Watching the number of unknowns rise during the CNC was quite the sight, I kept identifying unknowns throughout the weekend and watched the number keep rising. I decided to record the data and the peak was 200k unknowns. Below is the number of kingdom level unknowns in hours since the start of the CNC. As of the posting of this, there are still 150k unknowns.
I’ve been working through them too. I generally flick through and only add an ID if I can do family or better for plants, and phylum/ order for animals that are less common. Depends on my mood though. One thing I found really satisfying was watching the number of pages decrease as I IDed them. They were going down a lot faster than my humble input, so I could imagine a bunch of people all over the world busily working away :)
In reference to comments about La Paz, it currently ranks 1st for number of observations in the 2023 CNC …so although I haven’t done any calculations, the percentage of unknowns might possibly be in line, statistically, with other cities.
They are less than 7% of all observations, so it is about 3x the overall rate of unknowns. La Paz obviously has an amazing level of buy-in to the challenge which is great, so they already wipe the floor with everyone! If they were to attempt to mirror the IDing operation of say Cape Town then I can hardly imagine what they would achieve… It is early days for them I guess - they came out of nowhere last year - but I hope that they are able to better equip their observers in the coming years to give IDs but not wild or overspecific IDs. They seem to have the network to do that, I just hope they have the intention. As it stands, their success in generating participation is hard for everyone to manage practically.
I believe that La Paz will generate some fabulous naturalists as a result of this participation - but some will perhaps be missed because their observations are so buried…
There is also not a single journal post published in the La Paz project.
Maybe they used another platform for guidance, but in the project description, they mention their success from last year and that the national and internation communitiy will help with identification.
No link to any guidance, no mention of how to provide good photos for ID, no follow-up after the event.
And all that with more than 1200 members in the project.
I see this as a huge missed opportunity by the organizers.
There are no journal posts in the umbrella CNC project, either. In my local CNC, we tried to use journal posts as a way to engage with project members (all 44 of them), but I don’t think that was particularly successful.
True, but that assumes that everyone joins the umbrella project and that they read all the journal posts on the umbrella project. At least for my local project, not every observer joined the local project (I’m sure some observers had no idea the CNC was going on) and even the local project members didn’t read our journal posts. I can’t say I read the journal posts for every project I’m in or person I follow.