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.
CWF Observation Nation wants you! Become part of a movement dedicated to tracking biodiversity right across Canada through use of the iNaturalist Canada platform. Upload your observations or identify species and you’ll become a CWF Observation Nation contributor. You could win prizes for observing and identifying species being uploaded to the CWF Observation Nation project. Be part of the biggest ever push to track Canada’s natural diversity! CWF Observation Nation is underway!
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It’s easy to enter! Just sign on to iNaturalist.ca and search for the CWF Observation Nation project. Tap “join” in the project’s About section then start making observations! That’s it!
You will be instantly eligible to win prizes, including CWF buffs, bucket hats and smart phone camera lens kits to help you take shots of tiny species. You can also earn prizes for reaching milestones of 300, 750 and 1,000 observations or identifications. Everyone is eligible for a grand prize package that includes a beautiful Robert Bateman giclee, CWF magazine subscription and more! Read the contest rules here for full details.
Start today and join thousands of people across Canada who have signed on to be part of CWF Observation Nation, including our celebrity observers. You’ll be joining people of all ages who are tracking biodiversity in every region of the country via iNaturalist. It’s a great way to be part of something impactful for conservation.
Let the winning commence!
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iNaturalist.ca is an online platform where the average user can record and share what they see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about Canada’s wildlife. Through this platform, we are building a network of everyday people turned citizen scientists to explore every corner of our country. Anyone who is able to take a picture with a smartphone or digital camera can contribute to a growing wealth of knowledge about Canadian species and help conserve our natural world. These discoveries are then vetted through NatureServe Canada to end up in the hands of decision makers and academics who can use this vital information to further the cause of conserving our wildlife.
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Working with the folks at iNaturalst.org, I've been the lead at the Canadian Wildlife Federation in the creation of iNaturalist.ca, along with our partners at the Royal Ontario Museum, Parks Canada and NatureServe Canada. I work on various species at risk and biodiversity projects at CWF, including turtle recovery work, rare (mostly plant) species surveys, citizen science and years ago got my feet wet (literally and figuratively) with vegetation surveys in eastern Ontario. I know a little about a little when compared to the vast number of species we have in this country! But I love getting out to explore and expand my knowledge as often as I can.
“I’m so inspired by the number of Canadians exploring our vast country to build an ever-growing account of life in Canada. From beginners to experts, young and old, together we’re able to accomplish something scientists could never have done on their own.”
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