Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi and participate in monthly observation challenges with Our Planet on Netflix.
• Get outside and point the Seek Camera at living things
• Identify wildlife and plants you see and take pictures to earn badges
• Learn fun facts about the organisms all around you
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.
Our image recognition technology is based on observations submitted to iNaturalist.org and partner sites, and identified by the iNaturalist community.
Seek is presented by Our Planet and WWF and 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.
- Added AR camera warning modal
- Improved support for users with larger font sizes
- Enabled backups of photo thumbnails, so photos will still be shown in observation list even if the original observation is deleted from the camera roll
Ratings and Reviews
Ok, but needs improvement
This app is pretty good, but it does need a lot of work. I downloaded Seek after iNaturalist, because I wanted an app that immediately identifies the species for you instead of having to wait for others on the app to do it. I really like the concept, but it does have some bugs that need fixing. First, the database that identifies species needs to be cleaned up. The picture has to be very clear for it to be identified, otherwise it won’t work. Once when I took a picture of a moth in bad lighting, it identified it as a species I knew it very clearly wasn’t, and there was no way for me to change it. Also the camera in the app won’t let you zoom in, so I have to take a picture with my phone’s camera and then input the picture in the app. Lastly, I wish the app tracked specifically how many of each kind of organism you find (reptiles, mammals, etc). It will reward you when you reach a milestone of 5, 15, etc. finds, but it doesn’t tell you anywhere how many of each you have. It has the overall total of organisms, but it doesn’t list something like, “you have 11 mammals, only 4 more to go till your next achievement!” But despite all the bugs, it is a pretty cool app in theory. I like how it awards badges for certain numbers of organisms found, that’s a fun idea. I do get annoyed when it won’t accurately identify species sometimes, but I’ll keep using it and hopefully it will improve.
Good app, but... PLEASE READ
Ok so I really like this app. It’s something g that I’ve needed all these years and just found. I would have given it five stars if it weren’t for one thing, which I hate so much that it brought down the rating by two stars. The fact that all the pictures taken are only stored in camera roll and not the app itself. I have very limited storage space, so I automatically back up all my camera roll to google photos and then delete the pictures from camera roll. However, the way this app works is that you won’t be able to see the pictures for the animals or plants you identified unless those pictures are saved in the camera roll. This is a huge problem for me because I take a lot of pictures and constantly have to delete my camera roll after backing them up in google photos. Developers, if you want to make this app perfect, please let the App itself store the pictures so u won’t have to keep them in my camera roll. If this is fixed in a future update, I would be more than happy to give this app 5 stars. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Developer Response ,
Hi there, thanks for your feedback. We added the ability to backup thumbnails of your observations in the app in the most recent release (2.3.1). So you should be able to delete them from the camera roll and still have them show up in your observation list / species detail screens.
Like Pokémon Go for real world plants and animals
This app makes me want to go outside and find things in the real world, resulting in as much extra walking as Pokémon did. Like that game, you can find life in the wild and collect them by using the camera to identify them, thus adding them to your collection. It's also very useful as it alerted me to the fact that the ant on my deck was a Carpenter ant!! I'd definitely recommend this app to anyone, though there is room for improvement. I'd love if you could add notes to the species after they're in your collection. I also love that you can send a photo to be identified by a naturalist, therefore helping to improve the app's identification skills, but it'd be nice if that species was then added to your observation list once it has been identified. This doesn't seem to happen, as several of the photos I've sent have been identified but don't show up for me in my own list. I'd also like it if you could choose which among the photos you've taken of a species is saved in your profile, since sometimes the first one you take is bad lighting or blurry. I'm sure the app will continue to improve, though, and in the meantime I think it's amazing that user submissions can help to do just that.
- iNaturalist, LLC
- 180.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 California Academy of Sciences
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.