What is there to see in Winnipeg in April anyway....



The first City Nature Challenge was definitely a competition to see which city could pile up the most identified organisms in the permitted time. Since the two cities involved were close in location, their opportunities to see things were pretty comparable - bragging rights went to the city with more enthusiasm and patience to observe in very similar habitats. As a global event, the playing field is no longer so level. Sometimes people in more northern latitudes feel that there is no chance for a northern event to 'win.'

CNC events frequently invite those new to iNat to make an occasion of learning to use the software to record their experience of the natural world. The existing iNat community is challenged to support new users so that they will continue to upload observations long after the event is over. Events allow diverse organizations to work together to bring forward their own institutional goals--whether to increase the data pool for their region or promote engagement with nature. These are the real gains - to both increase the number of users adding data, and create a community of support for all users from scientists to school children.

As the calendar year draws towards a close, it is traditional to reflect back on the past year - and 2020 has certainly has lots to reflect on. As it has in the past, iNat has made pages for users to look at their year statistics - to see yours just put your user name in the place where mine is in the url below...

https://inaturalist.ca/stats/2020/marykrieger



December still offers opportunities to add observations - both things you see now - and things you observed earlier but did not get around to uploading. You can add identifications to others observations - check the links below for inspiration and some strategies. Use the like button when you find an observation that strikes a chord with you - whether it is your own or one uploaded by another user.

Thanks for all the wonderful observations so far and looking forward to many more in the future.

  • iNaturalist.org blog an interview with the person who currently has the highest number of species observed in iNat .
  • Vimeo iNat tutorials made by the California Academy of Sciences to help to improve your use of iNat

Publicado por marykrieger marykrieger, 30 de noviembre de 2020

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