PEST QUEST STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
HOW TO DOWNLOAD INATURALIST
- Grab your smartphone and search for “iNaturalist” on Google Play for Android or App Store for iPhone, or use these links:
- Install iNaturalist and open the app.
- Sign up to iNaturalist.
- You are all ready to go! Make sure you read the Health and Safety Guidelines below before you go for your first weed hunt.
Want to play as a team?
Set up or join a team with your friends or whānau and go in the running for team-based prizes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your iNaturalist username and team name for your activities to count towards your team's goals.
HOW TO LOG YOUR ACTIONS AND JOIN THE PEST QUEST
- Take a photo of suspicious plant you've found using iNaturalist. Simply open the app, click “Observe”, and take a photo of the plant or import photo(s) from your gallery. Don’t worry if you're not 100% sure if you've identified it correctly, because other users on iNaturalist can help you with suggestions.
- Comment in the “Notes” which of the three missions you did:
- Identified moth plant
- Removed pods (and how many)
- Removed weeds (and how many)
Add as many photos as you like (e.g. of the weeds identified, pods collected or plants weeded by the root) to provide evidence of your mission accomplished. These will count towards your prizes.
Once you identify your first pest plant within the Albert-Eden local board area and we've checked your activity, you'll receive an email confirmation from us that you've joined the Albert-Eden Pest Quest project.
HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
- Always wear gloves.
- Wear old or used clothes as the white sap from moth plant can ruin your clothes.
- Be careful when you are using secateurs.
- Make sure you get permission to complete your mission when you spot moth plant on private property. Do not enter private property without permission.
- If you prefer not to share the location of of your observation (due to personal or privacy reasons), you can obscure the exact location.
- When you dispose moth plant pods, make sure you dispose of them in a landfill bin as they cannot be composted.