Observe fauna and flora

Bees, butterflies, common birds, bats, wild flowers... represent the major part of the fauna and flora in our country. Subjected to an increasing impact of human societies and global changes, they need your attention. Do you want to know them better?

Participant pour l’observatoire de sciences participatives Sauvages de ma rue

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In the city

Are you a city dweller? With Sauvages de ma rue, identify the plant species that grow in your immediate environment. Observe the plants you come across in your daily life, look around the feet of trees, explore the pavements, the lawns... You don't need any botanical expertise to draw up a list of the species in your neighbourhood: very simple tools are at your disposal to guide you. Once the plant has been identified, all you have to do is transfer your data to our researchers via the website dedicated to the project. In this way, our teams are expanding their knowledge of the distribution of species in the city and the impact of these "urban gaps" on the quality of biodiversity.

Go to the Sauvages de ma rue website

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Let’s eat!

If you like birds, you’ll love BirdLab. It’s a mobile or tablet game that offers you the opportunity to collect valuable information for our scientists. How do we do this? By recording the behaviour of birds at their feeders. You can install them in your garden, on your terrace or balcony and even use the public feeders available in France. Does a bird prefer to feed in the company of other birds or does it prefer to isolate itself? Are there competitive or cooperative behaviours? Does the habitat have an impact? These are just some of the questions you will be able to answer. The application allows you to reproduce in real time what you observe. Descriptive sheets and practice quizzes guide you, in particular to identify species. Play as often as possible from November to March!

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Download the Birdlab application on the App Store

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Download the Birdlab application on Google Play

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To your observation posts

To measure and understand the effects of human activities and global changes on different species, join the observatories dedicated to butterflies, bumblebees or birds. Following adapted protocols, count and identify these animals.

You can observe them in the city as well as in the countryside, in a private garden, a public park or even a balcony. No prior knowledge is required, so get started! Once again, you will be helping scientists to improve their knowledge of these species.

Visit the website Participatory Science in the Garden

Visit the Garden Birds website

Observatrice de sciences participatives Spipoll

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Insects and plants

The SPIPOLL programme focuses on pollination networks, i.e. the complex interactions between plants and insects, as well as the relationships between the insects themselves. Take pictures of all visitors to a plant species in flower for exactly 20 minutes and then share these "collections" on the relevant website. A true collaborative platform, it allows participants to interact with each other, notably to confirm the proposed species identifications.

Go to the SPIPOLL website

Biodiversity under the microscope

For lovers of fauna and flora, check out INPN Espèces, a system that concerns terrestrial and marine environments. From your mobile, discover the diversity of species present around you and take part in the inventory of biodiversity in your area by sending your observations to the experts. In just a few clicks, send them your photographs, along with a few details: the date and place of the observation, the group of the specimen (mammal, bird, plant, etc.), and even the presumed species. The specialists will confirm the identification of the specimen as well as additional information: first observation in the commune or département, for example. These data are shared with the naturalist networks and complete the distribution maps of the species studied. You also contribute to monitoring the arrival and spread of invasive exotic species, such as the Asian hornet, on French territory.

Please note that depending on the quality of your photo and the information you provide, you will earn points and move up the ladder! Do you want to take part?

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Download the INPN Species mobile application on the App Store

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Download the INPN Species mobile application on Google Play

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