Show MVFN What’s in Your Backyard this Spring! - theHumm May 2020
Show MVFN What’s in Your Backyard this Spring! - theHumm May 2020
The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists are launching a Lanark County backyard nature discovery project on iNaturalist. This will be a friendly challenge to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people during the event. As an extra bonus, all the nature observation data that you post to iNaturalist contributes to the biodiversity record of Lanark County and citizen science in general — what could be more fun and rewarding? Let’s show the world the beauty of Lanark County!
Using the free downloadable iNaturalist app and a digital camera, MVFN is asking you to walk your property and photograph what you see. You can upload photos to iNaturalist from your desktop. iNaturalist automatically generates suggestions based on your photo and location. If you have a smart phone it is even easier — download the app and use you phone camera to photograph a subject.
At the end of spring (June 20), they will report on the project and someone will have the bragging rights to the title of Backyard Naturalist Spring champion!
What To Do
Open an account on iNaturalist. inaturalist.ca
Join the MVFN Lanark County project. inaturalist.ca/projects/mvfn-lanark-county-spring-2020
Start posting nature observations in Lanark County (all taxa). If you need help, Denis Gallant is available. He can be reached via the iNaturalist messaging service at denisag2 or via email directly firstname.lastname@example.org .
And if you’re interested in reading more about iNaturalist, check out this article from WIRED: wired.com/story/inaturalist-app-disconnection .
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