Explore the Estero Bluffs As a Citizen Scientist -
On Your Own Time...

Keeping safe practices, of course,
take a walk at Estero Bluffs State Park with iNaturalist...

 

Photo Credit Sam Peck

The Cayucos Land Conservancy invites you to become a “Citizen-Scientist”, documenting the plants and animals found at our very own Estero Bluffs State Park, a site protected by CLC's first conservation easement. This is an activity that you can enjoy on your own or with your family while adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

It’s easy and fun with a website called iNaturalist:  
https://www.inaturalist.org 

There is plenty of explanation on the iNaturalist website, but here are the 3 steps to begin:

  • Download the iNaturalist Application to your phone and set up your individual login. (They make it very easy.)
  • Second, while enjoying and exploring the Bluffs safely take pictures with your phone of animals and plants you encounter.
  • Third, upload the photos to iNaturalist, enter the approximate geographical location (very easy, with the App mapping feature), and try your best to identify the animal or plant (again very easy, with the App offering suggestions).

Photos by Tom Seville using iPhone, with common and scientific names sourced from iNaturalist:

                                                        
       Willit, Tringa semipalmata           Reddish Tufted Vetch, Vicia benghalensis      Ochre Sea Star, Pisaster ochraceus 

Once you have completed your entry the community at iNaturalist confirms, or suggests, other identifications right down to the species level. 

It's that easy! Your photos, and accompanying location data, become part of an international survey of living creatures.

Participants help determine species' geographic distributions and population densities, monitor ecosystem health and most importantly, allow us to create a list of animals and plants found at our local treasure, Estero Bluffs State Park.

CLC Board Member Tom Seville has volunteered to lead us in this project. Please email Tom at tseville71@gmail.com with your iNaturalist User Name (Please, no passwords!) so he can track your photo submissions and build our species list for Estero Bluffs State Park.

If there is enough interest from our members, and once we are cleared to gather safely, we can schedule walks at the Bluffs to demonstrate how to use iNaturalist to further enjoy, understand and appreciate our beautiful State Park.

 

 

Photo Credit George Lepp

Again, let Tom know your iNaturalist user name (not your password) so that he can form our Estero Bluffs community (tseville71@gmail.com).

We encourage all to join the fun!

For more news on Cayucos Land Conservancy, see:
https://www.cayucoslandconservancy.org/blogs/news

 

Photo Credit Danna Joy Images

Title Photo Credit Danna Joy Images