Take your nature knowledge up a notch with Seek! Seek encourages outdoor exploration and learning by harnessing image recognition technology to help you identify plants and animals from your photos. Choose from a list of nearby plants, animals, and fungi and collect photographs of as many species as you can!

• Earn badges as you photograph new species.

• Become more engaged with the wildlife around you.

• Learn cool facts about the critters and plants that live right in your own backyard wilderness.


Drawing from millions of wildlife observations on iNaturalist, Seek shows you lists of commonly recorded insects, birds, plants, amphibians, and more in your area. Use our maps and charts to determine what you want to look for and snap a photo when you think you’ve found it. Our image recognition software lets you know if you got it right and if it’s a match, adds it to your collection. The more your collection grows, the more badges you’ll earn!

See something that’s not on the list? You can still take a photo of it and Seek will add it to your collection if it’s recognized!

This is a great app for families who want to spend more time exploring nature together.


No registration is involved, and no user data is collected.

Seek will ask permission to turn on location services, but your actual location is never stored in the app, or sent to iNaturalist. Your location is obscured enough to provide recommendations near you, while respecting your privacy.

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

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

you can now see your own photos of species that you've collected in the app

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
161 Ratings
161 Ratings
Person that didn't do this ,

Ok, but needs improvement

This app is pretty good, but it does need a lot of work. I downloaded Seek after iNaturalist, because I wanted an app that immediately identifies the species for you instead of having to wait for others on the app to do it. I really like the concept, but it does have some bugs that need fixing. First, the database that identifies species needs to be cleaned up. The picture has to be very clear for it to be identified, otherwise it won’t work. Once when I took a picture of a moth in bad lighting, it identified it as a species I knew it very clearly wasn’t, and there was no way for me to change it. Also the camera in the app won’t let you zoom in, so I have to take a picture with my phone’s camera and then input the picture in the app. Lastly, I wish the app tracked specifically how many of each kind of organism you find (reptiles, mammals, etc). It will reward you when you reach a milestone of 5, 15, etc. finds, but it doesn’t tell you anywhere how many of each you have. It has the overall total of organisms, but it doesn’t list something like, “you have 11 mammals, only 4 more to go till your next achievement!” But despite all the bugs, it is a pretty cool app in theory. I like how it awards badges for certain numbers of organisms found, that’s a fun idea. I do get annoyed when it won’t accurately identify species sometimes, but I’ll keep using it and hopefully it will improve.

Egon's Ghost ,

Buggy, Needs Improvement

I honestly want to like this app, but it is far too problematic to give it anything more than two stars. Frequent bugs including graphical, loading, hangs and crashes plague this application in its current version, and seriously hamper the user experience. Further, it would be nice if the user could suggest species type when the proper genus has been identified, but Seek has problems narrowing it down to genus type. At least allow the user to flag it (as a genus at a minimum), even if there is no badge awarded for doing so. I sincerely hope that iNaturalist improves the interface (it’s not bad, but could be better), and eliminate the numerous bugs along with the AI image database for better identification, the sooner the better, and the more stars they’ll earn. That being said, thank you for the free app, despite the development challenges.

Good News Everyone! ,

It’s just cool

I don’t leave a lot of reviews, but had to give Seek some praise as it’s been an unexpected delight. I’m not a professional (or even amateur) naturalist, but merely someone who enjoys nature. As such, this has been a fun app to play with, successfully recognizing all but one of the species I’ve attempted to log so far. (Only about 20, it’s early going.) I now know what a “Gulf Fritillary” looks like — cool! That lizard I see everywhere? A brown anole! It’s fun and casually educational, a good thing.

Getting the same notice screen every time the app opens is a tad annoying, and I’m sure the species database will grow with time. It can be difficult to get good phone photos of the more skittish creatures, but that’s not the app’s fault.

Overall - well done!!


iNaturalist, LLC
31.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 California Academy of Sciences


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