Sharing the Natural Wonders of Skaneateles Lake



What is iNaturalist? 

iNaturalist allows users to better understand flora and fauna in our local watershed ecosystem. The app provides an easy and interactive way to stay connected to the ecosystem community while learning about native versus invasive species in the area. Through the system, we can identify and address needed watershed improvements while measuring the growth of the support network.

How can you help?

By downloading the iNaturalist app, you can join the community’s effort to improve the watershed. Once the app is downloaded, you can create a profile and join the SLA’s Skaneateles Lake Watershed Project. The project folder presents observations from other community members and provides a geotag map of sighting locations. In order to join the project, you must:


Baselining your backyard

Submitting observations from your own home facilitates the SLA’s efforts to understand native species while eradicating invasive species. To learn more about submitting an observation, click the link below to the iNaturalist tutorial links:


Switching to native plants

Planting native plant species and increasing vegetation on your property will promote the ecological success of the entire system. You can purchase and find information on native plants through the Habitat Gardeners of CNY Webpage copied below. Through the website, you can access the Shopping Guide to find native vegetation in our area. Specific to the Skaneateles Lake Watershed residents, you can consider reducing your carbon footprint with Go Native! Perennials.