Have you ever come across a strange looking insect or an exquisite butterfly or bird that you would love to know the name of? Or perhaps you have identified a creature or plant but would like to share your discovery with someone? If so, then you have the interest to become a Citizen Scientist!
Citizen science (also known as crowd science, crowd-sourced science, or networked science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or non-professional scientists. Citizen science is sometimes called “public participation in scientific research.”
By becoming a Citizen Scientist you can make a contribution to the understanding and preservation of the biodiversity of Kloof and beyond.
In March 2011, SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute) started exploring an exciting new website which invites anyone and everyone to share their observations of nature with others. This is part of a citizen science initiative to encourage the public to help collect distributional data of our rich biodiversity.
The web-site is based on and utilizes infrastructure developed for the iSpot UK system and has been adapted for use in South Africa.
Take a snap shot of your find and upload it to the iSpot website. Your SPOT will then be available to a friendly community of iSpotters, ranging from beginners to scientific experts, who will help identify or comment on your finding. The beauty of iSpot is that it is being used by conservancies and environmental societies for monitoring their local species.
When you upload your observation, type Kloof Conservancy in the Descriptive Tag box. In this way, all observations added by conservancy members will be categorized together, allowing you to search for all observations from Kloof.
You need to follow a very simple registration process in order to use the system.
Click here to sign up to iSpot!…….I-Spot log-on
When you sign up, request a Kloof Conservancy badge at http://za.ispot.org.uk/node/128080
For a full tutorial follow this link …..I-Spot Tutorial
Enjoy your iSpotting!