What makes iNaturalist so great?

I already love iNaturalist, but I am only just starting to see what it can do for you.

While I was away in the West Indies for a month in May, a contributor here asked me to photograph coastal plants for him, and so I did -- it was fun for me. There was quite a lot of rain for two of the weeks I was there, so a lot of bushes and trees flowered and some annuals grew up out of nowhere rapidly, and blossomed.

The contributor was able to identify almost everything I photographed, even though my images were not very good. I learned a lot about tropical plants from this, and it re-awakened a dormant part of my natural history interests.

Since I have been back home in the Northeastern US, I have been paying much more attention to the wild plants around me, even though in NYC I mostly see what a gardener would call "weeds", rather than gorgeous native wildflower species.

And... after I posted a lot of not very good photographs of these NYC plants, now a lot of them have been identified by other contributors. And, I have been able to ID a few myself, thanks to images that were already on here.

So I am happy to say, I am becoming a bit more of a naturalist, and a better naturalist, thanks to iNaturalist and the help I have received from its wonderful contributors!

Posted by susanhewitt susanhewitt, June 21, 2016 23:45

Observations

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What

Hedge Bindweed Calystegia sepium

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 19, 2016 10:23 AM ADT

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What

Annual Fleabane Erigeron annuus

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 19, 2016

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Princess Tree Paulownia tomentosa

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 19, 2016

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Black Medick Medicago lupulina

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 19, 2016

Description

These yellow flower heads were very tiny -- maybe 5 mm across.
Growing on a rough but mown area next to the road.

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Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 19, 2016

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Chicory Cichorium intybus

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 19, 2016

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I totally agree. The amount of things that you can do with iNat is great and the support is wonderful. At the moment I am adding "Observed Species Association" Fields (that anyone can use) to cross reference observations where, for example, an insect is pollinating a plant. Without expert help from iNat members and curators on species identification this would be an awesome task.

Posted by stevedaniels over 4 years ago (Flag)
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The "Observed Species Association" field is a really great idea! Thanks Steve.

Posted by susanhewitt over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Tremendous thanks to @adorantes , who made me interested in plants again!

Posted by susanhewitt almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Thank you very much to you Susan. For me it has been a pleasure to help with the identification of plants.

Posted by adorantes almost 4 years ago (Flag)

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