Spot it, snap it and contribute to biodiversity science

SANBI has officially launched iSpot, the new Citizen Science Forum for people to share their sightings of nature. SANBI has adopted and rolled out iSpot in conjunction with the Open University for Southern Africa, following on the tremendous success of iSpot in the UK.

iSpot is essentially an online biodiversity website where all citizens, from taxonomists to the domestic gardener contribute interesting sightings of animals, plants and fungi that they encounter. Any observation, from the wilds or your garden, from an alien to a threatened species, from a known species to a query, from a common species to a rare one, is welcomed. Help with identifying unknown species is provided by iSpot.

iSpot South Africa already has over 750 users and 15 000 submissions comprising 30 000 images with 98% of images getting identified within 24 hours. It is easy and uncomplicated to use and quick to upload pictures on the user friendly platform. Just sign up and get spotting - you don’t need any expertise and you will get species identifications for free. Your contributions will be added to the SANBI’s conservation and species databases and this in turn, will contribute towards conservation planning, climate change monitoring, threatened species recovery and other scientific research geared towards a better understanding of and thereby conserving our natural world.

Send your iSpot pics by registering at www.ispot.org.za and contribute towards science.

Source: August edition of the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden Newsletter and the SANBI website. More information here.

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