Presenter: Sam Kieschnick, urban wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
In his role as a TPWD urban biologist, Sam Kieschnick serves the east side of the Dallas Metroplex, an area that is becoming increasingly urban. His job is to provide growing communities with planning guidance and recommendations related to the management of natural resources with the big goal of creating a future where people and wildlife can successfully co-exist. One of the ways Kieschnick accomplishes this daunting task is by using iNaturalist, a database program that allows anyone to use their smartphone and the iNaturalist app to record and share their observations of nature. Sharing and discussing observations helps users build their knowledge of the flora and fauna they see. But best of all, the useable data submitted to iNaturalist is used by scientists and resource managers to understand when and where organisms occur.