Journal archives for January 2018

January 04, 2018

Display observations of taxa for which I added an identification

It would be very, very useful if the search features that are available for "my Observations" were available for "my Identifications". For example, if I spent a lot of time trying to ID a particular specimen that someone else observed and then I later saw the same species needing an ID but forgot the name (but remembered that I identified one like it in the past), I could search for a higher taxonomic grouping in "my IDs" and scroll through them quickly to find it. This happens to me a lot, but I have to go through the time-consuming identification process all over again. (request made here:!topic/inaturalist/sw6w5ESnIf8)

A work-around was posted here:!searchin/inaturalist/searching$20identifications|sort:date/inaturalist/tz8kWDFTVlI/dznOlJZbBAAJ

For example:

To expand on it's use, if I only wanted to see Heteroptera that I identified, just type in Heteroptera in the species box.

Here's another approach, which I'm still exploring:
There are some parameters to choose from. For example, if I want to see my identifications where I'm a maverick:

Posted on January 04, 2018 02:43 PM by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 1 comment | Leave a comment

January 11, 2018

Restricting "Identify" to a bounding box

If one wants to identify stuff restricted to observations withing a bounding box (rather than state, country, etc), just enter the coordinates of your bounding box in the URL. Like this:

This particular bounding box is centered on my location of residence and is the focus of much of my identifying attention. I had already set the bounding box from the "Observations" page (URL below), and then just pasted the coordinates displayed in the URL into the "Identify" URL above (removing some of the unnecessary accuracy), but one could get the coordinates from anywhere.

[Thanks to Tony in the iNat Google Groups for this awesome tip!]

And if you're more into a circle, here's the bounding radius approach (the radius is in km):

To visualize that circle, just delete "/identify" in the URL:

[Thanks to Chris for this explanation.]

Another handy tip:
In the filter, you can sort by "random" or "date added/ascending" and it will mix up new and old observations or show older posts first (good for snagging some older ones that tend to slip by otherwise).

Posted on January 11, 2018 03:04 AM by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 2 comments | Leave a comment