iNaturalist Updates for May 2021

Here’s a list ofmost iNat updates that were released in May, 2021. Thank you, @forum_moderators, for keeping track of these!


  • Launched two new iNaturalist Network sites—localized websites supported by local institutions that promote local use and facilitate the use of data from iNaturalist to benefit local biodiversity
  • Continued work on API v2
  • Added sex, lifeStage, and reproductiveCondition fields to DarwinCore Archives based on annotations. Sex and lifeStage are mapped to GBIF-specific vocabularies
  • Fixed a bug affecting restoration of photos when flags were resolved
  • Many additional translations throughout the websites and apps - you can help


  • Added a save button to the bottom of the user settings page (in addition to the one at the top)
  • Alphabetize and stack collection project filters
  • Users can (again) delete their own flags in certain circumstances
  • Creator/updater of conservation status now displayed
  • Added missing ranks to Identify filters


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  • You can now select the default action when making an observation (immediately open camera, photo gallery, record a sound, select a sound, or ask every time)
  • User interface fixes when devices are using different text sizes


  • No updates this month


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  • Released May Challenge, sponsored by National Geographic
  • Imported images without metadata no longer default to checking for user location in posting to iNat flow; instead they say “undefined location” for better data quality / user privacy per this request
  • Users logged in to iNaturalist can copy the scientific name of species

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


So many new iNat Network sites, it’s awesome to see!


I have a question about this. I recall in one of the forum posts, someone linked to an observation in iNaturalist Canada. Of course, I was unable to interact with that observation, because iNaturalist Canada is separate from the main iNaturalist site. My question is, do these localized websites have separate observation datasets, or is there a way to navigate from them to corresponding iNaturalist observations?


All of our network nodes tap into the same central iNat database and underlying code - they’re mainly localized ways to interact with iNaturalist and your login information will work on any of the network sites (see more info here).

So if someone links to a page with a network node domain (eg you can do one of two things if you want to interact with it:

  1. Log in to using your regular iNat login info

  2. Edit the URL to the domain which you’re already logged into in your browser (eg if you’re logged in to, you can just change that URL to


There is an old unresolved feature request attempting to address this issue.

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