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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: iNaturalist with the Alabama Museum of Natural History

Photo by Mike Fernandez / Audubon

July 1, 2020 , 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Pre-registration is required by 9 a.m. CDT Monday, June 29th, and space is limited.

Registration is now closed. Check out our other upcoming events here.

In response to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering free online courses as a public service to help folks continue to learn about the birds they love! While these will initially be offered for free, please support our work if you are able and make a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/give. Please make sure to comply with all state and local social-distancing regulations. See our full COVID-19 statement here.

Join Dr. John Friel, Director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, for an overview of the iNaturalist platform and how it can be used to make nature observations for use by existing iNaturalist projects or new projects designed by the participants in this course. It will combine an introductory presentation about iNaturalist concepts and tools as well as basic instruction on best practices to facilitate identifications of unknown plants and animals, and maximize the quality and utility of iNaturalist observations.

Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on Wednesday, July 1st, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. CDT. It will be an hour-long online class with some time at the end for questions. Click on the registration link above to sign up, and you’ll receive the instructions on how to join the meeting via a confirmation email.* 

*Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom meeting instructions before the class (likely the afternoon before or morning of). You’ll need the meeting ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the meeting ID and password.

Registration: Class size is limited to 100. To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form.

Please only register if you intend to take the online course. We’ve had a lot of people reach out after these courses fill up who want to take them, and we want to ensure everyone has a spot that wants one! Also, please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the meeting without this information. Thanks!

About the instructor: John Friel is the Director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History at the University of Alabama, and was previously the Curator of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles, and a Senior Research Associate in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. He received his BS in zoology from the University of Central Florida, and his PhD in Zoology from Duke University. John has been a professional ichthyologist for over 25 years and has conducted field research on freshwater fishes throughout South America and Africa. Since moving to Alabama, he has been developing the museum’s biodiversity and citizen-science initiatives, including the Biodiversity of Alabama project on iNaturalist.

Questions? Email us.


Will this be recorded, and will I have the ability to view them later? Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to record our online courses. Please check out our other upcoming online courses here.

Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online courses at this time. 

The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the meeting ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin, for instance.

I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the course as that is where the instructions will be sent (typically the afternoon before). You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event if possible as generally you should have received the email the afternoon before the course offering so that we have time to address your issue.