Simple people of Colorado will create wildlife database with the help of iNaturalist, a new released app. By downloading the app anybody will be able to help the scientists study the impact of climate change on the wildlife habitats across the state.
People will simply have to use iNaturalist to upload photos and even sounds of creatures spotted or heard in the state’s parks and trails. Besides that, they will also be able to view other people’s findings or alert other users of their own findings.
This app has already drawn the attention of birdwatchers who are eager to use it. Another cool feature of the app is that people can help other people identify the creature they found. So if you’re using the app and you see a rare species don’t hesitate to upload it only because you don’t know what species it is – someone else will more than sure help you with that!
Besides mammals of all sizes, users should document their encounters with all kind of insects, birds and also plants and flowers.
The administrator of Steamboat Lake Park said that people already like to use social media to share what they found and this is a great opportunity for many to do something useful with their sharings. Besides that, the project will probably attract more people to spend time outside in parks, which can only be a good thing.
iNaturalist app can be downloaded for free by both users of iOS and Android devices’ stores and also from the website of Colorado wildlife tracking.
The Colorado wildlife tracking is part of the international project iNaturalist.org that already has over 130,000 members who have already added millions of observations to the database. The mobile app has since now been downloaded by over ten thousand Android users.
Scientists claim that creating this database will help them determine the impact of climate change on local species. They are particularly interested in the locations where each specimen is being found in order to be able to establish if the climate changes forces species move to locations where they weren’t seen in the past.
Another important aspect of the findings is the exact date when a certain specimen has been spotted in a location, which would help experts determine if the migration seasons of certain species are changing as a result of warmer temperatures.
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