Tue, Sep 20|
Posting and Identifying Bees on iNaturalist: an Online Tutorial with Lori Weidenhammmer
Time & Location
Sep 20, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
About the Event
iNaturalist is a great place to put photos of the bees you see in your backyard and on your travels. iNat is an online social network of professional and amateur naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists who map and share observations of biodiversity. iNaturalist may be accessed via its website or mobile applications. Each well-photographed observation helps researchers by creating data and learning more about native bees and their relationship to the plants they rely on for food. Lori Weidenhammer will go over some of the basic tips for taking photos of bees that help you to get the best identification possible from a photograph. She will show you how to take photos from your digital camera and then crop them to upload to iNat on your computer. We will also teach you how to use the iNaturalist app on your cell phone to create the observation and upload it without relying on your computer.
Hey, wait a minute, is it even a bee? If you are taking photos of insects, sometimes it’s tricky to know whether or not what you’re seeing is a bee, fly, wasp, or even a beetle or moth. Starting from a very basic level, Lori will guide you through the steps to photograph and post your observations so experts in different fields can help stream the insect into the proper family, genus, and/or species. Lori will also cover some of the basic kinds of bees and which anatomical features are needed to identify a bee. She will also share tips for those wanting to start helping to ID BC native bees.
This event is free and would be useful to naturalists, gardeners, farmers, teachers, artists, and other curious folk.