Observations have a Geoprivacy setting that can be set to 'open', 'obscured' or 'private'. Obscured observations display the 0.2 x 0.2 degree rectangular cell encompassing the hidden true coordinates. At the latitude of San Francisco, this cell has an area of around 400 km2. Private coordinates don't display any location publicly. iNaturalist automatically obscures the locations of observations identified as organisms with at risk conservation statuses.

If an observation's geoprivacy is set to open, the location appears as a stemmed marker specifying the location where the organism was observed.

  • The marker is positioned at the observations latitude and longitude and the circle around the marker shows the accuracy of those coordinates.
  • You can read the values for the latitude, longitude, and accuracy and see that the Geoprivacy is set to open below the map.

This example shows an observation identified to be a threatened organisms, California Freshwater Shrimp (Syncaris pacifica).

  • The 'EN' flag indicates that this observation has been identified as an organism with a conservation status. This conservation status is automatically obscuring all observations of this taxon globally.
  • Because this observation is obscured, a 0.2 x 0.2 degree cell encompassing the hidden true location is shown in place of the normal marker. The obscured marker that is displayed publicly is a random location within this cell. It stemless shape distinguishes if from normal markers.
  • Beneath the map, you can verify that this observation has been obscured. If it were your own observation or the observation owner explicitly shared the observation with a project you administer you will see the hidden true location.

If you click through to the iNaturalist species page for the organism, you can learn more about the Conservation Statues that have been added.

  • If an organism has a global conservation status, it will be displayed at the top of the page.
  • Conservation statuses can also be associated with particular places. For example, NatureServe S-ranks are associated with US States and Canadian Provinces. These will only be displayed on the taxon page if you filter by the relevant place (e.g. California).
  • In the 'Statuses' tab you can see all conservation statuses that have been added for the particular organism and their associated places and sources.

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Revised on December 30, 2016 05:13 AM by loarie loarie
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