Spreading Our Wings: iNaturalist is Now an Independent Nonprofit

We have exciting news! iNaturalist is now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

This is a big day for iNaturalist. Since launching in 2008, the iNaturalist team and organization has evolved, and we’re thrilled about this next milestone. iNaturalist began as a master’s project at the University of California, Berkeley, became a LLC, then joined the California Academy of Sciences in 2014. In 2017, iNaturalist became a joint initiative with the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. Today, iNaturalist is now an independent, US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Over the past 15 years, the incredible contributions from the community have made iNaturalist into one of the world’s most powerful nature platforms.
      So far, the iNaturalist community has:

  • Created over 145,000,000 verifiable observations (adding about 1 million per week!)
  • Grown to 2.7 million contributors
  • Observed more than 430,000 species

We thank the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society for incubating iNaturalist as it grew dramatically over the last 9 years. We owe immense gratitude to these partners for their investment, support, and stewardship. We look forward to collaborating with both organizations in the future.

The way you experience iNaturalist won’t change with our new organizational structure. The iNaturalist team and infrastructure have seamlessly migrated to the independent organization with the support of our partners, and we'll continue collaborating with organizations around the world to support the iNaturalist Network.

Support iNaturalist

Very soon we will announce a generous grant that will give independent iNaturalist a solid start. The financial support of the iNaturalist community made our evolution possible and will be vital for long-term sustainability. Your donation now will celebrate this exciting milestone and further secure iNaturalist’s future. Thank you!


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Humble Origins, Outsized Impact

Since launching in 2008, iNaturalist has become an indispensable tool in the global effort to preserve biodiversity. The data collected by our dedicated community is vital for conservation decisions and has contributed to over 3,700 scientific papers. By becoming an independent non-profit, we’re securing the future of the platforms so many have come to rely on.

Moving Forward

Independence represents an important, natural, and exciting milestone. iNaturalist’s focus has always been on building community and understanding biodiversity. By directing resources, organization, fundraising, and communications solely towards iNaturalist's mission and vision, we’ll be able to operate even more effectively, paving the way for future improvements and growth. You can read about our new board of directors and explore our Community FAQs to learn more.

Many, Many Thanks to the iNaturalist Community

iNaturalist owes its success to the incredible community. Anyone who has observed, identified, donated, or used our products has contributed to building the wealth of biodiversity knowledge that we’ve curated together. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being part of this community. We are excited about what lies ahead and cannot wait to embark on this new chapter with you! Stay tuned for more updates.


Back (left to right): Alex Shepard, Sylvain Morin, Patrick Leary, Tony Iwane, Scott Loarie, Yaron Budowski, Abhas Misraraj
Front (left to right): Angie Ta, Amanda Bullington, Carrie Seltzer, Johannes Klein, Ken-ichi Ueda

Posted on July 11, 2023 06:18 PM by loarie loarie

Comments

Hurray! Please announce when the donation system goes live so I can update my recurring donation (received cancellation notice and was wondering what was going on -- this is exciting!)

Posted by itsmelucy 11 months ago

congratulations and wish you continued success

Posted by radekwalkowiak 11 months ago

Very exciting news! Congratulations!

Posted by tsn 11 months ago

Thanks @itsmelucy! It should work now—we were still getting the kinks worked out during the rollout!

Posted by carrieseltzer 11 months ago

Incredible news!!! Here's to a shiny new future!

Posted by rebeccalexa 11 months ago

Congratulations! Hope there will be many more good news to come!

Posted by zihaowang 11 months ago

Congratulations, iNaturalist!

This website is more than just citizen science. Learning about and using iNat has reignited my love for entomology that I somehow forgot about as a teenager, and stronger than ever. I look forward to watching the site grow as it continues to inspire naturalists worldwide the same way it did for me back in 2019.

Posted by ento0502 11 months ago

Thank you and thank you too for making it easy to reset up my donation. Congratulations -- I know this was no small amount of work (and paperwork) to accomplish!

Posted by itsmelucy 11 months ago

Congratulations!!!

Posted by cofa 11 months ago

Thank you for the nice emails @carrieseltzer!
This is money well spent and donated monthly!
Everyone quit being cheap and become a monthly supporter.

I didn't get a link to sign up for the new non-profit yet.

