Is There a Display to Compare Observations Between Years?

One of the things we would like to do here at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is to enable people to compare the observations that they made in their yard from one year to the other in an easy way. Is there some sort of display that could be created to show observations made year-to-year or month-to-month that doesn’t require exporting the data?

Thanks!

  • Pete Kleinhenz
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Pete, do they have individual projects for these observations?

You can do this through the “Explore” tab on the website. Type your address into the “Location” bar, and observations will be filtered to just the ones at that location.

iNaturalist converts the address to a rectangular area bounded by specified Latitude and Longitude. If you’re not happy with the boundaries it automatically assigns to your address, you can change the lat/long in the URL.

If you click the “Filter” button, you can choose to only see your observations, and you can filter by date or by month. Applying filters alters the URL in the web address bar of your browser. You can copy the URL, use it later to access the same set of filters. For example, here’s the link to see all observations made at the White House, in any year, between the months of November, December, January and February: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?month=1,2,11,12&nelat=38.90148105&nelng=-77.03520096970851&place_id=any&swlat=38.89640805000001&swlng=-77.03789893029148

Another option you might want to explore further, is that you can also create a non-rectangular property boundary by creating a new place (More tab > Places > Manually create a new place). One caveat: When you add a new place, it gets added to iNaturalist’s database for anyone to see. I’m not sure if there’s a way to keep a new place private and accessible only through your account. You should probably test this option further before recommending it. People probably don’t want everyone on iNat to be able to see their house as “Joe Smith’s House”.

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