When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, lots of people hit their local nature trails. Many hikers brought the iNaturalist app with them. This handy app makes it easy to identify and learn about your local flora and fauna. When you identify plants and animals with iNaturalist, you can also contribute to citizen science and scientific studies. Since the coronavirus started, iNaturalist has seen a huge uptick in users and their observations. It has 100,000 more active users as of September 2020 compared to September 2019 . The app hit 50 million total observations last month. iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. It started as a graduate project by students at UC Berkeley’s School of Information in 2008 and grew and grew. It now connects scientists and naturalists to users or “observers” throughout the world. Although many apps focus on a specific creature or plant, iNaturalist attempts to identify any plant or animal — making it a one-stop shop for field identification. Connecting Observers, Identifiers, and Scientists Naturalists of all levels can enjoy and benefit from the iNaturalist app, but these are the three main target audiences. Observers: […]

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