Would you like to be more of a naturalist? Sharpen your artistic and scientific eye for local biodiversity? Photograph your local pollinators, and thereby contribute to a growing database on pollinator sightings?
iNaturalist is a wonderful online resource where thousands of amateur and professional naturalists post photos, help each other identify species, and communicate about their sightings. iNaturalist is made up of many different local “projects”, to which anyone can submit photographs., and the Urban Pollination Project has an iNaturalist project on pollinators.
Q. How can I upload my photos/observations to share them as data?
1. Make an iNaturalist account.
2. Go to the link provided in this email or search “Urban Pollination” on iNaturalist to go to our project, where you will need to join it.
3. Click on “Add observations”.
a. Please enter date and location plus comments
b. If you know the species, you can enter it. If you don’t, don’t worry! You have an option to say “species unknown”, and a little box you can check that says “ID please”—if you check this box, others can help identify it and leave you notes about it.
c. Upload your photos by clicking in the box that says “Select one or more photos” and searching for the correct file on your own computer. You can also choose to “sync observations with photo metadata”, meaning that if the photo comes tagged with date and GPS location, it will automatically be added.
You can upload directly from the field if you have a smartphone, by getting the iNaturalist app (free through iTunes—just google “iNaturalist app”). Then your photos will automatically be tagged with a GPS location and a date, making them instant data! Otherwise, you can photograph with a digital camera and upload from home, making sure you have recorded date, time, and location.
If you have any trouble with iNaturalist, creating observations, adding observations to the project, or any other concerns, please feel free to email us at email@example.com. We’ll help as best we can. If you would like to see an example account that is full of observations, feel free to check out the one belonging to senior UPP field intern Tessa Forbes, at this link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/tessaf