Frequently Asked Questions - NPSOT BioBlitz

Rules:
Observations must be of a plant with a photo and must be in Texas during Oct 20 - 27. If cultivated, observation must be marked as cultivated.

How can I participate?
It's easy! Just download iNaturalist on smartphone, create username and password. You can also go onto the website www.iNaturalist.org and create a username and password. You can use a camera if you don't have phone; just put the observations on iNat using the computer. Use the app to make observations, but go to the website to look at the data!

Do I need to join the project?
No! Any and all observations of plants made in Texas during October 20 - 27 will automatically be added to the project. You don't have to do any extra steps to add observations to the project.

How can I see the progress of the bioblitz?
Search this page that aggregates all of the observations that match the criteria (plants, Texas, photo evidence). You can filter results by your county/region or by individual or plant family or anything else.

Can I observe a native plant that I put in my landscape?
We would rather you observe plants that are wild and not planted... iNaturalist is best used for natural distributions of organisms, so if we do observe cultivated/planted, they need to be marked as cultivated or captive. After all, we do have elephants in Dallas -- but they're captive. So, observations of cultivated plants need to be marked as cultivated.

Why should non-natives or invasives count to this bioblitz?
So, this data is still important to know! This project is for documenting all wild plants.

Where should I go to make observations?
The best place to go includes those wild spaces like no-mow zones or 'weedy' spots. You can observe plants from around your home or roadside (no trespassing allowed!!!). Public parks are ideal - observations made in these public spaces can guide management!

How else can I help?
One of the most important things you can do is help with the identifications!!! If you know some plants, take a look at the observations that folks are making around Texas:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=needs_id%2Cresearch&place_id=18&taxon_id=47126
This is best done on the computer/PC. You need to have an iNaturalist account to identify observations.
Also, if you notice that folks are documenting cultivated/planted plants, you can mark these as cultivated/captive on the identify screen.

Posted by sambiology sambiology, September 24, 2019 17:38

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I'm assuming this will be a collection type project that if I post a plant in Texas it will automatically be entered in the project, just like the CNC?

Posted by scottbuckel 4 months ago (Flag)
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Hey @scottbuckel -- yep, it's the exact same thing as the City Nature Challenge (CNC). The process should be fairly automatic! :)

Posted by sambiology 3 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks @sambiology that is what I had hoped. That will make it much easier for people to participate, I'll present this to the local NPSOT chapter Monday evening.

Posted by scottbuckel 3 months ago (Flag)

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