Alan Kwok, Ada Tai

郭景麟、戴亞香

Alan Kwok, Ada Tai

Former computer design specialist and manufacturer

Observation points: Tsz Wan Shan – Sha Tin Ancient Trail; Mui Tsz Lam - Fa Sam Hang Ancient Trail, Ma On Shan

We are Hong Kong’s Number 1 on iNaturalist.

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From 2019 to 2020, Alan Kwok and Ada Tai were the most active users of the year on renowned ecological community platform iNaturalist for Hong Kong. Jointly managed by the married couple, the handle alankwok has uploaded over 36,000 records of animals and plants on “Observations”*.

For over a decade, Alan and Ada have enjoyed many hiking expeditions to photograph birds and butterflies, bringing nothing but a camera to the Tsz Sha Ancient Trail near home. In 2018, the couple began uploading their observation records on iNaturalist. The platform helps gather ecological data for researchers around the globe who, under limited funds, time or project scale, may not be able to do field observations abroad or stay for long-term research. Local contributions by amateur naturalists like Alan and Ada can help international researchers gain essential data remotely.

Since creating the account, Alan and Ada’s activities on the platform caught the attention of international experts, some of whom offered them tips on taking ecological records that would be useful for research. In just two years, the couple have excelled in taking observation records, incorporating skills such as multi-angled photoshoots and scale. Occasionally Alan and Ada would receive messages from researchers to thank them for the quality data provided on Hong Kong’s flora and fauna. The couple now live in Canada, where they continue to explore the ecology and share data on the platform.

*iNaturalist – An international online platform to exchange ecological data, users can upload their own records of an organism onto “Observations”. These records will be available on the database for research and public use after two experts verify the species identity.

前電腦輔助設計和製造員
生態觀察點:沙田慈沙古道、馬鞍山梅花古道

我們在iNaturalist上排名全港第一

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郭景麟(Alan)和戴亞香(Ada)是生態討論平台iNaturalist 2019至2020年香港最活躍用戶,二人共同管理的帳號「alankwok」至今共上載超過36,000項動植物記錄。

Alan與太太Ada上山影雀影蝶已有十多年,一部傻瓜機、離家不遠的慈沙古道,就是他們享受大自然的方法。2018年,二人開始在iNaturalist上載自己的「觀察」。此平台雲集各國研究員,他們有時會因資金、時間或項目規模所限,未能親身到各國實地考察,更遑論長期駐留。因此像Alan與Ada等業餘博物學家所貢獻的在地觀察,就能助研究員遙距獲得所需資訊。

自他們開設了帳戶,漸漸有外國專家留意到二人很活躍,便留言教他們作更專業的生態記錄。例如照片要多角度、拍攝時加比例尺等。短短兩年,他們上載的「觀察」已有長足進步。現在也不時有外國研究人員留言多謝他倆,為研究提供了香港動植物數據。他們現已移民加拿大,在那裏亦會繼續探索生態,上載在地觀察。

*iNaturalist - 跨國網上生態交流平台,用家可上載自己的生物「觀察」,經兩位專家核實物種後,便可成為研究資料,供各國生態研究員和其他用家瀏覽。