One step at a time. Step 1:

Footzoom is being initiated to encourage people to observe what is around them while using human-powered transport to arrive at that observation. The forms of human-powered transport to consider but are not limited to are walking, running, swimming, skating, skiing, sailing, rowing, paddling, bicycling, skateboarding, and any similar combination you enjoy. The forms of travel not to include are electric and hydrocarbon powered (such as natural gas, petroleum, and coal) motors/engines/turbines. Access modes for those limited as the result of illness, injury, and/or challenges are okay (for instance electric wheelchairs).

This could mean just stepping out of your door and recordings things in your neighbourhood. You could observe just the once or repeat tomorrow and the next. Observations may be as a result of walking down to the beach and going for a sail, paddle or swim. Maybe you went on a 10-day bike ride and observations are the result of that journey. Maybe you snowshoed, skated, or Nordic skied somewhere -as long as you did not arrive close to this destination by car and then snowshoed, skated, or Nordic skied the rest of the way and then returned home again by car.

Looking forward to seeing observations and species varieties rise.

Everyone is welcome. Enjoy yourselves.

Posted by bobmcd bobmcd, December 23, 2019 01:59


Nice project banner. My husband likes your Voigtlander camera.

Posted by botanicaltreasures about 2 years ago (Flag)

Thank you @botanicaltreasures . And I'm glad your husband recognized the camera. Thought I would represent basics, my first camera, my binocs that were core for almost 30 years, same with the hat, and my wife's shoes because I would not have gotten anywhere without those.

Posted by bobmcd about 2 years ago (Flag)

Yes, you captured the essentials of a lifetime exploring the outdoors.

Posted by botanicaltreasures about 2 years ago (Flag)

This is a nice idea for a project. iNaturalist and feet are a great combination.

Over 90% of my observations will be on foot or bike from my home, but it's a bit tedious to go back through them all and add them here. I've added a small selected of recent observations to add a New Zealand flavour to the project.

I'm curious why you're restricting this to verifiable observations only, which in iNat lingo excludes captive and cultivated species. For example, I like to record the fruiting and flowering times of plants in my neighbourhood but many of them are planted and so not "verifiable" on iNat.

Posted by jon_sullivan about 2 years ago (Flag)

@jon_sullivan thank you for adding to the observations. As for the verifiable, at this moment I have to search my thoughts to figure out the reason behind that choice, but absolutely I see your point. I will get back to this. Best regards. Bob

Posted by bobmcd about 2 years ago (Flag)

@jon_sullivan I am going to remove verifiable for now because filters can be used to sift this from observations when using explore.

Posted by bobmcd about 2 years ago (Flag)

This is what birders have been doing for many years under the heading of "Green Birding" ... check it out.

Posted by inspector_crow almost 2 years ago (Flag)

@inspector_crow I am aware of that. You pointed that out on the iNat forum on April 25th

Of the current 4,603 species on June 7, 2020 with 38 observers worldwide, sharing 27,653 observations, we have an impressive diversity beyond just birds:
Unknown - .04%
Protozoans - .17%
Fungi - 6.65%
Plants - 30.98%
Chromista - .02%
Mollusks - .94%
Insects - 40.77%
Arachnids - 5.65%
Ray-Finned Fish - .20%
Amphibians - .52%
Reptiles - .94%
Birds - 10.51%
Mammals - 1.44%
Other Animals - 1.59%

Posted by bobmcd almost 2 years ago (Flag)

@bobmcd - This is a good idea and going beyond Green Birding is an important step. I have a question though, probably the majority of my iNat records qualify for inclusion but I would welcome some instructions on how to (a) link existing records to this project and (b) ensure that future records are similarly linked. Can you give a brief how to do it please? Thanks.

Posted by inspector_crow almost 2 years ago (Flag)

Please see tutorial if you need some help adding to the project.

Posted by bobmcd over 1 year ago (Flag)

Nice project, found it because of a forum post today and joined.

Posted by richyfourtytwo 4 months ago (Flag)

@richyfourtytwo I had noticed that. Thanks for joining. I look forward to you additions - looks like you figured out how to add to it easily enough.

Posted by bobmcd 4 months ago (Flag)

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