Have you ever wondered about the identify of insects in your garden? Traditional methods of insect identification involve the use of taxonomic keys and often require mastery of highly technical skills and vocabulary. For these reasons, insect identification to anything lower than the taxonomic level of Order is beyond the reach of most people. Even with dedicated study, many people may struggle with Family level identifications. But, iNaturalist has made insect identification more accessible to gardeners and other nature lovers.
This class will provide an overview of the iNaturalist app, help you engage with the iNaturalist community, connect with other gardeners on our iNaturalist project page, and learn to use the app to identify insects in your garden, Gardeners will be given an assignment in advance of the workshop. During our workshop time, we will critique and identify images, to the lowest taxonomic level, possible.
Workshop Materials: participants will need a smart phone or tablet that can connect to the internet and that has GPS capabilities. To capture better images of small insects, participants may want to consider purchasing an inexpensive macro lens in advance of the workshop.