Explore the Watershed's Biodiversity

Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed iNaturalist Project

Attention all nature enthusiast: join, explore and participate in the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed iNaturalist© project!

Through this iNaturalist project, we want to encourage people to explore, discover and record all the wonderful species that make up the rich ecosystems contained in the Porcupine River Watershed area. This will help us create an inventory of all living things around us: birds, mammals, plants, amphibians, insects, reptiles, fish, fungi, lichens, arachnids, etc.

LINK: Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed iNaturalist Project 


Anyone can participate! All you need is an interest in nature and access to a phone or camera. Find a critter, insect, animal, tree, plant etc., take a picture of it and upload it to the iNaturalist website or App. Every observation contributes to the project!


  1. Create an account on iNaturalist.org website and download the free App.
  2. Explore your surroundings (yard, trails, Porcupine Lake, etc.) and take a photo of an a butterfly, animal, bird, plant, insect, etc. Make sure the photo is clear enough to identify the species. (Wild species only, no pets or house plants!)
  3. Log in your iNaturalist account and submit your observation. Some cameras will automatically add your photo's location. If you add the location yourself, make sure to zoom on the map as close as you can and choose the correct spot where you made the observation. You can also submit right from the iNaturalist App.
  4. If you are unsure of the exact species name, enter it as a general category (plant, bird, moths and butterflies, mammal, amphibian, etc.)
  5. Fellow iNaturalist users will add suggestions to help identify the species if it's possible. Go back and see what they are suggesting! It's a great way to learn.  
  6. Have fun! Submit as many species as you like! Explore new spots! There is no limit!

Monarch caterpillar and Milbert's Tortoiseshell on Common Milkweed
 Porcupine Lake (10 July 2020) © R. Filion

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The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed is a non profit organization, created in 2014 during the second stage of the Porcupine River Wa...