On May 14 of this year, CVN’s guest speaker Dr. John Reynolds presented a very informative webinar on how to use the iNaturalist online platform for recording and viewing nature observations from around the world. Following the tutorial part of the presentation, John discussed and showed examples of the BC Parks project in iNaturalist.
If you missed this presentation (or want to see it again), a recording is available at this location. You only need to provide your name and email address to have access to it.
iNaturalist is photo-based — just take a photo of any animal, plant or fungus that you observe and upload it to the platform. It has both a smartphone app and a website. Anybody can use the system. If you can’t provide an identification of the species yourself, iNaturalist has a recognition function that can suggest the identity. Other members will help with the identification if needed, and after another member confirms the identification, your observation becomes “research grade” and can be used by researchers.
Many geographically defined “projects” exist in iNaturalist. Using the location information associated with your photo, iNaturalist automatically adds it to any relevant projects.
CVN strongly encourages our members to participate in iNaturalist, and this presentation is a great way to get started. Also, you can find references to other iNaturalist resources in this earlier post.