ACR Nature Connection: iNaturalist Exploration

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Description: 

Martin Griffin Preserve
ACR Nature Connection: MGP iNaturalist Exploration

Join the ACR Junipers for a day exploring the Martin Griffin Preserve with iNaturalist. Bring a smart device and download the iNaturalist App. Help expand the preserve's digital natural history field guide and learn about the ecological diversity of West Marin. Junipers and other ACR volunteers will be available to help facilitate this exploration.

iNaturalist is a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity. The observations provide valuable open data to Audubon Canyon Ranch and a variety of scientific research projects. Users of iNaturalist have contributed over four million observations since its founding in 2008, and the project has been called "a standard-bearer for natural history mobile applications."

Speaker's Biography: ACR Junipers, Junior Naturalists: Junipers are ACR’s junior naturalists. Every year since 1994, ACR has recruited and provided 30 hours of field-based natural history and leadership training for a group of 30 budding natural scientists in fifth grade. Once trained, program graduates join the Juniper team to work with ACR volunteers and staff in implementing conservation science and stewardship projects and serving as co-leaders for public programs on ACR preserves. The Juniper Program offers a significant head start to the next generation of conservation stewards by providing advanced naturalist training, hands-on conservation experiences, and peer mentoring opportunities for participants through grade twelve and beyond.

Support ACR by Making a Donation When You Register!

ACR depends on the generosity of its community to administer education programs such as the Nature Connections and manage the 5,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries owned by ACR. Upon registering for this event, please make a donation!

Posted by: 
Eileen Shanahan

Online Forums

Commons Connect Forums provide a virtual gathering place to those who live and work in the West Marin Community. (Access to this local online forum is limited to those who work and live in the geographical area outlined here.)

A single registration allows community members to post local events on the Community Calendar, to post items of immediate importance on Alerts, and to access all of the forums including:

  • West Marin Soapbox: Campaigns, Causes, and Discussions
  • Over-the-Hill-Gang: Rides and Errands
  • West Marin Share: Reuse materials; share information and services -  a money free zone
  • West Marin Marketplace: rentals; things and services for sale
  • Tending the Wild Collaborative: An Ethnobiology Project
  • Local Food System Initiative: Food and garden related shares and information
  • Think Local West Marin: Appreciation and applause for our neighbors
  • Commons Connect Tech Support: Help with our Web site features
  • Volunteering Opportunities in West Marin: Help our local non-profits





Local Weather