iNaturaist is a free smart phone app which allows you to identify almost anything in nature, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. You take a photo and iNat’s sophisticated “face-recognition” technology tells you what you’ve seen. It also shares your observations with a network of scientists and citizen scientists who are mapping biodiversity across the globe. iNat is fun, and once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to use. To learn the basics and get a little practice recording observations, please attend JDCF’s iNat workshop, on Saturday, May 18, 9 am to 2 pm. The workshop will be led by ecologist and botanist Cassi Saari, President of the Northeast Illinois Native Plant Society and iNat expert. We’ll start at the Galena Center for the Arts and follow with a field trip to a JDCF preserve to practice recording observations. Bring your smart phone, a sack lunch, and refillable water bottle. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Limited seats available. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. $10 for non-members of JDCF.