Several of our community science biodiversity projects use iNaturalist, an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It’s also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own nature observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose or access the observational data collected by other iNaturalist users.
To join any of our projects, and help us document the amazing biodiversity of our state all you need to do is create an account at iNaturalist.org, download their free iNaturalist app to your smartphone (Android or iOS), and join our project. You can then start making your own nature observations, upload them to iNaturalist where you can share your discoveries with others, and also let other iNaturalist users help identify what you have seen.
The Museum’s iNaturalist Projects
Some of our iNaturalist projects include the following:
- Biodiversity of Alabama
- 2020 City Nature Challenge: Birmingham Metro Area
- Moundville Archaeological Park Biodiversity Survey
- University of Alabama Arboretum Biodiversity Survey
- University of Alabama Campus Biodiversity Survey
If you have any questions or issues using iNaturalist or any of our iNaturalist projects, please contact Dr. John Friel.