Want to “geocache” wildlife? There’s an App for that!

By January 24th, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Comments (2)

Record and share wildlife encounters with WildObs' suite of smartphone apps.  Photo: WildObs

Record and share wildlife encounters with WildObs' suite of smartphone apps. Photo: WildObs

Ever spotted an amazing critter and wanted to tell your nature-loving friends where it was located? Ever wondered where you could view a white-tailed jackrabbit? WildObs is the app for you!

Short for “wildlife observations,” the WildObs website and suite of iPhone and Android apps allow nature enthusiasts to record wildlife observations and then share photos, stories, and locations of these sightings with other interested people. In short, WildObs is working to connect people, places, and wildlife.

Want to know where to find a Bohemian Waxwing? Looks like one was recently sighted near Manchester, NH! Hoping to spot a baboon? Well, another fellow had luck seeing one in Amboseli National Park in Kenya!

Members post sightings and also list their hopes for sightings-to-come. The most wished-for observation these days is the reclusive cougar.

The WildObs iPhone collection, including Naturalist, Observer, Lookout, and Lookup allows spotters to record their viewing events in near real-time and to figure out what species they are looking at. The app uses GPS to tag the wherebouts of your own sightings, and will also let you see what animals fellow WildObs members have spotted near your current location. To learn how to use WildObs, check out their “how to” videos.

WildObs is partnered with the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Watch and is working to put these citizen observations to good use in scientific studies. They are also working to create a sense of community among naturalists through their emailĀ newsletter and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.

Now that your smart phone is a mobile research lab, get out there and snap some pictures of your favorite critters!

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  1. Thanks for this article, and helping me find your wonderful website. I’ve signed up for your newsletter.

    WildObs was created for personal record keeping, and fun sharing, and to be able to crowd source species lists for a park or wildlife refuge & alerts to new “life list” species around. Being able to contribute wildlife records to NWF and other research programs (there are a few) is a huge benefit, and is often the main motivator for WildObs users. Mobile devices and a ubiquitous web truly allows us all to participate in citizen sciene, even when out walking in the woods or mountains.

    Adam Jack

    25 Jan 11 at 12:01 pm

  2. Welcome! Take a look around the site and in the Project Finder for other relevant projects related to what you are working on. Also, if you know what specific research studies the WildObs data will be used in, please let us know!

    Elizabeth

    25 Jan 11 at 2:23 pm

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