A new Canadian study has found Canada’s first biodiversity month was actually a record low, as a record high of 9,700 plants and animals were recorded in March.
In a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University at Buffalo looked at the plants and wildlife in Canada from April 20 to June 7, 2017.
According to the study, only 5,000 species of plants and 1,600 animals were counted.
That is, only 1.3 percent of Canada’s biodiversity was recorded in the month.
The average species count in the country was 1.7 percent.
Canada’s first Biodiverse Month was April 20-26, 2017.(CBC News)That is an extremely low count of plants.
The country’s biodiversity is estimated to be more than 1,000,000 square kilometres.
“This was a very, very low count in terms of species,” said senior author Peter Nissen, the director of the Department of Biological Sciences at UBC.
“So we’ve been very happy with the results, but it was also quite surprising,” he said.
“The average plant count was a record-low, but the average animal count was actually actually quite high.”
Nissen said it was only the first time that Canada had a record, low count for biodiversity.
He said the previous record was for the species counted in May, which was 2,500.
The researchers found that the average number of species was 1,724.
The lowest count was in the south, where there were 2,300 species.
But they said the biodiversity is far from being in decline.
“It’s definitely an underestimate,” Nisser said.
Nisser and his team also found that there were a few species that had seen significant losses in numbers.
“We found that we could see that some of the species were actually declining in numbers,” he added.
The study found that 1,300 of Canada ‘s plants and birds were now extinct.
That number is up from the 1,050 plants and 2,400 animals that were counted in 2016.
The scientists said it is a sign of a healthier and more resilient ecosystem.
The authors also found some significant declines in other biodiversity, including on a number of plants, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles.NISSEN said he believes the number of animals is a little lower than the number that were listed as extinct.
“There are some mammals that were considered extinct but are not,” he explained.
“They’re being added to the extinction list.”NISSER said the loss of many species will have a positive impact on the ecosystems in the area.
“If we’re looking at a small area like the Arctic or the South Pacific, we have to do a lot of research to understand how that impacts our biodiversity,” he noted.
“And then we have the potential of seeing that that area recover as well.”NISSELL said there is an urgent need for a new national strategy to combat the problem of biodiversity loss.
“Biodiversity is one of the great treasures of our planet,” he told CBC News.
“In many ways, we’re the envy of the world because of the diversity of the land, the biodiversity of the oceans, and the biodiversity in the forests, which is what makes the planet habitable.”