Celebrate Biodiversity and Download the iNaturalist App

Simply put, biodiversity is the variety of all living things in a given place.

California is the nation’s most populous state and home to more diverse species and ecosystems than anywhere in the U.S. It’s a global biodiversity hot spot, but that biodiversity is also disappearing at one of the highest rates. Direct action by all Californians can help reverse this trend.

September 7, 2019 marked the second anniversary of California Biodiversity Day, an annual event created last year to celebrate the state’s exceptional biodiversity and encourage actions to protect it.

California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot encourages all Californians to get out and explore nature – including state parks, wildlife areas and ecological reserves. To keep expanding your awareness of California's amazing biodieversity download the iNaturalist app to your favorite smart device. iNaturalist is a collaboration between National Geographic and the California Academy of Sciences, and the app allows you and other citizen scientists to collect information about the biodiversity in a given area, and anyone can be a citizen scientist with the right tools. Download the iNaturalist app on your smart device and celebrate biodiversity every single day.

See more about biodiversity on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.