Why don't these observations show up in this project? - "Official" Topic

Some of the most common questions we get here on the forum revolve around projects and why some observations don’t make it into them. To prevent the creation of multiple one-off topics, this topic is a central place where anyone experiencing this issue can post it.

Before you post here, please review the common causes for this issue:

  • The project is a collection project that has a place as one of its requirements. If so, then observations with obscured geoprivacy or large accuracy circles may not be included, as explained here.

  • The observation doesn’t meet the Quality Grade or other requirements of the project. For example, if the project only accepts Casual observations, most observations likely won’t be included in it. Read more about quality grades here.

  • If you’re trying to manually add an observation to the project and can’t find or select the project in question, then it’s likely a collection or umbrella project - observations meeting its requirements will be added automatically and cannot be added manually.

If none of these appear to be the cause of your issue, then post in this topic and include the URL of the project and URL(s) of the observation(s) in question.


The post above is a wiki, so please feel free to add more common causes for this issue and edit what’s there.


Please fill out the following sections to the best of your ability, it will help us investigate bugs if we have this information at the outset. Screenshots are especially helpful, so please provide those if you can.


iNaturalist iPhone help - version 2.8.7, build 558 user id: 2640232, username: lauren_anne_burnsy

I joined the project #NatureNearYou but my observations aren’t syncing / uploading to the project (they are uploading to my personal profile). I’m not sure what the issue is. I have selected iNaturalistAU as my network option and have location sharing on and enabled when I use the app.

This is somewhat urgent as I’m testing the project for Australian Conservation Foundation, with the project going live to our 700,000 supporters this Friday 22nd May.



Platform iOS

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I moved your query to this topic. If you’re trying to manually add obseravtions to the project (I assume this is the project), that’s not possible because this is a collection project. Any observation which meets the the project’s requirements will be added to it. If you can provide URLs of any observations you think should be in the project but are not, or screenshots of what you’re seeing, that would be helpful.


Hi Tim,

Yes that’s the right project. I’m not trying to add observations manually. I want them to automatically sync.

These observations should have synced to the #NatureNearYou project, but didn’t.

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Ah, OK. None of those observations meet the date requirements of the project:

That date range refers to the observed on date of the observation, not the date when it was submitted. Here are those dates for https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46563881