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Looking for tools to help with species identification

 
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Jan 24, 2012 12:09 |  #1

I'm not really finding much with a google search, but it seems like there should be an interactive website around to help with species identification. I am currently dealing with a hawk, but would like something to help with this in general. Animals, insects, plants, ect... Extra points if it is something I can download and make use of when wifi is nowhere around.

Any ideas? SIAP, I did search first...

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Jan 24, 2012 12:34 |  #2

Do you own a smartphone? There are several iPhone apps.


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Jan 24, 2012 14:10 |  #3

Crap, I don't.


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Jan 24, 2012 22:05 |  #4

Look at the green mountain digital website they publish the Audubon series and you can access them for free on a normal web browser.


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Jan 25, 2012 08:46 |  #5

Great suggestion!

http://www.audubonguid​es.com/index.html (external link)

I am all ears for more sites like this or even better something I don't need web access to use.


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Jan 25, 2012 09:52 |  #6

Get an iPod Touch and one, or more of the Audubon (external link) guides for it. You don't need web access and the quality, from what I've seen, look excellent.


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Jan 25, 2012 10:43 |  #7

For field access I would recommend the Apple products or Android Products. The Apps can be set up so that you do not need web access remotely. I use the following apps at this time when I am in the field:

IBird Pro
Audubon Mammals

I also intend to get a few more.

I also have an ebook of the Princeton Field Guides: Mammals of North America

The cost is not too much for the apps and I recommend the apps more than I would the ebook. The ebook I purchased did not have the ability to search like the APPS do. There are other apps for mammals and birds beyond the two I have mentioned.

I personally prefer the Android platform, and have used the two apps on two different Android phones and a new Android quad core tablet. They work great.

The advantage to the apple apps is that they were developed there first, and Green Mountain has created some "regional" apps that include several different subjects of a state or region, versus one app that has just birds, or mammals. They are slowly developing them for Android, but they have all of the larger ones available.

The thing I like about the apps as well are the ability to play sounds. I have used the bird app to pull in birds for a closer look, but you need to think through the ethical discussions on that, and what is legal where you are. For instance, to do that in Yellowstone would be illegal.

Glad I was able to point you in a good direction.


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