I’ve been trying to figure out how to add a state level Conservation status, and couldn’t find instruction in the Help pages. It could be more clear for non-curators how to flag and contribute to conservation statuses.
I eventually found this comment in the forum: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/updating-iucn-red-list-conservation-statuses/25712/3?u=dooug
Which provided my answer:
“when creating or editing the conservation status (which only curators can do) paste the flag URL in the description field along with some context (e.g. ‘Not threatened by location disclosure despite threatened status, See https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/542784’) if you are not a curator, you can still make the flag and then mention a curator to get help creating/editing the conservation status itself”
It’d be useful to define a standard practice for non-curators on how to flag for Conservation Status additions or changes and what information to provide to the curator/s.
In my case, I’m working on improving Michigan’s conservation statuses for rare species. I did flag this one: https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/545814
Working from this source: https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/species/animals Which NatureServe references for michigan it seems.