Discover the best apps to identify them

It has never been so easy to become an expert in nature. In the spring, the finally ripe buds bloom thousands of flowers, and the insects begin to swarm again. Enough to awaken all our senses… and our curiosity! Walking in the city or out of town is an opportunity to rediscover the wonders that nature has in store for us. But sometimes the latter turns out to be quite mysterious. How to find out the name of a particular animal, bush or flower? In recent years, like mushrooms after rain, mobile applications have appeared to help us identify them. The principle is simple: just take a picture of the plant, insect or animal in question to find out its complete identification card. Practical, right? And a small bonus: another application based on the same principle allows you to recognize a bird by its song.

Plantnet

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With over 10 million downloads, the PlantNet app is Shazam of plants. The principle is simple: on a walk outside the city or on the streets of your city, you take a picture of a view (flower, shrub, cactus, coniferous tree, etc.) and send it to the application. PlantNet will then take care of identifying it among the 20,000 species listed in its catalog and provide you with a detailed identification sheet to learn more. All photos uploaded by users then allow scientists around the world to study the evolution of biodiversity in order to better preserve it.

Learn more about the app and download it here for Android and here for Apple.

Picture it

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Another giant in this area is Picture This, which works on the same principle as PlantNet. According to its creators, the app is able to identify over 17,000 plant species with up to 98% accuracy. If it provides a lot of information about the plants and flowers photographed, the service doesn’t stop there. Indeed, the app is designed for beginner gardeners and also provides them with valuable tips for caring for their plantations. Practical, no?

Learn more about the app and download it here for Android and here for Apple.

Search by iNaturalist

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Seek not only allows you to identify thousands of plants just by taking a picture of them, but that’s not all! The app also lets you take pictures of the birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals you meet along the way. Thanks to the fauna and flora experts who contribute to updating the application’s large catalog, you will be able to learn everything about the species of animals and plants that interest you. Enough to become truly invincible in the mysteries of nature.

Learn more about the app and download it here for Android and here for Apple.

birdnet

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What is this bird whose song accompanies you every morning when you wake up? To find out, the BirdNET application invites you to record it on your phone. Then simply select the best part of the recording on the audio curve and analyze the file using the app’s artificial intelligence. A great helper for beginner ornithologists.

Learn more about the app and download it here for Android and here for Apple.

Gardening lovers to go further also discover PlantLife, a new social network for plant lovers.

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