Posted by carolr 11 months ago

Congratulations! Very exciting

Posted by conboy 11 months ago

Bravo on the banner image. The cat is out of the bag! The bird has flown.

Posted by dianastuder 11 months ago

Awesome to hear! It's great that iNaturalist has grown to the point that it can stand on its own two feet!

Posted by nathantaylor 11 months ago

♥ congrats!

Posted by bouteloua 11 months ago

Wonderful news for an already great concept!

Posted by maryah 11 months ago

Congratulations to the best and most important social network on the planet!

Posted by trscavo 11 months ago

Great news! Love the banner image on the announcement.

Posted by cthawley 11 months ago

@carolr I did not receive a new email but there is a "Donate Now" button in the post itself which works and anyone who wishes can sign up for a One Time or Recurring Donation using that (and decide on interval of recurrence).

They can make donations in honor of or in memory of someone and if they have Employer Matching ability, they can add that info.

Posted by itsmelucy 11 months ago

Brilliant work iNaturalist! Hopefully scientists will give you lots of donations if they have ever used your data for their research papers.

Posted by jarronevsbaru 11 months ago

Congratulations!!

Posted by wildmoss 11 months ago

Are donations tax deductible outside the United States?

Posted by davidgascoigne 11 months ago

Congratulations!

Posted by liamragan 11 months ago

Awesome and congrats, so proud to be a small cog in this great community, and thank you to all of the iNat team who continue to make it happen!

Posted by zabbey 11 months ago

Awesome!

Posted by yayemaster 11 months ago

Great news! Congratulations!

Posted by folini 11 months ago

Congrats!!
(Re: scientists giving donations, they generally don't have much capital to spare either personally or as labs -- but I hope the agencies and foundations that fund these scientists also consider supporting iNat!)

Posted by schizoform 11 months ago

Fantastic news ! More independence and openness is always good and an additional incentive to contribute (particularly outside the US I guess)

Posted by gillessanmartin 11 months ago

Congratulations!

Posted by jtmartin54 11 months ago

Congrats! Great news. I really appreciate and use this platform for a while now and hope it continues to grow!
And here is one proof that this platform is indeed contributing massively to the documentation, conservation and even (re-)discovery of rare, endangered or even "long-lost" species: https://phytokeys.pensoft.net/article/100082/list/11/

Posted by then 11 months ago

This is really amazing news. iNaturalist has been an integral part of my life for the past 5 years, and this gives me even more hope it will be for the next 5 and beyond.

Posted by kemper 11 months ago

Congratulations!!

Posted by brythonlexi 11 months ago

Congratulations !

Posted by gcovain 11 months ago

exciting!

Posted by charlie 11 months ago

Thank you, for maintaining this amazing platform! I very much appreciate your work - day after day!

Posted by catharus 11 months ago

A brilliant concept becomes independent.
Congratulations to the iNaturalist team, and to the iNaturalist community.
Thank you.

Posted by yusufzanzibar 11 months ago

Looking forward to a bright future for an independent inat!

Posted by frog_boy_ 11 months ago

It's hard for me to imagine my life without iNaturalist -- I use this tool to engage with nature every day. So happy to remain a part of this amazing and uplifting community! Proud to be a donor as well!!!
Congrats to iNaturalist. :)

Posted by sambiology 11 months ago

Congratulations! I can't wait to see what happens next.

Posted by e16 11 months ago

C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s !
🌿🐞🐬🐦🦋🐟🐝
I would express my self better in spanish.
Muchas FELICIDADES por este nuevo inicio!! Les deseo lo mejor!!

Todos estos años ha sido un honor trabajar para Naturalista, conocerlos y compartir alguna que otra reunión.
De forma personal y como parte del equipo de México, les mando un abrazo y la mejor de las suertes.

Seguimos trabajando y en contacto.

Roberto Arreola Alemón
🌿🐞🐬🐦🦋🐟🐝
Nice pic by the way!

Posted by roberto_arreola 11 months ago

As others have said, the educational value of this site is immeasurable.

Posted by bellskimmer 11 months ago

The biggest congratulations!!!!

Posted by ecologistchris 11 months ago

Awesome! Congratulations!

