Upon further reading on a topic that diverged into a discussion on the allowance of trail camera/game camera/camera trap/security camera/camera doorbell pictures, I realized that maybe a previous suggestion of using said cameras is more controversial than I thought. (I am new here in the forum after all!)
To summarize the linked discussion above, some feel that a camera trap “records an encounter with an individual organism at a particular time and location…¹” making it a submit-able “obervation”, while others think that it doesn’t comply with iNaturalist’s goal: “Our primary goal in operating iNaturalist is to connect people to nature…²”.
My unsolicited opinion, is that while trail camera observations are not a personal encounter with nature in the moment that they happen, they have opened up my eyes (and those of nearby observers) to the great biodiversity around me and my home leaving me more curious, interested, and engaged in my local biosphere. That, I would argue, is a success for iNaturalist, is it not?
I’ve learned about lots of creatures that are common but hard to see myself! Now that I’ve seen my own proof that they live nearby, I want to engage more. If you’ve seen any animals that are surprisingly rare @mnharris posed a great discussion.
Now that you know my biased opinion, what’s the prevailing wisdom here for using or not using automatic cameras for iNaturalist observations?