About iNaturalist Australia

Connect with Nature!

One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 750,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll 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, and iNaturalist Australia is managed by the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) as a member of the iNaturalist Network.

That's the vision behind iNaturalist. So if you like recording your findings from the outdoors, or if you just like learning about life, join us!

Data for Science

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a national collaborative project that aggregates biodiversity data from many different sources and makes it discoverable and available for reuse. Australian iNaturalist records are shared with ALA and updated regularly, making them available for scientists, researchers, decision makers, schools and community users through our web portals.

The ALA is supported by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is hosted by CSIRO. It is the Australian node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

A Little History...

iNaturalist.org began as the Master's final project of Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda at UC Berkeley's School of Information in 2008. Nate and Ken-ichi continued working on the site after graduation, with some additional help from Sean McGregor. Ken-ichi began collaborating with Scott Loarie in 2011, when they organized as iNaturalist, LLC and began expanding the site through numerous collaborations. In 2014 iNaturalist became an initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and a joint initiative with National Geographic Society in 2017. You can read even more about iNaturalist here.

iNaturalist Australia joined the iNaturalist Network and launched in August 2019.

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