Field season is winding down, so this has been the month of app updates. They have all been updated to the new iOS 11, but the one app you'll notice that has just a "few" more changes is Monarch SOS. This was an overdue update, and if you're a fan of this app, you'll notice some very obvious changes and some new additions that we felt would be useful. Here are a few of the cool changes/additions that will be available later this week.
Our first major improvement is the At a Glance section. You'll remember this as the Quick ID section. This is now first on the menu and specific to monarchs and their life cycles. We raised 19 monarch butterflies this year, which is amazing since we haven't had a monarch in our neighborhood for ten years. We actually witnessed a female laying her eggs, then collected and raised them from being laid within minutes through eclosure.
You'll notice a few new buttons on the navigation screen. We broke out look-alikes from the monarch section so you can get to them quickly and instinctively. We also added the side by side slide to the Compare tab, so users can immediately compare the look-alike to a monarch rather than scrolling through the Quick ID slides to find the right one. Makes sense! We also broke out programs from reports. If you are a citizen scientist in the western US, you will definitely appreciate this change. Our reporting Monarch Joint Venture partners now have their own separate report section, rather then a buried report tab as part of their general program pages.
We included a Support Monarch SOS section in the slide out menu and updated the How to Use this App section, also in the slide out menu.
Our next major update will include several new milkweed photos thanks to Brad Grimm of Grow Milkweed Plants and others who have offered their milkweed images to help users better ID milkweed in their region.
Check out our slideshow below for a pre-release preview of the new Monarch SOS update!