Came across a recent article I thought you might find interesting:
Christine Ro of the BBC recently published an article on “plant blindness” - that is, the tendency of humans to not notice the plants around them. While this is an innate bias all of us have, it can get reinforced by cultural norms such as animals for sports team mascots. However, the bias decreases for those plants for which there is a personal or cultural connection. In addition to describing the origins of “plant blindness”, the article also suggests that this bias could be impacting endangered species list funding in the US, as well as the use of plants in research.
As I read the article, I thought about how this might play out on iNaturalist. Certainly the site/app encourage an awareness of the life around us. While plants do dominate observation numbers, it seems that animals get IDed a lot faster. On the other hand, though, fungi and microscopic organisms (which the article doesn’t mention at all) seem to have the most trouble getting IDs.