Wildlife Observations Worldwide Study
Many of us explore nature all the time and wished we had a way to document and learn from wildlife sightings in our every day adventures. Now with the use of mobile technology (smartphones), we can download an app and wildlife project therein, and log a wildlife sighting while on a hike, road trip, run, swim, camping trip, bike ride etc. The utility of the iNaturalist app, one can georeference, embed a photograph and answer important form questions, which will facilitate researcher and stakeholder efforts to monitor wildlife species around the globe. Questions for the wildlife observations project in the iNaturalist app address weather conditions, animal condition, species, surrounding habitat, and behavior. The data will be used to learn about hotspots for wildlife species according to habitat, temperature etc. which might target areas and seasons to conserve species of concern.
How will this data be used?
Ultimately data will be shared with wildlife managers, natural resource professionals, and other scientists and conservation stakeholders to prioritize regional and global hotspots of biodiversity and potential areas (unique habitat for certain species)of conservation interest. Additional goals will be to share these data in a scientific publication.
How Can You Participate?
Volunteers can download the iNaturalist app on their Android or iPhone smartphones or collect data in a notebook to submit online to iNaturalist.org later.