Bioblitz Assistance if Possible

Two weeks ago I hosted a bioblitz for Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc in the town of Rainbow Beach, QLD in Australia. In our format we had about 15 scientists and approximately 80 citizen scientists that went with our scientist into the field. Last August we only used paper and pencil to gather observations and did well with about 1400 total observations. The problem is none of them had accurate GPS data and only about 40 of them actually had a photo. I made the decision to use iNaturalist for the blitz held on May 17-19, 2019 and created two projects, one as a traditional project so we could see obscured observations and a Collection project for easier reporting. Here is my problem… At the most recent blitz, a number of my older scientists, 70+, insisted on using pencil and paper. I asked for accurate location data on the paper in addition to a media field to capture the images collected by attendees for each observation. None of them have images and about a third have GPS data. Is there a way I can do a bulk upload of all these records and have them show as casual observations so I can integrate them with our existing data, over 500 observations? I know where they went in the National Park so I can get an approximate location for those that don’t have location data but still no photos. If there is no way then I will have to brush off my Excel skills to merge the species counts with the digital stuff. Thanks so much in advance!

Randy Orwin
President, Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc
Data Manager, Cooloola Bioblitzes (5 more to come in the next 3 years)

You can import via csv, just have to make sure it’s formatted correctly for iNat to understand the data: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/import#csv_import

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Do I take it that the older scientists refused your generous offer to have a photographer-apprentice accompany them?

You can get really good photos for observations while someone is showing you how the hairy underside of a leaf allows you to be sure that a plant is this species and not a different one. Not to mention learning a lot.

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Thanks for the heads up about the csv option. I looked at that but wondered if I would be in violation of the TOS by uploading all of those paper records. Thoughts?