View the iMapInvasives Network's 2021 Annual Report!
2021 was a big year for the iMapInvasives Network! 122,876 presence records were submitted by natural resource professionals and community scientists working to protect natural resources and biodiversity from the negative impacts of invasive species across North America.
Take a look at our first-ever annual report to learn more about the wide variety of projects undertaken by iMapInvasives programs across North America, from post-fire invasive species monitoring in the Pacific Northwest to community science initiatives to map spotted lanternfly and water chestnut in the Northeast.
We also added some handy new features in 2021 - including new options for filtering data on the map, the ability to view iNaturalist data, and new geographic layers including the Map of Biodiversity Importance (MOBI).
Why Join the iMapInvasives Network?
If you'd like to learn more about why your jurisdiction should consider joining the iMapInvasives network, click here (or on the flyer on left) highlighting important information from NatureServe, the organization that hosts the iMapInvasives program and network.
All functionality funded and developed by the iMapInvasives Partnership is added to the core functionality and then made available to participating jurisdictions. The programming for iMapInvasives is designed to facilitate incorporating new jurisdictions. There is a one-time programming fee to set up a new jurisdiction.
Each jurisdiction is empowered to set several parameters to meet the specific needs of their users, for example:
Choose which species to track
Assign user roles and permissions
Create early detection network with customizable email alerts for users
Contribute to the directon of future iMapInvasives development
To Become a Participating Jurisdiction
First, identify a lead agency or organization for your jurisdiction. Most iMapInvasives programs are lead by the state or province Natural Heritage Program (known by many different names; part of the NatureServe Network). However, any agency or organization with the interest and dedication to manage invasive species data can be the administrator for their jurisdiction.
Each participating state or province has an organization or agency that serves as the iMapInvasives Administrator for the jurisdiction. The administrating agency, together with partners, ensures key tasks necessary for participation and data maintenance are completed. Examples of key tasks for a successful iMapInvasives program include:
Aggregate invasive species data from agencies, organization, universities, etc.
Provide iMapInvasives Training
Review iMapInvasives user permissions requests
Review on-line submitted data and confirm sightings when possible
Ensure annual iMapInvasives Service fee is paid
Network with other agencies and organizations