Record plant and animal observations with iNaturalist


We’re calling on residents to be citizen scientists and help us discover the Peninsula’s amazing local flora and fauna using iNaturalist.

iNaturalist is a free, easy to use app where you can record and share observations of local plants and animals by uploading photos.  

It’s a great way to learn and share knowledge about local plants and animals whilst interacting with nature in your local area. 

How to use iNaturalist

  • Download the ‘iNaturalist’ App on iTunes or Google Play on your smart phone, or visit the iNaturalist Australia website on your computer.
  • Sign up to create your profile or login if you’re already a user.
  • Join the ‘Mornington Peninsula Biodiversity’ project.
  • Head outdoors to snap photos of local plants and animals and upload them to the app.

To learn more about how to use iNaturalist  see this great video made by Yarra Ranges Shire and the video tutorials on the iNaturalist website.

What is iNaturalist?

iNaturalist ( is a global social network of naturalists that record and share biodiversity observations. It is one of the most popular biodiversity community science platforms in the world with around 63 million observations contributed by over 1.5 million users! Australia is the top contributing nation in the southern hemisphere and among the top four contributing nations globally. By contributing your observations to iNaturalist, you can help researchers across the globe track changes in biodiversity.