Addition of All Species

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 9.57.51 AMDevin was up all night importing all the species in the IUCN Red List species list. We have tried to keep the list smallish so that the species that would show up would not be overwhelming. We now have accounts on 4 continents and with that we need to add all the known species into our database. At some point we would love to be able to identify where these species are located and only have them appear in their particular regions, but this is a bigger task than we have resources for. If anybody has a brilliant solution for this issue, please let us know.


This addition should not effect your account in anyway, except there might be more species to choose from. The species drop down list it a smart list. As you select a particular species and admit it, the database will remember and that species will show up at the top of the list when you start to type in that name. Overtime you will likely only see species you intake on that species drop down list. Remember that it is very important to only choose animals from the list, DO NOT write in your own names. If you do, the database will not recognize that species and it will not show up on reports.

Please keep in mind that some birds and mammals have many common names, depending on where you live in the world. At this point in WRMD 2.0 we can not change that and add alternative names. We understand the importance of having alternate common names, especially those in a different language than English. In WRMD 3.0 which we plan to roll out in 2016 will very likely have the option to add your regional common names to the individual species, as long as it is officially recognized as an alternate name. Until then you will have to use what we have available. When we add the alternate common names they will all be linked to the same scientific name. Therefore they will still be recognized as the same species, even though you have “cormorant” in one year and “shag” in another year, the database will know that they are the same.

220px-SpottedSalamanderThe one major default with the species list we are discovering are reptiles. There are so many discrepancies in the common name and scientific name in reptiles that they will be a little tricky for awhile. Many reptiles also have sub-species names which we are not yet equipped to handle in WRMD 2.0. If you are having a reptile issue in the database, let us know and we can fix them individually for now.

Thank you for all of your support. We are proud to serve a wonderful international group of wildlife rehabilitators, all trying to better themselves by keeping better records of what they do. The power of this community is endless.

The Issue with Common Names

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 2.26.18 PMI received a message today about the “real name” or “common name” for a black-tailed deer. We get questions about common names frequently enough that I thought it would be a good blog topic.

The issue with common names is that different regions call animals different names, usually they are not wrong but it is an AKA or “Also Known As”. A few great examples are black-tailed deer, which is a subspecies of “mule deer”. We are not at the point where we can identify subspecies, most of the time we have no idea. Another good example is “black-tailed hare”, you can not even find this name on Wikipedia. It is in fact a “black-tailed jackrabbit”.

1692371227Recently we had an account for New Zealand sign up and I had to enter a few new species into the database. What we call a cormorant in the US, they call shag. This makes it tricky to have an official name. In the US it is a cormorant, in New Zealand it is a shag, you can see the complication. What I ended up doing was if it was only local in New Zealand, Australia and the greater area, I called it a shag. If it was very wide spread I called it a cormorant. (image is a Stewart’s Shag from the IUCN Red List)

What we have had to do is use the most official common name out there. We use both the IUCN Red List and Wikipedia for cross reference. If you are ever unsure about a name, you can look it up on either of these sites, or email us.

At some point we will have the ability to add in “Also Known As”, but it will take time before we can get all those alternative names into the species profile.