Administering iNaturalist

Setting up iNaturalist

You may want to create a project that focuses on your group's area and/or be notified of new observations. If so, you'll first need to set up a Place on iNaturalist.

Setting up a Place on iNaturalist

Make sure you search for a Place and reuse existing Places where possible, before creating a new one. Some suburbs are already loaded as Places.

Rather than drawing the outline of your place, you may be able to download it as a KML file from the council maps website for example suburbs, parks or reserves, or ecological sites. You'll need to filter the map to just contain your area before downloading the KML file. This is easiest by selecting "Filter as map moves" and zooming in.

Please use the WCC naming where appropriate. Only call it a Park or Reserve if the place you are creating matches the WCC boundaries.

Creating an iNaturalist project

It may be worth setting up an iNaturalist project to track your efforts. We suggest creating a Collection project so that observations are automatically added to the project, including any observations reported when the project is set up. Your Observation Requirements should include Old Man's Beard (Clematis vitalba) for the Taxa and a Place that matches your area.

Setting up iNaturalist notifications

You can also set up notifications of new observations that are added for your Taxa and Place.

Publishing your work

Publishing your work on a map

This section assumes you are updating iNaturalist observations as suggested here.

From the iNaturalist project page, you can Export Observations. After selecting the observation fields to be included in the export, you can then import the CSV file into Google Maps to show your progress. For example, this map shows the Aro Valley observations styled by Is the pest controlled?.

Map showing ticks and crosses of old man's beard tackled to date in Aro Valley

Creating an animation

You can also set up animations to show your blitzing efforts! For example, this animation shows Old Man's Beard observations by month in Wellington City.