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iNaturalist NZ (previously NatureWatch NZ) is now approaching its 6th birthday! Join friends of iNaturalist NZ to make us bigger and better.

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We have an active membership that are recording several hundred observations per day. There is a small army of dedicated people that help ID observations and contribute to the community. Giving a little to iNaturalist NZ will allow us to grow and develop new functionality to support our community. This will allow us to run more community events, collaborate with local schools, and raise awareness of natural history throughout New Zealand.

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iNaturalist NZ (previously NatureWatch NZ) is a place where you can share what you see in nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about New Zealand animals, plants, and fungi.

The world is filled with nature watchers, from trampers to hunters, birders to beach-combers, and pros to school kids. Many of us keep notes of what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might learn about the butterflies that live in your neighbourhood, or discover someone who knows all about the plants in your favourite reserve. For a long time, everyone's notes have been scattered in notebooks, private spreadsheets and dusty library shelves. As a society, we have seen a lot but collectively we remain blind to most changes in our biodiversity. If enough people record their observations on iNaturalist NZ, we can change all this. We can build a living record of life in New Zealand that scientists and environmental managers can use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone can use to learn more about New Zealand's amazing natural history.

Latest donations

  • Melissa H

    Melissa H on 21 Jun 2019


    Such an amazing tool for sharing knowledge and love of nature with others, both in NZ and around the world. Hours of entertainment, would be hard to live without it!


  • SAGE from Lincoln University

    SAGE from Lincoln University on 09 May 2019


    Thanks to Jon Sullivan who gave a seminar at Lincoln University about iNaturalist.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 11 Jan 2019


    A wonderful resource, thank you all.


  • Tayleesha

    Tayleesha on 05 Jun 2018


    I've just recovered from a massive panic that I'd lost this site, or that it had been taken down. I donate to help ensure that the latter never happens. What a wonderful resource.


  • Inger - West Coast Penguin Trust

    Inger - West Coast Penguin Trust on 25 Nov 2017


    Thank you to Jon for NZPCN workshop and further help with penguin count queries!


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