What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity is all the different kinds of life you’ll find in one area—the variety of animals, plants, fungi, and even microorganisms like bacteria that make up our natural world. Each of these species and organisms work together in ecosystems, like an intricate web, to maintain balance and support life.
So, how can iNaturalist help us record biodiversity? iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It’s also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.
How to use iNaturalist at Mary Gray
- Download the app! Anyone with a computer or smartphone with Internet can use the iNaturalist or Seek app to contribute for free! Click here to learn more.
- Create an account!
- Make an observation! iNaturalist is for recording observations of individual living things, including encounters with signs of organisms like tracks, nests, or things that just died. iNaturalist provides a place to add this information along with photos. When you observe something within the Mary Gray property, it’s automatically added to the MGBS Biodiversity Project.