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Introduction to iNaturalist

From hikers to hunters, birders to beach-combers, the world is filled with naturalists, and many of us record what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might discover someone who finds beautiful wildflowers at your favorite birding spot, or learn about the birds you see on the way to work. If enough people recorded their observations, it would be like a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature.

This program will provide an overview of iNaturalist, and how it can best be used for existing projects or new projects designed by the participants in this course. It will combine an introductory presentation about iNaturalist as well as a hands-on session where participants will make and share their own nature observations at Ruffner Mountain using the iNaturalist app on their own smart devices.

In addition to learning about the nuts and bolts of the iNaturalist platform, participants will also receive instruction on best practices that will facilitate identifications of unknown plants and animals, and improve the quality and utility of their iNaturalist observations. We recommend you bring your own smart phone or device.

This program is presented by Dr. John Friel, Director and Museum Studies Advisor and Internship Coordinator of the Alabama Museum of Natural History

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