Pokemon go for biodiversity

New phone apps makes it possible for us to better document, follow, observe and share the well-being of nature around us on both a local and global scale

Phone apps to help document wildlife

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

New apps for smartphones inspired by the kind of games where you use your phone to point and collect virtual creatures in the landscapes are focused on wildlife and biodiversity

Watching kids walk everywhere and point their phones around caching Pokemon Go virtual creatures I was just one of many wondering… couldn’t this be used in ways to document biodiversity and wildlife… I sketched up my idea and explained it on a Citizen Science conference and a guy said: “it exist… several ones I think” The most well-known one is called “Seek”

Link to the Biodiversity game Seek, by Inaturalist.org

Drawing of a hand holding a phone with an app game that captures biodiversity, a bit like pokemon go. Environment drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Using a phone to “catch” biodiversity and share it, using games inspired by things like the Pokemon go app.

Non texted version of an idea sketch for an app / game on phone catching biodiversity:

Drawing of a hand holding a phone with an app game that captures biodiversity, a bit like pokemon go. Environment drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Non texted version of the smart app, biodiversity capturing and sharing observations of wildlife.

Keywords: art, environment, biodiversity, endangered species, citizen science, citizenscience, innovation, technology, ideas, co-creation, education, logbook

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