iNaturalist is a global community of people who record photographic observations of other organisms and share them with each other so everyone can learn more about the natural world.
Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. Your findings are shared with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.
iNaturalist.org began as the Master’s final project of Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda at UC Berkeley’s School of Information in 2008. Nate and Ken-ichi continued working on the site after graduation, with some additional help from Sean McGregor. Ken-ichi began collaborating with Scott Loarie in 2011, when they organized as iNaturalist, LLC and began expanding the site through numerous collaborations. In 2014 iNaturalist became an initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and a joint initiative with National Geographic Society in 2017.
Nature At Your Fingertips Through iNaturalist
Record your encounters with other organisms and maintain life lists, all in the cloud.
Create Useful Data
Help scientists and resource managers understand when and where organisms occur.
Connect with experts who can identify the organisms you observe.
Become a Citizen Scientist
Find a project with a mission that interests you, or start your own.
Learn About Nature
Build your knowledge by talking with other naturalists and helping others.
Run a Bioblitz
Hold an event where people try to find as many species as possible.
Report your sightings each fall and spring as the monarchs travel to and from Mexico. Track migration on real-time migration maps and follow the migration news. Fall migration extends from August to November; spring migration from March to June. Find out what to report each spring and fall. Scientists rely on the help of citizen scientists to understand the monarch’s conservation needs. Your observations make a valuable contribution — and help tell the dramatic story of the monarch’s journey to Mexico.
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