Fall 2014

The results are in for the Fall 2014 School Malaise Trap Program and they are truly remarkable! This Fall marked the first nationwide offering of the program, with students from across Canada exploring the biodiversity in their schoolyards and discovering how we can use DNA barcoding to inventory life on our planet. In all, 2,479 students from 92 classrooms, 58 schools, 1 comparison site, 46 cities, and 6 provinces and territories participated in the program. The 59 Malaise traps, shown in the map below, collected specimens from September 22 to October 3.

The 59 traps on average collected 1,034 specimens for the collecting period. Our staff sorted 61,052 specimens and 13,846 of these primarily insect specimens were barcoded. The DNA barcodes allowed us to determine that 3,402 species were collected over the two week period of the program, more than twice as many as any of our previous School Malaise Trap Programs! We are excited to report that 324 of these species were brand new to our DNA barcode library, representing a significant contribution to the International Barcode of Life project.

View the Results:

Fall 2014 Report | Species List | Image Library | Site Report | Site Rankings

Fall 2014 Program Outcomes
Participating Schools 58
Participating Classrooms 92
Participating Students 2,479
Comparison Sites 1
Total Organisms 61,052
DNA Barcodes 13,846
Unique Species 3,402
New to BOLD 324

If you wish to view an individual school’s report, please click here.

Bringing Biodiversity to Canada's Schoolyards