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Collect Gulf Oil Spill data using your iPhone. MoGO (Mobile Gulf Observatory) is an app that turns you and your iPhone into a "citizen scientist" helping wildlife experts find and rescue oiled birds, sea turtles, and dolphins.

The MoGO app allows you to take and submit photos of oiled, injured, and dead marine and coastal wildlife; tar balls on beaches; oil slicks on water; and oiled coastal habitats.

How to Join

To get started, you need access to an iPhone. But if you have that, then download the MoGO app from the Apple Store or iTunes ( After you get the app installed, you can go outside and start taking GPS-located photos of oil damage along the Gulf of Mexico coastline or at sea if you have a boat.

IMPORTANT NOTE! PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO TOUCH OR APPROACH INJURED WILDLIFE OR TOUCH OIL. Handling oiled wildlife may pose a serious health and safety risk to both you and the animal you are trying to rescue. The chemicals in oil are toxic and only trained personnel with appropriate protective gear and equipment should handle and treat oiled animals and cleanup tar balls on beaches.

Once you upload your photo, the locations of oiled and injured wildlife are pin-pointed with a GPS code generated by your iPhone. You are then immediately connected to the Wildlife Hotline to report your observations so trained responders can be deployed to rescue oiled and injured animals, and to mobilize efforts to protect and restore vital habitats for fish and wildlife.

Required Gear

Apple iPhone.

Ideal Age Group Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, On a hike
Tags app, apps, iphone
Project Updated 08/04/2017