• Category: Education
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  • Current Version: 2.7.18
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: iNaturalist, LLC
  • Compatibility: Android
1,348 Ratings
$ 0

iNaturalist App

One of the world's most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 400,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What's more, by recording and sharing your observations, you'll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society KEY FEATURES • Discover species new to you both near and far • Record your own observations and share them with the community • Receive suggestions and crowdsourced identifications of what you've seen • Discuss and help others identify what they've seen • Follow projects comprised of smaller communities and fellow citizen scientists passionate about a particular place and/or species

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iNaturalist app reviews

  • Fabulous app! 5/5

    By Girlie squirrel
    As a child, I was rarely without my Peterson’s Field Guides (rocks, shells, reptiles and amphibians, insects, spiders...) and was an avid collector of—well, just about anything I picked up in the fields or woods. This interest continued into my adult life, and now, as a 67-year-old woman, I’m still bringing home turtle shells, rocks, birds’ nests, and cicada casings. This app has been marvelous in its ability to identify and inform. That wasp you see may be a Mud Dauber, or a European Wasp—or maybe not a wasp at all! Is your Praying Mantis a Carolina, or Arizona, or California species? Before you kill that tick, wouldn’t you like to know if it’s a Common Dog Tick or from the Lone Star State? I can’t recommend this app highly enough. Bravo!
  • Inaturalist 5/5

    By eileemoriarty
    Great. Pics info etc
  • So much information! 5/5

    By CaemBoy
    I love this app. Take a picture of an animal or plant & it quickly gives suggestions about its identity. After saving your best guess, other users will verify it (or politely correct you). SO many people use this app that you can see other sitings all around the world. Between the app and their website, you can learn all about the living world around you.
  • An amazing learning tool 5/5

    By disgruntledh
    An amazing learning tool.
  • Awesome 5/5

    By Dudez001
    Love this app! This app will help people that are interested in nature and gets you outside to explore your native biome. I can’t say enough about this app
  • Best app for kids. 5/5

    By charles cieri
    Couldn’t imagine a better way to get my kids into noticing and gently interacting with the natural environment.
  • Thank you ! 5/5

    By maddie panda
    INaturalist has helped me tremendously when I am bored and it really has made me feel not as useless as before I got this app again thank you so much for everything INaturalist!
  • Great app! 5/5

    By Stove6421467
    I’ve learned so much with this app. Last year I started getting into photographing butterflies and this app has been amazing at identifying them. The automatic identifier is pretty accurate and someone usually confirms or suggests something else. I can’t believe this app is free. So fun and educational!
  • Easy and Interesting 5/5

    By its the nickname
    Great app for keeping all your findings in one place and seeing what others are finding as well.
  • Must have app 5/5

    By Good Host Plants
    The accuracy of the species suggestions is amazing.
  • Highly recommended 5/5

    By mopery1
    Makes it very easy to identify insects, animals and plants.
  • Awesome awesome awesomeness 5/5

    By 123pasha321
    Awesome app! Crowd sourcing love of nature!! Every biology class should use this app!!! Thanks!!!
  • Audrey 4/5

    By Mamaweedeater
    Great app!
  • Best nature site of all time! 5/5

    By Pete Barnes
    This is the best all around site for identifying nature that exists! So versatile and easy to use! And it is free with no ads!!
  • 👍🏼 5/5

    By Ike016
    Very cool
  • NMSUKC 5/5

    By nmsukcmo
    Great app
  • Love this app! 5/5

    By 🌙🌀🌸🍀🌻🍃
    I adore this app. It’s insanely cool to snap pictures of critters and plants I see and then actually find out what they are! It’s even cooler to have help from such a big community with ID’ing the subjects, too. The only thing I wish this app had was a way to create a more in depth profile, and a way to view others’ profiles.
  • This app rocks!! 5/5

    By Damaris7zzzzz
    I’ve been looking for an app that will help me identify plant life whenever we travel and this not only does it but allows me to share my findings. It’s a great way to exchange knowledge.

    By gokibi
    What a great app. It has educated me about the environment in my own fenced back yard.
  • Awesome Nature App 5/5

    By 7th & 8th grade teacher
    This app brilliantly allows for collective genius to identify fauna and flora.
  • Learn about what you see and help us all understand where organisms are 5/5

    By P SOUL
    iNaturalist is great. The matching algorithms have improved over the years, and often give accurate ID’s to genus or species. If not it will get you to family and making ID using a reference guide way easier. I use the app to: 1. Learn about tax’s I’m not familiar with and 2. Contribute photos of things I am familiar with. These geotagged photos add to a growing huge data set that can be useful for naturalists, nature enthusiasts, and scientists for locating the organisms they are interested in. 3. I’ve also used the projects feature to collect observations of specific taxa at a place. People can be directed to these projects as a virtual guide to help them figure out what they are likely to see. Also some interesting opportunities for collaborative science or surveys. Keep up the good work iNat team!
  • A favorite nature app 5/5

    By WTLSkipper
    inaturalist has a great network of support from other naturalists.
  • Education and fun! 5/5

    By Alexander Acrid
    Take photos of wildlife and share them with your community and the world.
  • Great app! 5/5

    By KCDillon
    Informative, reliable, easy to use. User community is great. Lots of recommendations for my observations
  • Love this app 5/5

    By BrownTrout451
    Great app. The identification abilities make finding things fun and if you ID incorrectly the community can often find the right ID. A whole new way to see your area. Update: I’ve gotten several friends on it. I *love* it. It makes being a naturalist even more fun.
  • Addicting 5/5

    By Fee1234726
    I love iNaturalist! It’s fun and educational. Now I understand why people play Pokémon go
  • Like a dating app for nature. 5/5

