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03 de septiembre de 2018

It's that time again for student iNaturalist projects

For the fall semester I have 3 BIOL 1407 classes (structure and function of organisms). That is a total of around 70 students in the class that will be required to do some observations. This will be the 4th semester I am using iNaturalist as one of the centerpieces of my class. You can see the work of some of my other semesters along with another teacher that is using iNat in her class at:

For those of you interested in how I approach the use of iNaturalist here is the break down of the iNaturalist assignments. If you want the actual assignments then just email me and I will send them to you.

The following is a schedule from a typical 15-week semester.
Week 2: iNaturalist Lab (introduce them to iNaturalist and take a field trip to show them how to do the observations.
Week 3: Project (part 1) due. The students have to do 30 observations of any living organism following the iNaturalist guidelines.
Week 6: Project (part 2) due. The students focus on protists. They are required to bring in pond samples to labs each week until they get 15 protist observations.
Week 9: Project (part 3) due. The focus is on plants and fungi. They have to make 30 plant observations and 10 fungi observations.
Week 12: Project (part 4) due. The focus is on invertebrates. They have to make 40 invertebrate observations.
Week 15: Project (part 5) due. The focus is on vertebrates. They have to make 15 vertebrate observations.

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25 de septiembre de 2018

2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz

This is just a reminder that the 2018 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz is coming up and can be used for extra credit in the BIOL 1407 class. You can find the details below and on blackboard. This is an opportunity to show off your iNaturalist skills and to gain some extra points in the class.

Extra Credit Value: Up to 50 points (1 point for each observation you add to the Texas Pollinator BioBlitz project)


Go to and 'follow' the iNaturalist project. Look in the top right of the project banner and you will see a "follow" link.
Read the instructions on the project page
Make observations between October 5-21 following the guidelines on the project page. (Only certain organisms will be added to the project so make sure to read the guidelines carefully.)


Add your observations between October 5-21.
These observations that you are using for the extra credit will not count towards any of the iNaturalist module project requirements in class (It is extra credit after all).
Multiple observations from the same species do not count unless they are from different areas of Texas.
Your observations must meet the BioBlitz guidelines

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