Seek by iNaturalist

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About this app

Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of plants, birds, fungi and more!

• Get outside and point the Seek Camera at living things

• Identify wildlife, plants, and fungi and learn about the organisms all around you

• Earn badges for observing different types of species and participating in challenges


Found a mushroom, flower, or bug, and not sure what it is? Open up the Seek camera to see if it knows!

Drawing from millions of wildlife observations on iNaturalist, Seek shows you lists of commonly recorded insects, birds, plants, amphibians, and more in your area. Scan the environment with the Seek Camera to identify organisms using the tree of life. Add different species to your observations and learn all about them in the process! The more observations you make, the more badges you’ll earn!

This is a great app for families who want to spend more time exploring nature together, and for anyone who wants to learn more about the life all around them.


Seek does not require registration and does not collect any user data by default. Some user data will be collected if you choose to sign in with an iNaturalist account, but you must be over 13 or have your parents permission to do so.

Seek will ask permission to turn on location services, but your location is obscured to respect your privacy while still allowing species suggestions from your general area. Your precise location is never stored in the app or sent to iNaturalist unless you sign in to your iNaturalist account and submit your observations.

Our image recognition technology is based on observations submitted to and partner sites, and identified by the iNaturalist community.

Seek is created by the iNaturalist team. iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. Seek was originally created with support from HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and enhanced with support from Our Planet on Netflix and WWF.
Updated on
Jul 25, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info, and Photos and videos
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
7.6K reviews
Sarah T
August 12, 2022
This app is great fun when it works, pretty accurate, and incredibly slow. I understand the identification part takes a lot of processing power, but saving a photo to record a sighting should not take several minutes. Once you get the ID to species level, you should be able to take a photo and save it instantly without having to re-identify, which is what takes forever. (Then the photo isn't just the right angle and it fails.) There should be a way to save partial IDs, too. Because goldenrod.
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Zane Saxton
August 15, 2022
I really enjoy this app. I am currently at 863 observed species. However, I can tell that the app wasn't necessarily designed with that many species in mind because the "my observations" section is starting load slower and slower and it takes longer and longer to scroll towards the bottom. While there is a search bar I would appreciate an optimization or something like a way to sort my newest or a "newest 10 observations or something. Still, loads of fun and very useful.
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Rob Patton
July 25, 2022
Google lens in the photo app does a better job of telling you what you are looking at and the option to search for similar bugs. I've had many times recently where this app gives you a family name but not the exact answer. It just leaves you with that general answer without giving an option of searching further within the app. It is a nice touch that it has observation and achievements feature but you can't manually enter it in if the app doesn't seem recognize the bug. Makes it less useful.
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