Introducing: Mammalwatching Rankings
When we rebuilt the website earlier this year we promised to introduce a new feature, the Mammalwatching Rankings. This was an idea raised during the community survey we ran a couple of years back and something that Re:wild, who generously funded the new site, also were keen on. And … drumroll … the listers’ league table is now live. You too can claim your spot in the table, and upload your lists, for the world to see!
Many mammalwatchers do not consider themselves to be listers I know. Others, including me, don’t really prioritise particular groups. But whether or not you live life according to your list, please do think about sharing what you have seen here. We hope these league tables will encourage more mammalwatchers to share information and so help motivate more mammalwatching. And ultimately that can be good for conservation. It is also meant to be fun. Really.
Right now you can share your primate and cat lists, but soon we will add other groups of often-listed mammals including cetaceans, ungulates and more (send in your requests). And when you upload the list of what you’ve seen, others can click on it, take a look and make comments along the lines of “Wow. Where did you see your African Golden Cat?”.
If you don’t have a list then you can create one from the Excel sheets here, or using Scythebill for example. Though please save and upload whatever you create as a PDF not a .doc or .xls. Fair warning, trying to remember what you have seen and where can take a toll on your sanity as you try to reconcile notes, photos and distant memories with taxonomic changes. Believe it or not though that it might also be a happy journey down memory lane and generate a few new ticks in the process.
If we all use the same taxonomies for our lists, at least for these league tables, it would make comparisons easier. Ah … nirvana. People can have very strong views I know on this … so we will take what we can get. I want to update my taxonomies every year.
Now that you are, I hope, inspired, you can login to your account and add your lists here.
Here’s a 6 minute video if you need a bit more help. I am quite proud of this video. I know that will end the instant my kids see it and send me cringe emojis (and yes I just had to google cringe emoji to make sure they are a thing and I will recognise them when they arrive).
Please let me know what you think, whether the system is working well for you, and which groups of mammals ought to be added next to the rankings.
But please no