I’m hoping folks can help me with ideas for handling lots of observations. I’m getting ready to participate in a BioBlitz at the end of April and I want to get out there and really do a good job!
But I have a slow Internet connection so it can be challenging to upload a lot of observations into iNaturalist.
Here is what I usually do and how I process my observations.
Any ideas or suggestions and new methods are very much appreciated.
I upload my photos from my camera to my computer and sort through them.
I identify the photos I want to upload and save them out as JPGs in a dated folder.
I grab all the photos in the folder and drag them to the UPLOAD screen on iNaturalist.
- THen I go get a cup of coffee or something…
This is where it gets super time-consuming… I go through the observations and …
- Select any observations that need to be combined and combine them.
- Click on the location and then wait while google earth loads. If I select a saved location it’s marginally faster, but still super slow.
Do folks use an app or method to get GPS coordinates and write those down so they don’t have to wait for google earth and mouse around to find the right spot? (This really takes a lot of time for me because of our slow connection.)
** Do you just type in coordinates from handwritten notes?**
- Do folks use an app or method to get GPS coordinates and write those down so they don’t have to wait for google earth and mouse around to find the right spot? (This really takes a lot of time for me because of our slow connection.)
Once I get the locations set, then I go back and enter species information.
- A lot of times, I’m unsure of species so I figure if iNat has the location, then it may make some good suggestions. But this is another case where it takes a lot of time.
- I also need to work on being more careful as I’ve been known to try to speed things up and type in the wrong species even for things I know. Sometimes I don’t look carefully enough at which observation I’m editing. Sigh.
Then when that’s completed, I click on the submit all observations button (often I have to click on it several times for it to start processing).
Then I just walk away because it often takes an hour or more to finish uploading the photos…
Is that pretty much what everyone does or are there faster ways to go about this?
Are there any processing tips to deal with more than a dozen or so observations?