1000 species in one perfect app

A photo of the Field Guide of Australia app

Field Guide to NSW Fauna

Remember your first introduction to the magnificent Australian bush and all its crazy critters? Whether it was through camping trips with your family or watching Dot and the Kangaroo on TV, or because a super-keen ornithologist aunt foisted their enthusiasm upon you, there’s bound to have been moments when you wanted to sort the Double Drummers from the Black Princes.

Now, the clever folk at the Australian Museum have bypassed the need to put the thumbed pages and faded pictures of a well-used field guide in your back pocket. Simply download the Australian Museum’s new Field Guide to NSW Fauna and you’ll have everything at your fingertips.

The free Apple and Android friendly app contains more than 1000 species including birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, spiders, crustaceans and insects.

One of the best things about it is that you don’t need internet connectivity to access the data so you can search when you’re at home, by the beach or out in the bush.

It features detailed descriptions, maps of recorded observations and lists of endangered species, as well as stunning images to help you tell your bandicoots from your bettongs.

Louise Carter, who worked as Project Manager on the development of the mobile-friendly app said, “it covers a big range of NSW fauna–from common species that you may see all the time in your own backyard to the less familiar creatures you might only spot when you’re out camping or bushwalking.”

One of the best things about it is that you don’t need internet connectivity to access the data so you can search when you’re at home, by the beach or out in the bush.

The app has been in development since 2012 and relies on maps and classifications used in the Atlas of Living Australia – a federally-funded, national database of all of Australia’s flora and fauna. It’s one of a suite of apps produced by museums for every state and territory in Australia and was generously funded by the Federal Government’s grant program, Inspiring Australia Unlocking Australia’s Potential.

The Field Guide to NSW Fauna is the Australian Museum’s fifth app and sits neatly beside, DangerOz, Frogs Field Guide, Tyrannosaurs and The Art of Science.

Download it today. And remember to tell your friends and family, and that over-zealous aunt, that this full-throttle app is free!

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