The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with FishBrain, the Sweden-based company have developed an app that could protect endangered species. The app which could make a difference for local wildlife can be used on both Android and Apple devices.
Such a measure is more than welcomed since because of climate change nearly all the living species on Earth are affected. Marine creatures are among the ones which are most seriously affected and thus many species have become endangered.
FishBrain has developed an application which anglers use in order to check weather conditions. Since anglers are among those people who are most likely to encounter endangered species the collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should not be a surprise.
The app will be updated with information regarding species of fish and whether they are endangered or not. Those who have the app can log up to 50 species which are at risk. They can report the fact that they have encountered a species which is endangered. This will enable conservationists and scientists to identify the species’ habitats and discover more about them. This is an innovative way of taking advantage of people’s hobbies and their outdoor time in order to protect endangered species.
The agency released a list of species that could be at risk which includes the short-nose sturgeon, the whooping crane, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and the California red-legged frog.
The Assistant Director of the Service’s Ecological Services Program, Gary Frazer, remarked:
The first step towards conservation is always education and engagement, and we are excited to work with FishBrain to help us reach a new audience. Anglers are extremely important to protecting and maintaining healthy aquatic habitats. This is a unique opportunity to synthesize recreational anglers’ information and knowledge in local waterways and expand our understanding of various species.”
The final list of animals included in the app will contain not only aquatic animals, but amphibians, reptiles, birds and large animals as well. So hunters are also expected to become users of the miracle
app that could protect endangered species. The app is free and it will shortly be available for download.
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