This is the second year that New Hampshire Conservation Districts, including the Sullivan County Conservation District, have provided ”bioblitz” data. Check out the most comprehensive iNaturalist information for New Hampshire counties. Prizes will be awarded for the most sightings, so this is a great activity for kids to participate in this summer!
Additionally, a new New Hampshire Fish and Game (NHF&G) state initiative into climate change, biodiversity, and habitat protection is monitoring butterflies. NHF&G is asking everyone to photograph every butterfly we see this year and submit our pictures to iNaturalist. There are 130 species of butterflies in our state, and they are excellent markers of our changing environment.
The NHF&G has formal training and specific “Butterfly Counts” being held throughout the summer, but you need no special training to provide them with valuable information. All you need is a camera and iNaturalist!
Did you know that iNaturalist began as a graduate thesis in 2008 and was incorporated by the National Geographic and the California Academy of Sciences in 2017? These days if you use a different nature-identifying application, it probably feeds into the iNaturalist global database. To be sure your data is used to help NH, download the iNaturalist App onto your phone. If you prefer to use your own camera to take pictures, you can upload them to iNaturalist from your computer once you are home.
Not yet using iNaturalist? Check out Terri Munson’s blog about her early days using the App, and then, like Terri, have fun by doing something good to help our environment this summer!