|Image by: Rebekah D. Wallace|
In working at the booth, we were able to make new connections with people who may be interested in using images from the Image Database in teaching and outreach. Many were also interested in contributing images so that other researchers, teachers, students, etc. could have access to high-quality images. We talked to people about EDDMapS and how we work with people in the invasive species community to map species occurrences across the U.S. and in Canada, and there were many people interested in potentially mapping in their own country, asking how we could work together to make that happen. They learned about our smartphone apps and all of the types we have developed for reporting invasive species, identification, decision support, and more. The teachers, and really anyone who has given a presentation, were interested in Bugwood Presents, our presentation database that allows you to upload, download, and embed presentations.
But, really, the greatest thing is when avid supporters would come to the booth and talk with other visitors about all of the things that we have done with them. Countless projects, hours (and after-hours), travel time, webinars, e-mails, phone calls, and more with all of our partners is definitely worth it to hear how much people have been satisfied with the work we are doing.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by!