadsheet (EXCEL 75 KB)– Use for multiple plant records

Incidental Observations Form – Use for incidental observations. Note that although this site currently indicates that it is for incidental observations of wildlife, it is used for plant observations as well.

  • Ecological Communities

Species and Ecosystems Information Portal - use to submit Ecosystem Mapping projects(including TEM, PEM, SEI, VRI)

Observations: You can submit Ecological Community Observation data on the standard FS882 or Ground Inspection (GIF) forms available through the RISC Standard Field Manual For Describing Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Field (DTEIF). Fully completed FS882 forms or GIFs provide the best information with which to verify an occurrence.

We will also accept observations of ecological communities in any format the following minimum data for an ecological community occurrence:

Geographic location
Either place name details or co-ordinate locations (latitude and longitude, or UTM), or both; and directions to the sites. Attach a map if possible.

Description of the site
Elevation, relative steepness, aspect (i.e., north, south, east, west), exposure to wind and sun, and presence of rocks, bedrock or bare soil.

Description of the vegetation
Dominant plants of each life form present, e.g., trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, mosses, lichens. Vegetation structure if possible (e.g., complex and multi-layered, or relatively uniform in height).

In addition to the field data, the practical conservation value of an occurrence can be described using the Ecological Community Conservation Evaluation Form (PDF 29 KB). Instructions are included on the back of the form. For definitions of terms in the Evaluation Summary see the Element Occurrence Ranking Factors page.