Why is my observation's location name incorrect?

Modified on Fri, 2 Feb at 2:20 PM

When you submit an observation, iNaturalist sends the observation's coordinates to Google Maps (for the website and Android app) or Apple Maps (for the iOS app). iNaturalist then displays the name it gets back from the map service, which iNaturalist calls the "Locality notes". These names are not always accurate and serve mainly to provide some context to the location. The important location data in an observation are the coordinates and accuracy circle.


If you're unhappy with the Locality notes provided by Google or Apple, you can edit them from the iNaturalist website or in the Android app. You can also contact Google or Apple to tell them about the error.

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