New Raptor ID App Launches for Phones and Tablets
App features high-quality video and photos, unlike anything on the market
February 1, 2016—HawkWatch International and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have partnered to create a unique raptor identification app that is unlike anything on the market, with cutting edge photo and video content produced by renowned raptor experts Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan.
HawkWatch International’s Identification Guide to Raptors features high-quality videos and photos of all 34 North American birds of prey. Videos include voiceovers that aid users in understanding nuanced flight behaviors, giving them the opportunity for side-by-side comparison of observed flight behavior in the field with what they see on the app.
The app also features raptor vocalizations, overview text (similar to an ID book), and distribution maps. Users can link to seasonal maps on eBird, where they will have an interactive experience and view recent sightings in nearby areas. Users are encouraged to take part in eBird’s citizen-science research and log their raptor observations online.
“This has been a long time in the making,” said app co-author Jerry Liguori. “Brian and I have spent most our lives studying raptors and collecting raptor photos and videos. Twenty years ago I would have never thought it would lead to such an interactive experience for people.”
Liguori and Sullivan, both published authors of raptor identification books, are now taking their information and talents to the digital format.
“With 1,000 interactive annotated photos and the ability to review ID-focused video narrated by the authors, this app offers people an experience you cannot get from a book,” said Sullivan.
The app cost is $9.99 and will launch on in mid Otober through the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.