Discover Natural Idaho
Discover Natural Idaho is an exhibit designed and constructed by Kate Englund and Ruth Andrews, Museum Career Path Interns. The original goal of the project was to highlight the use of citizen science and encouraging community members to get out and discover the biodiversity in Idaho.
The exhibit is largely inspired by iNaturalist, an app used to identify and document the presence of different species in an area. The app is trained to identify species from detailed photos, helping the user to identify a species they might not be familiar with. The data is can be used by organizations such as the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, as well as scientists and students for their own research.
The exhibit features specimens a person may encounter in Idaho, as well as a station that walks visitors through how to use iNaturalist, research conducted by Kate, and a resource center where trail maps and field guides can be purchased.