Posted by rinaturalist 11 months ago

This is a great step! I love iNat, and I sincerely hope it continues to grow as a source of scientifically valid records of wild things. I will be much more inclined to donate generously when iNat adds these elements to greatly increase the scientific utility of iNat's records: (1) ability to sort by taxonomic order, and (2) raise the standard for records labeled "research grade" to something that makes records actually research-worthy, or create another category for records that are verified by expert users. Thanks for all iNat has accomplished so far!

Posted by butterfliesoforegon 11 months ago

Very wonderfu!!

Posted by sadawolk 11 months ago

You guys and gals are my personal “rock stars!” A well-deserved congratulations is needed for all that you do, not only for science and scientists, but the wild flora and fauna, and ever-diminishing wildlands that you are helping experts to better document, activists to better protect, and common people (especially our young people) to better appreciate. Without a doubt, the world is a far better place, with a more hopeful outlook for the future, thanks to your largely hidden, but hugely heroic efforts. Keep up the amazing work!👏👏👏

Posted by s_k_johnsgard 11 months ago

Cool

Posted by mycapecodadventur... 11 months ago

Woohoo! Great job everyone!

Posted by mickley 11 months ago

Congratulations!

Posted by derrell_d 11 months ago

All your hard work is well worth the effort. Bravo!

Posted by madisonba13 11 months ago

Congratulations!

Posted by gancw1 11 months ago

This is great news!

Posted by melissalaurino 11 months ago

Congrats! Looking forward to the growth and support this will mean for you all (and as ever, keeping my eye on open positions, just in case this dream team expands!)

Posted by pigeonpal 11 months ago

Congratulations!

Posted by jmaughn 11 months ago

Yay congrats!!

Posted by reptipods 11 months ago

Congratulations to the iNat team!

Posted by rupertclayton 11 months ago

Very cool, great work! Your effort is very important for so many reasons! 👏👏👏

Posted by joemiller 11 months ago

Great work! Looking foreward to seeing what you do going foreward!

Posted by giannamaria 11 months ago

Rock on, and congratulations! I can't really remember a time without iNaturalist!

Posted by floridensis 11 months ago

iNaturalist is not only a great scientific tool but also a pure joy to all people that love the biodiversity of the planet earth.

Posted by alantorretto 11 months ago

Congrats to the team! The platform has transformed citizen science and "science" to the point where I'm not always sure which is which.

Posted by johndreynolds 11 months ago

Congratulations to a beyond remarkable team and vision!!! iNaturalist sparked and then fueled my passion for lichens. The journey has been a complete JOY , and I keep learning MORE!!! The “new” iNat will be on my monthly donation list.

Posted by metsa 11 months ago

Congrats and thanks to all!!

Posted by terrinorris 11 months ago

Terrific news -- congratulations on spreading your wings. :)

Posted by adirado 11 months ago

Congratulations! I was attending our monthly virtual iNaturalist ID night and proudly wearing my iNaturalist t-shirt when I heard this excellent news tonight. Shout out to pal Carrie and the iNaturalist team for making this a reality!

Posted by ana_kaahanui 11 months ago

Congratulations!

Posted by crseaquist 11 months ago

Congratulations to the iNat team and community!

Posted by marceloamores 11 months ago

Felicitaciones!!!! this makes me so happy!!!
You doing well!! keep moving!

Posted by diegoalmendras 11 months ago

Fantastic and Thank you so much for every one in iNat team.
iNat observation is now my daily sport!

Posted by sunnetchan 11 months ago

Congratulations on taking this step! And I add my voice to those who call on all iNat users who can to give regularly.

Posted by anneclewis 11 months ago

Congratulations on the fantastic news!!!

Posted by twan3253 11 months ago

Congratulations iNat!

Posted by shellfishgene 11 months ago

Congrats to the team!!!

Posted by wildskyflower 11 months ago

Congratulations 🎉

Posted by sonukumar055 11 months ago

Many felicitations for the day!

Edit to add: for those curious about monthly donations - the FAQ provides information on recurring donations. Depending on payment processor you may need to set up donations again while others will not - this is why some folks have received emails about recurring donations while others have not.

Posted by scarletskylight 11 months ago

Congratulations!! Really love iNaturalist!!

Posted by birdexplorers 11 months ago

Thanks for the hard work in developing this incredible platform. Onwards and upwards. Best wishes!

