How to use iNaturalist's Search URLs - wiki

id= works in Identify, but not in Explore, so you can’t get a species summary there. But unless I’m misunderstanding, I think @pisum’s Observation Species Count page will do what you’re asking.

We are putting together our monthly newsletter for the Friends of SWNP and we’ve started including some of our favorite photos from inat, taken during the previous month. I wanted to send a list to my co-editor so she could see what I was liking.

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Beautiful! Thanks so much!

Gotcha. That makes total sense. Sort of like an old school contact sheet. Great idea. Instead of getting out the magnifying loupe to check over the images one can just click on the ones that catch the eye.

Is there a way to find species which haven’t been observed in a project? I’m looking for a way of finding obvious species that we might have failed to observe in our local green space.

I could do this to get the most observed species in England which I haven’t seen:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=6858&subview=table&unobserved_by_user_id=zabdiel&view=species

But could I do something similar for a project? Or for a place? The project I’m interested in only has two places.

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I’m not sure what you mean by “species which haven’t been observed.” Do you mean things on a place check-list that have no observations in that place? If so, that’s a built-in feature on the place check-list web page. Go to a place, then click on the “View Check-List Page” link (on the “Species” tab below the taxonomic outline on the left side of the page). Then, in the “Stats” box on the left side of the page, click “no” under “Observed”, then scroll down in the box and click the “Filter” button. This of course depends on someone having put together a check list in the first place that has unobserved species, so I’m guessing that’s probably not quite entirely what you are looking for. As an example, here’s the unobserved list for England: https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/7191-England-Check-List?observed=false
As projects don’t have checklists, I assume there is no similar feature for them.

I’m thinking of a place like a nature reserve, park, woods or other open space which doesn’t have a checklist as the person who created the place doesn’t know what is there. I can go to the place and look for species but there are going to be some common species which I might ignore because I assume I’ve already observed them there. Also there may be some species missing as I have observed them but the accuracy circle wasn’t entirely within the project boundary (e.g. because I took the photo from the place boundary and forgot to change the location to the place the organism was). For a project at a popular location which would have lots of contributors this wouldn’t matter as someone else would likely observer the species.

I was wondering if there was a quick way of finding species which are likely to be there but haven’t been observed yet. There are a few ways I can find species that are likely to be near me that I haven’t observed so I was wondering if there was something similar for a place or project.

For instance could I see which commonly observed species in England haven’t been seen in Bassett Wood & Daisy Dip or in one of the two places which make up this project.

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I’m trying to create a search showing observations with organisms that are flying. To that end, I try a query searching for tags, but I get way more hits than I want. Using the form, of course, it searches four different things, as explained in the documentation. However, even restricting to tags by editing the URL, I still get more than I want. It looks like the search engine is searching not only by my search term but also anything cognate to it in any language. So, for example, a search for tag having “flying” returns insects having the German word for fly. I don’t want those. Is there any solution to this?

I love these tips & I use them frequently!

Is there a way to search for observations of taxa that have less than a certain threshold of total observations? For example, “species that have only ever been observed once”?

I can’t think of any way to do that within the current UI. You can use pisum’s tool to do something similar though – it will display taxa in reverse order of number of observations. So this shows bird species, starting with species that have only one observation.

If you really wanted, for example, all observations of bird species where the species had 5 or fewer observations, I guess I would call the API until you got back something with 6, then make an iNat List out of the previous species (the ones with fewer than 6), then search on that list_id.