Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been testing out an app called QuestaGame to see if it was worth mentioning to you all. I was shown the app by a Bush Ranger instructor at another high school who has introduced it to her cadets.
The idea of the app is pretty clever. You take pictures of plants and animals using your phone and send them through the app. People then have a look at your pictures and let you know what they are. Its a big scavenger hunt where you earn points for finding rarer animals and plants which can be used to get more detailed identifications.
The app records the gps coordinates of the photo and the information is passed on to scientists who are compiling a database of the locations of plants and animals across the world. NOTE: they only accept wild animals and plants that haven’t been planted by anyone. This means no pictures of your dog, no matter how cute it is…
Please check with your parents before downloading and using the app, and if they are ok with it, ensure that you read the instructions carefully and that you only submit suitable photos.
From the QuestaGame website:
“Start playing the world’s first mobile game that takes you outdoors to discover and help preserve life on our planet. Your sightings contribute to real research and conservation. Free to play. ” https://questagame.com/