    By Marc_Whitaker
    See it, snap a picture of it, identify it, document it for anybody studying biodiversity.
  • Best plant ID app 5/5

    By EStaples8504
    Works amazingly well especially on native plants of weeds
  • Amazing app, but huge file size 5/5

    By dianeyounq
    I love the app and have used it for a long time, I have no complaints other than the fact that the app is currently using 2.5 gigabytes of storage just for documents and data with no clear way of how to clear it or limit it.
  • The app I always wanted: Shazam for nature! 5/5

    By tajmirage
    This app continues to bloe my mind with the speed and accuracy of its identifications. I'd do this over Pokemon any day! (For birds, you might also look at Merlin BirdID.)
  • Maybe it’s me 5/5

    By Scrabbeler
    If there is and I’m miss it, apologies, but I wish there was a way to connect with people you work/do research with to share findings! Friends could compare observations and it would be more fun :) I love the app!
  • Great app for identifying nature 5/5

    By hoffmannature
    This app is great for helping to verify or identify nature. It is very accurate from my observation.
  • Awesome App 5/5

    By Notnyob
    Very accurate.
  • Great way to learn and record the life around you 5/5

    By jbecky
    The app keeps getting even better. ID suggestions now make identifying things even easier.
  • Awesome tool 5/5

    By ElJoven
    Excellent app great job on this and amazing AI.
  • Great app! 5/5

    By KJB19683
    Great app! I’ve identified a lot of things on this app. The behind the scenes tech person is great if you have a question about anything. The options listed to help you identify your observation are very helpful. You have to weed thru some people adding identifications to your observation that are wrong but those are easy to spot. Lots of regular users are very helpful with questions & identifications.
  • What a great tool! 5/5

    By DeeDee Leilgil
    This tool helps with Identification but also encourages further exploration. I get lost for hours in the photo galleries. And now that they have the companion app (Seek), it is a fully robust tool. My kids love it too. Great for ages 1-100!
  • Plant People Unite! 5/5

    By ReneeParks
    This is a great app if you are in the profession of watching plant/species ID to children. It is such a useful tool and lots of correct suggestions are offered when you snap a picture of a plant. There’s also a kids version called Seek.
  • An amazing app all around for identifying species. 5/5

    By Luke van der Colff
    I’m just a 20 year old that wants to know what every creatures purpose is around me and this has been the most fun way to do it. There are no ads, you upload a picture of the animal of reasonable quality, it helps if there’s multiple pictures and you describe what you saw in the description area. You put your location, which can be moved around so that your location isn’t known. It’s important to note that the location is key in determining a species sometimes so be decently accurate on the location. Once you’ve done that, AI, that’s right, artificial intelligence studies the pictures and compares them to other picture alike and species in the area to often give you a suggestion that’s correct or another 10 suggestions below of which I usually find the species I’m looking for if it’s not too obscure. I’ve also contributed to the knowledge of where some species are which feels great. My only complaint is there’s no place to provide feedback but here and the upload speed is reasonably slow. But this is a wonderful app that I recommend for any biologist. Yes, you can submit species under the microscope, too!!!! Thank you California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society for helping create this app!!!
  • INaturalist continues to amaze! 5/5

    By Do-Writer
    How does it do this?! From a photo?! I first learned of iNaturalist in Master Naturalist Training, and now I encourage everyone to download and use it. I use it to help identify emerging plants in gardens to determine whether to leave them or yank them. I use it during hikes to identify various plants and animals- usually insects. I use it during bio blitzes like City Nature Challenge. Yes, sometimes it’s stumped, but I’m continually amazed at how helpful and accurate iNaturalist is. - Becky Halbe
  • Must have app 5/5

    By @phillsfungi
    A must have app for nature lovers and ecologists as well as anyone just looking to learn more about what they find in the wild. I’m addicted. It’s like Pokémon go but in real life and you get to learn a bunch along the way (and contribute to scientific data collection!!!) Great app.
  • Love this app 4/5

    By Brian Wild
    Useful, fun, informative. A community of amateur naturalists, citizen scientists, and accredited academics. Makes a game out of spotting species, tracks locations, provides descriptive id’s as well as suggestions based on location and others input. A wealth of information. I just wish you could do as much on the mobile app as you can on the PC. Check out your account online and see how much more iNaturalist has to offer. I donated $10 after only using it a couple of days still, as this app deserves support from the community for the information and entertainment value it provides. Will continue to use and tell friends too.
  • Best App for Nature Enthusiast 5/5

    By Nasicca
    Helps you ID bugs, trees, flowers, animals, mushrooms, and more. If you’re wrong, helpful community members will correct your observations. Work together with your fellow nature lovers to better understand the world around you! ❤️
  • No experts here 2/5

    By wat the heck
    Postings are just what anyone agrees to. Was looking for expert confirmation on species
  • Retired 5/5

    By sunnies-paws
    Wonderful to be able to identify, what may be for myself, “once in a lifetime image”❣️
  • I use this on my walks 5/5

    By darca52
    I catalogue plants growing on my walks throughout the year. It brings another dimension to the time outdoor. Wish I could somehow create my own projects to store these in, but oh well.
  • Map issues but otherwise great. 4/5

    By Caterpillarnerd
    Finding locations on the map for pictures that don’t have locations or are not time stamped is a pain in the butt. I wish I could just type in an address or a lat/long.
  • What fun! 5/5

    By SqueakyChu
    This is a wonderful app for identification of flora and fauna. Several factors make it especially good. It is run partially by National Geographic, an organization I’ve come to respect over many years. It allows for multiple photographs plus discussion. The possible identification notice seems more closely allied with more accurate identification than a previous app I used. The actual identification must be verified by at least one other person. I LOVE this app!
  • Best! 5/5

    By Dene Gulberry
    This app tha bomb!

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