iNaturalist Projects

iNaturalist logo with green bird illustration

Help us document the biodiversity all around us by doing some citizen science! iNaturalist is a free online observation platform where people record biodiversity observations, interact with other enthusiasts, and learn about organisms. Observations from iNaturalist can also contribute to biodiversity science by being shared with open science projects such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). Scientists can freely access and use these data to address their research questions.​ Learn more about how scientists use iNaturalist data. 

It's easy to join our current project via the iNaturalist Phone App, or click the photos below to explore our projects!
- For iPhone users: Download the iNaturalist app, then click the “More” tab, then “Projects,” then search for our project title, and click the “join” button.
- For Android users: Download the app, select the left side pull-down menu, then “Projects,” then search for our project title, and click the “join” button.

Have questions about our current project? Email Eleanor Gardner, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the KU Natural History Museum.


AUGUST 2020: KUNHM August 2020 BioBlitz
Nature's Builders BioBlitz of Douglas County
Eleanor Gardner, our Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, has put together a really fun August project, all about nature's builders! Become a citizen scientist and help us document the architects you can find in the natural world. Building behavior is common in many animal species, from birds to insects & arachnids to mammals! Be safe, have fun and share some of your finds on social media too by tagging us: @kunhm on Twitter or @kunaturalhistory on Facebook and Instagram! 

FOR THE KIDS: Try this Scavenger Hunt while participating in this month’s iNaturalist project to look for shapes and structures common in architecture, just like those discussed in Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines during Story Book Science. See how many items you can find!

Round bird nest on a branch with a bird on front of it


PAST PROJECTS: Click on the project to explore images and data

JULY 2020: NE Kansas Botanical Blitz
We're focused on plants this month and everyone in NE Kansas is invited to participate in this botanical blitz! Observe plants you see & record them on our project in the free iNaturalist app! You can also explore what others have found & learn more about the flora all around you. Kansas counties in this project include: Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Douglas, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee & Wyandotte!

JULY 2020: Botanical Blitz
Yellow flower in full bloom

JUNE  2020Douglas County, Kansas Biodiversity Blitz
bee on a purple flower
Photo from June project by Kellee Pratt

MAY 2020: Lawrence Backyard Biodiversity Blitz
ornate box turtle nestled in the grass
Photo from May project by Eleanor Gardner

Look at what we found during the May 2020 Lawrence, Kansas Bioblitz! We found more than 490 species and made nearly 950 individual observations!  Fungi and plant species were the most observed, with the familiar “Mower’s Mushroom” coming in first place for most observed species.  In terms of vertebrates, two species of sandpipers – adorable wetland birds with a distinctive teetering walk  – topped the list.

APRIL EARTH WEEK 2020: Lawrence Earth Week 2020 Safe Nature Collaboration
Earth image with text Lawrence Earth Week - safe Nature Collaboration