Backyard, front porch, side lot, courtyard, nearby greenspace observations

Yes? Anything specific you would have in mind to illustrate?

e.g. of what’s exactly in the house (I guess maybe those shouldn’t be? though obviously no transport involved) or those of organisms being outside that you make while being inside.

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I understand now. Something like a spider, earwig, bat, rodent, black mould on a window frame. Organisms that have unfortunately decided to share your abode, yes they count. A recording of a hidden Gecko chirping, yes. A wild bird that has accidentally flown inside, yes. A tick that I have found on myself, sigh, yes.

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I debated whether to include my Colorado observations. I was a lifelong Californian, but decided to move to Colorado. I sold my house in March, hired a moving van, and went with the idea that it was a permanent move. As time went on, I really missed California, so in October of the same year I hired a moving van again and bought a different house in California in my old neighborhood. I figured that the real estate transactions and moving expenses and not having more than one residence at the same time made it okay to include the Colorado observations. I didn’t include any observations from Colorado that I didn’t walk to from the place I was renting. Since the discussion has been opened, I just wanted to put the facts out there, and I’d have no problem removing those observations if they seem outside the scope of the project.

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I can fully appreciate your choices and cannot disagree.

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This is extending the concept of Green Birding which has been around for some years now and has a wide following
https://www.facebook.com/GreenBirdingYourPatch/ … for example

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Good to know.

I think this project is a great idea! Obviously circumstances are weird right now for all of us, but I think I’ll be challenging myself to get more foot-powered observations - I added some of my historical ones.

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I just want to thank people for joining the Footzoom Project. It is great to see that people have joined from all over the world including Portugal, Spain, Russia, Germany, the UK, Canada, and the US. This is a traditional project so it is heavily reliant on people joining and adding their observations that have been collected while using only human-powered transport from one’s primary residence to get to the observation. As I said earlier, it will be great to see how many species are submitted with this, hopefully, low carbon footprint. I would love to see the southern hemisphere, more continents, and more islands, represented. I would also like some feedback on how to promote this. So far there seems to be a good cross section of species as well as you can see in the stat diagram.

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I don’t know about promotion, but what about banner or at least an icon of the project? That’s what people see on others’ observations and it gets them interested to visit the page.

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Okay, Banner and Icon added.

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Hi,
I am new to iNat and in Australia. Currently trying to record what lives on our small acreage. So far all my records are from home :)

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Welcome to iNaturalist and the forum @RosieBenz . Sounds like this Project would be perfecr for you. By all means, join up and add your observations.

You can use mass editor to add all your current observations faster. For that click on you profile and choose observations, there it will be.

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All of my observations are from my backyard and that is the way I intend to keep it. It is one of the things I wish iNat would do is give us “folders” in our own accounts. I would like to have a separate “folders” just for the reason of having one for the backyard and one for other. Yes, I know they have “projects”, but to me it’s not really the same thing.

This topic is about an existing project, so your idea of having folders in one’s account probably can’t get very far here. It might be a good idea for you to make a feature request for it, or at least start a separate discussion about it (after searching topics to make sure no one’s already asked for something similar).

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I’m quite pleased and grateful to those that have joined the Footzoom Project. We now have representation from Portugal, Spain, Russia, Germany, the UK, Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Bangladesh, and South Africa. People are submitting very interesting observations. Pretty good momentum for something on foot :) Things are just starting to happen in our gardens here so maybe between digging, selecting (weeding), and planting I’ll be able to get a little more observations in the garden and neighbourhood.

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In case you did not know, today is World Bicycle Day (United Nations). While you are out being mobile, if you are able in your part of the world, don’t forget to observe and submit to our Footzoom Project.

I was just looking at the statistics for this project and am really impressed with the diversity that is being shared.

Of the current 4,603 species on June 7, 2020 with 38 observers worldwide, sharing 27,653 observations, we have an impressive diversity:
Unknown - .04%
Protozoans - .17%
Fungi - 6.65%
Plants - 30.98%
Chromista - .02%
Mollusks - .94%
Insects - 40.77%
Arachnids - 5.65%
Ray-Finned Fish - .20%
Amphibians - .52%
Reptiles - .94%
Birds - 10.51%
Mammals - 1.44%
Other Animals - 1.59%

I am thankful to those who are submitting.

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I’m having hard time adding last observations, busy with many things, so probably will recheck everything new by the autumn.

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