A brief introduction to the natural history app iNaturalist to be used in the Great Southern Bioblitz in September 25-28th. Free!

Date:                     Saturday, 12 September, 2020

Time:                    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ACS

Citizen Science projects are a great way to learn more about our parks and natural environment. A number of current projects in SA use a free app called iNaturalist which enables you to take a photo of a plant or animal, record its location and share it with others who can assist you to identify it.

One such citizen Science project is the Great Southern Bioblitz.  This is an international period of intense biological surveying which seeks to record all the living species within several designated areas across the Southern Hemisphere in Spring. It will be held September 25 – 28th, 2020. We are fortunate that Stephen Fricker, a University of SA staff member and organiser of the Great Southern Bioblitz in Adelaide, will be holding an online workshop for Friends of Parks members.  By the end of September, the southern hemisphere’s natural world is on full throttle. Flowers are blooming, insects are emerging, birds are singing, and reptiles are coming out of their winter hibernation. It makes sense for the Southern Hemisphere to observe life at this time of year!  The purpose of this event is to highlight both the immense biodiversity spread across the Southern Hemisphere in the flourishing springtime, as well as to engage the public in science and nature learning

This online workshop will introduce the iNaturalist app and show how it can be used to record biodiversity. He will talk about participation in the ‘Great Southern BioBlitz’  and will also suggest some ideas on how this app can be used by Friends of groups to generate greater engagement with their park, identify weed patches and contribute to research whilst in their park

You can register to join this online event at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/an-inaturalist-introduction-for-friends-of-parks-members-tickets-117495954563  We hope to see you there!