Field Notes Friday 0032: iNaturalist Observations

It’s true, I haven’t been posting to my blog as often as I’d like, or sharing #FieldNotesFriday content as often as I will THIS year. BUT I haven’t been shirking on my naturalist observations! I just happen to be making more of them by phone and on iNaturalist than in my journal and on my blog lately.

I encourage you to join me in the iNaturalist community! You’ll learn a lot, you’ll help others learn, and you’ll add to a vast body of increasingly scientific data. Exploring, identifying, and uploading observations of your fellow naturalists is a wonderful way to while away hours that you might not spend outside… say, dark hours (which there are more of right now)… or cold, windy hours (of which there are plenty in the Northern Hemisphere currently)… or in the summer, times which are high UV are perfect for resting in the shade and sharing your observations.

I’m certainly not saying you should replace your outdoor time with a website. In fact, if you join iNaturalist, you may find yourself compelled to stay outside just a bit longer… observe just a little bit more closely… Joining iNaturalist has some of the same positive effects as participating in #FieldNotesFriday!

Here’s a view of what my latest observation list looks like. But the page won’t look like this for long, because I got some great photos of tracks in the snow in Snyder, and lichens in Lewisville…

Note how iNaturalist makes a map of your georeferenced observations. It can become addicting to widen your range… or fill in gaps… can you tell I’m a new iNat addict?

You can join iNaturalist via your computer or your mobile, or both. Shoot me any questions if you have them; I’m trying to get a handle on the technology myself and would love to make the journey easier for others.

And if you’re in the DFW area, there’s a workshop in Lewisville on Wednesday the 21st at the Library at 7pm. It couldn’t be easier to find out how to get involved!

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