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Becoming a Citizen Scientist with iNaturalist
Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:00 AM 12:00 PM
with Xander Prince (Mountain Top Arboretum) and Dan Snider (CRISP)
Co-sponsored with Schoharie Watershed Month.

Free Program.

Observations submitted by citizen scientists are playing an increasingly important role in tracking changes in species distributions and the overall biodiversity of our planet. If you already enjoy exploring the natural world or are looking for a new way to engage with it, then participating in the citizen scientist project iNaturalist may be for you. Join amateur naturalist and citizen scientist Xander Prince to learn how to use the iNaturalist mobile app to document your observations of flora and fauna. The workshop will begin with an overview of best practices and tips when using the iNaturalist app and website. Dan Snider will present on invasive plant species that are the greatest threat to the watershed and are found close to the Arboretum. Then we will move outside to explore and document the diverse plant and animal life at the Arboretum and load photos to iNaturalist.

Give this article a look for more information about the impact of iNaturalist: https://bit.ly/2UPZrth

Mountain Top Arboretum is a public garden in the Catskill Mountains dedicated to displaying and managing native plant communities of the northeastern US, in addition to curating its collection of cold-hardy native and exotic trees. Its mountain top elevation of 2,400 feet at the top of the New York City Watershed creates a unique environment for education, research and pure enjoyment of the spectacular and historic Catskills landscape. The Arboretum trails and boardwalks connect 178 acres of plant collections, meadows, wetlands, forest and Devonian bedrock—a natural sanctuary for visitors interested in horticulture, birding, geology, local craftsmanship, hiking and snowshoeing!