Identify and Report Invasive Plants, Animals, Insects and Plant Pathogens in the Great Lakes region of the U.S.
The Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app brings the power of EDDMapS to your smartphone. Now you can submit invasive species observations directly with your smartphone from the field. These reports are uploaded to EDDMapS and e-mailed directly to local and state verifiers for review. The GLEDN app was developed by the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. GLEDN is more than just a smartphone app; it is an integrated invasive species reporting and outreach campaign for the Great Lakes region of the United States that includes the app and the GLEDN website. The app and project can be referred to as EDDMapS Midwest.
Every year new invasive plants, animals, insects and plant pathogens are found in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. These non-native invasive species threaten to undermine the health of our environment. More than an inconvenience, invasive plants and animals can greatly alter our native landscape, adversely impact native wildlife, destroy agricultural crops and threaten our health. Invasions of exotic species cost the United States over $120 billion each year. The economic costs are small compared to the ecological ones. The southern United States has millions of acres of public lands; these lands furnish us the water we drink, the air we breathe and countless recreational opportunities. These public lands are highly vulnerable to invasion by exotic plant and animal species.
By reporting sightings of invasive plants and other invasive pests, we can better assess the extent of the infestations and hopefully eradicate new infestations before they become huge problems such as kudzu. The goal of GLEDN is to make identification and reporting as easy and efficient as possible.
Just a few minutes of your time can help provide vital information needed to protect vital wildlife habitat, agriculture, forestry and your favorite recreational areas from the damage caused by invasive species. This app is so easy to use, you can collect data while out fishing, hiking, kayaking or walking around your neighborhood.
•GPS automatically captures your current location
•Submit an image of your sighting to add validity to your report
•Offline reporting: reports saved on your phone to upload when you have network connectivity
•Species ID Guides include images and information on the worst non-native invasive plants, animals, insects and plant pathogens
•Provides real-time point distribution maps centered on your current location
•Invasive species resources
Powered by EDDMapS - The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health's Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System. EDDMapS allows for real time tracking of invasive species occurrences using local and national distribution maps and electronic early detection reporting tools.
Minor bug fix
- Charles T. Bargeron
- 281.7 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.