iPhone App Spurs Citizen Science And Education

Aug 22, 2013

You’ve likely heard the phrase “there’s an app for that.”

If you happen to be a botanist your favorite app may well be iNaturalist. It turns any iPhone into a tool that can contribute to scientific research and understanding about the natural flora and fauna living all around us.

This photo of a Prickly Pear Cactus is the sort of thing you might expect to find in the Badlands. But there are some welcome surprises too. It's part of the all-taxa inventory underway in the Badlands though iNaturalist.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story on citizen science and education now taking place in the Black Hills and Badlands with the help of the iNaturalist app.