Fiji - iNaturalist World Tour

Fiji is the 76th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. The top observer in Fiji is @maractwin who among his many interests is an avid scuba diver. Many of the top observers in Fiji are keen scuba divers including @davidr, @johnsear, @richardling, @depamine. This is to be expected since Fiji is a global destination for divers. @obinfiji is a resident of Fiji yearround where he works for BirdLife International. @leonperrie is a botanist from nearby New Zealand while @petdoc, @dagendresen, and @desertnaturalist are visitors from further away.

The number of observations per month in Fiji is fairly flat and spikey which indicates that its largely driven by a few visitors rather than a large community of residents.

Fish is the top observation category on Fiji which again is to be expected because of all the scuba diving. @maractwin is the top identifier in addition to the top observer and leads in every category except plants (@leonperrie) and mammals (@jakob). Most of the other top identiifers (e.g. @sascha_schulz, @davidr, @kemper, @anthonygill) focus on Fish IDs

What can we do to get more people in Fiji using iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread.

@maractwin, @davidr, @obinfiji, @johnsear, @leonperrie, @petdoc, @richardling, @sascha_schulz, @kemper, @anthonygill

We’ll be back tomorrow with the Guatemala!

Posted by loarie loarie, September 08, 2019 06:32


Looks like davidr is the top mollusc identifier, rather than maractwin

Posted by shelley_b about 2 years ago (Flag)

Many of the locals I have met in small villages are often very knowledgeable about their local plants and animals, but don't have access to the Internet nor learning about classification and scientific names. I've been on some wonderful walks where they pointed out medical and cooking uses of various plants and such, though they only know the names in the local language. But the Fijians value education, and many villages send their youngsters off to boarding school. If one could engage the right part of the population, I think there may be an interest in something like iNat.

Posted by maractwin about 2 years ago (Flag)

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