Citizen Science

Species are the foundation of a healthy planet. Today, they are going extinct at an alarming rate. As species go extinct, ecosystems falter and fail, impacting the entire planet. Half-Earth offers a solution to the extinction crisis that will allow species and people to thrive together.

Your data can help. The more species data available, the better our ability to understand where species live and how best to protect them. So take a walk, observe and share the species you see around you. Then upload your observations to the Half-Earth Project. Together, we can make Half-Earth a reality.

Explore Biodiversity with the
Half-Earth Project

Science is the core of the Half-Earth Project. Using the best available species data, our team is mapping species globally to an unprecedented 1km resolution, and using this information to identify conservation priorities where we have the best opportunity to protect the most species.

There are many ways species information is gathered, and citizen science efforts are playing a growing role. Working together with scientists, planners, communities, decision-makers at all levels, we can all help document the natural world, and share and use that information for positive change.

To participate in this effort, we invite you to submit your data observations to the Half-Earth Project through the iNaturalist and Map of Life apps and data uploaders.

Gathering and Sharing Species Observations

Share your species observations with the Half-Earth Project.

iNaturalist: Using the app, join the Half-Earth Project on iNaturalist, start exploring, and share your observations with the Half-Earth Project under the “Projects” tab.

Map of Life: This app developed by our Half-Earth Project partner allows you to collect and identify species observations around the world. Download the app to use for your next exploration.

eBird: This app is designed especially for birders. Use this app to explore birds and hotspots near you and wherever you go. Use #EO90 in your checklist comments to share your observations with the Half-Earth Project.

Map of Life Data Uploader

For the scientific community who may have larger databases of species information, Map of Life offers a Data Uploader. This tool is designed to help you easily load your biodiversity data to the Map of Life database and allows you to publish your datasets. You can now easily map your data, compare and integrate it with other datasets, set permissions to share it publicly for use in other platforms, as well as publish your data with a minted DOI. Detailed information is available in the instructions manual accessible through the Data Uploader web page.

In order to access the Data Uploader, you will need to register an account with Map of Life.

Contact Map of Life with questions regarding the Data Uploader.

National Geographic Species Discovery RFPs

National Geographic is committed to a better understanding of our planet and an improved ability to conserve our world’s biodiversity. Inspired by E.O. Wilson’s lifelong commitment to biodiversity science and conservation, National Geographic has released two Requests for Proposals to advance species discovery.

Biodiversity Exploration and Discovery 

Citizen Science for Species Discovery

However you choose to participate, your data can help us better understand the natural world around us. So the next time you’re out in nature and see an animal or plant or insect or other living species, make an observation, share it, and participate in saving our shared planet. We also invite you to sign the Half-Earth Pledge.