iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. The primary purpose of the crowdsourced species identification system is to connect people to nature. Their secondary goal is to generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data from personal encounters with the natural world by citizen scientists –from bird watchers to anglers, to hikers and beach combers. iNaturalist challenges their team with this thought, “If enough people recorded their observations, it would be like a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature. To date, there has been nearly 10,000 species reported by nearly 83,000 observers. Currently, iNaturalist has logged more than 3 million observations.
Connecting Corridors main mission is connecting people to unique places, experiences and adventures along the Albemarle Sound so our focus with iNaturalist will be discovering and documenting the flora and fauna of the region. The Albemarle Sound is one of the largest estuaries on the Atlantic coast. It is located in the Northeastern region of North Carolina. This estuarine shoreline of tidal creeks, freshwater rivers and sounds exceeds 500 miles. The region provides critical habitat for a variety of plant and animal communities. our guide is a collection of casual observations and field reports noted while hiking, fishing, paddling, boating, bird-watching and cycling in the region where land and water emerges. To learn more about this exciting project, click the links below.