Learn to Use iNaturalist

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  • October 4, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join Maine Master Naturalist Roger Rittmaster to learn how to use the iNaturalist app,a comprehensive and powerful tool used to identify and understand the natural world.

This online presentation will be conducted via Zoom.

iNaturalist is an easy to use app that allows you to take a photo of anything you see in the natural world and instantly get suggestions for identifying what you see. You are then able to upload your observation as data contributing to biodiversity science and research across the globe.

The app is used by scientists, citizen scientists, researchers, amateur naturalists, and curious people to ID plants and animals. In addition to helping you to ID plants and animals in your own explorations, iNaturalist provides information on the species you are identifying and connects you to other naturalists. Currently 296,117 species have been identified in 49,737,319 observations with 3,157,046 people contributing. The app was developed as a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

Rittmaster is a retired endocrinologist, who has a lifelong interest in natural history and nature photography. Over the past 15 years he has focused on photographing insects. Rittmaster is the author of Butterflies Up Close: A Guide to Butterfly Photography. He currently serves on the Board of Coastal Mountains Land Trust and is past Chair of the Camden Conservation Commission.

Rittmaster encourages people who plan to participate to download the iNaturalist app onto their computer, tablet, or smartphone and set up a free account ahead of his presentation. He also suggests having a specimen (like a leaf or flower) on hand to photograph. This will allow participants to watch Rittmaster’s presentation (on a separate device) and follow along in real time on their own iNaturalist account as he dives into some of the application’s impressive features.

With questions and to RSVP please email jamie@btlt.org. A Zoom link will be sent out ahead of the talk.