iNaturalist Updates for January 2022

Here’s a list of iNat updates for January 2022. Thank you, @forum_moderators, for tracking these!


  • Updated Community Guidelines with regard to machine-generated content
  • Created App Owner role and App Owner Application for those who would like to make authenticated API calls
  • Observations must now have been observed within the past 130 years
  • Fix for Mushroom Observer import tool; set sunset date for this tool (June 2022)
  • Curators can no longer resolve flags on their own content
  • Fix for taxon/place subscriptions
  • Continued work on API v2
  • Many additional translations throughout the websites and apps - you can help


  • Bug fixes to Year In Review
  • Minor fix to Google Location search on Explore
  • Added “observation created using” icon/text to Identify, e.g. "image iNaturalist Android App"
  • Added new filters to the export page, such as geoprivacy, taxon_geoprivacy, not_in_place


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  • Fix for bug related to project observation fields
  • Crash fixes
  • Fixed bug where changing device orientation during photography process would create a blank observation
  • Fixed bug where activity feed where some updates showed description


  • No updates this month


  • Released January challenge

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For even more bug fixes and updates, check out iNaturalist on github and see previous monthly updates.


Better than the Thai date glitch!


I noticed that and it is great. Thank you.


Is there a thread leading to this rule, or could someone explain the background?

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It was an internal decision. But basically one reason the GBIF export was failing recently is that we have some really old observations and GBIF only accepts records from 1600 → present (or maybe 1601, I don’t know the exact cut-off)

So as part of fixing it, we decided to also limit observed-on dates to within the span of a human lifetime to emphasize that iNaturalist is not a data repository for any species occurrence data, like from museum collections, etc. It’s for people to share and discuss their personal observations of nature.


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