The following policies and guidelines apply to participation in the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas:
Your personal information is voluntarily supplied by you when you register and submit data to the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas. By registering, you allow us to associate your butterfly records with your personal information, so we can keep track of the source of individual records. If you submit an unusual record, we may request more details by email or phone.
Butterfly records are the most important pieces of information that we collect. All details of an observation and its associated location (species, numbers, etc.), including the name(s) of the observer(s), are available to all users registered with eButterfly, our project partner. This applies whether you have submitted your records via eButterfly or directly to the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas. However, only information pertaining to butterfly observations is available to eButterfly users; no personal contact information is ever made public.
Data collected and maps published as part of the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas are the property of the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas (and Atlas partners) and may not be reproduced for publication without the consent of the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas. Data submitted to the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas will be peer-reviewed by butterfly experts. The British Columbia Butterfly Atlas reserves the right to include or exclude data submitted to the project.
British Columbia Butterfly Atlas policy is to encourage use of collected data for scientific and conservation purposes and findings to be disseminated in appropriate publications. If you are looking to obtain Atlas data for use in a project, please contact us. eButterfly will be the provider of data collected by the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas and eButterfly’s Data Access Policy will apply.
Copyright for all photos submitted either directly to the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas or via eButterfly, our Atlas partner, remain with the photographer and are covered by Canadian Copyright Laws. Please contact the individual user/photographer if you wish to use any photograph. If submitting or posting another photographer’s photos, you should have permission to do so. Consult the eButterfly website for more information.
Sensitive and Confidental Records
Please consult the eButterfly website for information on how sensitive and confidential records are treated and how data accessibility is limited for these records.
As a volunteer participant in the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas you are fully responsible for your own safety, and for your own personal insurance in case of injury. You are not considered an employee of the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas, or any of our partners or sponsors. Please exercise great caution and care in the field when collecting data. We are also not responsible for damage incurred to vehicles while atlassing. Atlassers may be responsible for damage to landowners’ property, so please be respectful and exercise caution when treading on private land. Be friendly and polite with landowners and remember that their permission is voluntary and that they are helping us all as the Atlas team to achieve our goals for good coverage.
Butterfly Collecting / Code of Ethics
The British Columbia Butterfly Atlas affirms that collecting butterfly specimens can be an important aspect of the butterfly research and is sometimes necessary for scientific study and record documentation. However, the collecting of specimens should always be done with appropriate care and precaution. If collecting is undertaken as part of atlassing activities, the British Columbia Butterfly Atlas recommends that collectors abide by the Lepidopterists’ Society Statement on Collecting.
Although there is currently no widely accepted code of ethics for butterfly watching, we recommend Atlas participants ensure they adhere to the relevant principles of the Code of Birding Ethics developed and made available by the American Birding Association. Many of the principles of ethical butterfly and bird watching are the same.