When you click on a species in iNaturalist, there is a beautiful map that shows the species’ distribution as a filled polygon. I would like to be able to download this as a shapefile for GIS research. It would be even better if we could download the range shapefile and the checklist places shapefile separately (example in picture below).
If these suggestions are already possible and I just haven’t figured out how to do it, please let me know! If it is possible to do this on different site I would love to know that as well, GBIF only allows coordinate downloads of specific sitings, not polygon downloads of distributions. The IUCN allows shapefile downloads of species ranges, however iNaturalist is home to more species than the IUCN.
Thank you to everyone who works to maintain and improve this incredible resource!