Is anyone else interested in helping propose guidelines that can be promoted re how to annotate observations of ticks found at the end of a day of exploring?
Sharing an observation of a tick found in the wild (on a plant, or on a rabbit, or one that just hopped on you) is straightforward.
I am looking for suggestions on best ways to share photos of ticks found after one returns home from exploring outdoors (perhaps the tick is crawling around inside your car or up your leg or on your pet or attached behind your ear). The issue is that if you were out exploring many different places it will be impossible to note the location where the tick was picked up.
I do believe that it is important for these observations to be shared as people need the means to learn what kind of tick was photographed - iNat is a great tool for this. They should be encouraged to include a coin or a ruler to help with scale.
should the home location be used? (i vote no)
should the general county area be used? this would include huge accuracy/precision. (i vote maybe)
should the home location be used but coordinates obscured (maybe)
it will be important to note that the date/time references when the tick was discovered - this could be hours/days after returning home.
what is needed is a field to indicate that the tick was transported - i would like to recommend using the DwC term ‘pathway’ https://dwc.tdwg.org/terms/#dwc:pathway All that we need to do is come up with a few good phrases - transported by person, or pet, etc
Also if it tick was attached then a few other DwC terms could be populated → example strong textassociatedTaxa https://dwc.tdwg.org/terms/#dwc:associatedTaxa
this field could be used to say tick found on dog…
it would be great if there was a way to include a reference to the iNat observation of the ‘host’.
(this would work for cases where ticks are seen on other critters in the wild → such as ticks on a rabbit) https://inaturalist.ca/observations/49008847
and … would it be useful to indicate if the tick was engorged?
i trust that anyone who gets grossed out by ticks stopped reading after the first sentence!