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Smartphone Applications

Provides general resources for smartphones applications (apps) to assist in tracking, monitoring various species, including invasive species.

See also: Federal Government Mobile Apps Directory (USA.gov) to find government information and services optimized for your smart phone.

Mobile Apps

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Washington - WA Invasives Smartphone App
Washington Invasive Species Council.
You can submit invasive species sighting reports directly with your mobile device (iPhone and Android versions) 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. 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.


Bugwood Apps - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health Mobile Applications
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Mobile applications designed to engage users with invasive species, forest health, natural resource and agricultural management.
  • Alaska Weeds ID
    Alaska Weed ID brings the power of EDDMapS to your iOS and Android devices. Now you can use an interactive key to identify invasive plants and submit those observations directly from the field. The goal of Alaska Weed ID is to make identification and reporting of invasive plants as easy and efficient as possible.

    EDDMapS IPM is a new app designed to be used by County Extension Agents, crop advisors and extension specialists to report current pest and disease activity in real time via smartphone. Only a handful of pests are included, with priority given to pests that affect more than one crop and whose presence in one crop may affect management in another. Agents have the option of reporting monthly, weekly or even daily if they deem it necessary.

  • EDDMapS Ontario
    EDDMapS Ontario brings the power of EDDMapS to your iOS and Android devices. Now you can submit invasive species observations directly with your device from the field.

  • EDDMapS West
    This app is a customized system that focuses on species that are new or potential new invaders to the Coalition states (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming), and that provides a means of reporting new sightings of select invasive species, a mechanism for alerting appropriate individuals to the reports, and generates distribution maps for the reported species.

  • Forest Insect Pests in North America: A Photographic Guide
    The photos present in this app are intended to help foresters, urban landscaping employees, or others working with trees recognize some of the common pest insects affecting trees in North America and understand their life cycles and how they damage trees. The information was drawn from book, websites, factsheets, and some original literature.

  • Georgia Cotton Insect Advisor
    This app is an expert system for determining Extension prescribed insecticide treatments for management of cotton insect pests in the state of Georgia. The app will display the most appropriate insecticide or tankmix after the user provides the appropriate week of bloom, predominant stink bug species, percent internal boll injury, and other pest species present. At present time, the app is intended for management of stink bugs only.

  • Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN)
    This app allows you to use the power of your smart phone to help discover non-native invasive species early in their infestations. The network covers the states of Ohio, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

  • iBiocontrol - Noxious Weeds and their Biocontrol Agents
    Reference and Reporting for Invasive Plants and their biological control agents. This free application uses EDDMapS to help county, state and federal agencies track releases and occurrences of biological control agents of noxious weeds.

  • IPAlert
    This app allows user to download park specific invasive plant information for national parks. Users can also upload reports to help keep track of these species.

  • IPM Toolkit
    This app allows you to read news articles, view videos, download publications, and access pictures which will aid you in adapting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to your agricultural operation.

  • Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE)
    This app allows IPANE to become mobile and allow IPANE users to report sightings of invasive plants directly in the field to create a comprehensive web-accessible database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England.

  • Invasive Plant Control, Inc. (IPCConnect)
    App for site tracking and management

  • Invasive Plants in Southern Forests: Identification and Management
    This app is based on the U.S. Forest Service publication "A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests (2010)." This app provides information on accurate identification of the 56 nonnative plants and groups that are currently invading the forests of the 13 Southern States.

  • IveGot1 - Identify and Report Invasive Animals and Plants in Florida
    This app is used to identify and Report Invasive Animals and Plants in Florida. IveGot1 is an integrated invasive species reporting and outreach campaign for Florida that includes the app, a website with direct access to invasive species reporting and a hotline 1-888-IVEGOT1 for instant reports of live animals.

  • Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest
    This app focuses on plant species that are used ornamentally and have become invasive in at least part of the Midwest. Cultivars or hybrids produced from these species may or may not be invasive.

  • Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network (MAEDN)
    This app is used to document invasive plant occurrences in the mid-Atlantic region for the purposes of early detection, improved management and better coordination. The current focus is on invasive plants, but additional invasive insects and diseases have been included in this app. The region includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

  • MyIPM
    MyIPM serves all fruit growers along the east coast by providing up-to-date information for cherry, cranberry, strawberry, bunch grape, blackberry, apple, pear, peach, and blueberry.

  • National Wildlife Refuge Early Detection Network for New England
    This app allows you report invasive plants in National Wildlife Refuges.

  • New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team
    This app, created for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team with support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, helps users identify and map invasive species in the Garden State, and since the app contains information about how to control each targeted species, land owners can find out how to eradicate them before they have a chance to spread.

  • Outsmart Invasive Species - Massachusetts
    Join the Outsmart Invasive Species Project to help stop the spread of non-native plants and insects that threaten our environment. Help researchers cover more ground by looking for invasive species anytime - whether walking the dog, hiking, fishing, gardening, or working outdoors.

  • Stink Bug Scout
    Stink Bug Scout is designed for use by university researchers for making assessments of stink bug populations in fields and across landscapes.

  • Southeast Agricultural Stink Bug ID
    This app is designed for use by university researchers, Extension specialists, county agents, consultants, scouts, and growers who need to identify stink bugs collected in agricultural settings. Images for most species include eggs, nymphs, and adults. Key characteristics of each species are highlighted to allow the user to easily identify a specimen in hand.

  • Southeast Early Detection Network (SEEDN)
    This app is used to report sightings of invasive plants and other invasive pests in the Southeastern U.S., to better assess the extent of infestations and hopefully eradicate new infestations before they become huge problems (such as kudzu).

