BowerBird is a site very similar to iNaturalist from Australia with a very vibrant and knowledgeable community of naturalists. As part of the sad news about BowerBird shutting down, BB founder Ken Walker recommended that the community start using iNaturalist if they’d like to continue generating data for the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA archives research-quality observations from iNaturalist).
We’re honored by Ken’s recommendation and want to do everything we can to help any BowerBird community members who want to give iNaturalist a try get oriented as painlessly as possible.
I posted a brief tutorial aimed at explaining the basics of iNaturalist to a BowerBird user seeing the website for the first time.
And we’ve had requests from 12 BowerBird users to help copy over their BowerBird observations to their iNaturalist accounts. Over 12,000 such observations have been copied over so far.
iNaturalist can seem pretty hard to figure out for new users so I’m hopeful these steps will help increase the chance of a smooth transition. I’m also hoping this forum thread will be a place for any BowerBird users with questions to get feedback and help from the broader iNaturalist community. And also don’t hesitate to send any questions to email@example.com
Thanks and welcome BowerBird community!