This week FNAI finalized a new online data submission form (accessible from any device here) that allows users to submit their observations of rare plants and animals that FNAI tracks. Observations will be reviewed by FNAI scientists and then imported into our Biotics database of rare species occurrences (what we call element occurrences or EOs) where they will be made available to natural resource managers to support conservation efforts. Your data may be used to create a new EO record or it may be included as an update of an existing record if the species has already been documented in the vicinity.
|Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). Photo by Dan Hipes.|
If you have more than a dozen or so observations to submit you’ll also want to contact Frank, and he can work with you to get you data incorporated into our database as efficiently as possible. For incidental observations, or small data sets, the new form should work great!