Join us to learn about ecological citizen science projects in the area, meet people in the community who are like-minded, and practice spotting and identifying local organisms. Citizen science is a great way to contribute to both the scientific endeavour and your local environment. FREE and family-friendly! Great for anyone ages 10 and up.
Come down to learn about:
- The benefits of participating in citizen science,
- What citizen science projects are open for participation in the area,
- How to make research grade observations of local organisms,
Plus we'll be giving a tutorial on iNaturalist!
iNaturalist is an app that allows the general public to take pictures of any organism and upload it to the iNaturalist database. Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides hints to help identify species. There are also people with expertise in the area who make suggestions about the proper identification after you post your pictures.
Use the database to learn about the biodiversity in our area and comment on other people’s findings. The findings in the database are also open to researchers, and serves as important data set for tracking ranges of different species and measuring biodiversity in an area.
Bring your phone and if the weather cooperates we will head outside at the end to try out the iNaturalist app and make some observations!
Presenters: Conservation Educators with Town of Okotoks Sustainability