I think it’s because it’s a point place (if you’re importing places from iNat). I’ve had similar issues with places (all point places) in Florida.
It won’t let me just do Texas. It wants me to choose a specific city. https://photos.app.goo.gl/y6W5y6WXrNBMrftbA
Yea that’s what happens with “Texas, USA”, but with just “Texas” you should see this:
Ok, thank you!
For anyone who is still tuned in to this thread, thanks to more of your feedback I made a few big changes that I think will make things more fun and also more educational.
You can now quiz yourself on more specific taxa. e.g. if you’re a bird expert, you can quiz yourself on birds of the Amazon. (email suggestion from someone)
On Every taxon, you can cycle though multiple images, as well as see which iNat user posted each one.
thanks (@Ajott) for helping me iron this one out.
The app does a better job of finding taxa in your area, so even if your location has few observed taxa, it will look around at surrounding locations. (@bug_girl and @kiwifergus hopefully this will help you)
At the end of your quiz, you will get a second chance to answer the ones you got wrong (for fewer points). I figured this will hopefully encourage people to take the time to really look through the photos and remember what the plants and animals look like, so that the next time around it will be less of a guessing game.
Here’s what’s still left on my list things to add:
- Scientific name toggle
- Improvements to the question sorting
- Alternative question formats
Until then, please give it a try, share it with other nature enthusiasts and feel free to to reach out with feedback or issues.
Have a good week everyone
Great, thanks for making these changes!
One of the questions has an incorrect picture. The image is of a caracara but it says scissor tailed flycatcher.
@brennafarrell the site pulls research grade observations directly from iNat, so this might happen if some of them are inaccurate. Looking at the username, it looks like the one you’re referring to came from this observation. Oddly enough, this user has another observation with the same photo, but that one is labeled as cacara.
This is from an observation of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher harassing a Caracara. In that particular photo the Flycatcher is almost on the Caracara’s back, in the middle of dive-bombing it. It’s just bad luck that you happened to get a difficult photo.
Oops I didn’t even read the observation description . Thanks for the clarification Jeremy!
Love the “more chances” feature! “Get back and try again”, great stuff!
Ok, so this is awesome! Thanks for sharing! Is there any way that it could be tailored to pull from a particular project, rather than all photos from a state or region? I’m wondering whether this could be used for quizzing students for a class, but based on a small subset of species that they’re expected to know.
Welcome to the forum! I hope your request can be done, because I would be interested in that too.
@bug_girl @petervanzandt. Definitely! I had thought about that before but didn’t think people would be that interested. I’m glad to have been proven wrong. I’ll build that in there and let you know once it’s ready.
Ok, that was impressive - thanks! Unfortunately, I’ve tried this a few times and the results are inconsistent in that it works with some projects and not with others. This isn’t a problem for me, but I don’t understand why it doesn’t always work. I’m able to do this with a small class project of mine (BSCbot20), but not with another project (Moths of Alabama). I’m a member of both of these projects, and if anything I would’ve thought that the class project (BSCbot20) wouldn’t work because it’s so small. For the Moths of Alabama project, (and for other large public projects, like national moth week 2018: Alabama), I get to the “your quiz is ready” screen, but after I select “start”, I get a screen that says, “We couldn’t find any taxa to build this quiz with”. Any guesses on why this is glitching?
Here’s a related question: For BSCbot20 (currently only has 25 observations), the quiz only had 4 questions, while for the Flora of North Alabama project (>57,000 observations), the quiz generates 10 questions. Is the number of questions in the quiz based on the size of the project? This seems logical, but I just wanted to check.
Thanks so much for tailoring this for projects!