Audubon Field Guides has developed a nice suite of apps that can be handy when you’re out in the field. I’ve enjoyed their actual book guides as catch-all field guides that cover a lot of species and these apps serve that same purpose.
Topics include Mammals, Wildflowers, Birds, Butterflies, Mushrooms and more. While I still love thumbing through hard copy field guides, having a few apps can be helpful when you don’t want to carry a bunch of books into the field or aren’t sure what you might encounter.
Maybe you head out for a nature hike planning to investigate woodland flowers and then come across some really cool fungi, but that’s not in your book, well here you have it on your phone. It’s a nice backup.
Here’s a neat app for your smart phone. It’s called Species Finder. Here’s a little bit about it:
“Species Finder” works through the Android phones’ GPS to call up a comprehensive list of all threatened and endangered species in whatever county users are passing through.
There’s also a search option that brings up a list of species for any county in the United States. The app provides a species list for each county and each state, plus links for more information about each animal or plant.
The app is the latest creative media project from the Center for Biological Diversity.
Our Programs and Field Trips Calendar has been updated on the website – check out all the great new nature activities we have lined up from now through early April!
Another new feature – LWC Google Calendar
We’ve created a google calendar that you can link to via gmail and get on your smart phone. To use it, you need to have a gmail account. Simply add this address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your personal gmail calendar and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy nature programs and field trips will show up. Please don’t send any emails to that address as we don’t use it for that and don’t plan to check it. It’s just for the calendar.
I recently upgraded from a not so smart phone to the Droid — and I have to say, I’m finally getting what all the buzz with apps has been about. I’m not sure you can really call these devices phones anymore but they do make calls so that’s a benefit
Anyway, as I wander through this forest of technology I’ve been coming across some neat tools for us to use in the field.
One is certainly iBird, which got a lot of attention when it came out for the iPhone. It’s now available on the Droid too and was actually the first app I downloaded. It’s pretty cool – similar to a portable field guide, with bird calls and you can use it to keep bird lists.
Another is Google Sky Map. If you see a bright object in the sky, just turn on Google Sky Map and hold it facing the night sky and it shows a map of all the stars and planets.
There are also some sun, moon and tide apps that are handy – you can even enter in dates in the future, which is handy if you’re planning a trip or field trip or something like that.
I know there are some apps for the iPhone that can help with stream monitoring but they’re not available on the Droid so I haven’t been able to try them out. Here are a couple in case anyone with a mac/iphone wants to give them a try:
- USGS River levels – this one pulls from USGS monitoring stations and provides an easy way to monitor the amount of water flowing in your favorite streams and rivers right from your Dashboard.
- Creek Watch – I really wish this was on the Droid – it looks pretty neat. After you upload a photo, you can check the data here: http://creekwatch.researchlabs.ibm.com/call_table.php and they have it linked to google maps so you can “Explore your Watershed“.
- Virginia Map iPhone app: “Virginia Map,” from the iTunes App Store. It showcases the Virginia Base Mapping Program aerial photography and the Virginia Base Map created by VGIN and now includes a GPS “locate me” capability.
If you’ve found some wildlife or nature apps that you’d like to share, please post a comment and let us know. We can navigate the forest of apps together!