We live in a beautiful area, and so many of us enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities. Have you ever been out in the woods or your backyard and noticed some animal tracks you can't recognize? or maybe you think that plant might be poison ivy but you're not sure?

Well, I came across this app that is actually very cool enough to share with you and it's free. It is called iNaturalist and it is on both the android and apple app store.

I did check out the website behind this and it is awesome!

Check out some of the interesting things found here in the Berkshires.  https://www.inaturalist.org/places/berkshire-county

It says INaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 750,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.

I used it to take pictures of some footprints by a stream with my hubby and it told us that they were raccoon footprints, it even recognizes some poop and will tell you what animal it is even Human, it also recognized a lot of plant leaves as well. (No, I didn't try "hemp.")

INaturalist for Google devices click here.
I was using it to make sure something wasn't poison ivy.

I have a feeling this not only is this a fun app, but great learning app to take on hikes with the family. I think it could keep the kids occupied for hours and they would be learning something while having fun. Is that snake poisonous or is it just a king snake? Since we take our phones everywhere this could help you out in your outdoor travels!