Rare species in the Wilderness Park

One of our goals for identifying species in the Wilderness Park is to detect rare species that might require special management consideration. For instance, invasive species removal might be targeted to protect rare plants species, or new trails might be routed to avoid sensitive species.

But in order to protect endangered, threatened, and rare species, iNaturalist automatically obscures their exact location, showing the location only as 0.2° x 0.2° rectangular cell (an area of about 400 km2) that encompasses the hidden true coordinates. Consequently, iNaturalist observations of rare species in the Wilderness Park will generally not show up in the project.

So how can we use this project to detect rare species?

The answer, is that you, dear project members, can adjust your member settings so that the Project Administrators (and you) can see that your observations are in included in the project, but other iNat users cannot.

Here's how to do it:

On the project home home page, click on "Your Membership" in the "About" section of the header:

Then in your membership options, just check "Yes" for "Trust this project with hidden coordinates?":

When you check the "Yes" button, the locations of rare species you observe and their association with the project will only be visible to the Project Administrators and to you. When other people look, they will only see the obscured location, and they won't see any association with the project. (If you want to check this out, search for Berberis nevinii or Bombus crotchii in the project observations. They're there, but you won't be able to see them.)

Here are some of the rare species we've found so far in the Park:

Left to right: Crotch's Bumble Bee (Bombus crotchii), Nevin's Barberry (Berberis nevinii), Plummer's Mariposa Lily (Calochortus plummerae), and Fragrant Pitcher Sage (Lepechinia fragrans).

What others might we find?

Posted on Παρασκευή 01 Απρίλιος 2022 00:13:41 UTC by nvhamlett nvhamlett


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