Sunset over Sulphur Ridge, Jasper (Credit: Tom White)

All good things…

We have bittersweet news: As of April 1, we will begin phasing out the NatureLyx platform.

Over the past five years, we’ve been amazed to see the advancements in citizen science and the number of platforms and applications now available to support citizen scientists. It’s easier than ever to access tools, share your data, and connect with your community. We’re humbled that NatureLynx played a small part in this growth, and delighted that the world of citizen science is flourishing. But, as we celebrate how far the space has come, we feel it’s time to take a step back and re-consider how we can best contribute to its future.

We’re incredibly proud to have worked with Alberta’s growing community of citizen scientists. Together, the NatureLynx community contributed nearly 21,500 species occurrence data points throughout our province. These data help tell the story of Alberta’s living heritage and contribute to a legacy of biodiversity information for our province. From Hands-on Alberta missions and the BiodiverCity Challenge to municipal partnerships and the Citizen Science Community of Practice, NatureLynx helped support an emerging grassroots movement. We’re inspired by the many capable, enthusiastic voices now championing the cause of citizen science in Alberta.

We remain committed to mobilizing the sightings shared to NatureLynx to support the monitoring of Alberta’s species and their habitats. We encourage you to continue to explore opportunities to participate in citizen science and biodiversity monitoring within your communities, and look forward to supporting Alberta’s citizen scientists in new ways in the years ahead.

We will continue to keep you informed as things evolve, but for now we’ve outlined a few things the NatureLynx community can expect over the coming months in the full announcement on the ABMI website.

With heartfelt thanks for your contributions and continued support,

The NatureLynx team