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Digital Tools for Community Science

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Growing Connections at the Nature Sanctuary. This event will bring nature lovers of all ages together to digitally explore with iNaturalist.

About this event

Our environmental educator will help observers note plants, animals and fungi on site, and grow a greater appreciation for our local biodiversity.
Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/digital-tools-for-community-science-event-at-the-nature-sanctuary-tickets-166725086221

To join in the fun you’ll need:

  • the iNaturalist app on your phone (sign up for the Nature Sanctuary zoom training)
  • an iNaturalist account
  • curiosity


Teams of mixed ages and experiences will explore and create iNaturalist entries for the trees, insects, moss, birds, flowers, ferns, and many other forms of life that call Swan Lake and Christmas Hill home. We will end our adventures with a free lunch (at a COVID-safe distance) and share our discoveries. The teams’ total observations will be tallied and each individual on the team with the most observations will receive a cell phone macro photo lens to keep!

Before you arrive:

1. Attend the iNaturalist training session on September 12 at 7 pm. A recording of the presentation will be available at swanlake.bc.ca2. Download the free iNaturalist app to your phone, create an account and practice using the iNaturalist app on your device by making a few observations in your yard or neighborhood . You must also be 13 or older to participate as iNaturalist app will not allow younger participants. Children younger than 13 can work together with a parent or sibling.

Schedule for the Sunday, September 19:

· 10:00 am – meet at the Swan Lake parking lot.

· 10:05 am – introduction, assigned to teams and directed to target locations.

· 10:15 am disperse to assigned areas.

Christmas Hill teams will drive to the hill. You’ll be shown where to park.

· 10:30 – 12:30 – take photos and complete iNaturalist observations of every species you find.

Data uploaded to iNaturalist, will be automatically be added to the Nature Sanctuary project.

All team observations (between 10:30-12:30) will count towards your teams’ total.

You can make observations outside this time frame, but these won’t be tallied as part of your team’s total.

· 12:30 pm – head back to the nature house front lawn.

· 12:40 pm – lunch served in a COVID-safe manner.

Chat with other teams about your observations.

· 1:00 pm – awards will be given to the team members of the team with the most observations.


What to bring:

  • Closed toe shoes with good tread. (There will be uneven terrain and some thorny plants.)
  • Cell phone that is fully charged with the free iNaturalist downloaded
  • Mask (Put your mask on when within 6 ft of others)
  • Water bottle filled with water

Photo Credit above: D. C. Copley