In working on the Eye on Earth project, I have had the chance to learn a lot more about the environment and am just starting to get a feel for many of the issues. One of the biggest issues I have seen so far is just in getting accurate information out to the public. A major goal of the Eye on Earth project is that not only governments and organizations import their data into the system to be shared, but also the general public, as well as scientists, teachers, students and other environmental workers who will comment and add their own data. Imagine being able to track invasive animal and plant species through the help of the public. Maybe you take pictures of these animals or plants and upload it to be shared and analyzed by others.
Just last week I was on holidays in British Columbia and I met a great guy named Brad Knowles who took my sons and I out fishing on Gates Lake (by the way, if you ever want an amazing fishing trip, look him up at Pemberton Fish Finder). During that week, I saw deer, beavers, bears, all kinds fish and birds as well as many other animals, but I also saw signs of invasive plants and thought, how great it would be if we had the opportunity to use devices like phones to take pictures and share this information for others to see, visualize and analyze. I hope Eye on Earth will some day get to this point.
In the meantime, I hope you like this video Brad took while we were out on the lake. As you will see, I don’t think we did too much damage to the fishing population in BC.