Batch Adding Observations to iNaturalist

Some people already have lots of iNaturalist observations, so it helps to batch add them to the Ohio Dragonfly Survey project. This is a guide for adding observations via a computer and not the app. The app is much harder to use, so I recommend using a computer for this method.

One of the first steps is making sure you joined the project. Once you are on the project page, on the top right side click: Join this project. From there it will ask you a couple of questions. Please change the setting so that your private/obscured coordinates are visible to project curators. That way we have accurate data for the database and you get accurate county records.

Now that you have joined the project on iNaturalist, you can batch edit your observations to add observations. On the top right hand side, over over your profile icon and then clock on the Edit Observations option. (Assuming iNaturalist hasn’t majorly redesigned their website again by the time you are reading this)

From there you will be greeted with the below page.

Click on the Search icon first so we can sort to dragonflies and damselflies.

From there, type Dragonflies and Damselflies (or Odonata) into the taxon search and click on it. If you have photos from outside of Ohio, then also restrict your search to Ohio. Then click search.

Now you should have all of your iNaturalist observations of dragonflies and damselflies. Now click on the batch edit tab as these are the observations we want to edit.

From the Batch edit page, you can either individually select observations you want to add or select all observations by clicking the select all tag. Once you have selected the observations you want to add to the project, then you click on the add to project button.

Under the add to project button you can select which project you are adding observations. I have lots of projects, but I want to add these to the Ohio Dragonfly Survey. Click add and then you should be all set! It might take a few moments for iNaturalist to add everything, but once it has added them you will be taken to a new page where it will say that the observations were added successfully.

I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions or problems uploading and I can try to walk you through the process.


If you want to double check that your observations got added to the project successfully, you can go back to the Ohio Dragonfly Survey Project Page. From there on the right hand side you should see a tab that says Your membership and how many observations.

This is also the page where you can edit if project curators can see your obscured coordinates and if you receive updates.