Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and insects that harm native species, ecosystems, native people’s cultural resources, and industries such as agriculture, forestry, and hydropower. Expansions of global trade and increases in human mobility have resulted in unprecedented invasion by invasive species. These species threaten biodiversity, habitat quality, and ecosystem function and are believed to have contributed to the decline of 42% of the endangered and threatened species in the United States. In Washington, the costs of dealing with invasive species are in the millions of dollars each year.
Managing invasive species here in Washington State is complex due to the number and types of pathways through which species are introduced. A number of local, state and federal agencies and organizations work to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, physically control or eradicate them, monitor their distribution, and understand their characteristics. Now you can help contribute to identifying and reporting invasive species before they become a bigger problem. The goal of this mobile app is to make species identification easier and help improve detection and reporting of harmful invasive species statewide
You can submit invasive species sighting reports directly with your mobile device where they occur. These sighting reports are submitted to Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) staff and technical experts throughout the state to review and approve sighting reports. Sightings that are approved will be viewable directly through the app’s mapping tool. You can also learn more about priority invasive species in Washington with easy-to-understand descriptions and images. This mobile app is part of an integrated invasive species reporting and outreach campaign for WISC that also includes a website with an online reporting form.
GPS and Photo Tools Easy species reporting uses your GPS to capture your current location and an image of your sightings.
Offline Caching Report sightings that can be saved on your phone for uploading when you have network connectivity.
Easy-to-Learn Species Info Images and information on Washington Invasive Species Council’s priority plant and animal species.
View other sighting reports Dynamic distribution maps showing confirmed sightings of all species captured through the app from your current location.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL
Established by the Legislature in 2006, the Council provides policy-level direction, planning, and coordination for combating harmful invasive species throughout the state and preventing the introduction of others that may be potentially harmful. More information is available at www.invasivespecies.wa.gov.
Image upload improvement.
Ratings and Reviews
Excellent idea but needs a little work!
I like the idea a lot! I think monitoring invasives in WA is important and it will be made easier by this app! I absolutely love the information it provides on invasive species around WA! I would suggest a few things to make this app more user-friendly!
-Add a photo option which can ID by image (similar to iNaturalist). If not by photo, try something like Washington Wildflower Search uses!
-Add an option to type in an address/location so we don’t have to just drag a pin around.
-Add an option to view other people’s sightings! This will help organizations who do invasive species removal plot new locations.
-Add studies and organizations to help us find organizations and volunteers opportunities to get rid of invasives!
-Instead of using the “i” button to add a photo and then report, have the photo option be the first thing to come up when you press “report sighting.”
-Expand the app to include information about native alternatives for gardening!
Those are just a few suggestions! I’m excited to keep working to help get rid of WA invasive species.
Great idea, it actually works!
As long as you know how to use it, this app is useful. However, its main flaw is not having a user-friendly interface. WA Invasives has a GPS that can tag your location once you choose an invasive species to report. The tag that appears on the map shows a little ’i’ when you press on it. Press the ‘i’ to open up the details. From there, you enter your name, email, and a description of the species and how big it is, how many of them there are, etc. Then, you have to go to the report queue. Select the reports you want to submit and then press ‘upload’. I’m rating this app 4 stars because, although it has a lacking user interface, it was created for a good purpose. Once you get to know it, submitting reports isn’t that hard!
Accessibility issues- Hard to read tiny font
Just downloaded this app after seeing a story on KIRO 7 news —haven’t used it yet, but seems like a great idea. But, the font is very tiny & hard to read for folks without great vision. Please use iOS dynamic font.
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- Charles T. Bargeron
- 23.5 MB
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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