Posted by charlieglasser 11 months ago

The future seems bright for iNaturalist. I am proud of all of you (both staff and this wonderful community of naturalists) :)

Posted by bobby23 11 months ago

Congratulations, this is very exciting news! I've really enjoyed watching this project grow over the years, and am proud of it for reaching this amazing milestone. Thanks to all members of this community for your work in so many ways; I love being a part of it.

Posted by ashley_bradford 11 months ago

Congratulations on the next evolution of the platform and community!

Posted by damontighe 11 months ago

Hearty congratulations !

Posted by dineshvalke 11 months ago

What a milestone! Congratulations.

Posted by jsuplick 11 months ago

Congratulations!! It’s been so exciting to witness your growth and impact over the years.

Posted by brook 11 months ago

Huzzah! Many thanks and congratulations to all involved!!

Posted by tigerbb 11 months ago

Congrats on the great milestone!

Posted by chloe_and_trevor 11 months ago

Fantastic! This is big news!

Posted by sullivanribbit 11 months ago

Congrats on the great milestone

Posted by shashidharswamyhi... 11 months ago

Congrats!! ... fantastic to know iNaturalist has a bright future ahead!!! Looking forward to keep on contributing and see fellow naturalist sharing their love for nature

Posted by ivansls 11 months ago

Cool! Congratulations!

Posted by alexanderdubynin 11 months ago

Woohoo! What an exciting next step! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for iNat

Posted by sharrow-sparrow 11 months ago

And the evolution continues. Congratulations.

Posted by ckhunt 11 months ago

Congrats! The site is such a great citizen science tool that also gives so much value to its users . For me, I have learned way more than I would have been able to on my own, been able to help others learn, and managed to make new friends along the way! I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that discovering iNat has been a life-changing experience!

Posted by natemarchessault 11 months ago

Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉

Posted by mahdiraeisi 11 months ago

Congratiations and thanks!

Posted by susanhewitt 11 months ago

I am definitely in the minority about feeling sad at the separation from two organizations that I’ve held in some reverence for since childhood. I am not clear on the advantages; but I am hopeful they are bountiful.

I find this outpouring of positive expressions to be reassuring.

Posted by teellbee 11 months ago

Congratulations on this exciting new beginning!

Posted by carancho 11 months ago

FANTASTIC!

Posted by krosenthal 11 months ago

Great news. Congratulations, everyone!

Posted by billhubick 11 months ago

FANTASTIC - this is so great!

Posted by vilseskog 11 months ago

Congrats y’all

Posted by antman555 11 months ago

How exciting, congratulations!

Posted by annikaml 11 months ago

Congratulations!!!! I'm so glad I was here from (almost) the beginning!

Posted by dolma33 11 months ago

Congratulations to the Inat team, for their great achievement of sustainable independence, which fills me with joy and enthusiasm to participate. Also, this milestone of independence, represents recognition, support and credibility, to the collaborative effort of our entire community, in the attempt to preserve biodiversity, through knowledge and recognition of species, in addition to their ecology.

Felicitaciones al equipo Inat, por su gran logro de independencia sostenible, lo cual, me rebosa de alegría y de entusiasmo de participar ella. También, este hito de independencia, representa un reconocimiento, apoyo y credibilidad, al esfuerzo colaborativo de toda nuestra comunidad, en el intento de preservar la biodiversidad, a través, del conocimiento y reconocimiento de especies, además de su ecologia.

Posted by orlandomontes 11 months ago

Well done folks! I am having so much fun being a part of this community.

Posted by mlandon11 11 months ago

Wow and congrats! I will change iNat's "Life Stage" status to "Fledged!"

Posted by srullman 11 months ago

Terrific news! I've loved being a member here since 2016. Looking forward to many more years!

Posted by abiggs2 11 months ago

Congratulations !!! Good Luck to all the contributors on this site !

Posted by itzhak46 11 months ago

Congratulations!!

Posted by ericalsf 11 months ago

This is a wonderful and natural move for this thriving and exciting community. You've done an amazing job; I love iNaturalist and am very grateful for all of the hard work and perseverance that has kept it growing into the citizen science resource it has become. Thanks to all of the partners and supporters - I learn from it every day!

