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All About iNaturalist with Roger Rittmaster and Coastal Mountains Land Trust (Hybrid)

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

On Tuesday, September 12, at 6:30 pm, the Camden Public Library, in partnership with the Coastal Mountains Land Trust, welcomes Maine Master Naturalist Roger Rittmaster for a fascinating and updated presentation on one of the world’s most popular and exciting nature apps, iNaturalist. Since Rittmaster’s last talk at the Camden Public Library, iNaturalist has grown incredibly, in its size, number of users, and applications.

The program will start with the basics of using iNaturalist to identify unknown species, and Rittmaster will demonstrate how to use the Explore function to learn more about plants and animals of interest.  He will provide tips and tricks to make the most of this tool and show how it can allow even the most amateur naturalist the ability to communicate with experts all over the world.

This is a hybrid program and will take place in person in the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library as well as on Zoom. To attend virtually, register HERE.

iNaturalist is not only an amazing app and website for identifying unknown species, but it also offers a wealth of information on plants and animals everywhere.  It combines artificial intelligence with input from a worldwide web of natural history experts.  By serving as a collection of photos from travels, it can also provide an easily retrievable record of where you’ve been and when.

Dr. Roger Rittmaster is a retired endocrinologist and avid nature photographer living in Camden, Maine.  He began using iNaturalist in 2018 to identify and catalog thousands of photos of animals and plants that were collecting virtual dust on the hard drive of his computer.   Starting three years ago, he began giving talks to promote iNaturalist as a tool for both personal education about the natural world and for teachers to introduce kids to the wonder of nature.  Roger is a Maine Master Naturalist, Board Member of Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Vice-President of the Maine Entomological Society, and former Chair of the Camden Conservation Commission.

55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States