If you regularly take photos of birds, animals, bugs, mushrooms and leaves while on vacation or even from your backyard, you may be more a citizen scientist than you thought. And now you can put your natural love for the environment to good use by uploading your images to a new website called SciSpy. A new free app that you can download from the iTunes store or from the SciSpy website makes it easier. I've already uploaded a bunch of images myself from recent vacations. (By the way, I was surprised at how many images of living creatures and plants I had taken.)
The app allows users to selection a "mission," - for example, "at the bird feeder," "bugs in your backyard" or "urban wildlife" - snap a photo using an iPhone and then upload the image to an online database. The files are date-stamped, geo-tagged and classified by topical experts.
If you're a fan of the Science Channel, you'll be happy to know that the missions will frequently correspond with television series including tonight's premiere of Monster Bug Wars at 9 PM (ET/PT). I suspect if you have any photographs of bugs, you'll be motivated to put them up.