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Citizen involvement in monitoring our region's ecosystems is essential, and APNEP seeks to facilitate and promote regional citizen science opportunities both as educational tools and to assist with our wider monitoring efforts.


    Part of APNEP's mission is to identify and monitor the significant resources in the Albemarle-Pamlico Region. With iNaturalist (iNat), you can become part of an integrated network that does just that! iNat is an app that allows you to record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn more about the natural world. If enough people record their observations, the data will provide scientists and land managers with useful information for monitoring the biodiversity of a particular place over time. 

    APNEP needs your help identifying species living in the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed - in your backyard, school yard, favorite vacation spot, and more. Make an iNat account today and get your species "life list" started! 

    How to get involved:

    1. Create an iNaturalist account at
    2. To make an observation using a mobile device, download the iNaturalist app (available for Android and iPhone/iPad).
    3. Open the app and enter your login information.
    4. Take a photo of a plant or animal species using either the iNaturalist app or a camera. 
    5. Upload your observation to website. Using a smarphone/tablet, sync your observations to the website. If using a camera, upload photos directly to the iNaturalist site or to your Flickr account which can be linked to iNaturalist.
    6. Log on to iNaturalist on your computer to edit the recently added observations (add species ID, descriptions, etc.).

    Other Citizen Science Opportunities

    Program Organization Website
    (NC specific) Aquatic Data Hub New River Conservancy Link
    Bumble Bee Watch Xerces Society Link
    (NC specific) Candid Critters NC Museum of Natural Sciences Link
    Christmas Bird Count National Audubon Society Link
    (NC specific) Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (NC) CoCoRaHS Link
    (VA specific) Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (VA) CoCoRaHS Link
    Dragonfly Pond Watch Migratory Dragonfly Partnership Link
    FrogWatch USA Association of Zoos & Aquariums Link
    Great Backyard Bird Count National Audubon Society Link
    iNaturalist CA Academy of Sciences & NatGeo Link
    (NC specific) NC King Tides Project University of North Carolina Link
    Lost Ladybug Citizen Science Project Cornell University Link
    Marine Debris Tracker  NOAA Marine Debris Program Link
    Project BudBurst National Phenology Network Link
    Project NestWatch Cornell Lab of Ornithology Link
    Project FeederWatch Cornell Lab of Ornithology Link
    (NC specific) Sentinels of the Sounds NC State University Link
    (NC specific) Stream Watch NC Department of Environmental Quality Link

    APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) actions addressed:

    • D1.1: Communicate the importance of stewardship and offer opportunities for volunteerism to further APNEP's mission
    • D2.1: Provide and promote opportunities for outdoor experiences that connect individuals with the Albemarle-Pamlico ecosystem
    • E1.3: Facilitate the expansion of volunteer monitoring into a core element of the integrated monitoring network