Hey folks, I’m giving a talk to Cal-IPC on using iNat for invasive species monitoring in a month, and I was hoping some of you could tell me stories about your own use of iNat for this or related purposes. Specifically, if you have used iNat for invasive / introduced species detection and/or monitoring,
- Can you provide specific success stories? E.g. we noticed the introduction of species X and were able to get an early start on managing it as a result.
- Can you provide specific failure stories? E.g. we thought this would be a good tool for detecting novel introductions but manually monitoring new records on the site turned out to be too laborious.
- What other tools do you use in addition to or instead of iNat? How do the different tools serve different purposes?
Right now I’m probably going to argue that the large volume of iNat records in some places makes iNat good for early detection if and only if you can devote the person-hours to monitoring new observations on the site, and that it’s pretty bad at mapping populations. Am I wrong?