Illinois Botanists Big Year 2017 Update 11/29/2017

It's nearly December and things are pretty brown and crunchy out there...or black and ashy if they've been fortunate enough to get a burn in this fall fire season. It's not too late to start or continue participating in the Illinois Botanists Big Year: grab some cadaver botany observations and start brushing up on your winter ID. One of my favorite things about iNaturalist is the huge repository of photos of plants all throughout the year. Not just their gaudy glamour shots!

Before we jump the gun and start running any stats for the 2017 contest, we need your help identifying and confirming observations. There are a staggering 9,394 observations made in 2017 so far still waiting to be identified. Here is a link to that Identify page, already filtered for 2017 observations in Illinois. Bookmark it! Help others' observations reach research grade by either agreeing with their identification or adding your own if it differs from theirs. Please only add or agree with an identification if you can personally identify it from the photo provided, don't just blindly hit Agree without confirming the ID... ;)

That link again:

I'll plan on tallying and announcing the results by the end of January. If you want to help out with that, comment below or shoot me a message. It would be cool to make some maps or look for interesting observations (e.g. beautiful photos, state or county records, weirdest, funniest), or to tabulate the data in different ways.

It's been a great year!

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由使用者 bouteloua bouteloua2017年11月29日 16:37 所貼文


What a fantastic endeavor! Thank you for including me, I will check it out and see if I can be of any help!

發佈由 ericwilliams 約 6 年 前

looking at this caused me to realize that you have a lot of plants there that i don't know

發佈由 charlie 約 6 年 前

Now you've just gotta get the midwest flora down and you're golden!

發佈由 bouteloua 約 6 年 前

I'll be a good Indiana neighbor and give things a look to see if there's anything I can help with. :)

發佈由 tanyuu 約 6 年 前

i know southwest and northeast but this stuff in the middle, so confusing! Graminoides and forbs wtf

發佈由 charlie 約 6 年 前

Hoping to do my own Big Year in Ontario in 2018!

發佈由 wdvanhem 約 6 年 前

I guess I was a fair weather iNat participant. As soon as you took down the iNat page, I lost interest in this endeavor.

發佈由 skrentnyjeff 約 6 年 前

@skrentnyjeff Yeah, unfortunately iNat projects can't be limited to research grade observations. So it just doesn't work for a contest like this. :\
The stats have been available on the INPS website since the beginning tho!

發佈由 bouteloua 約 6 年 前

If you want to go faster, but maybe lose some accuracy, I have a little strategy.

If you add a filter for "rank" to "species" level, only observations with a species level ID show up. It's much faster to hit "agree" than to type out a name, and it can skyrocket your effectiveness at helping us chomp through all the non-research-grade observations.

The second thing is to learn the keyboard shortcuts and grab a beer.

The third thing is to check your notifications and make sure you're not making mistakes in your ID's.

發佈由 evan8 約 6 年 前

Thanks for the invite! I'm not that familiar with that state's flora but I will do my best:)

發佈由 bugman1388 約 6 年 前

Very neat!

發佈由 ken-potter 約 6 年 前

Wow, very cool! I can try to mark "unknown" observations as plants, but I have no idea when it comes to plant identification :(

發佈由 calebcam 約 6 年 前


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