So, I was flipping through a magazine, and saw a recommendation for a website and app: iNaturalist. Seemed pretty neat, so I decided to check out the app and the website.
They have an app for both iPhones and Android phones, the Android one is slightly primitive but it seems to work alright. You take a picture, or attach one from your gallery, and upload it. If you’re not sure what it is, the helpful people (many of whom are botanists and other types of researchers) can help you identify it.
Their site is also easy to use, and you can keep lists of flora and fauna that you’ve seen or that you’d like to see. There are also research projects that you can join to help naturalists; I joined a project on the Redbud (Cercis) genus of trees.
It seems like another fun thing I can add to my hikes and a way to feel more useful.
And if you do join, follow my observations there!