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The natural world contains a variety of plants, animals, fungi, and more, but it can be difficult for non-experts to identify or access information on many species. The online community of iNaturalist, a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society, enables users to explore and share observations of the natural world. Through the iNaturalist app (available on desktop, tablets, or mobile devices), professional and amateur naturalists can record observations, share them with fellow naturalists, discuss findings, and make identifications. Readers can use the app to identify new species encountered on hikes, daily walks, or in their backyard. The app also allows users to become citizen scientists, as findings that are verified are shared with scientific data repositories and can help scientists conduct research. On the page linked above, visitors can navigate the menu at the top of the page to see observations ("Explore"), engage in discussions ("Community"), or find tutorials, taxonomy materials, and guides ("More"). The app, which is available in the Apple App Store or Google Play, allows users to connect with an international community and contribute to this crowdsourced initiative. Visitors can also check out the related, kid-friendly app Seek (featured in the 11-20-2020 Scout Report).
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Date of Scout Publication
November 5th, 2021
Date Of Record Creation
October 29th, 2021 at 1:18pm
Date Of Record Release
November 3rd, 2021 at 10:57am
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