8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Citizen/community science is a powerful way for people of all ages and all walks of life to contribute to research, conservation, and management of our natural resources. This workshop will introduce Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Texas Nature Trackers program and how it uses iNaturalist – an online data collection tool and naturalist community – to support its projects. We will provide step-by-step instruction on both introductory and more advanced iNaturalist topics including:
- Making, editing, and adding identifications to observations, both via the mobile apps and website
- Sharing observations with curated TNT projects
- Photography best practices for observations
- Creating your own places and projects and ways to use iNaturalist for land management
- Hands-on, outdoor practice in the field
This course is limited to 25 registrants. The fee is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The course will take place via Webex Web Conferencing. Registrants should have Webex installed on their device beforehand, as well as an iNaturalist account. Registrants will receive instructions for accessing the meeting via email on June 17. If you do not receive an email in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folders. Any questions should be directed to Tania.Homayoun@tpwd.texas.gov.
About the Instructor:
Dr. Tania Homayoun
Texas Nature Trackers Biologist
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Dr. Tania Homayoun is a Texas Nature Tracker Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Through Texas Nature Trackers, she engages naturalists of all interests and ability levels in collecting citizen science and crowd-sourced data on Texas’ unique flora and fauna with a particular focus on species of greatest conservation need. Previously, Tania worked for Audubon Texas, with the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center and later the Conservation Science Team as its Urban Conservation Program Manager where she worked to develop and deliver conservation plans, educational programs/trainings, and activities supporting biodiversity and sustainable communities. Tania holds bachelors degrees in Ecology/Evolution/Conservation Biology and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, where she studied the impacts of urbanization on landbird communities. She is an avid birder and always has room for one more native plant in her patio garden.