HerpMapper

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HerpMapper
HerpMapper Logo v2 non-free.png
Type of site
Citizen science
Available inEnglish
URLwww.herpmapper.org
CommercialNo
Registrationrequired
Launched2013;
7 years ago
 (2013)
Current statusOnline

HerpMapper is a cooperative citizen science project designed to gather and share information about reptile and amphibian (herp) observations across the planet.[1] Contributors create records of their herp observations online[2] or via its mobile application.[3][4][5] Data are available to HerpMapper Partners – groups who use your recorded observations for research, conservation, and preservation purposes.[6][7][8][9] In addition, the HerpMapper mobile application is used by multiple other herpetological atlas projects,[10][11][12] and the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program.[13]

HerpMapper's primary goal is to share data with professional conservation and research organizations to better conserve herpetofauna around the world. Because of this, HerpMapper does not share point-location information publicly because of over-collection and poaching concerns. This sets HerpMapper apart from many other citizen-science projects.

History[edit]

HerpMapper.org was officially launched in September 2013. It is currently a volunteer-run organization of professional herpetologists, IT specialists, and field herpers with decades of experience. HerpMapper is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Organizational Structure[edit]

The HerpMapper Advisory Team includes nonprofit organization staff, state agency biologists, university faculty, IT professionals, and field herpers.

Data Access[edit]

Data are made freely available to professional conservation and research organizations. Data are made available via real-time online access or via one-time data transfers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Record Your Reptile & Amphibian Sightings for Conservation". 22 March 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Instructions". 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Mobile Mapper application (Google Play)". 17 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Mobile Mapper application (iTunes Store)". 11 July 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Mobile Mapper application (Windows Store)". 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Partners". 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Twin Cities Turtle Crossing Tally and Count" (PDF). 1 March 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Helping turtles across the street". 5 July 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  9. ^ "WCD - Conservation Connections" (PDF). November 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  10. ^ "H.E.R.P." Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Michigan Herp Atlas". Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey". Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program". Retrieved 27 December 2014.

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