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Redcedar Dieback iNaturalist Field Guide v2
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        Western Redcedar Dieback Project iNaturalist - Field Manual


June 2022 version

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JM Hulbert, Washington State University

Table Of Contents

Introduction        3

Summary of Steps to Participate        3

Create login in iNaturalist        4

Using Desktop Computer (Internet Browser)        4

Using Mobile Application        4

Join the Project        5

Add an Observation to iNaturalist        6

Mobile Applications        6

Internet Browser        8

Tag Project in The Observation        9

Mobile Application Instructions        9

Desktop Computer (Internet Browser) Instructions        10

Answer Project Questions        11

Share the Observation!        12

Additional Resources        13


The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for adding observations to the Western Redcedar Dieback Map project on Below you will find instructions and photos demonstrating the process for contributing to the project and research.

Summary of Steps to Participate

  1. Create an account on
  2. Join the Western Redcedar Dieback Map project
  3. Add an observation of redcedar via mobile app or internet browser
  4. Tag Western Redcedar Dieback Map project in the observation
  5. Answer required (and optional please) project questions about the observation
  6. Share the observation!

Create login in iNaturalist

Using Desktop Computer (Internet Browser)

Browse to on your computer, then click on the ‘sign up’ button or click ‘Login or Sign Up’ in the upper right corner of the page.

Using Mobile Application

Download and open iNaturalist from App Store or Play Store. Sign up or login from the ‘Me’ tab at the bottom on iOS).




Join the Project

Browse to the Western Redcedar Dieback Map project ( or search for ‘Western Redcedar Dieback Map’ in the projects tab of the iNaturalist mobile App, then click ‘join this project’ or ‘join’, respectively.




Add an Observation to iNaturalist

Add an observation to iNaturalist from your phone or internet browser. Note we recommend taking photos and then adding the observations from your computer, the ‘Photo Library’ (iOS) or ‘Choose Image’ (Android) options to select photos from your device.

Mobile App

  1. Tap ‘Observe’ (iOS) or ‘New Observation’ (Android)





  1. Tap to select up to four photos
  1. Please include four photos with your observation: 1) whole tree, 2) cones (if present), 3) bark, and 4) underside of newest needles.


  1. Identify the Organism in the Observation




  1. Record Location
  1. The location will be automatically added with photos if you give your phone permission to record location when you take photos.
  2. Otherwise, click on location, zoom in to the place on the map, and click the check box (Android) or back arrow (iOS).


Internet Browser

  1. Browse to Western Redcedar Dieback Map project ( and click ‘add observations’.

  1. Select Photos from Computer

  1. Identify the Organism in the Observation and Drop a Pin in the location

Tag Project and Answer Questions

Mobile App

Tag the project in the observation edit field before hitting share. Otherwise, you can edit the observation after it has been shared.

  1. Click on Projects and Search for Western Redcedar Dieback Map, then click the arrow (iOS) or check box (Android)




  1. Answer project questions
  1. Note answers for the bold questions are required before the observation can be added. The other questions are optional.
  2. See the Tree Health Classification Field Guide for guidance on symptoms.

  1. Tap check box (Android) or back arrow (iOS) after answering questions



Internet Browser

Note, if you clicked ‘Add Observation’ from the project page in your web browser, the project questions will be at the bottom of the page.

Share the Observation!

Check that all of the questions are answered and a project is tagged in the observation.

Please  check there is a ‘1’ or greater listed in the Projects section of the observation.

Nice! Now you’re ready to share the observation!

If you’re using the mobile App, finish adding the observation by tapping ‘Share’ or the check mark (Android).



If you’re using your internet browser, finish adding the observation by clicking ‘Share the Observation’ at the very bottom.

THANK YOU for participating as a community scientist!

Additional Resources

Forest Health Watch Home Page:

Western Redcedar Dieback Map iNaturalist Main Page:

Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council Home Page:

Oregon Department of Forestry ‘Why is my Tree Dying’: