1) 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 reporting feature to collect data from the public. We are interested in three things (although money is nice, too): conservation, education and citizen science. 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. Yes, 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. And we really do appreciate your contributions.
2) We work hard to develop Naturedigger apps When we start laying out a new app, we don't just Google the topic then hit up Wikipedia for information and images, nor do we copy and paste from other sites with similar content. We are scientists with a goal of educating the public.
We begin the process by spending countless hours researching the subject in depth. We do this by poring over archives (to separate fact from fiction) then 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, appreciate 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 to help you better understand the subject. We spend weeks creating Quick ID slides in Photoshop and Illustrator and compiling photo galleries. We carefully and thoroughly cite photos and maps created by others to ensure our sources are given proper credit. Once we have completed the content, we work on functionality so our apps are easy for our users to understand and navigate. Finally, we test, test, and test some more each app for bugs and other issues (i.e. typos, weird fonts, etc.) The process is always educational and fun, but in the end, it's work. A lot of work.
3) We always listen to our users Although we have our own ideas for app content we listen to YOU, our users. If you have requests we always try to respond quickly (unless we're in the field) and do our best to add your content or suggestions. We do get typo and grammatical suggestions/corrections from time to time and we love it! Most often our users ask us for additional species to be included, or more info about a particular species or reporting format changes or additions. Your suggestions improve our apps, so keep them coming!
4) We submit frequent updates to keep our apps current on the App Store With every iOS and hardware update released by Apple, we have to create a new version, then update and submit each app to the App store, which takes time and a lotof debugging and testing.
We hope you love our apps as much as we love making them for you and you learn something new and are inspired to spread the word and become involved in conservation efforts locally or globally. However, we really do rely on your support to continue making and updating our educational apps!