Importance of Natural Resources

L. Kirk Edwards WEA in Tallahassee | an iNaturalist Adventure


>>Rob Diaz de Villegas: Not many people know
about the L. Kirk Edwards WEA in Tallahassee. It’s a great place to see a lot of plants
and animals, which makes it a great place to try out iNaturalist.>>Peter Kleinhenz: FWC has a really cool program called Florida Nature Trackers, and as part
of it, we’re encouraging people to use an app called iNaturalist. Basically, what it does is it allows you to
record observations you make while out in the field, and then share them with others,
whether that’s other citizen scientists like you, or researchers. So if you download the app off the App Store
or Google Store, or wherever, you have a little icon on your phone. If you want to make an observation, you simply
go out in nature, bring your phone with you… Alright, the art of catching cricket frogs,
right here… …got him. Click a button within the app that takes a
photo, I click Next… The app will actually give you suggestions
of what you see, it will automatically record your date and time, and your location, and
then all you have to do is click “Share,” it’s literally that easy. Oh look at this, we’ve got all kind of stuff.>>Rob Diaz de Villegas: Once you ID a species,
the iNaturalist community weighs in.>>Peter Kleinhenz: Within each project we
have what’s called “Curators,” and these are experts in the field. Curators search for observations by species
or by genus, so if you just put “Unknown,” it’s impossible to find unless they just
happen to be on iNaturalist and see that unknown observation; they’re never going to find
it. So it’s always good to put at least “plant”
or “flower” or something like that to at least put it in some sort of category. If two or more people agree on an observation,
it becomes “Research Grade,” which is great! That means it’s probably what it is.>>Rob Diaz de Villegas: Depending on what
you see, your observations can be added to any number of research projects.>>Peter Kleinhenz: So, whatever your interest,
you can join a project, add observations to it, and contribute to the understanding we
have of our species here in the state of Florida.


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