Time to identify!

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Carrie Seltzer

May 1, 2020, 11:49:29 AM5/1/20
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Hi everyone,

I'm sharing the follow up email sent by Bridget Moynihan to everyone who registered for the virtual ID party on Wednesday evening. If you aren't sure how to get started with identifications on iNaturalist, I strongly recommend you watch the webinar recording. There are also virtual office hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if you need help (see below).

We've still got 14,000 observations that need some help, but if we all chip in for our neighborhoods, counties, and favorite organisms we can bring that down!

If you're ready to jump right in, click here to go straight to our observations that need id. Thank you all for your time and dedication!


Thanks to those of you who could join us yesterday for our City Nature Challenge ID Party with Deborah Barber, Director of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy in Maryland and D.C., and Stella Tarnay, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Capital Nature. A big shout out to Carrie Seltzer, Stakeholder Engagement Strategist for iNaturalist, for giving iNaturalist tips and tricks in the plants breakout room and of course a HUGE thank you to all of our naturalists, experts and facilitators who made yesterday possible. It was wonderful having an opportunity to collaborate with people in such strange and uncertain times.

A recording of the webinar is available here. Please note that the file is rather large and may take some time to load.  

As Deborah mentioned on yesterday’s call, the last day to identify observations is Sunday, May 3. If you come across a tricky observation, or just have general questions about IDing things in iNaturalist, feel free to join Deborah during her office hours:

Friday May 1, 12 - 1pm 


Saturday, May 2, 2 - 3pm


Sunday, May 3, 5- 6pm


For those who did not know, the City Nature Challenge ID party was the final virtual event in a series of four surrounding the City Nature Challenge. To see recordings of the previous three webinars (iNaturalist 101 – Exploring Biodiversity at Home, Exploring Nature with Kids Virtual Learning with iNat and Seek, and How to Take Quality Photos for iNaturalist) please click here or here.

Let's encourage nature lovers to submit their photos! Here's a social media image you can share with this sample caption:

“It's not too late to share your nature discoveries for the City Nature Challenge. If you took photos of wild nature (plants, animals, mushrooms, insects, birds, etc.) between April 24th - 27th,  please add them to www.iNaturalist.org. Please upload by 12:00 pm ET on May 3rd so there’s enough time to identify all observations. There are over 1 million iNaturalist users globally who can help identify what you discovered!”

Lastly, we hope that everyone enjoyed participating in the City Nature Challenge. We ask that you will continue to make identifications on iNaturalist.org, and although the City Nature Challenge is over, today is the last day of City Nature Month (April), so let’s keep exploring!


Bridget Moynihan
Engagement & Stewardship
240.630.7055 (Phone)

The Nature Conservancy    
Maryland/DC Chapter

425 Barlow Place

Suite 100

Bethesda, MD 20814



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Carrie Seltzer

May 3, 2020, 9:02:08 AM5/3/20
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We're in the home stretch now—today is the last day! If you've still got photos to upload from April 24-27, get them up by tonight. 

We have 24 hours left to identify before our official tally is counted at 9 am on Monday morning. Thank you to everyone pitching in!
Carrie E. Seltzer, Ph.D.

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