Have you ever seen a flower, tree, bird, mushroom, or insect and wished you knew what it was? Well, now you can find out with iNaturalist! This online platform allows you to tap into a global community of naturalists, biologists, and other nature enthusiasts to help you learn about nearly any organism under the sun. It’s also a tool that’s often used in citizen science projects like bioblitzes to create snapshots of what species are living in an area at any given time.
Bring a laptop computer or a smartphone, and a few digital pictures of organisms that you’ve taken for the hands-on portion of the workshop.
These workshops will be on Thursday, July 14, 21, and 28 from 6-7:30 pm, and will lead up to a bioblitz at the north side of Lake Merritt on July 16 and a bioblitz at the south side of Lake Merritt on July 30 to document the biodiversity in the newly opened tidal channel!
We’ll be using the iNaturalist app to log our observations during the bioblitzes so they’ll be immediately available to the public and anyone else who wants to see what lives at the lake. You can download the app for free on your smartphone through Android Google Play or the iPhone App Store.
Come and join California Center for Natural History (CCNH) for this fun and informal introduction to citizen science! CCNH is a non-profit, Oakland-based organization that provides natural history education to adults and families.
This event is FREE and will be held in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room, in the basement of the Oakland Main Library.