Jamaica - iNaturalist World Tour

It's Week 17 of the iNaturalist World Tour. This week we'll visit Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Suriname in the Neotropics, Angola and Nigeria in Africa, and Montenegro and Estonia in Europe.

We begin in Jamaica. The top observer is @tchakamaura with observations clustered near the town of Portmore just southwest of the capital of Kingston. Two birdwatchers, @birdernaturalist, who leads WINGS tours in Jamaica, and @guyincognito are the second and third top observers. Other top observers include @zygy, @docprt, @paulbowyer, @woodridgejeff, @stefanmozug, @johnnybirder and @screws.

The number of observations per month has been increasing in the last two years peaking in February of this year driven mostly by visits by @guyincognito and @zygy.

@cypseloides is the top identifier and leads in bird IDs. @wayne_fidler leads in insect IDs from nearby Cuba. @tchakamaura leads in plant IDs. @jbroadhead and @guyincognito are other top identifiers.

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

@tchakamaura @birdernaturalist @guyincognito @zygy @docprt @paulbowyer @woodridgejeff @cypseloides @wayne_fidler @jbroadhead

We’ll be back tomorrow in Angola!

Posted by loarie loarie, October 15, 2019 05:10



Hey, I'm actually on a map! I feel like Jamaica is a place that possesses a lot of "iNat Potential" because there are universities, many English speakers who could get onto the website easily, and it possesses unique and largely untracked biodiversity.

I took my observations there while on vacation, though, so it'd be hard for me to say that there are a lot of opportunities for engagement on a long-term basis, or many experts that will dedicate their time to tracking species on an app that doesn't have a large community.

Engaging with institutions would be the clear first step, as with many of these smaller countries.

Posted by parker_hopkins about 2 months ago (Flag)

I think that there is a lot of work with the universities that can give greater traction. I myself found iNat as part of a casual conversation with a student at University. It doesn't have to be officially endorsed by the professors or used in a class. But, a single class using iNat at the University of the West Indies, in the Bio department, would lead to it being on the radar of anyone interested as observers. Identifiers might have to come preferably from faculty. INat is not going to be very popular I believe, because it is a niche, and biology itself is a bit of a small niche (population-wise) there, but one might be surprised anyway.

Also, congrats on keeping up with the daily posts for so long, but the grammar and polish on this one is wonky compared to the others.

Posted by tchakamaura about 2 months ago (Flag)

Thanks @tchakamaura - I gave it a reread and caught a missing 'is' and period which I added. Is that what you meant?

Posted by loarie about 2 months ago (Flag)

Yeah, and there is a mild typo here 'Two birdwatchers such as @birdernaturalist, who leads WINGS tours in Jamaica,' -> ' Two birdwatchers, @birdernaturalist, who leads WINGS tours in Jamaica, and @guyincognito, are the second and third top observers'

Posted by tchakamaura about 2 months ago (Flag)


Posted by loarie about 2 months ago (Flag)

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