Learn, Participate, Conserve
Our SOS App Series
Monarch SOS allows citizen scientists in the western states to tag and monitor monarchs. Users can participate in the Xerces Society Thanksgiving count as well as the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper (WMMM).
Lakes SOS offers users in every state the opportunity to report freshwater aquatic invasive species (AIS) to local and state agencies collecting aquatic invasive species sightings.
Horseshoe SOS allows users to quickly report separated tags or tagged horseshoe crabs to the US Fish and Wildlife Service simply by opening the app and choosing the Report Tag button on the navigation screen.
Coastal SOS highlights state, federal and international organizations, as well as universities and nonprofits, who actively participate in coastal conservation, education and citizen science. Users in Florida can report endangered sawfish while turtle walkers in the Keys can report nests once they have been trained. Organizations collecting data using Coastal SOS will have a report button on their profile page.
Our Plant Education Apps
Rash Plants will keep you safe from poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac by offering over 600 images of all three poisonous plants in the toxicodendron genus as well as advice for identifying and avoiding them. Many confusing look-alikes are included to help you separate the harmless from the vicious and a quiz is available to test your mad skills once you feel up to the challenge! You will also learn how to treat the rash caused by urushiol oil with both over-the-counter remedies as well as those found in nature. O
Knotweed! familiarizes you with one of the world's 100 worst invasive plant species. The knotweed! app provides photos and annotated identification slides throughout the seasons to educate users about this seemingly unstoppable plant as well as management advice should you find it on your property.
With limited funding and scant personnel, researchers are looking more and more to the public for assistance collecting critical scientific data to further their research, which in many cases may provide information to make better informed conservation and management decisions. Naturedigger provides an important link between valuable citizen scientists and the organizations in need of their expertise and commitment.
What people are saying about our apps:
• Love this app! I'm so thrilled that I can now do my data sheets for Southwest Monarch Study and upload photos and weather data all in one place!!
• Excellent app! Congrats, and thanks for helping the Monarchs via technology!
• What a great all around app for monarchs!!
• "Very Helpful! The pictures of the plants in all stages of growth and at all seasons are quite detailed and well annotated. Useful to take into the field. The section on remedies is also helpful"
•"Worth your time. Easy to navigate app with a lot of useful information on identification, rashes and treatment"
• "Wow! A must have! Sharing with all my friends. Great app for identifying toxicodendron plants! Maybe add noxious hogweed and it’s friends?"
• "Love this app! Living in the Florida Keys and becoming a "citizen scientist" has really increased my love for and understanding of sea life ten fold. I find myself looking at this app everyday to see what's new and how I can help to preserve this beautiful ocean and reef. Thank you for brining this information!"
• "Very informative. Lots of ideas, warnings and anyone with knot weed needs this App"
Naturedigger's founder, Tara Johnson, is a veteran environmental scientist and avid birder, who, throughout her 20+ year career has been employed in both private and public sectors. Naturedigger is a reflection of her interests which include threatened and endangered species, invasive species monitoring and control, citizen science participation and nature education.
Her career began in the early 90s in Florida with threatened species conservation including gopher tortoise relocations and Florida scrub jay surveys. Throughout her career she has conducted wetland delineations, monitoring and replications, and has been involved in every level of construction compliance from permitting to the development of on-site guidance documents. She is an invasive species consultant, educator, grant writer and program planner. Tara travels throughout the country collecting data and photos for Naturedigger apps, spending much of her time in California, New England and Florida. She not only promotes the important work of citizen science, but is an active one herself. She has been a volunteer invasive weed watcher since 2001 and became a certified invasive weed diver in 2014. Tara has been educating homeowners and the public about upland and aquatic invasive species since 2012 through community outreach events and the Naturedigger website.