If you like to go hiking in Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve, we would LOVE to know what you see while you are on the trail! You can do a lot of good for our environment and our resource management strategies by helping us collect information about what critters you see while you're in the park.
iNaturalist is a free app from the app store online for droid, and applie ipads and iphones. With this app, you can make listst of observations of the plants and animals that you see in any area you visit. have you ever been on a walk and seen something beautiful and wondered what that is? This app comes with a whole network of naturalists just waiting to help tell you what it is that you saw. All you need to is take a picture with your iphone, collect the coordinates ( a gps in the app or on your phone can do that) and upload it to the web page. Nature enthusiasts will tell you what they think it is.
The purpose of this information is to track the health and movement of plants and animals over time so that we can figure out where they are moving to, if they are stable, and if their numbers are on the increase, or slipping into decline. This is all based on regular citizen scientists who are volunteering their time. We would love to show you how to use this app and how to help us gather this info about our park. Kids, scout groups, community groups of all kinds more than welcome!
For more information, please call Teri at (408) 224-7476.