North America is home to over 200 orchid species, and more than half are endangered or threatened somewhere in their native range. Because the majority of orchid research focuses on tropical orchids, many questions remain about temperate orchids, including basic information such as the details of their distributions. By submitting photographs of wild orchids in North America, you can help researchers at the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC) learn information that will be vital for conserving these amazing plants. The data you submit will be used refine our knowledge about orchid distributions and to create fine-scale maps. This will help researchers and advocates better understand these orchids and work to protect them and their habitats. Please obscure the locations of the orchids that you add to the project. Researchers will still be able to see the coordinates, but it will help to protect these fragile organisms. If you can't identify the orchids you see, please visit the Go Orchids website for help.
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