Become a
Fire Follower
California's biodiversity is forged in fire.
Help us capture this fleeting phenomenon.
With your help, we can compare plants seen before and after fires, increase understanding of fire followers, and provide crucial information on species of concern to aid in recovery and conservation efforts.
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A glorious fire poppy (Papaver californicum), an emblematic fire follower.
Photo: Mike Palladini / Land Trust of Napa County


Observation of the Month:
Looking back on June 2021

Last month we had a total of ~4,316 plant observations and 447 observers. We want to take the time to highlight some of the amazing observations made and recognize the users who took them! To do this, we will need your help in deciding what observations should be recognized.


Details: Until Thursday July 29, go through the observations and “fave” any that you find interesting! Go ahead and fave as many observations as you like!
As a reminder, you can filter out observations by species as well in case you are only interested in looking through your favorite species.

See the list of observations made last month and help us come up with the top 3 observations of the month: June photos.

The top 3 observations that were “faved” the most will all receive Fire Followers Pins. We will also hold a raffle for users that participated and “faved” an observation for some Fire Followers Stickers. We will be sharing the most faved observations by next week on our socials and feature them on our website!

Current Challenge:
ID-athon Events

The International sports event usually held every 4 years will have its opening ceremony starting this Friday, July 23. But maybe you’re marveling at the feats of endurance, speed and resilience observed by the “track in field” Fire Followers project instead.


Details: Starting this Friday, we will also be running our own decathlon of identifications, which will last for 16 days. Like the decathlon, scores from reaching benchmarks in 10 individual events will be totaled to declare the 3 winners f the Fire Followers deca-identi-thlon!
As a reminder, you can filter out observations by species as well in case you are only interested in looking through your favorite species.

Gold: Fire Followers Shirt
Silver: CAL-IPC Hat and Fire Followers Pin
Bronze: Fire Follower Sticker pack and Luggage Tag
Join in the games and learn more here.
How to be a Fire Follower

Know before you go
Burn areas can be hazardous. Read through our 3 Know Before You Go guidelines before heading out.

Visit open sites safely
Once you’ve determined a safe and open burn area, you’re ready to adventure! Be sure you’re prepared with these tips and tricks.

Take a picture
Take a picture of what you find. Be sure to note the location of the plant.

Share!
Share your observations through our iNaturalist project

Can't make it out to the field? There are many other ways to get involved.
Learn more
Project Goals
100,000

Observations of plants in California burn areas

10,000

Fire followers (the human variety) participating in the project

Fire Literacy

Revive and share a language that reflects the richness of California’s relationship with fire

Prizes
Sticker

Make 250 plant observations for the Fire Followers iNaturalist project and receive this custom sticker and the Fire Followers lapel pin!

Lapel Pin

Make 250 plant observations for the Fire Followers iNaturalist project and receive this lapel pin and the Fire Followers sticker!

T-shirt

Make 500 plant observations on the California Fire Followers iNaturalist project and receive this t-shirt!

Reach 250 or 500 plant observations? Contact us to get your prizes!
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