Our iOS Apps
Monarch SOS is an awesome butterfly, caterpillar and milkweed identification guide suitable for all ages. The app includes similar species often mistaken for monarch butterflies, chrysalises, caterpillars and eggs, as well monarch larva instar stage identification. Also included are milkweed species photos and profiles for users to be able to correctly identify monarchs' larval host plants. The app is used by citizen scientists who participate in the popular Xerces Society Thanksgiving count and the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper (WMMM), as well as to record tagged monarchs, report tags, and report adult monarchs to the Southwest Monarch Study.
The Bat App
The Bat App is a field guide to bats that is full of cool facts (not myths) about all 47 bat species in North America and the three vampire bats found in Mexico and Central and South America. There are hundreds of images (many are courtesy of famed bat ecologist, Dr. Merlin Tuttle), and in-depth information about each species as well as locating bats by state or province. Included in the app is a comprehensive FAQ with over 80 questions, as well as tips on how to spot bats. The three vampire bat species are covered in great detail, so you can stop worrying about these little bats and get some sleep already!
Lakes SOS is field guide to aquatic invasive species (AIS) of North America. The app has an extensive plant ID section including milfoil, elodea, fanwort and many others found in rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands in the United States and Canada. Also included are invasive mollusks, algae, fish, reptiles, mammals and crustaceans. The app offers users in every state (or province) the opportunity to report invasive species to all agencies or organizations collecting aquatic invasive species sightings. There is a Clean, Drain and Dry guide that outlines procedures for removing invasive species from watercraft or tackle. It's a must-have app for water recreationists, conservationists and lake associations.
Rash Plants will give you the tools to 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. Included is information on identification of each species throughout the seasons and ways to avoid them. Many confusing similar species are included to help you separate the harmless from the vicious, and a quiz is included to test your skills once you feel up to the challenge! You will also learn how to treat the rash (called contact dermatitis), caused by urushiol oil with over-the-counter remedies, remedies found in your kitchen cupboard as well as those found in nature.
Horseshoe SOS is a comprehensive guide to everything you ever wanted to know about horseshoe crabs, including: anatomy, conservation efforts and the controversy surrounding use of their copper rich (blue) blood. There is also an FAQ to answer all of your most pressing horseshoe crab questions. The app also allows you to easily report tagged horseshoe crabs (or separated tags) to the US Fish and Wildlife Service simply by opening the app and choosing the Report Tag button on the navigation screen.
Knotweed! familiarizes you (like it or not) with one of the world's 100 worst invasive plant species, Japanese knotweed. The other three knotweed species (including the hybrid) are also covered in-depth. The app provides photos and annotated identification slides throughout the seasons to educate users about this seemingly unstoppable plant. Included is a section on the devastating impacts of knotweed on your home (be sure to check out the image of it growing through the foundation of a home-yikes) and in the natural environment. The management section provides guidance on controlling it should you have the misfortune of finding it on your property, as well as Dos and Don'ts when dealing with these plants.
Coastal SOS helps users identify several invasive species that threaten our coastlines and oceans such as green crabs and lionfish. Users in Florida can report endangered sawfish to the Department of Natural History at the Florida Museum, while trained turtle walkers in the Florida Keys can report and monitor sea turtle nests. Organizations collecting data using Coastal SOS will be listed under the report section.