We need your help collecting photos of wildflowers in Mt. Rainier National Park to understand the impacts climate change will have across the park. Each photo represents one phenological observation, and affords us the ability to document phenology across the entire park rather than just one or two trails. With each photo in the collection, the phenological patterns become clearer across the mountain as a large spatial extent complements our intense data collection efforts.
- All photos must be taken within Mt. Rainier National Park (either geo-tagged or lat/long recorded manually), date stamped (automatically or manually recorded) and of a wildflower (in any phenological stage). While we are primarily focused on sub alpine flowers, feel free to upload photos of flowers that occur in any climatic zone.
- For hike ideas check out these trails! Grand Park, Spray Park, Huckleberry Creek, Berkeley Park, Van Trump Park, St. Andrews Park, Summerland, Forest Lake, Seattle Park, Burroughs Mountain. For many more hikes check out the WTA Hiking Guide.
- Follow the directions below to upload your photos from this year or any prior years.
To upload photos to www.inaturalist.org
Log in to your iNaturalist account. This can be done with Google,
Facebook, Yahoo etc., or you can create an iNaturalist account for free.
On the home page, click on Projects and search for “MeadoWatch”.
Click on the MeadoWatch project and click Add observations to this
project. The project can also be found here:
Start on the right side of the page, by adding a photo under
“Add media”. Click the check box for Sync obs. w/ photo metadata to
automatically insert the GPS coordinates and date. Then add the
species under “What did you see?” and add the phenological state at
the bottom the page. Click Save Observation when all fields have been
filled in. (The lat/long and date will be automatically filled in upon
hitting Save Observation)
If you want to insert the date and GPS point manually you can do so
under “When did you see it?” and “Where were you?”
You can also upload existing photos on your iNaturalist account to
the MeadoWatch project by individually selecting “Add to project”
and then”MeadoWatch” from each individual observation page.
To upload photos to www.flickr.com
Log in to your Flickr account (This can be done through Google, Yahoo
or Facebook) or create an account for free.
On the home page, hover over the Communities link and click on the
third option in the drop down list, Search Groups. Search “MeadoWatch”
in the search bar and click on the group “MeadoWatch on Mt. Rainier”
Or you can find it here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/meadowatch/
Join the group! If you already have photos in your photo stream, you
can add them directly to the group from the Add Photos link. If you do
not already have geotagged, date stamped photos (from any year!) of
wildflowers, upload them to your photo stream and then click on
Communities to find the MeadoWatch group and add photos to our
Please do not forget the phenological state!
Note: iNat will only allow you to upload photos to our project if they
are geo-tagged within Mt. Rainier National Park or not geo-tagged at
all and the Lat/Long is entered manually.