Have you ever wondered what it takes for a species of animal, insect, plant or amphibian to be logged and numbered to determine their sustainability? There is a lot of science that goes into the way that a species is looked at and cataloged. There is also a lot that goes into naming and discovering a species that is new to an area. The reason behind keeping a close eye on the plants, animals and other types of species is to ensure that they are watched after and kept track of. It is always a sad day when there is another species added to the endangered or extinct list so keeping an eye on changes in the environment around and the species themselves is a great way to keep them safe. Although this is serious business and some of the smartest and most renowned scientists spend their life on these issues you can do your part too! You do not need to be a trained scientist to help catalog and log the wildlife that you see. Not only can you help as a citizen but you are encouraged. If everyone spent some of their time outdoors on this amazing project, more work can be done to conserve the environment and save the surrounding habitats. There is a great program called iNaturalist that allows and encourages the public to participate in the logging of all kinds of plants, animals and other critters.
How can you get involved? If you are a person that is interested in the environment and the animals and plants around you there is an important task that you can play a part in. All you need to do is to spend some time outdoors and be willing to look around at the beauty around you. You can look for plants, animals, insects and any other wildlife you can see and take a photograph of it as well as log the location that you see it so that you can add it to a catalog. While out on your nature walk, hike of any other adventures you can be on the look out and take time to write down what you see! It is a great way to have some initiative in helping to save the world around you.
What information do I need to track? One of the most important pieces of information that you can collect is a great picture with the spot that you saw the specimen you are cataloging. Just spotting the species of plant or animal is really only half the battle the scientist will need to know the spot it was seen. This will help them to understand the population of that particular species in that area to determine what can be done to balance it out.
What if you don’t know what it is? If you see something and want to add it to the catalog but you are just not sure what it is you are still able to send it in. There is an option to upload the data with a general setting such as a bird, rodent or plant. The scientist team should be able to use the information from the location and picture to identify the item for you.
Are you ready to get involved and help Texas Heritage Protection catalog species to plants and animals? Get started today!