This story originally aired back in 2019. That April, WFSU Public Media hosted a special American Spring Live/EcoCitizen Day. Activities focused on how to participate in Citizen Science. We partnered with many local organizations to make this event happen, including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Coastal Plains Institute. Locations were all over Tallahassee, including Rail Road Square, Lake Elberta, San Luis Mission Park and Appalachicola National Forrest.
One element that was used at all of the sites was the iNaturalist app. It helps identify and document plants and creatures for personal use as well as for scientists around the world. Now that the Coronavirus has so many of us staying home, this app can help you discover interesting signs of spring your backyard. This video shows you how to use the app if your in the great outdoors or in your own backyard.