Monthly update

Posted by Choyster

 15 Jun 2024

Hello NatureMaprs!

We are coming to you with some inspiring news this month!

  • The NSW Government priority species list has been uploaded which includes ALL the vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species into one centralised list on NatureMapr. We aim to roll out the equivalent lists for QLD and ACT Governments. 
  • To support this NatureMapr now uses conservation levels that align with the NSW Government's legal status values: vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered.
  • The 24th Australian Botanical Gardens School's Photo Competition (2023-2024) is ending on the 30th of August, so send in your best photos taken at the ANGB now!
  • All field guides can now be sorted using an alphabetical sorting feature at the top of the page to improve their accessibility.
  • Maps have been recategorised for improved accessibility.
  • Several export, identification and survey features have been added and bugs fixed.
  • We also like to notify users that data exports are for personal use only and are not to be used commercially.
  • Herbarium identification enhancements have been made so that identification numbers of sightings that indicate the species name, date and location combination will only be for species uploaded to NatureMapr for the first time.

Our co-founder Michael Mulvaney and I recently presented NatureMapr to some very enthusiastic students at Canberra Grammar School, who we look forward to working with more in the future - stay tuned!

From the NatureMapr Team, have a great weekend!

14 comments

AaronClausen wrote:
   15 Jun 2024
Another solid update @Choyster - congrats on the highly successful session with Canberra Grammar School. Very much looking forward to expanding that relationship in the coming months.
Choyster wrote:
   15 Jun 2024
Cheers @AaronClausen!
KylieWaldon wrote:
   16 Jun 2024
wow. awesome. well done all. :)
LisaH wrote:
   16 Jun 2024
Fantastic - great work! Can I just clarify something? (excuse my ignorance). I'm just wondering what's categorised as a data export? Does that mean photos only, or other information, or both? Thanks heaps.
LyndalT wrote:
   16 Jun 2024
If I go to play store, it shows the app is already installed. Do I have till delete it and reinstall it to get the update?
   16 Jun 2024
Great work @Choyster !
RogerF wrote:
   16 Jun 2024
The NSW priority list is pretty unwieldy at 951 species. Could we have it broken down into the major categories ie plants fungi, birds mammals reptiles insects etc.
Another issue is that I guess 90% of these species do not occur in the CNM area. It would be useful to have our local priority species selected.
AaronClausen wrote:
   17 Jun 2024
Hi @LyndalT - if you already have the app installed, just make sure you have applied all updates that google play downloads for your phone, then the app will be updated automatically for you.. It should say version "5.0.0" on the Settings screen inside the app once updated.
AaronClausen wrote:
   17 Jun 2024
@RogerF - great idea, we'll get that done shortly.

We are working on updating the ACT Government priority species list(s) soon too.
   17 Jun 2024
Some nice improvements Aaron. The alphabetic "jump to" on the field guides is good. I agree with RogerF that we need a filter on the NSW Govt Priority list, to break it down into categories. The same applies to the DCCEEW Threatened Species Priority list. We look forward to that as it would help considerably as a an education tool for these long lists.
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AaronClausen wrote:
   17 Jun 2024
Thanks @michaelb - have assigned to the team to get this built.
   17 Jun 2024
Great news Aaron. I've been trying to get familiar with these lists and they are a valuable source of motivation for our work.
AaronClausen wrote:
   19 Jun 2024
Hi @RogerF @michaelb can you please have another look when you get a chance. We've added the category filtering to the priority species pages.
   19 Jun 2024
Thanks for the filtering Aaron. It works very well, and it is good to be able to drill right down the the sub-categories. There are surprisingly few insects compared to other groups, and zero spiders. I wonder if this is an indication of a lack of research for invertebrates.

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