Community Science Project
I joined the iNaturalist project which empowers citizens to record biodiversity. The goal of the project is to go out in the wild and take pictures of the nature around you and send your findings to their website. I joined this project because I enjoy hiking and taking these photos was very entertaining. I helped the community by providing images of the current Arizonian environment which land managers and scientist can use to monitor changes in the environment. Science is important because with it we can use it to understand changes in the environment and why they happen. After doing this, I felt very content with myself because I had helped the community once more.
Citizen Science Project Summary
The iNaturalist project is an online community where average people and students can contribute to science by submitting pictures of wildlife in their area and helping each other to identify the species. I submitted and identified several species, mostly birds, to the website. I chose this project because my grandmother has always been a dedicated “explorer” and would take me with her on some of her adventures and teach me to identify plants and animals, this project reminded me of the fun I had in the Wisconsin north woods. After completing the project I feel a slight sense of accomplishment and may even continue to submit my pictures to the website, I’ve that found it’s fun to research Arizona’s wildlife and learn more about my state.