The Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) in collaboration with the Early Detection Distribution and Mapping System (EDDMapS) has developed a smartphone app for the iPhone and Android operating systems. This app allows users to report invasive species found in the Midwest to GLEDN and EDDMapS from their phones or tablets.
The app uses the device’s GPS and camera capabilities to geo-locate the reported species and allow the device’s operator to provide a photo of the reported species. Pictures allow verifiers to quickly confirm observations. Once confirmed, observations will be visible on maps found on GLEDN (www.gledn.org ) and EDDMaps (www.eddmaps.org ) websites and sent to land managers through each group’s early alert system. Using this technology we hope to enhance the ability of groups’ to respond to these new pests as they are emerging.
You can download the free app from this site: http://apps.bugwood.org/mobile/gledn.html.
Join others in contributing to a growing regional database of invasive species locations. Your contributions help agency staff, scientists, and policy makers in efforts to curb the threat from invasive species and help raise public awareness.
For more information about this new technology please contact:
Brendon Panke (GLEDN Coordinator): (608) 262-9570; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Howe (MIPN Coordinator): (317) 829 3812; email@example.com
Mark Renz: President of MIPN and Director of GLEDN
GLEDN is an online database that allows users to enter invasive species reports without requiring a log-in. All reports entered into GLEDN are verified by experts. The database offers more tools for those who choose to create a log-in, including new invasive location alerts, mapping, and data downloading. Visit the site at http://www.gledn.org.
Funding for the development of this app was provided by the Ohio State University and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Citizen Science Monitoring program.