The Great Nature Project comes to a close

I am sad to share that the Great Nature Project will be discontinued next month. Our portal into iNaturalist,, will be shut down in February. This decision was made to allow our small team to focus our efforts on BioBlitz in 2016 and beyond. If you’ve ever logged in on our site, you should receive a similar announcement via email.

The good news is that your observations will still be available on The project will remain accessible here on iNaturalist, but I will no longer monitor it closely like I have for the last several months.

As we plan for what’s next in citizen science at National Geographic, we would love to get your feedback on this short survey.

For the last six months or so, I’ve worked especially hard to try to reach out to each and every new user who added observations to the Great Nature Project. I’m sorry if I didn’t reach out to you! I won’t be doing that for this project anymore, but I challenge each of you to engage with the larger iNaturalist community and encourage each other to explore biodiversity.

Publicado por carrieseltzer carrieseltzer, 22 de enero de 2016


Sorry to hear but great that bioblitzes are still on. Hope to see one in the Santa Monica Mountains again, I missed it and wished I moved to California sooner!

Publicado por silversea_starsong hace casi 6 años (Marca)

the SAMO one wasn't as fun as the ones they have these days, because no inaturalist existed

Publicado por charlie hace casi 6 años (Marca)

The Channel Islands one would be cool to attend. Might finally give me a chance to look at Dudleya.

Have to echo sam's sentiments below. We appreciate the time you've dedicated!

Publicado por silversea_starsong hace casi 6 años (Marca)

@carrieseltzer -- you embody what iNaturalist is all about. The way that you welcomed every new user and every new observation was inspirational. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

Publicado por sambiology hace casi 6 años (Marca)


Publicado por charlie hace casi 6 años (Marca)

Very sad news. Thank you very much

Publicado por jaico hace casi 6 años (Marca)

So sorry, but how wonderful about the BioBlitz. I was involved in one in Tucson years ago, along with many writers and artists, and our project eventually developed into a book, just out from the University of Arizona Press. You might check it out:

It's a literary field guide to the Sonoran Desert!

Publicado por kjlamb hace casi 6 años (Marca)

Wow @kjlamb, that book sounds amazing! Was it inspired by any other books or do you think it's carving a new literary niche?

For anyone interested in where NPS is having BioBlitzes this year, check out this:
I'm most involved in the big one here in D.C.

Thank you all for the kind words. :-)

Publicado por carrieseltzer hace casi 6 años (Marca)

Very sad news indeed.... And I totally agree with sambiology: thank you so much for everything, Carrie!!

Publicado por magazhu hace casi 6 años (Marca)

Carrie has been one of the best iNat outreach people there is! But that will continue to be the case which is good news!

Publicado por charlie hace casi 6 años (Marca)

Bummer! I've loved iNaturalist and National Geographic's Great Nature Project. Really got me to open my eyes and see what's around me when I'm outdoors cycling, hiking, etc. Thanks for everything!

Publicado por thedude hace casi 6 años (Marca)

@thedude, iNaturalist is totally unaffected so you'll still be able to add observations here :-) Just want to be sure that's clear! I know you've been a regular contributor so I don't want you to stop!

Publicado por carrieseltzer hace casi 6 años (Marca)

Here's the inspiration to The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (It was all Nat. Geo's BioBlitz in 2011 at Tucson:

Publicado por kjlamb hace casi 6 años (Marca)

it was an honour for me to get featured in your project ( fishing cat) thanks so much

Publicado por indianwildlife hace casi 6 años (Marca)

While I will be watching for your future input in iNat observations, I hope that the end of the National Geographic Great Nature Project is because your goals were attained and the next step forward and onward will begin. As @charlie said, you have been one of the best iNat outreach people

Publicado por connlindajo hace más de 5 años (Marca)

My dashboard is showing this up too... Ah well -- @carrieseltzer totally rocked the Nat Geo Bioblitzes! :)

Publicado por sambiology hace más de 5 años (Marca)

What happened.... I did not look at dates... Duh...

Publicado por connlindajo hace más de 5 años (Marca)

Shoot! I made a small edit to the post yesterday and didn't realize that would make it reappear in everyone's feed when I saved the edit. Sorry! This is old news, but I suppose it's a good second-pass for anyone who missed it the first time. :-)

Publicado por carrieseltzer hace más de 5 años (Marca)

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