Record and identify local plants, animals and habitat with iNaturalist


We’re calling on residents to be citizen scientists and help us discover the Peninsula’s amazing local flora, fauna and habitats 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 for our community explore and celebrate local biodiversity and provides a unique way to have fun outside.

How to use iNaturalist

  • Download the ‘iNaturalist’ App on iTunes or Google Play on your 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.

Join our Biodiversity Blitz 2021 this September

The Shire is celebrating Biodiversity Month this September with the Biodiversity Blitz 2021 challenge and we’re inviting everyone to get involved. Find out more on the Biodiversity Blitz 2021 event page.

What is iNaturalist?

iNaturalist ( is a global social network of naturalists aimed at recording and sharing biodiversity observations.

It is arguably the most popular biodiversity community science platform 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.

Why use iNaturalist?

By contributing your observations to iNaturalist, you can help researchers across the globe track changes in biodiversity. It’s a great way to learn and share knowledge about local plants and animals whilst interacting with nature in your local area.