We have noticed several taxa that are considered Species of Concern and/or tracked by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program that are not being obscured in Colorado. For example, Couch’s Spadefoot toad has an IUCN status of Least Concern, a NatureServe California status of S2S3, and a NatureServe Colorado status of S1. It is automatically obscured in those two states but nowhere else. Canada Lynx, however, also has an IUCN status of Least Concern, but is listed on the US Endangered Species List as Threatened, it is listed as Endangered in the state of Colorado, and it has NatureServe Colorado status of S1. The only place in the US where iNat observations of Canada Lynx are automatically obscured is Vermont (also S1).
Why aren’t federally protected species automatically obscured at the national level? Does iNat follow any systematic scheme for determining which taxa should be automatically obscured in the US? There are numerous threads about the recent geoprivacy changes in Canada, but there appears to be less information about the process in the US.
Is “Flag for Curation” the best way to request a change to a taxon’s conservation status and geoprivacy? Or do you prefer that we send such requests to firstname.lastname@example.org for investigation?