So you went to a park and took four pictures: a pine cone, a deer, a quail, and some rose hips. You opened your new iNaturalist app, and created one observation using all four photos. Now other users have started reacting to your observation with comments like, “multiple species, please split” or “You need to upload these photos separately because we can only ID one species at a time.” What?
From the iNaturalist help page: An observation records an encounter with an individual organism at a particular time and location. Oh no. This means your four species should actually be four observations. How can you fix that?
Tap the pencil icon in the upper right corner.
Tap one of the photos.
Delete the photo using the trash can icon. Remove additional photos until only one species is left the observation. Remember, the photos you removed are stored on your device, so you will not completely lose them.
Don’t forget to put something in the “What did you see?” box. Now use the green check mark to save.
if you still want to observe the deer, the quail and the rose hips, you will need to create three more observations from scratch, using the photographs stored in your pictures folder. Note you will have to manually enter the location if you are no longer at the park, or if your original photo set used images taken at multiple locations.
I don’t have access to the iPhone app so I cannot show you screen shots from there. It has two differences: 1) you don’t have to open each photo before deleting it because there is an x already on the corner of the photo 2) the save button is the word Done in the top right corner, not a green check mark at the bottom.
Did you know there’s also www.inaturalist.org ? It has way more features than the app. Check it out.
Click on the small downward arrow next to the blue Edit button. Select Duplicate from the drop down menu.
Uncheck the photos showing extra species.
Don’t forget to add an ID!
Save changes. Now you’ll be able to see the pine cone in its own observation :)
Go back to the original multi-species observation and repeat this process for the other species. Be sure to always do the duplication before removing photos. (If you made a mistake and removed photos before you were ready, you can find the originals on your device and upload them again.)
Once you are done, if you still have the original observation with all the photos on it, go ahead and delete it now:
Notes: of course another way to do this would be to delete the original observation first, and then make the individual observations from scratch by pulling the photos off your device. Using the duplicate feature is handy because it maintains the location each time. If your photo set included images from multiple locations as well, then you’ll need to edit the location on every new observation.