The Wildlife Data Centre houses the largest and most comprehensive wildlife library for any region in North America. The library is divided into two main sections:
The reference section contains over 65,000 individual pieces of literature, comprised mainly of journal articles, books, theses, unpublished reports, and checklists
The reference section is divided into three sections:
a) Journals and Periodicals
Over 300 journal and periodical titles are housed in this section. Near complete runs are available for such professional journal titles as The Auk, The Condor, The Journal of Field Ornithology, The Wilson Bulletin, Canadian Field-Naturalist, Blue Jay, Wildlife Society Bulletin, and The Journal of Wildlife Management.
We also have many complete runs for British Columbia journals, periodicals, and newsletters, including BC Naturalist, British Columbia Birds, Muskrat Express, Discovery, and Victoria Naturalist.
We are always looking for donations to help fill or complete some of the journal titles that we currently have on file. A list of missing titles and issues will be available at this location soon.
c) Other Work
Field Notes and Diaries
The field notes and diaries stored in our library are entirely donated by hundreds of individuals from throughout the province. Original and photocopied field notes date back to the late 1880s and comprise some of the most important historical observations on record. Some of our largest contributions (over 100,000 observations) come from such individuals as J.E. Victor Goodwill, Glenn R. Ryder, Werner and Hilde Hesse, R. Wayne Campbell, Linda M. Van Damme, Elmer Callin, Maurice Ellison, Ken C. Boyce, and Chris Siddle.
The Wildlife Data Centre is grateful to the many contributors that have volunteered their time and donated their field notes for the future of wildlife conservation in British Columbia. For the Wildlife Data Centre, such contributions are not taken for granted, and subsequently come with the promise that information contained in field diaries and notebooks will not be re-distributed or sold without the contributors permission. The Wildlife Data Centre is currently developing Data Sharing protocols so that issues around data sharing can be resolved amicably.
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