Best use of subscriptions to capture specific species in a geographic region

I have a project where I am trying to capture observations of specific genera and species within the geographic bounds of a city. I have it set up as a traditional project, and plan to manually add observations to this project.

My understanding is that in order to receive alerts that appropriate obs have been made, I need to:
-subscribe to a place
-add taxon
-I can do this for an unlimited number of taxons.

My problem is that my Dashboard only shows 5 of these subscriptions, then the rest are hidden. When I go to “Manage all your subscriptions” and look at “Places”, it does not show the taxon. So I will end up with 100 lines of “Philadelphia/ Edit/Unsubscribe” but not knowing what specific taxon each line is tracking.

The questions:
-Is there a better way to view this on a PC?
-Is there a better way to try to capture this date? A different type of filter, or perhaps a different project

Any help greatly appreciated. The specific project:

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You could setup an “Identify” page with a filter such that it includes your place and the various taxa you are interested in. Then you can bookmark that so you can come back to it any time, perhaps even putting that url into a journal post of the project so it is easy to find no matter what computer you are on. Then just go to that Identify page, and if the observation is to be included, you can add it to the project (but you will have to “View Observation” first (and perhaps ctrl-click to open in new tab) to have access to adding the obs to a project. Adding an ID or just clicking “reviewed” in the Identify modal will drop that observation from your Identify pool, so you can gradually work through all relevant observations including new ones as they get added.

Otherwise, consider maybe a Collection project, such that it auto adds for you? But I’m guessing you want full control over what goes in and what gets excluded…

here is an example:,casual,research&place_id=11508&taxon_ids=47157,47118

for Gisborne NZ (where I live), spiders and moths/butterflies, and all observations (incl casual and RG)

just substitute your place code and the taxon numbers which suit your project.


I would probably set it up as a Collection project knowing that it will initially be sort of a pain to get going – you’ll have to manually enter all 100 taxa you’d like to include. But once you do that, everything should run automatically for you, bringing in observations of the taxa you set up in the place you specified.

Related discussion here:


PA County as place and Fungi as taxon

there are 2836 “Needs ID” and 4749 total observations, which is going to be an effort to work through… so I agree a collection project sounds way easier…

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Thank you both for your help!

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