JOIN AN INATURALIST PROJECT WITH THE KU NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Help us document the biodiversity all around us by doing some citizen science! iNaturalist is a free online observation platform where people record biodiversity observations, interact with other enthusiasts, and learn about organisms. Observations from iNaturalist can also contribute to biodiversity science by being shared with open science projects such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). Scientists can freely access and use these data to address their research questions. Learn more about how scientists use iNaturalist data.
It's easy to join our current project via the iNaturalist Phone App, or click the photos below to explore our projects!
- For iPhone users: Download the iNaturalist app, then click the “More” tab, then “Projects,” then search for our project title, and click the “join” button.
- For Android users: Download the app, select the left side pull-down menu, then “Projects,” then search for our project title, and click the “join” button.
Check out our 'How To Use the iNaturalist Smartphone App' video with KU Ecology and Evolutionary Biology student and KU Biodiversity student researcher, Rene Martin. She'll show you how to download the easy-to-use app, make your profile and start making citizen science observations!
Have questions about our current project? Email Eleanor Gardner, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the KU Natural History Museum.
JANUARY - MARCH 2021: Bird BioBlitz
The KU Natural History Museum's Winter 2021 iNaturalist project is a Bird Blitz documenting avian species from January through March. Become a citizen scientist and help us document the diversity of birds in Douglas County during wintertime! Thanks for joining our project - be safe, have fun, and share some of your finds on social media by tagging us with @kunhm on Twitter or @kunaturalhistory on Facebook and Instagram!
PAST PROJECTS: Click on the project to explore images and data
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2020: Seasonal Species Variation
Our Fall 2020 iNaturalist project is a bioblitz tracking seasonal species variation from October 1 through December 31. Become a citizen scientist and help us document the changing landscape and animal-scape! Be safe, have fun, and share some of your finds on social media by tagging us: @kunhm on Twitter or @kunaturalhistory on Facebook and Instagram.
SEPTEMBER 2020: KUNHM BioBlitz - Autumnal Changes
Eleanor Gardner, our Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, has a new September iNaturalist project, and really, anything goes as long as it's within Douglas County, Kansas! What changes are you seeing from summer to fall? Become a citizen scientist and help us document the natural world around us this month. Be safe, have fun and share some of your finds on social media too by tagging us: @kunhm on Twitter or @kunaturalhistory on Facebook and Instagram!
AUGUST 2020: KUNHM August 2020 BioBlitz
Nature's Builders BioBlitz of Douglas County
Eleanor Gardner, our Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, has put together a really fun August project, all about nature's builders! Become a citizen scientist and help us document the architects you can find in the natural world. Building behavior is common in many animal species, from birds to insects & arachnids to mammals! Be safe, have fun and share some of your finds on social media too by tagging us: @kunhm on Twitter or @kunaturalhistory on Facebook and Instagram!
FOR THE KIDS: Try this Scavenger Hunt while participating in this month’s iNaturalist project to look for shapes and structures common in architecture, just like those discussed in Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines during Story Book Science. See how many items you can find!
We're focused on plants this month and everyone in NE Kansas is invited to participate in this botanical blitz! Observe plants you see & record them on our project in the free iNaturalist app! You can also explore what others have found & learn more about the flora all around you. Kansas counties in this project include: Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Douglas, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee & Wyandotte!
JULY 2020: Botanical Blitz
We found more than 490 species and made nearly 950 individual observations during the May BioBlitz! Fungi and plant species were the most observed, with the familiar “Mower’s Mushroom” coming in first place for most observed species. In terms of vertebrates, two species of sandpipers – adorable wetland birds with a distinctive teetering walk – topped the list.
APRIL EARTH WEEK 2020: Lawrence Earth Week 2020 Safe Nature Collaboration