A website for citizen science and nature appreciation where you can record what you observe in nature, crowdsource organism identifications, and build knowledge about the natural world.

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iNaturalist is a citizen science project and online social network of over 750,000 naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. By recording and sharing your observations, you help create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

A fun way to use iNaturalist is to participate in or organize a BioBlitz. A bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species as possible within a designated location and time period. BioBlitz activities can complement biomimicry education when looking at observations through the lens of function. What is the species DOING? Are they attaching (temporarily or permanently–to a leaf or rock, to your clothing)? Moving through the air, in water, across land, through dirt? Displaying or modifying color (to attract mates, protect via camouflage, provide warnings to predators)? Generating or converting energy (through photosynthesis, bioluminescence)? Protecting themselves (from predators, weather, structural forces, other environmental factors)?

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