United Arab Emirates - iNaturalist World Tour

We end week 12 of the iNaturalist World Tour in the United Arab Emirates. The top observer is @trcarlisle with observations clustered around the most populous city of Dubai. You can read more about @trcarlisle in this Observation of the week post about her Long-tailed Blue butterfly sighting. There are several other top observers with observations clustered around Dubai including @gtonen, @luoycy, @aishathani, and @mattrempel. The other big cluster of top observers is on the eastern edge of the UAE along the Gulf of Oman. Here, the observations of top observers such as @fadiyaghmour, @john_pereira Ecologist, @ahabib, @jackyjudas, and @sami-majeed are clustered. There is a small cluster of top observers around the second most populous city of Abu Dhabi including @dominik_melisa and others.

The number of observations per month has a consistent spring peak which was higher in 2019 than previous years.

@sammyboy2059 is the top identifiers and leads in bird IDs. @rajibmaulick leads in insect IDs and @trcarlisle leads in plant IDs. Thanks to other top identifiers such as @sethmiller and @cliygh-and-mia.

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

@trcarlisle @fadiyaghmour @john_pereira @ahabib @jackyjudas @sami-majeed @sammyboy2059 @sethmiller @cliygh-and-mia @rajibmaulick

We’ll be back tomorrow in Uganda!

Posted by loarie loarie, September 16, 2019 06:23


I am glad to have watched a gradual increase in the number of iNaturalist observers over the years, together with a general willingness for observers to help each other with identifications in a part of the world in which the flora and fauna have still not yet been fully described. I am especially grateful to @john_pereira and @jackyjudas for their ongoing assistance to me in this regard, and they are not the only ones. As I am no longer resident in the UAE, I hope to see my current status as top observer there overtaken soon!
I do know that the UAE has a keen and well-established community of natural history enthusiasts, with natural history groups established in the four most populated cities: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Fujairah, as well as an excellent independent network of bird-watchers and recorders. As for universities and other scientific institutions in the UAE, they largely enjoy government support for ecological research and conservation efforts, offsetting the rapid and too-often untrammeled pace of industrial development in the region. I believe this is more than mere lip-service, as federal and regional authorities in the UAE are keenly aware of the concern shown by the country's founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, for environmental conservation and are committed to preserving this aspect of his legacy.
In general, this provides fertile ground for recruitment of more UAE users to the iNaturalist platform.

Posted by trcarlisle about 2 years ago (Flag)

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