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PROLOGUE
01/	iNATURALIST -
	
AN ONLINE COMMUNITY
	
FOR NATURALISTS
MARY ANNE YOUNG
RECENTLY, MEMBERS OF our design team
paid a visit to an island in Georgian Bay to get a
sense of a restoration plan we will be working on
for next spring. The landscape is dominated by
wind-blown White Pine trees, stunted Eastern
White Cedar, spectacular Winterberry shrubs,
and some unknown grasses. But what are those
grasses? We want to prepare a design that is true
to the ecology of the place, so we needed to know
what species they are. We turned to iNaturalist
(www.inaturalist.org), an online community
of naturalists and scientists with a strong
technological foundation where you can share,
identify and browse biodiversity observations
from around the planet.
iNaturalist is a web- and app-based platform
with a simple premise - to connect people
to nature. Members use the app on their
smartphone or upload photos to the website
to share their individual observations of living
organisms (plants, wildlife, insects, fungi,
lichens, mosses and more), then identifications
are crowd-sourced by other members, many of
whom are experts in their fields. Observations
are included on a map where users can search by
location or taxa, which is helpful in getting an
idea of diversity in your neighbourhood or the
observed distribution of a species. iNaturalist
is a joint initiative of the California Academy of
Sciences and the National Geographic Society
that began as a final project in 2008 by three
graduate students at the UC Berkeley's School
of Information.

1, 2

The data collected by this platform spans the
globe and the observations recorded by members
are frequently used as data points in scientific
studies. The platform is very well used - I did a
search for Dundas, Ontario, where I work, and
over 21,000 observations are recorded. Users
can also create projects, where observations
are collected under a theme (i.e., Butterflies
of Ontario, naturalist group outings, bioblitz
records). The site's team sums it up by saying,
" We really believe that recording information

1 DESCHAMPSIA FLEXUOSA OBSERVED BY THE AUTHOR ON GEORGIAN BAY 2 OBSERVATIONS NEAR THE
VIRGINIA BURT DESIGNS OFFICE (GREEN PINS = PLANTS, BLUE = WILDLIFE, RED = INSECTS, PINK = FUNGI)

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about nature in a social context is a tremendous
way to understand the awesome depth and
breadth of life on Earth. "
iNaturalist is a tool that could greatly benefit
landscape architects and students, particularly
as the use of native plants in landscape designs
continues to grow. For practising LAs, it is a
relatively fast and easy way to identify and learn
about the plants in natural areas, and potentially
grow a native plant palette that is applicable to
your project's local conditions and habitat niches.
A deeper understanding of where native plants
grow, and how plants grow in communities,
can help designers to understand what kind of
garden environment would be needed for these
plants to thrive. Identifying plants in the wild can
also be helpful in understanding what plants may
be escaping cultivation and should therefore be
avoided in planting designs.
For students, the same is true, however, the
" projects " option could also be useful for
collaborative plant and wildlife ID lists during
site analysis visits for studio projects. The site's
Bioblitz Guide provides helpful information about
how to crowd-source an identification list, and
there are also teacher resources. In these ways,
landscape architects could consider iNaturalist
another tool in their design toolbox.
Understanding the ecology of a place is a lifelong
endeavour, and technological tools should be
supplemented with a deeper understanding of
ecological features and functions gained through
observation, study and experience. iNaturalist is
a fantastic resource that can help people along
this path - and can also be used when you're
just stumped on a plant, like the Deschampsia
flexuosa (Crinkled Hair Grass) I found on Georgian
Bay and which the people and technology of iNat
helped to identify.
Find it online at www.inaturalist.org

Mary Anne Young, BLA, OALA, CSLA, ISA, is a
Landscape Architect, Ecologist, and unabashed plant
nerd. When not nose-first in a field guide she works
at Virginia Burt Designs in Dundas, ON.


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PROLOGUE
TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
VIRTUALIZATION OF THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROCESS
LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
3D FAX MACHINES
LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
CRITIQUE
INTERVIEW
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