It took me a while to get it done (about four years) and includes the amazing life encountered on the many shores that I've been visiting regularly since 2001. It is still very much a work in progress.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org put "wildfacts" in the subject line)
- if you spot errors and omissions
- have better suggestions for common names (some of them are really lame, I apologise)
- would like to share your sightings, stories, photos
- have questions to share about these organisms
The wildfacts site is set up as an easy introduction to our more common marine life.
It also hopes to help nature guides in their work, with a special section for nature guides.
As part of this effort, together with November of the Leafmonkey Workshop, I'll be giving a series of workshops for nature guides starting with echinoderms this Friday. I hope to be able to go through all the major groups of marine life before the morning low spring tides start next year (at which time, I'm too sleep deprived to do anything except field trips).
This site is an 'upgrade' of the Chek Jawa online guide that was launched in 2003 to support the Chek Jawa guidebook. That online guide was set up to include all the information and photos that could not fit into the guidebook.
The focus is on marinelife on the intertidal. But hopefully, as I have more time and information, I hope to add factsheets about our other wild stuff, subtidal and terrestrial.
This site would not have been possible without the kind and generous support of many people. I gratefully acknowledge them, but all errors and omissions are entirely mine.
Now that I've done the online factsheets, I guess I've got no more excuses to put off writing the updated guidebook to all our shores. I can't say I'm looking forward to that...sigh.