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The MISIN smartphone app provides a mobile solution for the capture of invasive species field observation data. You can play an important role in the early detection and rapid response to new invasive threats in your area by contributing invasive species observations to the MISIN database.

  • Identify and report 400+ invasive plant and animal species
  • Capture and submit species observations from the field
  • Include images taken in the field with your observation
  • Browse images and species information on the top Midwest invaders
  • Report invasive species observations for both plants and animals.
    Browse a species catalog of over 400 invasive species critical to the Midwest.
    Simple field data collection allows you to report without extensive data submission.

    • The MISIN Invasive Species reporting smart phone application was developed by the Applied Spatial Ecology and Technical Services Laboratory at Michigan State University. The purpose of the MISIN app is to aid in the collection of Midwest invasive species observations in support of early detection and rapid response efforts. Your contributed data will be added to a growing online database of invasive species observation data for the top invaders in the region. This data can be browsed through the MISIN website ( and is used by land managers to help make informed decisions regarding the control and impact of invasive species.

    • Designer

      Designer / Developer
    • iOS 2.9 / Android 2.4

      Released: March/April 2021
      • Fixes: Corrects an issue behind the scenes where the database was not showing how many photos were attached to each record (mobile only)
    • iOS 2.8 / Android 2.3

      Released: January 2021
    • iOS 2.6.3 / Android 2.2.6

      Released: December 2019
    • iOS 2.5.2 / Android 2.2.5

      Released on 07/04/2018
      • Corrects an issue where the data manager alert message for no recorded observations would freeze.
    • iOS 2.4.6 / Android 2.2.3

      Released on 11/16/2017
      • Minor coding update for Version 2.4.5 (released 11/15/17)
    • iOS 2.4.5 / Android 2.2.2

      Released on 11/14/2017
        Important Update:
      • Corrects an issue where certain alert window buttons would appear in French.
      • Corrects an issue with the current date attached to observations.
    • iOS 2.4.3

      Released on 08/07/2017
      • Keep and Manage button issue corrected
      • Minor bug fixes
    • iOS 2.4.2

      Released on 08/01/2017
      • Minor bug fixes and improvements
    • iOS 2.4.1

      Released on 01/12/2017
      • Bug fixes and improvements
    • iOS 2.3

      Released on 11/09/2015
      • Upgrade to iOS 9
    • iOS 2.1.5

      Released on 01/22/2015
      • Bug fixes and improvements
    • iOS 2.1.4

      Released on 01/12/2015
      • Bug fixes and improvements
    • iOS 2.1

      Released on 10/31/2014
      • Now you can submit absence data as well as actual observations. That is, you can confirm that at a particular time and location, a given invasive plant or animal was not found.
    • iOS 2.0.2

      Released on 01/10/2014
      • Minor bug fixes
    • iOS 2.0

      Released on 12/22/2013
      • The user interface has been changed to match the iOS 7 style.
      • There is a new “data manager” option that allows you to edit or delete observation records prior to sending them to the database.
      • A new search tool allows you to narrow down the list of species that is displayed for faster access.
      • Now, once you select a specimen, you can report on it or view photos, fact sheet or map without the need to going back to the species list.
      • The photo archive is no longer part of the app installer. This file is downloaded the first time the app is run.
    • iOS 1.3

      Released on 01/17/2013
      • New: 20 additional plant species added to species catalog.
      • Fix: Minor text updates to species information fact sheets including common/scientific name.
    • iOS 1.2

      Released on 11/20/2012
      • New: Real-time maps that show all reported locations of any given species have been added.
      • Fix: The user interaction for accessing species information has been simplified.
    • iOS 1.1

      Released on 10/11/2012
      • New: The Observations screen now updates the GPS every 25 meters to support dynamic collection of invasive species from a vehicle or walking.
      • New: Map It: Map extent changes are animated and zoom is enabled.
      • Fix: Minor bugs fixed and slight improvements in user experience based on users’ feedback.
    • iOS 1.0

      Released on 08/01/2012
      • New: Report the location of over 170 invasive plant and animal species.
      • New: Collects and stores data both with and without network connection.
      • New: Data available in real-time through the MISIN website.
  • Click Here to Watch the MISIN Smartphone App Video

    0:00 – Intro
    0:28 – Installation Process and App Startup
    3:08 – Sign In or Register
    5:00 – Location Access / Home Screen
    5:32 – Map It
    5:57 – More (Data Manager, Settings, Help, Credits, About)
    6:10 – Data Manager
    6:35 – App Settings
    7:10 – Begin Reporting Process
    7:58 – Species Details (Photos, Fact Sheet, Map, Mark as Favorite)
    8:40 – Distribution Map
    9:06 – Fact Sheet Information
    9:32 – Photos
    9:45 – Report Presence
    11:07 – Report Absence
    11:37 – Working With Data in the Data Manager
    12:09 – Sending Data
    12:47 – Closing

  • Get In Touch

    Please use the contact form to the left to submit your general inquiry or report a bug. Additionally, you can email us at the address provided below. We always welcome input on future features and improvements to the MISIN app.

  • We think that you will find the MISIN app a great new addition to your toolbox. – Development Team

    • Where can I get support?

      Please use the Contact Form to submit general questions about the app or to report bugs/issues you may be experiencing within the app. Our developers will respond to your issue as quickly as possible. You can also email us directly.

    • Will the MISIN app work without a cellular connection?

      Yes, the MISIN app will work without a cellular connection. The observations are stored locally on your phone. In case there is a lack of network connectivity – the app will disable the “Send Data” button and notify you when you are reconnected to your cellular network.

    • Become a registered MISIN user?

      Yes, you will need to register with the MISIN web site and use those credentials to log into the MISIN app before you can save and submit data.

    • Is there an Android version?

      Yes, the MISIN smartphone app is now available for android devices. The app was released October 23, 2013 and can be found in the Google Play store. Download it today, it’s free!