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Kaibab National Forest 2017 Citizen Science Project

About

This projects asks you to document as many flora and fauna as possible during the 2017 calendar year. Visitors can snap photos of plants and animals as they enjoy the Forest, and upload those photos and their locations to iNaturalist, a free app that documents observations of living things all over the world. After it’s uploaded, a community of experts, including Forest Service staff, can help identify what was captured in the picture. The Forest Service will use this information for education materials and to help identify management issues, such as invasive plants.

 

Location

Kaibab National Forest

 

Partners

iNaturalist

 

Not Accepting Participants

This project is closed. To find similar Forest Service projects near you, visit the iNaturalist website. See what the volunteers found by visiting the Kaibab Citizen Science Project page.

 

Participant Age

All ages

 

Participant Tasks

  • Observe botany and wildlife
  • Photography or audio

Moths aflutter in honor of National Moth Week

Imagine wandering through your favorite botanic garden in the early evening and catching a glimpse of the moon reflected off of something lime green that moves from flower to flower while closer to the ground the yellow glow of fireflies help illuminate the night.

It’s enough to make you feel like you’re in a Shakespearean forest.

But the lime green is really the wings that belong to what some consider the most beautiful insect – the Luna moth. Those who do catch a glimpse of this unique moth are lucky – as they are rarely seen due to their short life span.

PLANTS Database Provides Answers for Vegetative Questions

Recently the PLANTS website crossed a milestone with the uploading of its 50,000th image. The database, managed by the National Plant Data Team at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s East National Technology Support Center, hosts images of plants that grow in the U.S. and its territories.

The PLANTS site is one of USDA’s most frequently visited websites.