Fragile Inheritance
ecological change
in Canada

Database Uses

The database combines the information that you would find on a traditional museum label with the field notes that document circumstances of time, habitat, environment. and observer. For example, each record of a road killed turtle may represent an actual specimen that provides samples and measurements for the systematics of the species. The record may also flag an adjacent wetland as the habitat of a species at risk, and contribute to the studies of road ecology and population dynamics, as well as seasonal habitat use of the species.

The Database stores data related to specimens or research projects and attempts to make it possible to test foreseeable hypotheses about ecological change. It also elucidates the life histories of particular species. We have written this database to handle any kind of observation, including various kinds of text, measurements, and images.

blandings turtle Database Introduction
A History of the Database
Screenshot of a sample record
Example of a printed record
Specimen labels

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About the book...
a painter's ecology of glaciated North America

lavishly illustrated with watercolours and
descriptive prose from sea to sea
drawing the baseline for
a legacy of beauty and
change - Aleta Karstad
and Frederick W .
Schueler's life work