Find Nature Fun. That's what these free smartphone apps will help you do. In order to provide an
opportunity for digital engagement and fun for smartdevice-carrying visitors to
Humboldt Bay, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched two game-based
apps that will teach visitors about the fascinating diversity and ecological
importance of habitats and wildlife protected by the
refuge. Developed by Discover Nature Apps, an award winning
mission-driven app developer, the “Discover Humboldt” and “Discover Ma-le’l”
games include a GPS-guided, nature-based scavenger hunt; the ability for users
to post and view field tips and photographs; and the opportunity to share their
experiences on social media. Simply search for “Discover
Nature Apps” at the App Store or Google Play.
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The leafcutter bee (Megachile wheeleri) is one of the of specialized, solitary, ground-nesting bees that are crucial to the survival of our native dune mat community. The leafcutter bee, shown here pollinating dune goldenrod, cuts semi-circular pieces from goldenrod leaves and uses them to construct its nest cell. Native bees are gaining increased attention as pollinators due to the decline of the imported honey bee (Apis mellifera) through colony collapse disorder. Photo courtesy of Andrea Pickart.