iNaturalist Workshop Online via The Morton Arboretum (July 9th, 2020)

Next week I’m teaching a 2-hr iNaturalist workshop via The Morton Arboretum: https://www.mortonarb.org/courses/inaturalist-workshop-online This live, online workshop is for anyone new to using iNaturalist such as educators, stewards, professionals, or the general public. We’ll go over how to most effectively use the mobile app and website, talk about geoprivacy (for you and wildlife!), and learn …

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The Sidewalk Botanist

Join Project Urban botanizing in the age of COVID-19 Since most of my botanizing these days is while walking the woofer in a heavily urbanized part of Chicago, I thought I would see how many of these urban, sidewalk-phile plants I could observe in 2020. Want to join along? Join The Sidewalk Botanist Scavenger Hunt …

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Being an iNaturalist Curator – Discord Chat on Saturday, April 18th at 6PM CDT

Saturday, April 18th at 6PM Central Daylight Time (see date/time in your local timezone) We’ll have a group chat on the iNaturalist Discord server, with @bouteloua (me!) screensharing / presenting, about what it’s like to be a curator on iNaturalist and what some of the common tasks are. If you’re already a curator, feel free …

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Elymus canadensis Rainbow Beach

Cool new grant opportunity: Survey Grant for rare, threatened, and endangered species in Illinois

Grant applications are due January 31st, so get on it!  Students, citizen scientists, conservation groups, and institutions are alerted to consider applying for a grant from the Illinois Native Plant Society to help fund research and to help improve our understanding of rare, threatened, and endangered species in Illinois. The Survey Grant is a new …

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Hot dog, it’s the July Update of the Illinois Botanists Big Year

Verbena hastata (blue vervain) photo by Paul Sweet (CC BY-NC) Stats It’s July 20th, it’s been hot, it’s been humid, and the ILBBY’s racked up: 1,779 observers (+294 since last month’s update) 25,881 research grade observations of plants (+5,314) 1,324 species (+184) 855 identifiers (+128) Now things are getting exciting, with @dziomber (Derek) jumping into …

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Sedgeheaven: June Update of the Illinois Botanists Big Year

Stats It’s June 29th, it’s summer, it’s sedges-are-identifiable season, and the ILBBY 2019’s got: 1,485 observers (+495 since last month’s update) 20,567 research grade observations of plants (+7,191) 1,140 species (+310) 727 identifiers (+209) New to following the ILBBY project are @alefringhouse24, @irenejhf, @jhoekstra, @rozhelfand, and @stocksdale. Welcome! New to observing plants in Illinois on …

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Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society: Upcoming Events (Spring and Summer 2019)

Chicago-proximate friends, the Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society has a few events coming up so far this year after a lil lapse in activity in 2018. Join the Northeast Chapter here (or, other Illinois folk, your local chapter!). Have an idea for a field trip, evening lecture, or other event? Reach out …

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