Posted by lszterrill 11 months ago

Woohoo! Congratulations!!! Continue to spread you wings and fly high iNaturalist! You are doing great!

Posted by liselle 11 months ago

Congratulations!

Posted by francisfreeman 11 months ago

Wicked!! Hearty congratulations.

Posted by markmcg 11 months ago

That's cool.

Posted by islandnaturespotter 11 months ago

Awesome. Well done, everyone. : )

Posted by vandalsen 11 months ago

Terrific! Just made a donation. So grateful to have iNaturalist in my life :)

Posted by blueskieshk 11 months ago

Thanks iNat team, this is excellent and heartwarming news.

Posted by w_martin 11 months ago

nice team, nice work.. My team and I are from Ecuador, here we are suporting inat with students and farmers...this is a good job!

Posted by diego_fernando 11 months ago

Excellent, this is great news. I've been and plan to continue being a supporter, but now I'm wondering -- will it be possible to become a member?

Posted by martinlucas 11 months ago

Great news! Who is on the Board?

Posted by chlorophilia 11 months ago

@chlorophilia there's a link in the blog post to this page: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/team#board-of-directors

Posted by tiwane 11 months ago

This is really good news, and it addresses some of the concerns I had had about being associated with the California Academy of the Sciences, as not only their director, but a large number of top executives were paid amounts I felt uncomfortable with and thought were inappropriate for a non-profit, and I was not thrilled with the idea that an organization like this was taking a substantial cut of donations. In 2022 the director made over $524k and there were a total of 5 people making over $300k, and 12 making over $200k.

Having iNaturalist be fully independent makes me feel better about donating to support iNaturalist too, which I plan on continuing to do. I am also hopeful and optimistic that the organization can now be run in ways that are more compatible with my values, avoiding offensively/unreasonably high compensation of top executives, and using funds more efficiently and in a way that does not contribute to social ills such as the growing gap between rich and poor.

I hope that this principle is maintained moving forward, although I do want you to know that I will be keeping an eye on you guys and I will not let it slide if you all start following these same abhorrent practices. To me, salaries around the $100k mark are acceptable in some cases, but if your salaries start creeping up to the zone of what we saw under California Academy of the Sciences, I will start fussing and I may cancel my donation and advocate others to do the same.

Just some food for thought! Like I said, I am optimistic! If all goes well I will likely increase my donation.

Posted by cazort 11 months ago

A Great METAMORPHOSIS!!! Thank you iNaturalist!

Posted by katharinab 11 months ago

Congratulations to the whole iNat team and to all of the incredible volunteers who work to help make it a functioning community! I am so grateful for the technology, the iNat team, and the whole rest of the community that has helped me fall even deeper in love with the natural world!

Posted by swampchicken 11 months ago

Congrats!

Posted by aither 11 months ago

This is the best site I have ever found and I love the big community that can be found on one site. We are all brought together by one thing and that is the love of nature. Congrats iNat and everyone who were and are apart of this great accomplishment

Posted by antman555 11 months ago

So wonderful to see how iNaturalist is evolving. Even more grateful to be a part of this community. Congratulations!

Posted by lahaina 11 months ago

congratulations! that is so rad! woohoo!!

Posted by cararogers 11 months ago

Congratulations! Here's hoping that the iNat Southern African community will come onboard this year :-)

Posted by suvarna 11 months ago

iNaturalist is a significant reason I'm gonna a become a scientist when I'm older. God bless you guys!

Posted by islandnaturespotter 11 months ago

Great news. Right moment to become independent to gain more traction in recording and preserving the biodiversity.

Posted by wadia 11 months ago

Thanks @tiwane —I overlooked that link

Posted by chlorophilia 11 months ago

Very exciting news!

Posted by suttonbae 11 months ago

This site has greatly strengthened my dream of becoming a zoologist

Posted by antman555 11 months ago

Congratulations! Please post instructions on how to redirect my donations!

Posted by lulubelle 11 months ago

Fantastic. I hope this milestone leads to whatever the team needs and users continue to experience the same free platform. Regarding the comment above about salaries, I would just share that in SF Bay Area, California, a $100k salary is below median and in some counties (Sf, Marin, SCL) considered low income. I used to work at a non-profit and am now a State Environmental Scientist so I could earn enough to support a family. I hope the iNaturalist team can pay themselves enough to be above low income and hope Scott & Ken-Ichi can pay themselves even more. I personally wish they could become millionaires from this amazing tool and community they’ve created.

