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Monarch SOS was developed for every age and interest level, and is often used by citizen scientists collecting data for Monarch Joint Venture programs. There are many opportunities for people just like you to get involved in monarch (and other pollinator) conservation programs. Check them out, and take along Monarch SOS to correctly identify monarchs in all life cycle stages, and learn the many species of their larval host plant, milkweed. Many monarch look-alikes are included so you will not only learn why these species are often confused with monarchs, but also where they fly in North America and information about each one. You can also follow us on Twitter @Monarch_SOS and check out What's New? in the app for up to the minute monarch information!
Naturedigger's aquatic invasive species identification and reporting app, Lakes SOS, has recently been updated with even more common freshwater invasive species found in North America's lakes and rivers. Additional species and organizations collecting invasive species and water sampling data will be included in future updates. You can now report plants, fish, mollusks, crustaceans, algae, reptiles and mammals using Lakes SOS! If you like the app, please share it with others. If you are the aquatic invasive species coordinator for your state, university or lake association please use Lakes SOS and let us know what you think, then contact us to be included in our Organizations section. You can follow us on Twitter for updates: @Lakes_SOS
Coastal SOS has been updated to include more reports! The app is also a directory of coastal and ocean conservation organizations critical to the health and future of our coastal and ocean ecosystems. Users of the app will learn what each of the state and federal agencies as well as universities and nonprofit organizations highlighted in the app are doing to protect our most precious resource. A Twitter feed of Coastal SOS participants can be found in the What's New? section, and is refreshed every time the app is opened keeping anyone interested in what's happening locally and globally to our oceans well-informed and always up to date on coastal and ocean news. iPhone 6s users can access this feature quickly using 3D touch! Coastal SOS also introduces users to invasive species and numerous other threats facing our coasts and oceans, and how many of our app participants' efforts are helping to reverse some of the damage caused by decades of neglect and exploitation. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @Coastal_SOS
Horseshoe SOS is an educational resource and reporting app that includes a stunning gallery of horseshoe crabs, eggs, spawning and molts. Learn the anatomy of the Atlantic horseshoe crab and how horseshoe crabs differ from true crabs (hint: they aren't actually crabs!). We've added easy reporting of tagged horseshoe crabs or just tags found on beaches to US Fish and Wildlife Service on the main navigation page. The US Fish and Wildlife Service needs this information, so please use the app to report these tags and do your part to help one of our most ancient, amazing sea creatures. The app also includes threats faced by horseshoe crabs as well as how our lives and the lives of one tiny shorebird literally depend on this ancient species. visit horseshoecrab.org for comprehensive horseshoe crab information.
Rash Plants is a free poisonous plant identification app for people of all ages and experience levels. Beginning to expert gardeners, new to seasoned hikers, parents, scouts and everyone in between will benefit from the photos and information found in this "everything in one place" app. Download Rash Plants before your next camping trip, and keep your family safe from the endless, itchy rash caused by poison ivy, oak and sumac. If you do come in contact with one of these plants, be sure to check out the Rash & Remedies section for relief from over the counter products like Zanfel or from plants found frequently growing in the same habitat as poison ivy, oak and sumac. Go through our new quick ID section and our amazing galleries of over 600 images from the field, including numerous look-alikes. When you feel ready, test your mad skills by taking our challenging quiz. There are more photos and descriptions in Rash Plants than any other resource online and was created by an environmental scientist with over 20 years of field experience.
Knotweed! is Naturedigger's latest app that offers high res images to help users learn how to identify knotweed in all stages and seasons before it's too late. The app also gives guidance on manual control and disposal should a homeowner find these highly invasive species on their property. These are serious plants that can cause incredible property damage as well as devastating environmental damage. Japanese knotweed, specifically, is such a huge issue in the U.K. that prospective home buyers can be denied a mortgage if Japanese knotweed is present on the property, unless a management plan is in place for the property. Learn about all four species and stay tuned as more updates are planned for this app. Keep Knotweed! close, and when you see any of the knotweed species growing on the side of the road you will know how to identify them, and how to avoid spreading them!