I have perhaps a silly question but I wish to get secondary opinions from out iNaturalists before going forward with it.
For quite some time I’ve been wanting to ask staff members of iNat if I could become a curator for site. Some things that I wish to change/add to the site is add taxa for many bird hybrids. Example being, me and several other iNaturalists identified as an American Black Duck X American Wigeon but that taxon is yet to be added. I think ebird is a great source to find out what other hybrids need to be added, such as Red-tailed X Ferruginous Hawk or Broad-tailed X Calliope Hummingbird which have both been sighted, photographed and confirmed on that sight. I can understand how some known hybrids such as Pacific-slope X Cordilleran Flycatcher can be considered an “inappropriate” taxon to add since we can’t even tell the two species apart in the first place let known know a hybrid from photos. And it’s not just birds too. I’m seen several observations showing Cutbow Trout (Rainbow X Cutthroat Trout) and that’s not yet added to iNat.
But it’s not just hybrids too that need to be added. Currently accepted subspecies too have been absent from the site, one example being the Turkey Vulture ssp that lives my area of Western US.
I also think it would be awesome to add range maps for various species too. Besides birds, I am strongly interested in grasshoppers, however there are no range maps in iNat. I think that if we have a curator who would take the time, such as I, we can give someone a sense of what they could possibly find in their area. I’ve taken two years of computers and programming, so that would also be right up my alley.
And if you have taken the time with me through the last couple paragraphs, I’ve finally come to the reason why I’m still hesitate on sending the e-mail. Do I quality as a curator? When I think of someone curating a taxon, I think of someone who’s expertise in the subject. I don’t have a degree saying I’m a biologist, I’m working on. Which leads to my second concern? Am I too young? Is it wise for to give a college freshmen the ability to do these things on the site? I’m just worried about screwing up on something but I feel strongly that we need to make this site as accurate as possible with information. So that’s what I’m asking you, would you agree a college freshman with a passion for animals should curate?