I created a new place for my favorite local park, and have been trying to get it set up nicely. For the checklist, I have added every species that I could find research-grade observations of in the park on iNaturalist, plus a few species I have definitely seen there in person.
However, I know there are more species than that in the park. Is it possible for other people to add species to the list, too, or does this happen automatically somehow, or do I need to keep an eye out for new verified observations to add to the list myself? Does anyone have advice for running a place page well and keeping the taxa updated, and making sure they’re accurate? I’m a little worried as some of the taxa are things I’m not familiar enough with to ID myself, I’m kind of relying on the community’s consensus for them.
I also wanted to ask advice about whether/what kind of project to create to go along with my newly created place. I have read through the page about this but still am not sure what I should do. Just having the place without a project is obviously an option, and what I’m leaning towards right now, at least for the time being. However, are people on iNaturalist more likely to notice and contribute to the place if it has an accompanying project, or is a project somehow more useful for people who are curious about the park than just a place? If so, is it better to do a traditional or collection project? A collection project looks easier, but I’m more concerned with usefulness than ease. I don’t mind putting in work to make my place and/or affiliated project successful.
Finally, I am interested in the possibility of running a Bioblitz sometime in the future (not right away), but is there a risk of that being seen as stepping on toes? I’m not affiliated with the park, I just really like it, so I don’t want to make them mad by organizing an unauthorized Bioblitz. It is a city park that charges a low admission fee if that is relevant.