The Outsmart Invasive Species project is a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MA DCR) and the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
The goal of the project is to strengthen ongoing invasive-species monitoring efforts in Massachusetts by enlisting help from citizens. The web- and smartphone-based approach enables volunteers to identify and collect data on invasive species in their own time, with little or no hands-on training.
By taking advantage of the increasing number of people equipped with iPhone or digital camera/web technology, this approach will expand the scope of invasive-species monitoring, and is an effort to help control oubreaks of new or emergent invasive species that threaten our environment.
-New Species added
-Fixed wrong project code being submitted with reports
Ratings and Reviews
Needs Better ID Photos
There's a tiny, barely identifiable photo, and when you select it, it goes to the info/record screen, but there is no better picture. I'll never be able to identify anything from the tiny thumbnail for a comparison with the subject if I can't tell what it looks like. It needs better identification confirmation to be of any use. I like the concept of it though so I'm going to give it high marks in hopes the "designers" will take it to actual designers in order to get a useable interface. Unless you already know what you're working with, this app is pointless to release to the average person for assistance.
The only complaint is that there are missing descriptions of some of the plants and also one of the pests. The first plant listed is Gout Weed (which looks a lot like Queen Anne's Lace) which only has a picture without any info. I suspect you might get a lot of misidentified photos until the info is provided.
It DOES have larger pictures!
Mea culpa - the app does have large pictures of each invasive. After watching the cute video and wondering how the hiker got a large pic on her app, I played around with it more: if you tap the blue arrow on the side on each invasive it goes to a larger pic which you can zoom in on. Tapping to the left of the blue arrow brings up descriptive info and a way to report the find. Well done! And I noticed the same folks at the Center for Invasive Species at U of Georgia have additional apps. Check out the one for Florida, land of the invasives!
- Charles T. Bargeron
- 488.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.