Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of plants, birds, fungi and more!
• Get outside and point the Seek Camera at living things
• Identify wildlife, plants, and fungi and learn about the organisms all around you
• Earn badges for observing different types of species and participating in challenges
OPEN THE CAMERA AND START SEEKING!
Found a mushroom, flower, or bug, and not sure what it is? Open up the Seek Camera to see if it knows!
Drawing from millions of wildlife observations on iNaturalist, Seek shows you lists of commonly recorded insects, birds, plants, amphibians, and more in your area. Scan the environment with the Seek Camera to identify organisms using the tree of life. Add different species to your observations and learn all about them in the process! The more observations you make, the more badges you’ll earn!
This is a great app for families who want to spend more time exploring nature together, and for anyone who wants to learn more about the life all around them.
Seek does not require registration and does not collect any user data by default. Some user data will be collected if you choose to sign in with an iNaturalist account, but you must be over 13 or have your parents permission to do so.
Seek will ask permission to turn on location services, but your location is obscured to respect your privacy while still allowing species suggestions from your general area. Your precise location is never stored in the app or sent to iNaturalist unless you sign in to your iNaturalist account and submit your observations.
Our image recognition technology is based on observations submitted to iNaturalist.org and partner sites, and identified by the iNaturalist community.
Seek is created by the iNaturalist team. iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. Seek was originally created with support from HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and enhanced with support from Our Planet on Netflix and WWF.
August 2021 monthly challenge
Ratings and Reviews
When you think what this does, it’s amazing. From a photo, it identifies most plants, animals, fungi that you may come across. It sometimes has odd problems with examples that you think should be obvious, but generally extremely impressive - and useful. Really engaged the kids (9 & 11) - and me - in finding out what things are. A 45 minute hike took several hours as we found 42 species of fungus!
So far, I had good success in both UK and USA (New England), but Icelandic species (perhaps unsurprisingly) not so much. Sometimes the ID is a little temperamental and requires some patience : definitely easier with a better camera (iPhone XR rather than older) and in better light. If it quickly gets to 4/5 ‘dots’ of the 6 (for full id), it’s worth persisting. Avoid multiple species in shot (though it does seem to select the animal not the plant). If you snap the species shortly after the ID, even if it’s disappeared, it still registers. Would be nice to be able to answer a question or two to help it, or to select from a couple of possible suggestions. Options to offer feedback on the ID offered would be sensible.
Oddly, slime moulds register, but then don’t appear in “my observations”.
Overall, an amazing bit of software, completely free, and simple to use.
I think this is a fantastic app. I have been very surprised at the accuracy of the live camera species identification. Nearly without fail the app is always accurate to a species level. To upload your own photo, the app is less accurate but can still provide close matches by family or genus. Having the app iNaturalist as well allows the opportunity to upload photos and have them identified and verified by the wider community.
Apart from this, the app provides challenges and badges after discovering (x) many species from different families. I think this is amazing and thoroughly engaging. As a biologist, my only complaint is that if you find yourself enjoying the challenges or a keen “IDist”, the challenges are quick to complete, and once you have found 150 species you reach the highest “level” in achievements.
I would love to see this app developed further, with many many more challenges and badges. I think the idea of providing these challenges really inspires you to understand the environment around you, discover species you would have never heard of, and finding yourself amazed by some of the information about these species.
Great but needs a few more functions
This is a wonderful App for observing and identifying the nature around us. I’ve learnt so much about plants, even things in my own garden. I also enjoy the challenges and feeling like I’m contributing to citizen science. There are 2 really obvious things to improve: (1) we need to be able to edit and/or delete observations that are incorrectly recorded. Occasionally the identifications are obviously completely wrong (e.g. some daisies identified as fungi) and it would be good to be able to remove those, asI hate the idea they are skewing data, and don’t like them just sitting there wrong in my observations lists! (2) We need the option to post to iNaturalist later on if wished. Often my internet connection is poor & I can’t post while out and about, but it would be nice to be able to do that at home when I’m back on WiFi - but the button is no longer there. Finally it would be nice to have a ‘Contact us’ button so I don’t have to post this very specific feedback in a review! Thanks for the App and I really hope you will consider these simple but important changes.
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- 163.9 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.