Our fun Friday feature is a short introduction to a really cool app called iNaturalist. iNaturalist is essentially an online social network of enthusiastic naturalists, citizen scientists, students, researchers and experts who provide a worldwide crowdsourcing species identification system. Record your own observations, get help identifying species you record, and join projects that can use your observations for research or education efforts. Take your smart phone into your backyard or out on a hike, and try recording your first observation.

Getting started on iNaturalist

Observe it and record it!

iNaturalist guide

Find nearby projects

On your smart phone, tap the More () icon (lower right corner) to see projects going on nearby that you can add observations to. You can also search for regional projects and find some fantastic projects in Oregon like The Oregon Bee Atlas, Oregon State Parks Coastal Species Inventory, and the Oregon Mycoflora Project.

Observing and recording the natural world

Here is a gallery of sample Oregon observations that were submitted to iNaturalist. So far there have been over 300,000 observations recorded in Oregon (9,650+ species by over 15,000 observers)!