Citizen Science Project
We are currently partnering with iNaturalist (a global citizen science initiative) to involve local students and citizens in the practice of biodiversity monitoring. By joining the iNaturalist project linked below, you can contribute your own photographic wildlife observations from your home computer or smartphone and help us create a digital atlas of biodiversity within the Clinch, Powell, and Holston river systems of southwest Virginia. To date, over 300 observations of more than 180 different species from across the upper Tennessee River valley have been contributed by local residents – 40 of which have been accessioned as verified natural history collections in global biodiversity databases!
Anyone is welcome to contribute to the project, and your observations can be used to network with wildlife experts here in Appalachia and worldwide to identify a particularly hard-to-name species or to learn more about a creature in your backyard. In return, the observations you contribute can help scientists at home and abroad learn more about the biodiversity of our region. The widget below contains the most recently uploaded contributions to the project from southwest Virginia residents. Click the link below this list to join our project on iNaturalist (requires creating a new login for iNaturalist or logging into the site via an existing Facebook, Google, or Flickr account).