iNaturalist Workshop

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Holton Hall- third floor; 130 Austine Drive; Brattleboro

Learn to use iNaturalist for identification and recording of species. Attention all nature lovers, photographers, and citizen scientists! Windham Regional Woodlands Association and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies are offering a workshop on how to use the citizen science tool iNaturalist to collect data and learn more about the species that surround us. Join Emily Anderson as she explains the value of citizen science projects in conserving Vermont’s biodiversity and walks participants through the basics of recording their first observation on iNaturalist. For established users, she can help answer your questions that have come up while out observing.

iNaturalist is a crowd-sourced species identification app powered by artificial intelligence (AI). For the casual nature observer, it allows people to snap photos of animals and plants, and upload them for members of the iNaturalist community to identify. It is also a social network for naturalists to record information on species, meet others with similar interests and learn. It began as a web app, iNaturalist.org, founded in 2008 by students at the University of California, Berkeley.

Through iNaturalist, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies manages the Vermont Atlas of Life project whose mission is to discover, map, and monitor biodiversity across the state. In just a few years, over 7,000 Vermonters have added over 365,000 observations. It’s the largest biodiversity dataset ever assembled for the state, we welcome all to join in! A cell phone or digital camera is needed to use the app.

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