WeDigFLPlants

Build the historical baseline for plant diversity and distribution in Florida.

WeDigFLPlants is a collaboration between professional research botanists, amateur naturalists, gardeners, educators, and citizen scientists to build the most complete picture possible of plant distribution and diversity in Florida over the past 200 years. The data for this historical baseline come from archived plant specimens curated by the world's 3,000 herbaria. Each of these specimens includes a label that answers the who, what, when, and where of the collecting event that produced it. Transcribing that label data into digital form and providing that data online at aggregators like idigbio.org and gbif.org makes it available to scientists, educators, natural resource managers, and policymakers addressing societal challenges today and in the future. Today, there are >4,700 species of plants native or naturalized in Florida. WeDigFLPlants is an inaugural interest group associated with the annual Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event.

How to Participate

This project has the following active expeditions:

Expeditions % Complete Join In
WeDigFLPlants' Mints of Florida—More than Mojitos   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Laurels of Florida—Fight Laurel Wilt   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' St. John's Worts of Florida—Diversity to Lift your Spirits   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Rose Gentians of Florida—Beauty from the Center of its Diversity   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Sunflowers of Florida—Florida's Biggest Plant Family   99.93% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Milkweeds of Florida—Monarch Butterfly Food Plants   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Legumes of Florida—Nitrogen-Fixers of the Peninsula   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
Fall Flowers of Alachua County, Florida   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Euphorbs of Florida—Rubber Relatives of the Panhandle   99.31% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Dogwoods and Tupelos of the Florida Panhandle   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Spring-flowering Shrubs and Trees from the Florida Panhandle   98.78% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Blueberries of the Florida Peninsula   98.76% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Sedges of the Florida Panhandle   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Grasses of the Florida Peninsula   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Legumes of Alachua County   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Ferns (and relatives) of the Florida Panhandle   100.00% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants’ Cotton Relatives in the Florida Panhandle   43.13% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Comfort Foods Expedition   11.16% Notes From Nature V2  
WeDigFLPlants' Oaks, Hickories, and Relatives of Florida   0.00% Notes From Nature V2  
Organization
WeDigBio 
Contact
Austin Mast 
Contact Title
Chief Mobilizer 
Organization Website
http://wedigbio.org 
Project Partners
Florida Native Plant Society, The Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections, The Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event, and iDigBio, the US National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections. 
Funding Source
National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement EF-111520 and awards 1458550 and 1410288. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.  
Incentives
Local WeDigFLPlants event organizers might provide incentive gifts, such as stickers and temporary tattoos. 
Geographic Scope
Florida, U.S.A. 
Taxonomic Scope
Plants 
Temporal Scope
1800–present 
Language Skills Required
English and perhaps occasionally Spanish 
Activities
Online transcription of herbarium specimen labels at Notes from Nature (notesfromnature.org) 
Keywords
Florida, Plants, Biodiversity, Transcription 
Project Blog
 
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Twitter
https://twitter.com/wedigflplants 

Heat Map of Collection Location of Transcribed Specimens