Goodbye Great Nature Project, hello BioBlitz!

In case you didn’t see my other post, the Great Nature Project is ending. I have loved getting to think about how to get more people observing biodiversity and sharing their observations as part of my job. I loved overseeing the integration of with to make our site a portal into this community in order to build on what already exists rather than reinvent the wheel. We had plans to truly extend iNaturalist’s functionality in a unique way rather than just duplicate it, but our limited capacity prevented us from putting these plans into action.

The good news is that I will be able to apply what I have learned about iNaturalist and this community in my new role as “scientist wrangler” for the National Parks BioBlitz - Washington, D.C. happening in May 2016. National Geographic Society and National Park Service have been working together for the last 10 years to do BioBlitzes in different national parks. This year, the premier event will be here in DC, with hopefully more than 100 other parks around the country holding events around this time. I am working closely with staff from the National Park Service and iNaturalist to ensure that we get a high volume of high quality observations submitted to iNaturalist at all of the BioBlitzes.

We are currently recruiting people like you (naturalists!) to lead inventories in and near Washington, D.C. If you’re interested, check out the FAQs (pdf) and registration. The deadline is February 15. Sign up here if you want to get reminder emails about that deadline.

Don’t worry, I won’t be a stranger here. I might be a little scarce in the lead up to BioBlitz but rest assured it’s because I’m working my tail off to get more people on board. I still can’t wait to see what you find!

Posted on January 22, 2016 04:54 PM by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer


Congrats on your new role and thank you for all of your dedication to inaturalist Carrie! The Bioblitz project is lucky to have you on board.

Posted by leannewallis over 8 years ago

@carrieseltzer -- you embody what iNaturalist is all about. The way that you welcomed every new user and every new observation was inspirational. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

And yes, I can't wait to participate in the upcoming bioblitz. :)

Posted by sambiology over 8 years ago

@carrieseltzer your advice to new users really helped me be more active in iNat, thanks!

Posted by calloftheloon over 8 years ago

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