Poland - iNaturalist World Tour

Poland is the 47th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. The top observers are quite evenly distributed in Poland. The top observer, @grzegorzgrzejszczak, is a botanist who, along with @ahospers and others, has activity centered in West Pomeranian. @wojtest, @slovianka, and @szuwarek are based in Greater Poland, Lubin, and Kuyavian-Pomeranian respectively. There is a small group of top observers such as @max09 and @jcsvenning with activity centered inLesser Poland in the area around the city of Krakow where the Wildlife of the Las Krzyszkowicki project administered by @annagazda is based. @jareks activity is centered in Subcarpathian and @jfgodeau in Masovian in the area around the city of Warsaw.


The number of observations per month spiked up markedly this summer. Does anyone know what drove this?


In addition to being the second top observer, @wojtest is the top identifier.and leads in plant IDs. As in many countries in Europe, @borisb leads in insect IDs and @ldacosta leads in bird IDs. Thanks to all the other top identifiers such as @almantas, @stanislaw, and @laukines_pievos.


What can we do to make iNaturalist better in Poland? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@grzegorzgrzejszczak @wojtest @slovianka @ahospers @szuwarek @max09 @almantas @stanislaw @ldacosta @laukines_pievos

We’ll be back tomorrow with the Ukraine!

Posted by loarie loarie, August 09, 2019 18:02

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Nice overview..and interesting how fast Poland community is growing (with al the other countries). In June2019 I was in Poland..so there should be a few (100-500) more than normal trend.

Posted by ahospers about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Thank you very much for this interesting overview :)

Posted by grzegorzgrzejszczak about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Thank you for all your many contributions to iNaturalist from Poland, @grzegorzgrzejszczak!

Posted by loarie about 1 month ago (Flag)
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@loarie In June we have project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/wildlife-of-the-las-krzyszkowicki and this event do almost 2k observations with over one hundred observers. Maybe this generate growth ? :)

Posted by vast about 1 month ago (Flag)
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It is at least remarkable that the number of observations each month is already declining, despite the holidays..

Posted by optilete about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Thanks for pointing out the Wildlife of the Las Krzyszkowicki project @vast, I wasn't aware of it and have added mention of it to the post.

Posted by loarie about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Pardon me if I'm wrong, but it would appear there's not a single marine fish (or any marine creature?) amongst the observations for Poland ... despite it having some 500 kms of coastline!

Posted by wamoz about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Unfortunately, I think that in Poland still few people know about iNaturalist. I'm in many groups (e.g. on Facebook), where people upload many nature photos and asking for identification - it's a pity that some of these photos don't get here. Until recently, many of my friends - biologists or nature photographers - also had no idea about the existence of such a site. I tried to encourage them to enrich iNaturalist resources with their observations :) Let's hope that next year will be much more observations and active users in Poland!

Posted by slovianka about 1 month ago (Flag)
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I am totally agree with @slovianka...

Posted by zizou about 1 month ago (Flag)
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@slovianka - if you find a good way to convince people to move from Facebook to iNaturalist please tell us. We have a few communities (most notably spiders) in southern Africa which we cannot entice away from Facebook, even with all the cool tools on iNaturalist.

Posted by tonyrebelo about 1 month ago (Flag)
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I am scientist and teacher. I have encouraged my colleagues to cooperate with me... so you may see the results of the Las Krzyszkowicki BioBlitz, Next I have decided to invite my students to coopertate with me due to ... the Wildlife of the Las Krzyszkowicki. Now e are preapering next eavents. The worst disadvantge of iNaturalist is the time of uploading all records.... We have to spend a lot of time to send in a proper way at least one observation. My colleagues and my students are very interested in this kind of activity, but .... time is to short...

Posted by annagazda about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Hello,
1. In my humble opinion, the problem with 'BioBlitz' with students [especially if you go the same or almost same route with different groups of people] is that it may create loads of duplified observations.. [the same plant, the same site, more or less the same time], particularly of plants, as seems to be the case in the above-mentioned project.. Consequently, in the raw statistics as this 'World Tour' is, this may create a false image of concentration of data in a particular region of the country.
2. And the second issue I would like to mentoin, generally, not in relation to Poland alone, is that the number of species actually observed [in the wild] will never be accurate until so many people publish here their 'observations' of cultivated flowers etc. - without mentioning it..
all the best,
Wojtek

Posted by wojtest about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Hi Wojtek, Thank you very much for your opinion. The BioBlitz was dominated by the Scientists, but it was conducted with our students. Statistics and real World... There are a lot of different 'Statistics'... Statistic was created to win, not to create true image of... As you know, now we have to modify Statistic to be able to use this kind of data. The next reason.... do you prefer to press our professors to join iNaturalist projects? I prefer cooperate with our students to show the results, and next to invite our Professors.....
2. All species in Las Krzyszkowicki are wild organisms, but there are some weeds, alien species usualy cultivated in the gardens, but here these species are the 'escapers'. The iNaturalist is able to identify them and to label them in a proper way.

Posted by annagazda about 1 month ago (Flag)
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Anna,
Thanks for your response. I am not criticising the idea of bioblitz or involving students.. My intention was to point out that we should only read critically such results - in the light of the above map etc. - both statistically, as well as phytogeographically [gps for example sometimes 'fly away' whereas actually the observed site is the same]. iNat is obviously for everyone, not just for scientists and perhaps it is even more for non-scientists, so let's involve all people interested in nature!
2. This was, again, a general opinion - not in relation to Las Krzyszowicki and not in relation to alien wild plants [spontaneous escapers or kenophytes/archaeophytes]. I mean that the number of species displayed by the search results etc. for certain area, e.g. a country, does not necesarily reveal a number of wild species recorded so far for that country - this is because some people do not flag their observations properly [as cultivated]. And surprisingly, there are even cases in which some observers repeatedly seem use such flags but [deliberately?] incorrectly, i.e. flagging obviously cultivated plants [garden flowers, plants in pots etc.] as 'wild' - which means that even if somebody else would like to flag them correctly - as 'cultivated' the system would still display such observations as 'need id' [and potentially RG]!
This problem is general and does not refer to Poland or to any other country alone, as I mentioned before. When a number of observations is high, as for example in Italy, it becomes really difficult to identify such cases..
pozdrawiam
Wojtek

Posted by wojtest 25 days ago (Flag)

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