Platform(s), such as mobile, website, API, other: All
URLs (aka web addresses) of any pages, if relevant: N/A
Description of need:
Having a way to look at observations based on ecoregions rather than geopolitical boundaries improves understanding of data, and would help to spot outliers that may be misIDed.
Feature request details:
A similar feature request (https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/add-us-epa-ecoregions/10307) was rejected because of the load it would put on the iNat infrastructure, but I think I may have an alternative. What if instead of making every ecoregion an iNat maintained place, we could simply toggle the background map from geopolitical<->ecoregion?
In other words, with the click of a button, go from
(please excuse my terrible rough cut presentation here - I’m just using online tools for a mockup. Ecoregion data map from https://databasin.org/datasets/68635d7c77f1475f9b6c1d1dbe0a4c4c/)
If this was available, we’d be able to visualize the observations in ecoregions, but not incur the load of managing them all as places.