Posted by chrispincetich 11 months ago

Very cool! Congrats!!!

Posted by ken-potter 11 months ago

Yay

Posted by mitvij 11 months ago

No need to become millionaires. Keep it real. We're doing this for nature. Great news.

Posted by ragged-robin 11 months ago

Congratulations

Posted by rahulwildlife 11 months ago

Exciting news! This site is important to me. I love the outdoors ,photography and nature of all sorts. Being able to combine these passions AND help contribute to science and knowledge of biodiversity is tremendous. It is especially exciting when we travel and encounter unknown to me plant and animal life.

I have shared this site with grandkids as well— they are hooked on learning about the natural life around them now too.

Thanks for all of your efforts!

Jenny. Cincinnati OH

Posted by jennypansing 11 months ago

This is excellent news! Congratulations!

I've learned so much here and I am so excited for the next chapter!

Posted by treepublican 11 months ago

May our future paths be laid with the feathered, the scaled, the furry, and all things that are slimy! Adventure is out there!

Posted by akmal_idham 11 months ago

Best wishes and congratulations to the whole team!
I believe iNaturalist is an extraordinary adventure that must continue to look ahead in a world where the fate of biodiversity is increasingly crucial. However, the prestige provided by the National Academy of Sciences of California and the National Geographic Society has been important in combining the interest and commitment of citizens with people who are professionally engaged in the study of biodiversity.
I sincerely hope that this partnership can continue to be strong in the future.
All the best, Valerio.

Posted by valeriosbordoni 11 months ago

Congratulations to everyone for making Inaturalist what it is.

Posted by walkingstick2 11 months ago

Change is constant on mother Earth as is true with its endless biodiversity (for better or worse). So too apparently is the case with iNaturalist as it keeps shapeshifting (evolving) into the future to survive and thrive. Stay strong, stay inclusive, stay progressive. Adelante!

Posted by aguilita 11 months ago

profoundly exciting!! congratulations! it's a wonderful work of love that brings enrichment to so many. I will make sure to donate when I can! thank you.

Posted by thatsanicebike 11 months ago

This is really 👍.

Posted by muhammadiqbaldar 11 months ago

Congratulations! I've been using iNat for almost 10 years now, before there was a phone app! It helped me learn East Coast plants after I first moved there, and I've been keeping up with it ever since! Love that I've grown with you.

Posted by athryn 11 months ago

Congratuations!!

Posted by cmtercero 11 months ago

congratulations...

Posted by solmaz_azimzadeh 11 months ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️inaturalist❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️!

Congratulations!

Posted by mira_l_b 11 months ago

Congratulations!!!

Posted by aswadandriyanto 11 months ago

Awesome job guys!

Posted by samuel_mclaughlin 11 months ago

Congratulations, you've brought something truly amazing to this world. Wonderful work!💚

Posted by trev_likes_bugs 10 months ago

Heartiest congratulations iNaturalist team! You're contributing enormously and putting together citizens and professionals locally and globally. This can only bring about good things for the environment.

Posted by rushecology 10 months ago

This is so awesome. I am very grateful for this platform, "indispensable" is an understatement. Wishing all of the success to the organization!

Posted by semutreelore 10 months ago

Awesome! Congratulations!

Posted by hum_bug 10 months ago

Can’t wait to explore His creation even further!!! Here’s to iNaturasist!

Posted by explorergecko9 10 months ago

Grat

Posted by dharmendrapare 10 months ago

Congratulations friends! The larva transformed into a butterfly.

Posted by aleksey23 10 months ago

Congrats team.

Posted by deepanature 10 months ago

iNaturalist has been an invaluable tool for me. Thanks for all you've helped me learn already!

Posted by sonorabee 10 months ago

That's exciting, congratulations! CalAcademy of Sciences is such a cool place and I'm really happy they fostered this project for so long. What would we do without iNat!

Posted by katelyn3 10 months ago

I have been using iNaturalist since 2015, which was the gateway to my passion for nature and citizen science to the point where I'm using it for even my own research. I'm just thrilled to see how much it has grown since then. Congratulations to the iNaturalist team, and I hope this tool will continue to increase for years to come!

