Want to interact with other nature lovers? Want to ask questions and learn new things from some Certified California Naturalists? Then join my Nature A-List (“naturalist”) group online. It’s FREE!
I and the other admins of the group invite you ask questions, and share stories, photos, and information pertaining to nature throughout California. This is a closed group (which means you have to apply to join it and we screen all applicants). But feel free to invite anyone who you think might be interested!
Here are the types of posts we like to see from the group:
- Questions about nature in Northern California
- Photos you’ve taken of species throughout California
- Easy-to-get-to places to view wildlife and plants in the region
- Opportunities for citizen science
- Volunteer opportunities for Certified Naturalists
- Books, videos and other resources of interest to amateur nature lovers and Certified Naturalists
- Existing or upcoming coursework, seminars and lectures of interest to amateur nature lovers and Certified Naturalists
Become a Certified California Naturalist
And if you’d like to become a Certified California Naturalist yourself, check out THIS LINK. I was always a lover of nature and took photos of the cool things I came across on my walks, but I didn’t really know what I was looking at until I took this coursework. My books, my volunteer efforts, and this website all came out of my naturalist classes.
Learn More About Nature Through iNat
Another great resource for nature lovers is the iNaturalist app and website. It’s FREE!
As the iNaturalist site says, you can use the app to:
- Record your encounters with other organisms and maintain life lists, all in the cloud.
- Connect with experts who can identify the organisms you observe.
- Build your knowledge by talking with other naturalists and helping others.
- Help scientists and resource managers understand when and where organisms occur.
- Find a project with a mission that interests you, or start your own.
- Hold an event where people try to find as many species as possible.
“…Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe…”