There is a naturalist in all of us, from those of us viewing birds and squirrels in our backyards to biologists, from hikers to city strollers, from school kids collecting leaves or rocks to experts collecting museum specimens. Many of us record our sightings with our phones, in notebooks or random Facebook postings. Another good way is to record them using the iNaturalist Canada app!
Thankfully, there is extremely valuable biodiversity information within each of those sightings. If enough people record their observations in iNaturalist Canada, we can make a difference for Canada’s wildlife. We can build a living record of life in Canada that scientists and environmental managers can use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone can use to learn more about Canada’s amazing natural history.
iNaturalist.ca is a tool that makes it easy to learn: image recognition software will instantly provide suggestions of what you just took a photo of…and it’s amazingly accurate. Observations are then reviewed by experts in the iNaturalist community to help confirm the identification. You can look up what species have been seen nearby and keep track of all your sightings with your personal species list.