Washington Invasives

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About this app

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.

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.
Updated on
Oct 19, 2021

Data safety

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This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
26 reviews
A Google user
April 8, 2020
Downloaded this to help with the giant asian wasp. Its not even listed. The map doesnt seem to work right either. Only shows red points even if i try changing filters. I can only view "priority" species. I thought it would list all invasives somewhere on the app. Also, a lot of the descriptions are missing the part that explains how to tell the species apart from native look-alikes. 2 stars for poor function but nice photos.
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A Google user
June 9, 2020
App permissions updated! Thank you! Some other features that could be added: *More than 1 pic per plant. Leaf pattern, different stages of growth, etc *Do not return to top of list after viewing a species. Return to the previously selected plant to the middle of page. *List is manageable now but if list gets bigger a search function. Broad leaf, height, color, etc
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April 7, 2019
We appreciate your interest in Washington invasive species. Camera permission is required to install the app. If you’d prefer not to install--you can get all of the same great information by visiting https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/. Thanks!
Elliott O'Sheehan
June 11, 2022
I love this concept, but was unable to get the app to work. When I completed step 5 (entering my name and contact info) it took me back to step 4 instead of submitting my sighting. It does this in an infinite loop, rendering the app completely useless to me. I'd love to revise my review if this glitch is fixed!
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What's new

Duplicate report checker fields added.