Generate iNat Reports?

#1

Is there a way to generate a report of specific parameters? Maybe export to an Excel or CSV?

I live in Montana and have been trying to recruit and cheerlead over the last year I’ve been on iNat. We have a small and rural population, and commensurately we only have 30k observations in the state. I interact a lot with and rely on the the handful of power users active in the area, and have long been considering running an iNat Montana (or maybe a broader iNat Northern Rockies) blog to provide a locus for the community to feel more like a community than a loose connection of users.

One thing that would be really helpful to see the big picture and interesting details would be a report. Things in Montana like:

  • Pie chart of observations by certain taxa (the usual categories of plants, birds, insects, fungi, bacteria, etc.) to date.
  • Trends: Total obs vs. RG obs, taxa obs numbers over time
  • List of taxa by % of RG, to organize efforts to clean them up as a group.
  • Call out of any NEW or RARE (n<5 or 10?) observations that week.
  • First posts by users, to call out a welcome to them.

Etc. etc.

I know iNat has the data, but I’m not sure how to pull it. Maybe this needs to bump over to the Feature Request forum, but I thought I’d post here first in case there is a way to do this.

Thank everyone!

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#2

On any observations page filtered how you want, open the “filters” menu, and choose “download” at the bottom right, which will give you some options for how to download the data.

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#3

I don’t know how much you’ve looked around, but I was pointed towards this in the Tutorials section
https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/how-to-use-inaturalists-search-urls-wiki/63/51
And this supplement in Tony Rebelo’s journal
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/tonyrebelo/17377

I have found both to be very useful, tho I am just starting to work my way through them.

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#4

I would also really appreciate a tool that would provide a “new to a region”/“new to a project” notification or report.

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