First, we receive NO grants or government funding... Naturedigger has developed free, scientific data collection, citizen science, conservation and educational apps since 2013. We are not funded by grants nor do we ask for compensation by organizations we feature in our apps who use our email reports to collect data from the public. We are interested in two things: conservation and education. We work hard to spread the word about issues we are facing in our natural world and do it for free. Everyone is asking for funding these days. Everyone.We all need financial support if we want to continue the conservation work we do day after day, year after year. This is why public support is so important during these uncertain times.The work that goes into making
Second, developing Naturedigger apps isn't as easy as it seems! When we start laying out a new app, we don't just Google the topic then hit up Wikipedia for information and images. We start by spending countless hours researching the subject and contacting local, state and/or federal experts before heading out to different regions to find specific species or habitats, which may be thousands of miles away (hooray, we love field work!!!). We do this so we can see and understand the species in its natural habitat, to learn everything we can about it while in the field, photograph it, collect data and then include it (or them) in our apps. When we return from the field, we review thousands of images to ensure the best, most representative photos are included in each app. We spend weeks putting Quick ID slides and photo galleries together as well as citing photos, maps and ensuring sources are correct as well as acknowledging anyone who has assisted us in developing the app. Once we have completed the content, we develop the app to make it easy for our users, and finally, we test, test, test each app for bugs and other issues (i.e. typos, odd fonts, etc.) The process is always educational and fun, but in the end, it's work.
We hope you love our apps as much as we love making them for you, and we appreciate and need your support, we really do...but first and foremost, we hope you learn something new and are inspired to become involved in conservation efforts locally or globally.