Venezuela - iNaturalist World Tour

It's Week 16 of the iNaturalist World Tour. We've also updated all the figures to include data from September 2019. Taiwan, Denmark, Czech Republic, Peru, Austria, China, Chile, Thailand, Poland, Philippines, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Benin, Iceland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Mozambique, Hungary, Nepal, Eswatini, Egypt, Cambodia, New Caledonia, and US Virgin Islands have all moved up in the rankings. That means the St. Kitts and Nevis (which now is slated for this week) was covered last week, but we need to cover Venezuela which is now slated for last week. So, if you're still following along, this week we'll play catch up with Venezuela (in place of the St. Kitts and Nevis), Uruguay, and Curaçao, and El Salvador in Latin America, Cyprus and Jordan in the Eastern Mediterranean, and Cameroon in Africa.

We begin playing catch up with Venezuela. The top observer is @ozzhernandez with observations clustered around the capital of Caracas. @steven-cyclist, who once lived in Venezuela, @cepsl, and @angelfern56, director of the IVIC herbarium of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research, also have observations clustered here. @imerualfonzo, curator in Vertebrate Paleontology of the José Royo y Gómez Museum of the Central University of Venezuela, has a centroid pulled to the south of Caracas as does @pagophila. @gchavarri has observations clustered near Ciudad Guayana, @luchomartinez near Mérida and @franciscomarval near Cumana. @greglasley's observations from travels nearly 30 years ago are across the country but pulled towards his observations in Trinidad. Don't miss this Rainbow Whiptail seen by @dllavaneras featured in an Observation of the Week post from Isla Larga near Puerto Cabello Venezuela.

The number of observations has ticked up substantially in 2019 beginning with an isolated peak in January 2019 driven by @steven-cyclist.

@chrisharpe, an Ornithologist / conservation biologist working in Neotropics (especially Venezuela) leads in identifications generally and bird IDs specifically. @ozzhernandez leads in insect IDs, @herp in herp IDs, and @diegoamaya in plant IDs. Other top identifiers include @rafael_gianni and @gchavarri.

What can we do to improve iNaturalist in Venezuela? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread.

@ozzhernandez @steven-cyclist @imerualfonzo @pagophila @cepsl @gchavarri @angelfern56 @chrisharpe @herp @rafael_gianni

We’ll be back tomorrow in Cyprus!

Posted by loarie loarie, October 08, 2019 05:59


Thanks @loarie! The best thing we could do to improve iNaturalist in Venezuela would be to save the country from the grip of crime. It's now very risky to visit most parks, especially carrying a camera. If that changes, expect Venezuela to start to challenge Colombia for biodiversity!

Posted by steven-cyclist over 2 years ago (Flag)

@steven-cyclist Shouldn't be too hard to do!

Posted by rangertreaty50 over 2 years ago (Flag)

Thanks @loarie doing our best effort to register the biodiversity of our Mega Diverse country and sharing this great concept of Citizens Cience to everyone...

Posted by ozzhernandez over 2 years ago (Flag)

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