Allow Boolean or Advanced Searches

Sometimes I would like to perform advanced searches, more than just a single taxa. For example:

  • Search Quercus, but NOT Quercus virginiana
  • Search Quercus gambelii AND Quercus laceyi

It would be great if iNaturalist had such a feature, either through an advanced boulean search or drop-down boxes to add additional search features.


This is a screenshot from the above link which might be what you’re asking for.


I would estimate there are between 3 and 4 dozen search parameters that can be applied to an observation search. The (I think) complete list is here :!/Observations/get_observations

Designing a form which shows all of these would be overwhelming for the high majority of users who neither need nor want this level of granularity in their searches.