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Spot a bird? Here’s an app that’ll help you identify it

Meghna Dey

How quickly can you name a bird you see in your garden or a plant in the desert? And what’s that flock of birds flying in a V-formation in the evening skies? A new app, Qatar e-Nature, hopes to fill in the blanks on Qatar’s fauna and flora.

A first of its kind in thesasol region, the bilingual application contains information, pictures and sounds of different birds (native and migratory), plants and insects. The dynamic application is aimed at raising awareness, especially among children of junior school. “Junior school children should go out, click pictures of birds and insects and find out what they are looking at. This kind of visual stimulation is very important for them,” Marjo Louw, President, Sasol Qatar said. Sasol in conjunction with the Friends of Environment Center have devised this application.

Qatar e-Nature can be downloaded for free from the Apple store, Google Play Store, Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry App World (search keywords: ‘Qatar Nature’ or simply ‘Qatar e-Nature’). The features of this application allow users to know where certain birds and plants will be found in Qatar and during which season, users can ‘favourite’ their selections, hear the sounds of different birds and share on social network. Also, in case a user spots a bird or a plant and is unaware of its name or type; they can fill in the details of what they see into the ‘Smart Search’ area and a list of the closest matches will show up.

Since the project is interactive, the makers of this application encourage users to contribute data by sending in pictures or details of birds, insects or plants that they come across. For those who prefer the old fashioned way of computers: www.enature.qa.

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