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WSU Puyallup Pacific Madrone Survey

Smartphone apps

About the app

Bioblitz and Smartphone Technology: A Method to Encourage Participation and Improve Data Quality in Citizen Science Research on Pacific Madrone Trees – By Annie DeBauw, University of Washington Tacoma, Geospatial Technologies, MS project

Getting the app

Visit this link for more information on past research as well as a short video on the mobile collector application:

To download the free application, go the app store on your phone and search for Survey 123 or Survey 123 for ArcGIS. Once the application is downloaded do not try to sign in, instead, open this webpage using your phone and click on the following link:

Be patient as it may take a while to download.  Once it is downloaded you will be prompted to open the survey.  If you get an error message try downloading again.  We have found the app can be a bit temperamental at times.

Location information

To enter a geopoint on the mobile bioblitz application, tap on the map and it will automatically show you where you are with a pin icon.  If you press on the compass button on the right-hand side of the map it will show you where you are as you move.  If you are near the tree press the check mark on the lower right side of the screen and it will record the location of the tree.  Be sure to have your location services activated on your device.  This is typically found under settings and privacy or personal settings.

See the following links for more information:

Apple Devices-

Android Devices-

If your device is offline you can still collect data, however, you will not be able to use the geopoint locator.  As long as your Locational Services is activated on your device and you take a picture we will still be able to determine the location of the tree.  If you submit your report while offline the survey will store it.  Once you are able to get online again you will be able to send your report.