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

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


Hello. I just added my first project a couple days ago: Indiana Botanists Big Year 2020. After I set up the project and hit go, I was able to confirm that two observations that I had made earlier in the year were included as part of the project, when they both:
A). Popped up when I clicked on the “View your observations” link on my “Your Projects” page under “Indiana Botanists Big Year 2020”; and
B). Included the project name within these observations in the “Projects” section.

Yesterday, however, when I added more observations that meet the criteria for the project, while each of them appears when I attempt A (above), none of them is showing the project on the observation page, as in B. Nor have I been able to add the project manually on the observation page for each.

Yes, it’s true that the new observations are obscured, and yes, they are all near a state line, but why would one functionality of the project (i.e., A) recognize that these observations are part of the project while another functionality of the project (i.e., B) does not?

I’m very much a newbie at all this, so appreciate any assistance the community can offer. (And I hope I’m putting this question in the right place.)

:wave: There’s an open bug report for this and you might consider adding some example URLs there - https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/why-dont-these-observations-show-up-in-this-project-official-topic/12523/

it seems that even though they show up in a list of the project’s observations, the “project badge” on the observation page can take along time to appear or just never shows up.

“Standard” places like states and counties are excluded from this protection measure: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help#placeindex - i.e. even if the geoprivacy rectangle/bounding box crosses that state line, the observation will be displayed as occurring within Indiana.

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It looks like the recent fix has corrected this bug for me!! Thank you, all!!


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Description of problem (please provide a set of steps we can use to replicate the issue, and make as many as you need.):

Step 1: I observed 2 separate eastern box turtles within the area of the project (the project allows all types of observations).

Step 2: Neither of the observations can show up in my project.

Step 3: I’ve reviewed all setting and tried to directly assign the observations to the project, but there isn’t any explicit reason why eastern box turtles won’t show up in my project.

It’s due to the fact that this species is automatically obscured and is not being publicly indexed in your project’s place.


Thanks for the confirmation. I found similar responses through my own digging, but I’m not sure how to know a species will be obscured. There isn’t a list of species that might be obscured, is there?

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If you go to a taxon’s page and click on “Status”, you can see its conservation statuses where its location is publicly obscured.


Hi! This is a general question regarding observations in collection projects.

If a project is created and a person who has not joined the project makes an observation in the “place” where the project occurs, will the observation automatically be included in the project?

If not, is there project setting that can be changed to automatically include an observation made by someone who is not in that project or a prompt to request the observer join the project?

Thanks for any advice or answers!

Yes, aside from the obscuration/accuracy caveat mentioned in the first post here. It would also depend on whether you have any Users requirements or have checked Project Members Only as a requirement. If you’ve checked “Project Members Only” then the project will only include observations made by those who have joined the project.

iNaturalist doesn’t automatically prompt someone to join a project.

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I need help understanding what I am doing/not doing so that some of my observations show up in my project (for a class I"m taking) and other don’t.
I’ve uploaded about 15 observations for the project, and 5 aren’t showing in the project… and when I try to add it, the name of the project won’t show up, even if I copy/paste it from another window.

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Hi @solveigperrett, welcome to the iNat Forum. Can you read through the below and see if any of these fit your issue? Thanks!

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How can I remove an observation from a project without deleting the observation from my overall species’ observations?

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Hi @rhune001, welcome to the forum. Can you provide a link to the observation and a link to the project so that we can see what kind of project it is? If it is a Collection project, note that since Collection projects are simply saved filtered searches, there isn’t currently a way to manually remove (or add) an observation from the project. The only way would be to change the settings of the project to exclude all observations meeting those filters.

Here are the observation links:

Here is the project link:

Thank you for answering.

That is a Collection Project, with these requirements:

Since your observations meet the requirements, they can’t be removed from the project. You could help your mother start her own account and post the observations under her name instead.

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I can’t see an obvious reason for observations to be missing as described in the FAQ.

My project is a Collection: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/year-of-the-environment-liverpool?tab=observations&subtab=map for a defined area but for some reason it is missing hundreds of observations that as far as i can see meet the filter requirements (which are loose) e.g. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26539985

The same observation is being picked up in a separate project which differs only in boundary. But the boundary in the first project is picking up some observations so i don’t think it is a geometry issue…

I’m at a loss as to the cause!

Looks liek it wasn’t indexed properly, likely a glitch. I forced a reindex by voting in the Data Quality Assessment and it’s in the project now.