WeDigBio Talk (County Floras in the Digital Age)

We are excited to announce a public talk during the upcoming WeDigBio.

This talk will be presented by Theo Witsell from the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. The title is ‘County Floras in the Digital Age: Using Digital Specimen and Observation Records to Promote Biodiversity Conservation.’

It will take place Saturday October 15th from 4:30-5:30 pm CT (UTC -5). A short described and registration information is posted below. We hope you can make it!

Clematis pitcheri (Pitcher’s Leatherflower) Photo by Theo Whitsell

This talk will summarize the compilation of county-level floristic inventories for Benton and Washington counties, two rapidly developing counties in northwestern Arkansas, as part of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission’s County Natural Heritage Inventory (CNHI) process. This work made use of both traditional herbarium specimens and photographic observations on iNaturalist. The presentation will focus on the contributions from digital datasets in general and acknowledge the contributions made by volunteers who participated in specimen digitization and biodiversity documentation via iNaturalist. It will also provide some thoughts on how these digital datasets might be improved to help facilitate this work.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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