cassi saari Curator

I am a field botanist and ecological consultant in the Chicago region.

At ecology + vision, I help folks inventory, improve, steward, and monitor their natural lands. Here's my personal website.

Current Projects & Interests

-Managing the Illinois Botanists Big Year
-Kickstarting the City Nature Challenge 2018: Chicago Wilderness Region (April 27-30, 2018) -- contact me if you want to help!
-Becoming a better 100% naturalist
-Curating the taxonomy and helping troubleshoot various issues on iNaturalist.

iNat Tips & Tricks

-Bookmark the iNaturalist Blog
-Join the iNaturalist Google Group
-View recent comments (search all comments -- typing your username there is one way to search for mentions)
-View recent journal posts
-View identification stats, e.g. all my identifications of Nabalus albus
-Turn off "confirming identifications" in your account settings (only receive notifications about identifications that don't exactly match your own). It greatly reduces the number of unncessary notifications you receive. You'll still get notifications if there is a comment attached to the agreeing notification.
-Show scientific names first, set your preferred common name place, or completely hide common names in your account settings.
-Search for observations within a group but without a specific member of that group with the "without_taxon_id" search qualifier, e.g. identify Silphiums, but not S. laciniatum, S. terebinthinaceum, S. integrifolium, or S. perfoliatum or search for milkweeds, but not common milkweed. You can do the same thing with places with "not_in_place" and projects with "not_in_project"
-Use the Data Quality Assessment section to mark observations as cultivated, that they lack evidence of an organism, or that the community can't improve them based on the photos provided. A few of us have prepared some frequently-used responses for new users and problematic content.
-View "Marked Atlases" - species that have observations falling outside of their known distribution (read more about Atlases)
-Download data and manipulate it as you please
-View iNaturalist stats

Don't hesitate to reach out to me personally,, or the Google Group if you have any questions/feedback about iNat.

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