Would you like to test and give feedback on a new app to help learn your birds? Then read this letter from Chris Duke:
I am a PhD Biology student at Washington State University, and I have just released a new, free App that I’ve been developing for iPhone and iPad that I think your club would be interested in. I’m writing you today to see if your club and members would be interested in testing the App and providing feedback.
The App is called Kea: Learn Birds Through Play, and it is designed to make the process of learning to recognize birds faster and more fun by turning it into a game. To provide a bit more background information, Kea uses a series of different games that help users recognize images of birds, rather than rote memorization. As a level is passed, the user earns tokens that can be used to unlock new levels, modes, and habitats. We currently cover North America, Europe, and Costa Rica, and are regularly expanding into new geographic regions.
Since Kea is designed to be free to use, Beta testers would be asked to download and try out the App, then provide feedback through a questionnaire. If they are interested, they can then elect to be part of our Beta Testers group, further helping to direct the future of Kea. The App is currently available to iPhone and iPad users, and our Android version will be coming online later this month.
I would greatly appreciate if you could pass this email on to any of your members that may be interested. Anyone interested in primary testing Kea on their iPhone or iPad can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send them a questionnaire, and once they turn it back to me, they can choose to be on the advanced notice list for future expansions if they like. The App itself can be found here:
I’m very excited about bringing this tool to the birding community, and can’t wait to hear great feedback to keep making it better. Thank you very much for your time, and happy birding!