  • Squeal on Pigs
    The goals of the Squeal on Pigs app and campaign is to inform landowners of the threat of feral pigs to our natural resources, particularly waterways, provide landowners with the information they need to effectively and quickly report suspected sightings of feral pigs, provide states with tools to work with private landowners to eradicate known populations of feral pigs.

  • Texas Invaders
    The Invaders of Texas Citizen Science program collects species observations from volunteer "citizen scientists" trained to use a specially developed Invasive Species Early Detection and Reporting Kit. With this kit, volunteers detect invaders' arrival and dispersal in their own local areas.

  • VegDr
    VegDr provides up-to-date information for vegetable diseases in George. This is a field guide for vegetable crops with real-time alerts as the extension specialist for the commodity determines there is a need to provide additional information. It will continue to grow to include additional vegetables and problems. Currently this app only focuses on disease management in cucurbit vegetables.

  • What's Invasive!
    A citizen science effort to document invasive plants in our National Parks. The What's Invasive! application for smart phones (Android and iPhone) displays local lists of top invasive plants and/or animals (with images and short descriptions to remind you of what they look like) that have been identified by National Park Service or other invasive management authorities.

Calflora Observer
Application for smart phones (Android and iPhone) that allows you to quickly and efficiently report wild plant occurrences. This application makes it easy for you to report the species name, date, and location of over 10,000 California native and non-native plant taxa. You can also add a photograph to a report, and share it with others later to confirm identification. See also: Weed Mapping Made Easy - An Integrated Plant Mapping System (YouTube Video) for more information.

ID Tools - Find a Tool, App, or Screening Aid
USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.
Support accurate field screening and identification for invasive pests.
See also: Pest Identification Apps (Hungry Pests)

iMapInvasives - Mobile Tools
Nature Conservancy. iMapInvasives.
Report your sightings of invasive species with your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device by choosing from various methods (iPhone and Android).

RINSE - That's Invasive!
Reducing the Impact of Non-Native Species in Europe.
RINSE has created and launched 'That's Invasive!', a library of species biology, ecology, identification tips and images available at the touch of a finger allowing you to identify, photograph and record over 35 invasive non-native species commonly found within Europe.

What Is This Bug?
Whatisthisbug.org (California).
"What is This Bug" was developed from Farm Bill monies after the need for increased citizen help was recognized in the nationwide fight against invasive species. How can you help? Report a suspected pest. Now, with smartphones and the internet, new, easier and faster ways are available for reporting a suspicious pest, such as the Report a Pest Online Form and the Report a Pest Mobile App.

Federal Government

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species - NAS Mobile Sighting Report
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
A new mobile application has been developed for Apple iOS and Google Android devices to allow remote reporting of nonindigenous aquatic species sightings. This allows accurate data (species description and pictures) to be reported to the NAS system at the point of observation.

State Government

Colorado - Noxious Weed Mobile App
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Conservation Services Division. Noxious Weed Program.
Available for IOS and Android; scroll to view links to download.

Midwest Invasive Species Network (MISIN) App
Michigan State University. Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
The MISIN smartphone app (iPhone and Android) provides a mobile solution for the capture of invasive species field observation data. You can play an important role in the early detection and rapid response to new invasive threats in your area by contributing invasive species observations to the MISIN database.


University of Bristol (United Kingdom).
The PlantTracker app shows you how to identify invasive plant species and enables you to easily submit geo-located photos whenever you find one.

Project Noah
New York University. Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Application for smart phones (Android and iPhone) to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Project Noah lets you take cell phone pictures of bugs and trees and then sends back an identification of the exact type in as little as 24 hours.


The Wildlab
Mediated Spaces, Inc.
Use mobile technology to explore, discover, and share the natural world. The iPhone application narrows down the range of potential bird species based on student input.

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News (listed by most recent date)

Know Your Molluscs with the Terrestrial Mollusc Key (Oct 22, 2015)
This app is specifically designed to assist in the identification of adult terrestrial slugs and snails of agricultural importance, includes 33 families and 128 species. This app includes species of quarantine significance as well as invasive and contaminant mollusc species. It is available for both iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices.
See also: Terrestrial Mollusc Tool (USDA. APHIS. PPQ. Identification Technology Program.)

From Mobile Phone to Alien Plant Hunter (Dec 17, 2012)
ScienceDaily; British Ecological Society.
Mobile phone users are being urged to help fight the spread of invasive plants across the UK -- by downloading PlantTracker. The new app has already attracted 7,000 downloads and alerted ecologists to 2,500 sites where key invasive species have been spotted.

Spraying Insecticide? There's an App for That (Nov 8, 2012)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
USDA scientists have released two mobile phone applications, or "apps," to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. The apps are designed to ensure that aerial and ground-based crews can hit targets and minimize pesticide drift by keying in specifics on the type of equipment and pesticide they are using.

New App Lets You Report Invasive Species (Oct 15, 2012)
Ohio State University. College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Ohio State University Extension has released a new app for spotting and tracking invasive species -- non-native organisms such as Asian carps, purple loosestrife and Asian longhorned beetle -- to try to keep them from setting up beachheads and hurting the economy and environment. By using the free Great Lakes Early Detection Network app, a person can take pictures of suspected invasive species -- whether of farm, forest or water -- and upload the pictures and locations for verification. Based on this early warning, scientists can send out alerts, map the spread and figure out a battle plan. The network covers the states of Ohio, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Smartphone App Targets Invasive Species (Mar 26, 2012)
The Massachusetts Daily.

US Forest Service Research Used in New, Invasive-plant Software: iPhone Application Helps People Identify Harmful, Nonnative Plants (Feb 22, 2012)
USDA. FS. Southern Research Station.

IPhone App Allows Reporting of Invasive Species in Florida (Dec 16, 2011)
Government Technology.

Smartphone App Tracks Invasive Species (Dec 2010)
Mobile Thinkers.

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