NPSO 2023 Annual Meeting
The importance of community science, and how you can help
We are currently in the midst of a citizen-science plant data bonanza, driven largely by submissions to iNaturalist, but also including regional contributions, such as the sharing of NPSO field trip species lists with OregonFlora, or continued, targeted collecting of specimens for the herbarium. This data is useful and most welcome, but is outpacing the ability of traditional resources such as the OSU Herbarium and OregonFlora to curate and process that data. To effectively use this information to understand and conserve our state’s flora, we are working to develop tools and processes that allow us all to access this data in ways that highlight correctly identified and informative contributions. I’ll share a number of ways in which NPSO and you all as community scientists can help further the work at the herbarium and OregonFlora so that your contributions will create meaningful data. Regardless of your level of expertise, your role as citizen scientists is valuable and continues NPSO’s longtime contributions toward furthering our knowledge of plants in the state of Oregon.
Ed Alverson will join James Mickley during the Saturday evening banquet keynote to offer some insights into the value of community science from his perspective as Natural Areas Coordinator for Lane County Parks.
Enjoy the good company of other Annual Meeting attendees at WildCraft Cider Works between 5:30 and 8:30PM. A variety of beverages including WildCraft's award winning ciders made from apples, pears, blueberries, plums, cherries and elderberries will be available for purchase. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Emerald Chapter.
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