Our Horseshoe SOS app has been updated and is now available for those of you hoping to learn more about these amazing animals or even become involved in reporting tagged crabs along the Atlantic Coast. If you're a beach walker, you can use Horseshoe SOS to report horseshoe crabs you spot with a white, round US Fish and Wildlife service tag, just by opening the app and choosing the Report Tag button at the bottom of the main navigation page. NOTE: please use the reporting form, not the telephone number on the tag to report sightings.
This update includes new FAQ and Research sections as well as separate sections covering the other three Asian species of horseshoe crabs. Valuable input, information, new programs and photographs were contributed by ERDG in this version. Many thanks to Glenn and Ariane for all of their assistance! Please download Horseshoe SOS and let us know what you think by using the Feedback email in the slide-out menu of the app. We look forward to your comments!
Wherever you are on this Earth Day, whether it be at a coastal cleanup or at a March for Science somewhere across the globe, we hope you are recognizing the amazing progress we've made in environmental protection (thanks to scientists) over the past 5 decades.
Here's to moving forward and supporting the important work of scientists who are responsible for improving air and water quality, working toward endangered species protection, protecting basic human health, and of course, advancing our knowledge of climate change. We need to support and believe in science despite the views of the current administration. We can only hope they hear our voices on this historic day.
We're happy to welcome NHDES to the Lakes SOS app and to provide them with aquatic invasive species reporting by New Hampshire residents. Reports are sent directly to the state by residents who download Lakes SOS, go to the Organizations page, and choose the NHDES logo. They then go to "New Report," fill out the quick form, snap a photo and that's it! The app is user friendly and now available to all state and federal agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations such as lake and watershed associations, river keepers and nature centers. Contact us for more information.
Can you identify this common New Hampshire aquatic invasive plant?
We've been working closely with ERDG on our latest Horseshoe SOS update, since they're THE go-to organization for horseshoe crab conservation. They offered to contribute several of their professional photographer, Ariane Mueller's, amazing photos for the Gallery and Threats sections, so we'll be submitting a little later than expected since we need some time to include those images for you. They are also introducing a brand new, hot off the press logo for their Just Flip 'em™ program, which will be included in the app under ERDG's "Programs" profile page. This is a major update, and we can't wait for you to see it and use the app this May and June during horseshoe crab spawning/migration.
We are putting the finishing touches on Horseshoe SOS today, then we test, test, test! We're hoping to submit this Friday, just in time for horseshoe crab spawning in May and June. Be sure to check out our brand new FAQ and Research sections. Remember, you can use the app for reporting tagged horseshoe crabs you spot on the beach or if you find an unattached tag.
Naturedigger will be in Boston this Saturday, April 22nd, at the March for Science in the Commons. This is going to be an amazing as well as a vitally important event, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to be heard and to show your support for science. We hope to see you all there. Below is our sign, so please stop us and say hi!
Butterfly weed milkweed image by: Naturedigger
If you are a photographer and have been hoping to get involved in monarch conservation, but weren't sure how or where to begin, we have the perfect job for you! We're updating Monarch SOS over the next several months and could really use your help with western milkweed (Asclepias) images. Your name (and website link if you have a website) will be added to each image under the photo description and users will benefit from your contribution by learning how to correctly identify these species and report them to Monarch Joint Venture partners collecting milkweed and monarch data. One program Monarch SOS works closely with is Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Check out their new Western Monarch and Milkweed Mapper - so awesome! Also check out the Monarch Joint Venture website for other ways to become involved in monarch and milkweed citizen science efforts.
Below is our wish list of western milkweed species. The list is long, but we will be SO grateful to photographers who can contribute high res, uncropped images of seedlings, leaves, flowers, pods, larvae feeding, disease, aphids (or other insects) and habitat (overall site photos). Thank you again for helping us improve Monarch SOS, here is the list:
A. albicans (clasping)
A. angustifolia (Arizona)
A. arenaria (sand)
A. brachystephana (bract)
A. cutleri (Cutler's)
A. emoryi (Emory's)
A. engelmannina (Engelmann's)
A. fruticosa (African)
A. glaucenscens (nodding)
A. hallii (Hall's)
A. hypoleuca (mahogany)
A. involucrata (dwarf)
A. labriformis (Utah)
A. lemmonii (Lemmon's)
A. linaria (pineneedle)
A. macrosperma (largeseed)
A. macrotis (largehood)
A. nummularia (tufted)
A. nyctaginifolia (Mojave)
A. oenotheroides (Zizotes)
A. pumila (low)
A. quinquedentata (slimpod)
A. rusbyi (Rusby's)
A. ruthiae (Ruth's)
A. scaposa (bear mountain or stalked)
A. solanoana (serpentine)
A. uncialis (wheel)
A. vestita (woolly)
A. welshii (Welsh's)
Please contact us by clicking here, and let us know where you are located and which images you will be able to contribute. We can work out the best way to receive the images and make sure proper credit is given for each photo.