Citizen science allows community members to participate in scientific data collection while learning more about their environment. Participation in citizen science can be as simple as snapping a few photos on your next hike or as involved as monitoring regularly for local species.
iNaturalist is an online citizen science platform. Watch the video for a short tutorial on how to use it. The Douglas-Hart Foundation has several iNaturalist projects:
Creatures of the Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Prairie Plants of the Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Woodland Flora of the Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Animals of the Whiteside Garden
When you make iNaturalist observations while at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center or Whiteside Garden, they will automatically be added to these projects if they meet the criteria. Each project helps the foundation monitor the flora and fauna present at our properties.
The Douglas-Hart Foundation also offers citizen science volunteer opportunities. Previous projects include monitoring turtles, bats, and monarch butterflies. Contact the volunteer coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-235-4644 to learn about current volunteer opportunities or explore the links below for more information on how you can help.
Biodiversity Week 2021
To honor International Day for Biodiversity 2021, Douglas-Hart is holding a BioBlitz event using iNaturalist. Visit the nature center the week of May 16th-May 22nd to participate for a chance to win prizes! The three users with the most observations will receive a prize! Winners will be announced on Facebook the following week and will receive a message through the iNaturalist platform.