2020 - are you kidding!!

WOW, iNaturalist has really grown in the past several years - as has our Lower Lake Erie Region CSI project - many thanks to you! I am guessing that our region will exceed 500,000 observations this year - what a huge benefit to local knowledge.

As we dive in to exploration in 2020, I have a few reminders and suggestions:

  1. Consider adjusting your project privacy settings to allow project managers and curators to access your hidden coordinates - all of us are conservationists active in regional efforts.
  2. Consider using this slow season to scan old photographs or past digital photos that would be useful records to add to the project.
  3. Consider focusing on small or secretive organisms. These are the most likely to be overlooked, new to the site and/or data-deficient. A macro-lens/case for your phone or camera is a very cheap way to explore a whole new world right at your doorstep!

Posted by smpbiologist-rcurtis smpbiologist-rcurtis, January 07, 2020 15:31

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You might want to look at:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bSnqMHSbH85743Onz2gp21Y3n9OB2mNkf4wUAdZLrac/edit?usp=sharing

https://sites.google.com/site/cladoceransofnorthcentralohio/

https://sites.google.com/site/gastrotrichaandhydrachnidiae/

https://sites.google.com/site/ostracodsloraincounty/

https://sites.google.com/site/rotifersloraincovernalpools/

https://sites.google.com/site/rotifersloraincovernalpools/home/rotifers-lorain-county-page-2

As you can see a vast number of animals of freshwater have been recorded and many of the species have been identified by some of the most respected specialists in the world. Let me know if I can be of any help to you and feel free to share these sites with anyone. All of this sampling is done with permits from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the Lorain County Metroparks and the Erie County Metroparks. These posting will add several hundred species to your survey.

Posted by johnnlavelle about 1 year ago (Flag)

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