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iNaturalist

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iNaturalist's is a social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. Biodiversity data underpins research, policy and decisions. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. It's easy to take part. All you have to do is observe. And your observations are shared with scientific data repositories to help scientists use your data.

WHAT

Help researchers grow a global dataset of biodiversity observations.

HOW

Share your biodiversity observations via the website with a network of naturalists, scientists and biologists.

WHERE (LAND) 

Global

WHERE (SEA) 

All Seas

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GOOD TO KNOW

Endearingly known as the website for nature nerds, iNaturalist app fosters global citizen science, aiding biodiversity research through user-contributed species observations and identifications.

RUN BY

iNaturalist

SUITABLE FOR

Beginner

PARTICIPANT LOCATION

Anywhere, land or sea!

PROJECT SOCIALS 

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“TOOLS LIKE INATURALIST ENABLE ANYONE ANYWHERE TO HELP TO FILL GAPS ON OUR KNOWLEDGE OF SPECIES DISTRIBUTIONS. THIS INFORMATION IS NOW MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO ASSIST US IN UNDERSTANDING HOW MODERN PRESSURES ARE AFFECTING WILDLIFE. AT THE SAME TIME INATURALIST IS A COMMUNITY THAT HELPS NATURALISTS TO LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER, SO WE HAVE A GROWING BODY OF PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND NATURE BETTER.”

Donald Hobern the Executive Secretary of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, a scientific database that incorporates some oberservations from iNaturalist.

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