Thursday, November 1, 2018
How to Identify Hundreds of Species in One Day
Posted by Tara K. Miller
The process of discovery is very simple. An unwearied and systematic application of known laws to nature, causes the unknown to reveal themselves.
Henry David Thoreau in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.
On September 22nd, dozens of experts and citizen scientists teamed up to survey the biodiversity at Minute Man National Historical Park in a fall BioBlitz – a brief event to document as many species as possible.
Peter Alden points out characteristics to identify local plants
Teams spread out around the park, with participants flipping over fungi, inspecting leaves, and listening for the birds. A young high-school volunteer introduced iNaturalist, an app that can be used to photograph and help identify species. In many cases, the iNaturalist app was able to correctly identify wildflower species. By the end of the day, over 500 species had been tallied.
What is the name of this yellow wildflower?
A naturalist takes a photo with an iPhone using the iNaturalist app.
The goldenrod species is correctly identified by iNaturalist!
A highlight of the event was a short talk presented by the famous biologist Professor E. O. Wilson.
E.O. Wilson talks at lunch