Seek by iNaturalist 4+

Identify plants & animals

iNaturalist, LLC

    • Free



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


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 and partner sites, and identified by the iNaturalist community.

Seek is part of iNaturalist, a not-for-profit organization. Seek was made by the iNaturalist team with support from the California Academy of Sciences, the National Geographic Society, Our Planet on Netflix, WWF, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Visipedia.

What’s New

Version 2.15.0

A new monthly challenge is available

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

Ecnomatic ,


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.

-/AC\- ,

It’s like real life animal crossing

This app is fantastic and really helping my 2 young boys connect and understand nature. Have to take my phone with me now whenever we go on a walk as they want to try and identify things they’re not sure about.
There are a few things that would make it better and hopefully some extra features can get added over time.
A couple of suggestions to the developers,
1. Connect with friends on the app so you can compare your discoveries, compete on challenges etc..
2. The option to delete/cancel a new species. Occasionally you’ll find a new species that is definitely wrong but there is no way to undo it. Maybe add a “confirm new species” button before its added to your library


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.

App Privacy

The developer, iNaturalist, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • User Content

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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