I recently created a new place on iNaturalist for Davidson College (where I now work) using a kml file. The goal is to provide an easy way for students to contribute to a continuing checklist of the biodiversity of the campus by using iNaturalist. The place creation process went fine.
I can search for the iNaturalist place and this shows up fine (result here).
However, when I go to the Explore tab and try to search for “Davidson College”, nothing comes up (no autocomplete). I can search for Davidson, NC (the town the college is in). When I do this, “Davidson College” appears as a filter automatically to the upper left and Davidson, NC (the town) is represented as the college campus with the outline that I uploaded (this result here). This is actually what would be easiest to show students as they can easily browse observations on the map and get good summary stats for the College. However, there are two issues:
- It is a little counterintuitive to search for the town to get the college. and
- The town is actually much bigger than the college. Even if there isn’t a town outline, that search should probably return a bounding box or something, like a search for nearby towns does (eg Cornelius).
Am I misunderstanding something about how places work on iNat and/or is there a better way to do this? Thanks!