Posted by lowellnoel 10 months ago

Help us know what we have to lose! Congratulations!

Posted by ed180 10 months ago

Congratulations!

Posted by guisauco 10 months ago

Awesome! Congratulations. I love iNaturalist and even teach some classes with it!

Posted by kristenhoss 10 months ago

Amazing.. congratulations

Posted by abhiapc 10 months ago

What wonderful news! Congratulations!

Posted by catimoses 10 months ago

My favorite app and I am very proud of iNaturalist and it’s accomplishment. I use it often and have learned so much. I can see how this can become an important Avenue for research into the world of nature. Congratulations!

Posted by timetravelertx 10 months ago

Congratulations and thank you! I hope new funding streams will support the saving of multiple photos of the same species in Seek. Since changing that to choosing just one, Seek doesn't work as well on a lot of plants that aren't in flower (we love our flowers!). Sadly, I've had to use Picture this to ID a lot of specimens in the last couple of years. I do love that we can now download photos from our computers, though. I'm able to collect so much more data! Keep it up; the world needs this information. And again, thanks!

Posted by legacylife 10 months ago

Excellent news from an excellent organization. Congrats to all!

Posted by oridgen10 10 months ago

The IRS lists "THE NATURE CONNECTION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY NONPROFIT" as the 501(c)(3) organization associated with the EIN: 92-1296468. Please confirm that this is the correct "IRS name" for iNaturalist. Thanks

Posted by pachips 10 months ago

Do you have a users manual for app-illiterate folks like myself?

Posted by kleinknecht 10 months ago

@pachips, correct. Please see the last question in our spinoff FAQ for more info
@kleinknecht you can find video tutorials and other getting started info here. Since, iNat is pretty light on documentation relative to the size and complexity of the platform, the forum can also be a great resource. Our simpler companion app, Seek by iNaturalist, has a user guide you can find here.

Posted by loarie 10 months ago

Congratulation Very exicting.

Posted by twakkie 10 months ago

Great work and congratulations.

Posted by selvamurugam 10 months ago

Congratulations, I as an afghan citizen using the inaturalist since 2020 and I love what you’re doing. Wish you the best good team.

Posted by ezatullahwakily 10 months ago

congratulations on this amazing milestone!

Posted by verdantwinds 10 months ago

I definitely want to keep contributing my photos but I'm a little Leary about my rights on those based on you changing to a nonprofit organisation. I love to support and glad to hear that you are becoming successful! Congratulations

Posted by zrnie 10 months ago

This app has been super helpful for me to get out of my own head, so thank you, iNaturalist!

Posted by draconix 10 months ago

Congratulations, this app has been a huge asset to me sons and I. Keep up the great Work!

Posted by leotoppings 10 months ago

I’m even more inspired to help contribute!

Posted by misterreishi 10 months ago

Congratulations! You are doing a great job and a great product!

Posted by arazlar 10 months ago

Congratulations! I really appreciate what you do. I will continue to utilize this application and contribute my photos to help the organization

Posted by donm5d 10 months ago

Late Congratulations! (but no less excited for you!) Cheers to the iNaturalist community!

Posted by mkoo 10 months ago

What does this mean for the long-term viability of the data? I've been a monthly donor for several years now, and it gave me comfort that iNaturalist had large institutional backing. I hope someone can ease my discomfort with genuine, knowledge based answers.

Posted by spyingnaturalist 10 months ago

@spyingnaturalist -- here's the excellent FAQ's page that addresses some of those concerns:
https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/spinoff_faq

Posted by sambiology 10 months ago

This is an awesome group of people! Thank you for all you do! I love adding photos/observations to inaturalist. Please, let me know how to verify new observations. I would love to help. I have been a naturalist my whole life! I moved to Florida to learn about tropical species after I moved from Alaska. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Biology and worked as a rare plant specialist for the National Forest Service.  

Thank you again for all you do.
Sincerely,

Joanna McKasy

Posted by joannamckasy 10 months ago

Das freut mich sehr ich werde an meinem Naturschontag der Montag ist die App mehr mit nutzen um die Schönheit der Natur noch mehr zeigen zu können für die Weltgemeinschaft Natur Danke

Posted by michael_witter 8 months ago

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