New endangered species app keeps people informed
Aug 31, 2011
Nature enthusiasts will now have the names of endangered species at their fingertips with a new app for the Android.
The Center for Biological Diversity recently released the free app which allows users to search for endangered plants and animals based on their geographical location anywhere in the United States.
Using the Android's GPS, the "Species Finder" brings up a comprehensive list of all threatened and endangered species in the county that the user is in. Users can search the species lists for individual counties and states, then find more information about each plant or animal with just a touch of the finger.
Peter Galvin, the conservation director for the Center for Biological Diversity, said that he hopes that learning which endangered species are nearby will spark peoples' interest in helping them survive.
The app could also help people who aren't necessarily knowledgable about conservation issues, according to Sally Stefferud, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist told the Cronkite News.
"We’ve got a big misunderstanding among a large portion of the public as to what is at risk," Stefferud told the news source.