May 18th is Endangered Species Day, so get out and make a difference! Of course, we think it should be a national holiday because we take threatened and endangered species verrrry seriously. Now is the perfect time for you to start participating in conservation of a threatened or endangered species in your neck of the woods. You can start by Googling a species you're interested in, then look for citizen science opportunities to get involved. Naturedigger offers horseshoe crab and monarch butterfly tagging opportunities in our Monarch SOS and Horseshoe SOS apps, which is a great place to begin gathering data on the population of these species. However, there are many other opportunities to become involved, you just have to do a little legwork, send a few email inquiries and make some calls. It really is that easy.
Below is a gallery of the many species we've encountered while doing fieldwork for our iOS apps.
Note: Monarch butterfly numbers are declining rapidly, and there isn't enough data on horseshoe crab populations to make a determination about their status, but we've added them to this list to give them their time in the spotlight, since we think they are more than deserving even though they aren't officially listed at this time.