Intro to iNaturalist Canada - Who/What is it?

The following points were extracted directly from the iNat web pages (https://inaturalist.ca/pages/what-is-it).

iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature.

The primary goal in operating iNaturalist is to connect people to nature, and by that they mean getting people to feel that the non-human world has personal significance, and is worth protecting.
The secondary goal is to generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data from these personal encounters.

iNaturalist Canada is led by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) along with Parks Canada, NatureServe Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), which collectively make up the iNaturalist Canada Steering Committee. The platform is managed by the steering committee in collaboration with iNaturalist.org which is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

Anyone with a computer or smartphone with Internet can use iNat to: keep track of your own observations, w/ maps, calendars, journals, life lists, etc.; get help from the community in identifying what you observed

Posted by mkkennedy mkkennedy, April 07, 2021 09:40

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