Year In Review 2017

We like stats, and we like you, so we made this year-in-review page for you to consider (and share!):

https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2017

What's that, you want to see your own stats? We've got you covered:

https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2017/you

Most of it is self-explanatory, but there are some tricky bits:

  • We're mostly just showing counts of verifiable observations. That means even though we're showing some "casual" observations in the pie chart at the top, the number in the middle is for your verifiable observations.

  • "Species" means "leaf taxa." If you have one observation of Genus Hyla and another of the species Vulpes vulpes we count that as two "species." If you have one of Genus Vulpes and another of the species Vulpes vulpes, we count that as one "species."

  • "Most Comments and Faves" are sorted by faves, then comments. Observations with lots of comments tend to be interesting, but observations with lots of faves tend to be pretty. We're suckers for pretty.

  • The map is interactive! Zoom around and you can watch the animation on a local scale. You can also click the date to pause and use the arrow keys to move forward and backward in time.

  • The "sunburst" is also interactive! This diagram will probably be a bit mystifying for some folks, but mousing over things will explain what the arcs represent, and you can click on them to view just that taxon. For touch users, tapping will have to suffice.

We may add a few more charts if we're not too busy celebrating the new year (or surviving our holiday colds). Hope you're all having a splendid holiday season, and, as always, many thanks for all you've done to make iNat what it is today! Here's to another great year.

Posted by kueda kueda, December 27, 2017 10:42 PM

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I love the stats and I love you guys. Thanks for all your hard work in making iNaturalist an excellent place to spend all my free time!

Posted by nanofishology 5 months ago (Flag)
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Ken-ichi, thank you for the vivid graphic portrayal of annual stats! I had a sneak preview of this (thanks Cassi) and I think it's quite an achievement, blending attractive design with all of those statistics that the nerdiest naturalists revel in. All best for the holidays, and hope that cold passes quickly!

Posted by sanguinaria33 5 months ago (Flag)
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Wow... I am bowled over! How fabulous!

Thank you guys!!!

Posted by susanhewitt 5 months ago (Flag)
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I second @sanguinaria33's comment. Looks beautiful...and more importantly, easy to digest.

Posted by briangooding 5 months ago (Flag)
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wow you guys are amazing, thank you. Can see when I came home and tried to get my home ready to sell so I can move to Colorado, no observations...but I will be back

Posted by taogirl 5 months ago (Flag)
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This is awesome!

Posted by jbroadhead 5 months ago (Flag)
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I am a total geek for stats. But not so smart at being able to figure out how to generate them. This is awesome! Thank you so much.

Posted by brentano 5 months ago (Flag)
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Really Cool! That is amazing graphics!
Thanks for the fantastic site! Here is to 2018 and lots of fun on iNaturalist!

Posted by tonyrebelo 5 months ago (Flag)
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I love this!

Posted by annikaml 5 months ago (Flag)
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Oh and congratulations on the strong positive review in the New York Times Sunday magazine!

Posted by susanhewitt 5 months ago (Flag)
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Wonderful! Thanks so much for everything iNaturalist! I love being here, looking forward to 2018!

Posted by mikef451 5 months ago (Flag)
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Very cool! A lot of fun to review. What surprised me is how similar my proportions of taxa observed parallel the overall iNat stats. I am mostly a bird and plant person, but as I seek out birds and plants, I stumble across all sorts of things and the end result is pretty amazing. Thanks!

Posted by milliebasden 5 months ago (Flag)
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@sanguinaria33 , thank you for sharing that link.

Posted by ellen5 5 months ago (Flag)
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Neat stuff - I can only echo the comments made above! Any idea why there was a spike in observations etc. in mid April?

Posted by mamestraconfigurata 5 months ago (Flag)
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The spike was from City Nature Challenge!

Posted by loarie 5 months ago (Flag)
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@loarie Thanks for that. Amazing how one project can have such an effect!

Posted by mamestraconfigurata 5 months ago (Flag)
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big thank yous to Ken-Ichi, Scott, Tony, and everyone who makes the community great!

Posted by bouteloua 5 months ago (Flag)
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Great job to all the observers and ID'ers out there! Tremendous effort iNaturalist team!

Posted by mmulqueen 5 months ago (Flag)
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That spike every Saturday is almost like clockwork...neat!

Posted by cthawley 5 months ago (Flag)
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@cthawley I missed that, but going over the graph again, I can see it. Fascinating!

Posted by mamestraconfigurata 5 months ago (Flag)
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I love these stats! I'm looking forwards to beating this year's observation count next year.

Posted by jason_m 5 months ago (Flag)
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It is really cool to get the stats for oneself (or any other user).
Any chance that a similar concept could be done for a Place or Location or Network? - say by country or city?
or for Projects.?
This is such a great summary!!

Posted by tonyrebelo 5 months ago (Flag)
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@tonyrebelo, you can go to https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2017/you for your stats. Replacing the "you" part of the URL with another username will take you to that person's stats, but only if that user has generated them. No stats page for projects or anything else this year.

Posted by tiwane 5 months ago (Flag)
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You can get site stats from the iNat network as follows:
http://naturalista.mx/stats/2017
http://inaturalist.ca/stats/2017
http://naturewatch.org.nz/stats/2017
http://naturalista.biodiversidad.co/stats/2017
(keep in mind these are counting stats based on the network affiliation of users associated with observations which is different from observations made in Mexico etc.)

