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

137 Ratings

137 Ratings

Buggy, Needs Improvement

Egon's Ghost

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.

It’s just cool

Good News Everyone!

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!!

Picture quality needed not very doable on cell phone

grandma 111

I’ve taken pictures of my hibiscus with myself and just the flower it says it’s some kind of Hibiscus and can’t figure it out so it doesn’t add it into whatever. it only has a small number of flowers and bugs and everything else, it doesn’t have what I was expecting in there to be seen. I’ve taken pictures of a hummingbird several times and it says it’s some kind a hummingbird it can’t seem to tell me what kind or even add general hummingbird to the list that they may have a hummingbird listed as something in my area. But when I sent one of the pictures on Facebook to a government website that deals with animals in this area and Wood and stuff they knew what it was it was the female and they tell me what species. Very disappointed


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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