Karen Gray-Kilfoil of Sun Valley Eco Watch shared the following with NEAG:
I went to a presentation about iSpot and am so excited about it I wanted to share it. It is an interactive website where you can post your photos of plants and animals, get help identifying them, help to record species in South Africa and learn about nature. It is a “virtual museum”, national database and also the nature version of “Facebook”. It was initially started in Britain and designed as a citizen science, open university platform.
You can increase your status as you learn more about identifying things and help others identify them, and you get little logos to represent your status, from beginner to expert. It also has maps to locate your photo/species and by going to the map of your area you can see what else has been recorded there. It will help us to keep records of species in the Sun Valley gardens and wild areas and help us understand more about them.
It is quite simple and even small children can get involved in recording nature by photographing things and posting them. You will need a digital camera and computer or a smart phone to take pictures, connect to the site and upload your pictures.
Go to the website above, log in and register. It is FREE and very easy to use.
Beware, it is addictive!