What's the iNaturalist Network? Which site should I affiliate with?

Modified on Tue, 04 Jun 2024 at 01:06 PM

The iNaturalist Network is a collection of localized websites that are fully connected to the global iNaturalist community. Network sites are supported by local institutions that promote local use and facilitate the use of data from iNaturalist to benefit local biodiversity. They have access to true coordinates within their geographic areas that are automatically obscured from public view in order to better protect threatened species. 

If you choose to affiliate with a Network site, the local institutions that support each site will also have access to your email address (only to communicate with you about site activities) and access to the true coordinates for observations that you have chosen to make publicly obscured or private. 


For more information and a list of all network member sites, click here.


If most of your observations are made within a region covered by a network member site, you'll probably want to affiliate with that network member. If you're just traveling there, it's probably best if you don't. To change your affiliation, go to your Account Settings and log in if you're asked to.

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