MMWD is hosting an all-day, free program of guided walks and workshops on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed on Saturday, June 23, in celebration of our 100-year anniversary.
A special feature of the day is a "bioblitz" in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences. Other volunteer citizen-science opportunities abound with several workshops scheduled to learn how to identify native plants and animals of the watershed. Many of the programs are only an hour or two long and are ideal for families who want to learn more about nature yet stay close to home.
(Photo by Tori Reeder)
So why do we want conservation photographers there? The theme of the day is "careful observation is the first step in the scientific process." We're encouraging participants to photograph the organisms (plants, animals, fungi... anything living!) that they encounter throughout the day and to upload them to our iNaturalist project page, where they can be seen by Academy and MMWD researchers. Having the conservation photography group involved will ensure we'll get some great photos! To have your observations of organisms added to the scientific dataset, follow these simple steps:
1. Create an account on iNaturalist http://www.inaturalist.org. It's free and easy!
2. Join our Mt. Tamalpais bioblitz iNaturalist project: http://inaturalist.org/projects/mt-tamalpais-bioblitz-mmwd-cas.
3. Download the iNaturalist app on your smart phone.
4. Take photos of all the interesting plants and animals you see on June 23rd using the iNaturalist app and add your observations to the project. It's okay if you don't know what something is, as long as you have a clear photo or two, the iNaturalist community can help you identify it.
(If you don't have a smart phone, don't worry! You can take photos with any camera and upload them to iNaturalist later. If you're using your camera and you have a GPS, we encourage you to take down the lat/long when you take your photos, since the geo-referenced information is important for researchers! You can also select the location you took each photo on the map provided by iNaturalist if you don't have a GPS unit.)
And if you're not sure how all of this works, come to the workshop by iNaturalist co-director Scott Loarie on Saturday morning before heading out for the day's walks.
To see the schedule of the day's events, look here: http://marinwater.org/controller?action=menuclick&id=656
For those that came to the May 5 plant survey, we will be holding another one during the June 23 bio-blitz- it's listed as "Botany Biobliz" on the schedule. If you'd like to attend the all-day plant survey, email [masked] to let them know you're planning on attending!