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iNaturalist Training - San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

  • San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden 3450 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 USA (map)

Have you ever thought about keeping track of your own nature observations in an organized way so you could refer back to them? What if you could easily do that, as well as share your observations and photographs taken in nature, with a group of like-minded people online? Would you like to make meaningful contributions to scientific research? “Citizen science” is ordinary people contributing to scientific research. iNaturalist is the place to get started with any or all of the above. For a brief introduction to making an iNaturalist observation watch this video.

Join us to discuss how to use the iNaturalist website and mobile applications, what the options are, and how to customize your iNaturalist account for your personal interests. This workshop will be led by Damon Tighe and will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. The workshop will be a combination of hands-on classroom and field work. In preparation for the workshop, please sign up for an iNaturalist account online and create a profile. If you plan to use your mobile device(s), download and install the mobile app(s) (Android and IOS).

Presentation is donation based.
Suggested $5 for members/$10 non-members.

No preregistration required.
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Born in Klamath Falls Oregon and raised in Calaveras County of California, Damon Tighe attended Saint Mary’s college of Moraga California where he earned a Biology/Chemistry degree. He taught high school in Portland, Oregon and moved back to the Bay Area to work on the Human Genome Project at the National Lab’s Joint Genome Institute. He spent his last years in research working on single cell genomics of unculturable microbes before joining forces with Bio-Rad laboratories designing curriculum and training educators from Colorado to the Pacific Coast on how to bring cutting edge biotechnology into their classrooms. As a big advocate of citizen science and the natural world he spends a lot of time contributing to iNaturalist and organizing ways to get people engaged with natural phenomenon around them through the California Center for Natural History. With a background in journalism photography he also finds time to contribute to local and national magazines.