Why Do We Do This Project?

The San Mateo County Bio-Blitz continues to grow, with 130 members, almost 1600 species, and close to 9000 observations. But why does this project exist, and why should we continue to grow it?

This project, started in April 2013 when Sequoia Audubon's monthly meeting featured Scott Loarie and Ken-ichi Ueda as presenters on iNaturalist, had, as its first goal, to motivate local birders and naturalists to document more of what they were seeing across all taxa. Second, the existence of the project can serve as an addendum and source for enriching the already-existing San Mateo County Birding Guide that Sequoia maintains as a site guide. Third, the presence of the project adds impetus to scheduling more Bio-Blitzes in the county.

Most importantly, though, a project like this allows us to channel local energy for learning more about nature - the purpose of iNat itself, after all. And, when certain taxa are affected by changes in natural conditions - as is happening this winter with starfish (the Pisaster Disaster), we will, over the years, have assembled a modest data base for comparison, and for purposes of education.

Oh, and, in the meantime, we're having fun, getting outdoors, and adding some drops to the ocean of knowledge. All in all, not bad!

Keep on observing, photographing, IDing, and entering data!

Posted on January 11, 2014 04:12 PM by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon


What a change a couple of years can make. When I contacted people at Edgewood Park about having an informational meeting to introduce them to iNaturalist, there was practically no interest expressed. Now we see rapid growth in not only iNat but with iNat, the various projects such as SMCo BioBlitz. It has been a pleasure to be a part of all these activities and it encourages me to be even more observant while out in the field. bob-dodge, iNat, JRBP

Posted by bob-dodge over 10 years ago

I agree, bob-dodge. My observational skills have improved, as has my sense of the seasons, habitats, and locations.

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 10 years ago

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