Do you love wildlife and learning about new species? Then iNaturalist is the app for you! I love using it when I find a new animal and do not know what species it is. I have used this app for over a year now and just love it. It is perfect to use in our homeschool and just for personal knowledge. I am not an affiliate or sponsored by iNaturalist I just really enjoy this app and had to share it with y’all. This app is really great and a great resource to have if you are an outdoor adventurer. It is for both Apple and Androids!
Is super easy to use you take a picture of what you would like to identify. Open the app and upload the image into the app, the location of the find, and it will give you suggestions. You can choose the one that you think is the best match. Then you post it others will be able to agree with your find or add what species they think it matches with. You can match with loads of different things from turtles, insects, plants, fungus, birds, and so much more.
This app has been awesome to have. We enjoy camping and pretty much anything to do with being outside. I have saved 2 turtles from the road this year and have used the app to log them and get the correct species name of the turtle. I have used the app to identify a beautiful blue bee that I had no idea even existed. Did you know there were blue bees? They are so pretty and it was a great lesson for our homeschool. iNaturalist gives you information on the species and where they are normally found or have been spotted.
The app has helped me identify 9 things so far. You are also able to research what others have found while out in nature. It is really cool to just look at what others have found especially in other areas of the world. It would be a great way to get kids outside to learn about different insects, birds, and other wildlife. While you are out camping, hiking, fishing, or just enjoying the beautiful outdoors you can snap pictures of the wildlife to learn more about them and their habitats along with behaviors.
If you have the app let me know what you think of it. So far most of my finds are turtles that I have saved from the roads here in Oklahoma. It is a super fun way to log what you see. Happy wildlife scavenger hunt.