4.6
16 reviews
1K+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

Use Creek Critters to:
• Find the tiny critters (macroinvertebrates) that live in your stream
• Identify the critters using a visual key with line drawings and photos
• Automatically create a report on your stream’s health based on your findings
• Map your stream report

A tool for education and community engagement!
Updated on
Mar 7, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Location
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

4.6
16 reviews
Ben Israel
May 22, 2020
A fascinating app built upon a simple idea: by identifying macroinvertebrates (“Critters”) in your local waterway, you can determine water quality. Macros are small! But the app’s beautiful line drawings and helpful photos, plus its intuitive logic flow, will lead you towards a visual i.d. of the species in your sample dish. Has six legs? Two distinct tails? Well, that narrows down prospective species, and you keep going from there until you have a positive i.d. Identify enough species and you’ll have a general picture of the quality of the water the critters live in. To me, probably the coolest aspect of the app is that it is leverages technology to lead one back to the natural sciences. Knowledge is power. I hadn’t known my local creek was so full of critters, nor had I been aware that my local creek needs help. The critters told me that.
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C C
September 4, 2021
Don't recall ever seeing ads inside this app which is a HUGE plus. App is very simple to use and very informative of different wildlife you can find while also providing identification pictures of said wildlife!
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Lisa Büttner
June 12, 2020
A fantastic tool for citizen science and more experienced stream monitors alike! I work with kids and families who daily traverse our neighborhood stream that suffers greatly but often looks "clean" (especially after a clean-up). After learning how to identify macros, many have become aware of the poor water quality and of the cumulative downstream impacts of human behaviors. Creek Critters is intuitive and engaging to use, enabling users to learn while logging data on their streams' health.
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What's new

Minor changes to reflect the developer’s name change to Nature Forward (from Audubon Naturalist Society).
Fixes to image loading.