These are series of Nature-based Mobile apps developed to promote nature study widely across cities of India. These include three mobile apps; iNaturewatch Birds, iButterflies and iTrees which covers 50 common species found in an Indian urban areas. These mobile apps were developed under the U.S. State Department’s International Exchange Alumni programme- Alumni Innovation Engagement Fund’s Project- Mobile Apps 4 Climate Change. These apps are meant to be used for schools for the science projects where students could document urban biodiversity and report their sightings.
In order to test the usefulness of these apps a citizen science programmes was launched in four metros in 2015 by partnering with Greenline and WWF India. Altogether 1599 students and 48 teachers citizen scientists participated in the programme. In a shortest span of 3 months, they collected 2963 records of sightings which were uploaded on iNaturewatch project website (www.inaturewatch.org). The highest records were clocked by Hyderabad schools who collected 1257 records followed by Kolkatta 1196, New Delhi 348 and Mumbai 162.. So far more than 5000 downloads have been recorded for the iNaturewatch Mobile apps. Check the project report and know more about the project Download these free mobile apps now on your smartphones or tablets.