2021 In Review!

As winter hits the Great Lakes, we wanted to reach out and say Thank You for participating in iNaturalist and the Great Lakes Fish Finder project again during 2021.

Here is the breakdown of how the the 2021 year looks compared to others:

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Observations 37 49 38 36 271 221 51
Users 18 19 28 26 116 54 17
Species 26 30 24 25 83 57 31

The most commonly reported species continue to be Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, and Smallmouth Bass. No surprise there, these are some of the most common fish anglers aim for. This also aligns with the general trend of fish posted to iNaturalist over all (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&quality_grade=research&subview=grid&view=species&iconic_taxa=Actinopterygii).

Oddly, participation is rather low in 2021 compared to the previous trend in engagement. Hopefully as ice clears we can reverse that trend and record a record number of observations in 2022.
Look forward to various bioblitz across the region and keep on interacting with and observing nature!
We at Shedd hope that people continue to enjoy the outdoors, stay healthy, and know that their fish observations are helpful to research endeavors!

Posted by glfishfinder glfishfinder, February 03, 2022 20:08

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