'Needs ID' pile, and identifications

I’m pretty good with just the warm fuzzies.


It’b better if they got in -0 system, so maybe 10-50-100-200, and so on.

Sure. I was just following what Jason said.

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Sounds great to me, too. Maybe we could visit some schools and promote iNat?

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What do you mean by mavericks?

Sorry if this has already come up in this thread but there are 777 postings :grimacing:
From https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help#identification :

There are several types of IDs:

  • Leading: Taxon descends from the community taxon. This identification could be leading toward the right answer.
  • Improving: First suggestion of this taxon that the community subsequently agreed with. This identification helped refine the community taxon.
  • Supporting: Taxon is the same as the community taxon. This identification supports the community ID.
  • Maverick: Taxon is not a descendant or ancestor of the community taxon. The community does not agree with this identification.

You can check your own mavericks by using this URL: https://www.inaturalist.org/identifications?user_id=janebp&category=maverick
You don’t have any. Your identifications can be seen here:https://www.inaturalist.org/identifications?user_id=janebp

Not all mavericks are bad, some could be the first step in the right direction.
Also check this thread: How do I find and fix my old mis-identifications?


Monocots usually have three petals but they may also have three sepals that look like petals so they are referred to as flower petals in sets of three. Grasses are usually (always?) monocots - long strappy leaves with parallel veins.

Grasses is one family.

All my mavericks atm are for this reason…i’ve started to tag a friend who is helping with ID’s to un-maverick myself and move them further towards correct :) That’s kinda the nice thing about being active for a while? forming e-friendships (which sometimes turn into IRL ones!) and having people to tag back and forth for such things haha


Where are you finding these numbers?

The amount of Unknowns here in Florida is driving me insane. I’ve been keeping track of the number in the state as I go through hundreds every day. In the last three days, it went from 13,160 Unkown obs to 15,500. Three days, even as I identify them!!!


Where are you?

I even made a graph to show the increase over time during some random dates I took numbers


Those numbers are very easy to search on the Explore page
The information is somewhat different because @lynnharper made her post on October 6th.


Yes! This is a very interesting thread but it has diverged several times and I think could have been separated into a few threads - which would have kept me from being prevented from posting because iNat does not allow more than three consecutive posts from the same person. I have spent a lot of time in the past few days reading through this post to glean out some helpful info.

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Thanks very much for the definition. There are so many helpful links in this thread that I have not had the time to read the link that this definition is in.

I now have 14 pages of stuff I need to learn/look up/read/act on. (Outrageous!)


I’m sure everyone whose ID is a maverick made it because they believed that it was correct.

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a lot of mine were fat fingers/sloppy selection on the drop down (example: carolina wren instead of carolina chickadee. Or yeah, some honest mistakes (apparently there’s centipedes that look a lot like scolependera that aren’t).


I go to the basic Explore page, here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations

I filter for place, if I need to, and then look at the numbers of Observers and Identifiers along the gray band towards the top of the page. Does that make sense?