17 days to go, Dugald 14PA52 & Lorette 14PA51, and what is Research Grade in iNat

Dugald 14PA52 is in the RM of Springfield. The town of Dugald is located in the northern section. The square is divided by mile road grids and drainage ditches. Agriculture dominates the land use in this square.

At the time of posting, 3 observations had been uploaded by 2 observers; 2 observations of Western Yellowjacket and 1 Blue Jay The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas found that 35 species of birds were confirmed breeding in this square, with another 40 species possible and probable. Here's the full list.


Lorette 14PA51 is in the RM of Tache. The town of Lorette is located in the southern section. Mile roads and drainage ditches divide up the land in the northern section. the Seine River runs east to west through the southern part of the square. River lots run perpendicular to its course. Agriculture is the main land use.

At the time of posting, 37 observations had been uploaded by 11 observers, led by @rdcromarty . 28 species have been identified here, including 7 plants and 14 insects. The most frequently observed species is the Common Dandelion with 3 observations. The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas found that 11 species of birds were confirmed breeding in this square, with another 52 species possible and probable. Here's the full list.



The idea of 'research grade' in iNat seems to be a puzzlement for many. I like to think of it as simply a strategy towards creating observations that are more useful to the users of iNat data.

For an observation to become RG, it has to meet several criteria.

  1. there must be an organism (or evidence of one) in the image or sound file
  2. there has to be a location for the observation
  3. there has to be a date for the observation
  4. the organism cannot be captive or cultivated
  5. at least 2 identifiers must agree on an identification
  6. the community must agree that the identification cannot be any more specific than it is

There is a list at the bottom of each observation page which shows these same criteria and the thumbs up/thumbs down status of each. For a fuller explanation check out these links.

And feel free to ask questions in the comments .

Publicado por marykrieger marykrieger, 12 de abril de 2021

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