The Great Nature Project comes to a close

I am sad to share that the Great Nature Project will be discontinued next month. Our portal into iNaturalist, greatnatureproject.org, will be shut down in February. This decision was made to allow our small team to focus our efforts on BioBlitz in 2016 and beyond. If you’ve ever logged in on our site, you should receive a similar announcement via email.

The good news is that your observations will still be available on iNaturalist.org. The project will remain accessible here on iNaturalist, but I will no longer monitor it closely like I have for the last several months.

As we plan for what’s next in citizen science at National Geographic, we would love to get your feedback on this short survey.

For the last six months or so, I’ve worked especially hard to try to reach out to each and every new user who added observations to the Great Nature Project. I’m sorry if I didn’t reach out to you! I won’t be doing that for this project anymore, but I challenge each of you to engage with the larger iNaturalist community and encourage each other to explore biodiversity.

Posted by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer, January 22, 2016 04:52 PM

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Sorry to hear but great that bioblitzes are still on. Hope to see one in the Santa Monica Mountains again, I missed it and wished I moved to California sooner!

Posted by silversea_starsong over 6 years ago (Flag)

the SAMO one wasn't as fun as the ones they have these days, because no inaturalist existed

Posted by charlie over 6 years ago (Flag)

The Channel Islands one would be cool to attend. Might finally give me a chance to look at Dudleya.

Have to echo sam's sentiments below. We appreciate the time you've dedicated!

Posted by silversea_starsong over 6 years ago (Flag)

@carrieseltzer -- you embody what iNaturalist is all about. The way that you welcomed every new user and every new observation was inspirational. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

Posted by sambiology over 6 years ago (Flag)

agreed!

Posted by charlie over 6 years ago (Flag)

Very sad news. Thank you very much

Posted by jaico over 6 years ago (Flag)

So sorry, but how wonderful about the BioBlitz. I was involved in one in Tucson years ago, along with many writers and artists, and our project eventually developed into a book, just out from the University of Arizona Press. You might check it out:http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2591.htm

It's a literary field guide to the Sonoran Desert!

Posted by kjlamb over 6 years ago (Flag)

Wow @kjlamb, that book sounds amazing! Was it inspired by any other books or do you think it's carving a new literary niche?

For anyone interested in where NPS is having BioBlitzes this year, check out this: http://www.nature.nps.gov/biology/biodiversity/bioblitz2016.cfm
I'm most involved in the big one here in D.C.

Thank you all for the kind words. :-)

Posted by carrieseltzer over 6 years ago (Flag)

Very sad news indeed.... And I totally agree with sambiology: thank you so much for everything, Carrie!!

Posted by magazhu over 6 years ago (Flag)

Carrie has been one of the best iNat outreach people there is! But that will continue to be the case which is good news!

Posted by charlie over 6 years ago (Flag)

Bummer! I've loved iNaturalist and National Geographic's Great Nature Project. Really got me to open my eyes and see what's around me when I'm outdoors cycling, hiking, etc. Thanks for everything!

Posted by thedude over 6 years ago (Flag)

@thedude, iNaturalist is totally unaffected so you'll still be able to add observations here :-) Just want to be sure that's clear! I know you've been a regular contributor so I don't want you to stop!

Posted by carrieseltzer over 6 years ago (Flag)

Here's the inspiration to The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (It was all Nat. Geo's BioBlitz in 2011 at Tucson: http://www.spiralorb.net/poeticinventory

Posted by kjlamb over 6 years ago (Flag)

it was an honour for me to get featured in your project ( fishing cat) thanks so much

Posted by indianwildlife over 6 years ago (Flag)

While I will be watching for your future input in iNat observations, I hope that the end of the National Geographic Great Nature Project is because your goals were attained and the next step forward and onward will begin. As @charlie said, you have been one of the best iNat outreach people

Posted by connlindajo about 6 years ago (Flag)

My dashboard is showing this up too... Ah well -- @carrieseltzer totally rocked the Nat Geo Bioblitzes! :)

Posted by sambiology about 6 years ago (Flag)

What happened.... I did not look at dates... Duh...

Posted by connlindajo about 6 years ago (Flag)

Shoot! I made a small edit to the post yesterday and didn't realize that would make it reappear in everyone's feed when I saved the edit. Sorry! This is old news, but I suppose it's a good second-pass for anyone who missed it the first time. :-)

Posted by carrieseltzer about 6 years ago (Flag)

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