Posted by loarie 5 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks tiwane and loarie. Yes: I looked at the pages for several other southern African users, the moment I had looked at my own. However, I tried the NZ site using that url and I could not get it to work - Oh - I see I tried the secure site https://naturewatch.org.nz/stats/2017 - that still does not work.
Oh, dear, I will just have to accept that I cannot automatically generate any statistics for southern Africa this year (either by affiliation or by region).
But thanks: this is a fun tool. And I still have two days to play around and change things for 2017!

Posted by tonyrebelo 5 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks for the metrics!
Figured out how to look at my previous years too! - and I was able to pick up a date posting error in 2015 looking at the map animation. Love it! Love looking at how iNat is doing too!

Posted by bobmcd 5 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks so much iNaturalist ;-)

Posted by apbbani 5 months ago (Flag)
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Wowie wow wowsers -- this is the BEST.

You've got a lot of grateful folks here on iNat. Thanks for creating this tool that inspires more nature engagement! Oh, and the stats thing is super cool too.

Posted by sambiology 5 months ago (Flag)
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This SO awesome! My jaw dropped. I think this is maybe the coolest thing iNat has done. Thank you to the whole iNat team for this awesome year end gift to the community!

Posted by carrieseltzer 5 months ago (Flag)
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This is incredible! Thanks so much for putting this together. You truly rock!!

Posted by wildcarrot 5 months ago (Flag)
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INat is a fabulous development in this conservationist world. Thank you SOS much.

Posted by ladylovesplants 5 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks so much for all of your efforts in compiling our data in such an interesting format. Thanks also for the support and education that comes with participating with I Naturalist. I Naturalist has opened up a world I never thought I would be an integral part of, and I really can't wait for Spring, 2018! Mary

Posted by mary137 5 months ago (Flag)
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👍👍👍

Posted by ck2az 5 months ago (Flag)
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I just started using the site this year but it has been a game changer for me in exploring nature. It made me curious to identify everything I saw not just birds and mammals but the smaller things like plants and bugs. It has opened a whole new world to me. I especially love being able to help others identify things and them helping me identify things. I can't wait for a 2018 and the new adventures. Happy New Year!

Posted by dantheman135 5 months ago (Flag)
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I started using I Nat about 14 months or so ago
It awesome and has help me to re focus my energy on something positive
My background is civil engineering and overseas work
I’ve have a blast with this. Also hopefully I’ll be able to add 2000 new species
To my count this coming year. Also after years of not being able to get a good idea about certain flora and fun a distributions I’m hoping I’ve made a Little bit of a diffence this past year and more next year

Posted by ck2az 5 months ago (Flag)
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your map is pretty impressive CK! https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2017/ck2az

Posted by loarie 5 months ago (Flag)
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A big thank you to the creators of this site and all the contributors. I keep on recommending it wherever I go. :-)
Best to all naturalists for 2018.

Posted by microm 5 months ago (Flag)
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Wow!!! iNaturalist is such wonderful project... citizen science at its very best! And the year-end stats are so cool...with jaw-dropping presentation and graphics. Thank you Ken-Ichi, Scott, and everyone else at iNat!

Posted by mikecardwell 5 months ago (Flag)
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just found all these comments and had to agree, i love these stats and any more you all have time to generate pages for would be great. Like first observations on iNat, life list firsts (I think @bouteloua mentioned that? or someone)... stats by place as many had mentioned, etc etc. Maybe a page to track year life list with firsts (there would be a lot but would be fun). Love it! It was -27 this morning so i am feeling cooped up, but once it thaws a little time to start adding to the 2018 life list

Posted by charlie 5 months ago (Flag)
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@charlie If you go to your calendar it tells you how many and what life list firsts you had that day. I don't know if it's new but I just found it last night.

Posted by jbroadhead 5 months ago (Flag)
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Oh, yeah that has been there a while and i look at it a lot. I was thinking year list species, but my post was poorly worded :) I love the life list feature.

Posted by charlie 5 months ago (Flag)
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I am curious how many user contributed to iNaturalist total in 2017; how many individual accounts submitted at least one observation? How many accounts had any activity at all (comments, ID, observation, or anything)? Is there any way to find either of these stats on the iNatu website currently?

Posted by upupa-epops 3 months ago (Flag)
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> how many user contributed to iNaturalist total in 2017
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?created_d1=2017-01-01&created_d2=2017-12-31&place_id=any&subview=grid&view=observers

the other stats can't be searched for at the moment

Posted by loarie 3 months ago (Flag)
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Cool, thanks!

Posted by upupa-epops 3 months ago (Flag)
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@upupa_epops : you can easily find the first: go to the observations on the top menu (click) and using the filters select the more filters and give the start and end date of any period Added and Update search. That will show you the number of observations, species, identifications and users for that period (beware that you may have a place filter - you may want to click it off to see the world view, or you may want the Ontario totals). Click on any of these headings to see the latest and leaders.
If the area or time period is small enough and not too active (less than 500 users), you can get the rest of your stats under the observers tab as well. But not for the entire site easily.

Posted by tonyrebelo 3 months ago (Flag)

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