The regional vascular plant collection is being checked, barcoded and specimen sheets photographed, largely by volunteer helpers and student part time employees. As digitization of specific families of plants is completed, the images will be placed into these web pages for general use. We appreciate the help of the digital archivist of our Paterson library. Rare or endangered species may be omitted from the public site, but will be made available to legitimate research projects at recognized scientific institutions.
The remaining vascular plants acquired from regions outside of NW Ontario (primarily through exchanges by Claude Garton) are being entered into a separate database by volunteers.
The lichen collection of about 3000 packets was entered into an Excel spread sheet by several volunteers. However, we estimate that about 40% of the specimen have been re-classified or re-named since being deposited. The collection remains organized under original names, but currently recognized species names were included in a separate spreadsheet. This information has been shared with CANL and will be sent out on request. To introduce the general public and amateur naturalists to this inconspicuous group of organisms, we invite you to take a walk around our campus, guided by an app/website. Campus trees were also included in this guided tour, since many lichens grow on trees.
We are taking different approach with the Bryophyte collection, again with volunteer help. Through a generous financial gift of former curator, we will be in a position to hire a part time student. Samples of rare or less common species will be digitally photographed and submitted to iNaturalist under LKHDBRYO name. Samples will be occasionally shared with experts for re-examination and re-naming.
New specimen submissions:
Because of the limited herbarium resources, we would appreciate that contributors prepared the specimen, including mounting, labeling, entering into the database, barcoding the specimen and photographing each one for inclusion in the public database. Alternatively, contributors are encouraged to use iNaturalist or recruit additional volunteers willing to assist with the submission process. Detailed protocols and training will be made available by the herbarium staff.