The Purple Martin Conservation Association works to track the migratory pattern of the native North American swallow called the Purple Martin. Through the efforts of many citizen scientists, data is collected that contributes to monitoring the health of this species that is threatened by invasive birds. Citizen scientists used to only be able to send in physical reports of their observations, and they have recently been able to submit reports online. Notre Dame CSE undergraduates are now extending participation in the Purple Martin Conservation Association’s mission to mobile platforms. Our goal is to develop applications for Android and iOS platforms that will allow citizen scientists to easily collect vital data for the Scout Arrival, Martin Watch, and Martin Roost projects.
Our students are using Ionic to develop a cross-platform application. For development purposes, they are learning to use the mobile back-end Parse (Back4App). All members of the team are learning development best-practices for Git, GitHub, and mobile development.