NSS Circuit Breaker Nature Sightings

Help us document the wildlife in and around your home and discover your local biodiversity living right under your nose. Meet experts and pick up a skill to bring the joy of nature appreciation to your family members and friends.

From 07 Apr 2020 to 01 Jun 2020, photograph and upload your nature sightings made at/from home while practising social distancing.

To create an account and join the project, visit: https://tinyurl.com/NSS-CBNS-iNaturalistProject

Follow our Instagram page where we highlight the "Sighting of the Day" along with some Fun Facts of the species at: https://www.instagram.com/naturesocietysingapore/

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need any experience to participate?

No experience is required! This project is suitable for beginners with no or little experience in wildlife identification. iNaturalist's in-built AI and community of experts are available to identify your sightings. We welcome anyone and everyone to join us and participate in this project to discover and learn more about our local biodiversity.

2. Do I need a professional camera?

No, all you need is a phone camera! But of course, you are able to capture clearer and closer photographs with a professional camera which may help a more accurate identification of your sighting.

3. Are you encouraging me to go out of the house?

Not at all! Please observe the circuit breaker measures and social distancing rules. You may not have noticed, but there is a lot of wildlife around us, sometimes even rare and uncommon ones, which you can come across in your homes or just outside your window. However, we do welcome submissions of any wildlife you come across when you are outdoors for your daily exercise.

4. Are photographs necessary?

No. You can submit sightings even without photographs. However, as no one will be able to verify the sighting, your submission will be remain as Casual grade. Submissions with photographs allows the community to verify your sighting allowing the record to be upgraded to Research Grade.

5 Reasons to Join the Project

Because you want to...

1. Start a New Hobby

With a powerful AI to help you identify your finds and the support of a community of experts to help, getting into nature appreciation as a hobby is now easier than ever. All you need is a phone.

2. Engage Your Children

Most children are curious about nature. By taking part, you and your children will learn more about our biodiversity while having fun at the same time. Right from the comfort of your own home.

3. Conserve Nature

Your sightings are important! Uploading your finding helps us to build the biodiversity database allowing scientists to have a better understanding about our wildlife and how to conserve them.

4. Discover a New Species

Believe it or not, there are still lots of animals still being discovered everyday! Who knows what you may find.

5. Have Fun

Snap, post, and be amazed at what you have right at your doorstep. Make it a challenge. Who can find the most animals. Who can guess the animal's identity. A novel way to bond and have a good time.

More Questions
If you have any other questions, email:
- Ms. Sung Mei Yee: sungmeiyee@nss.org.sg
- Mr. Kerry Pereira: kerry@nss.org.sg