Welcome! This citizen science web tool is designed to enable landowners in South Carolina to report sightings of endangered or invasive species on their property with the purpose of providing valuable data to environmental agencies and the public. More than 90 percent of land in South Carolina is privately owned; therefore, state agencies such as the DNR, are unable to consistently monitor invasive and endangered species populations on these lands. Early detection of an endangered or invasive species could determine whether eradication or successful management is possible, which is why this interactive web application was developed. This tool may assist state agencies in their monitoring efforts through citizen science and provide valuable data about the presence and potential frequency of these species. This tool could also be useful for landowners who are interested in the sightings/reports of endangered and invasive species near them. For example, the highly destructive wild boar (invasive species) in South Carolina is a serious threat to agriculture and so understanding their distribution is important for managing their population and mitigating potential damages.

This project was created by Lauren Martucci for the course, Geography 778, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the summer of 2022. This web application is not an authoritative source on endangered or invasive species in South Carolina.


Noun Project Artist Credits

Pawprint Icon: The Icon Z

Butterfly Icon: Iconsmind.com

Flower Icon: Made X Made

Nature Scene Icon: Timon Schmid

Image Credits

Spotted Lanternfly Image: Rhododendrites, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Wild Boar Image: Valentin Panzirsch, CC BY-SA 3.0 AT , via Wikimedia Commons

Pitcher Plant Image: NoahElhardt, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Tegu Lizard Image: Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Gopher Tortoise Image:http://www.birdphotos.com, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons