Audubon Guides – A Field Guide to Birds, Mammals, Wildflowers, and Trees
From Green Mountain Digital
About the App
Identify birds, mammals, wildflowers, and trees with the first-ever, multi-subject nature field guide app. Audubon Nature, is your comprehensive mobile field guide to thousands of North American species.
All guides feature professional color photographs, in-depth descriptions of each species, fast and easy navigation, state-of-the-art search functions, real time availability, life lists, sightings and photo albums.
Audubon Birds – A Field Guide to the Birds of North America features over 750 species of North American Birds, from Chickadees to Condors and Eagles to Egrets. This guide includes the most current and complete information available on identification, behavior, habitat, range, diet, nesting, mating, migration, endangered status and more.
Audubon Mammals – a Field Guide to the Mammals of North America is your essential guide to mammals in the US and Canada featuring in-depth information on 240 species, drawings of mammals’ tracks, high quality photos detailing every species, information on range, habitat, diet, and much more.
Audubon Trees – a Field Guide to the Trees of North America is your essential guide to trees in North America, featuring in-depth info on 906 trees in the US and Canada. This guide provides invaluable species information, over 2000 beautiful photos, complete descriptions of leaves, fruit, habitat, range, and more.
Audubon Wildflowers – A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of North America is your essential guide to flowers in North-America, with in-depth info on 1835 flowers in the US and Canada. Audubon Wildflowers provides species information, over 3000 photos, range information, complete flower, petal, and fruit descriptions, and much more.
I am quite impressed with the Audubon apps so far. This particular app contains four apps in one – so you can save a bit of money when you purchase it. I am quite impressed with the quality of the app and the flexibility of using it. Being the type of person who loves to identify the species I encounter in my outdoor activities, I was very curious to explore the apps and see if I could identify something I didn’t know before.
While exploring our campsite and walking some of their trails, I snapped a few pictures. When we got back home I decided to try to identify the species we have encountered. Having the search functionality helps quite a bit when you are trying to identify something you don’t quite know. With it you can select the regions and from there select a few other identification things like color, shape, and so on. Each app has it’s own advanced search functionality as variables will vary whether you have a mammal or a flower… For example, the advanced search for the mammals has five criteria while the one for the trees have thirteen criteria.
Here’s the species I have identified for with the app.
Purple FinchDESCRIPTION 5 1/2-6 1/2" (14-17 cm). Larger and stockier than House Finch, but smaller than Cassin's and darker than both. Dusky rose-red of male, more raspberry than purple, extends from upperparts to breast and flanks, brightest at crown and rump. Off-white below, mantle streaked with brown, wings and notched tail brown. Female has pronounced light stripe behind eye, dark stripe on jaw, and more heavily streaked breast than female House or Cassin's Finches. VOICE Rich musical warble. Call a distinctive tick in flight. HABITAT Mixed and coniferous woodlands; ornamental conifers in gardens. RANGE Breeds from British Columbia east to Newfoundland, southward in western mountains to California and from eastern Minnesota east to West Virginia. Winters south to U.S.-Mexico border. DISCUSSION Purple Finches are numerous and conspicuous during spring migration; pairs are territorial, the brightly colored male displaying in front of the female with his rich, spirited, warbling song. After the clutch is raised, they may be seen in large flocks visiting orchards, parks, and other woodlands. In winter they visit feeding stations in large numbers, showing a fondness for sunflower seeds. NESTING 4 or 5 blue-green eggs, spotted at the larger end with dark brown, in a well-made cup of grasses and twigs, often lined with hair, placed in a conifer.
This one I am uncertain about what I have found. At first I looked in the flowers app but I couldn’t find anything in the pink/purple colors… So for fun I checked in the trees app. Well I was caught by surprised… Apparently this is a Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rudus odoratus). An alternate name is a Thimbleberry!DESCRIPTION This erect, shrubby, thornless plant has rose-lavender flowers in loose clusters; new branches have bristly hairs.Flowers: 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) wide; 5 rose-like petals; many stamens and pistils.Leaves: 4-10" (10-25 cm) wide, large, maple-like, 3-5 lobed, heart-shaped at base.Fruit: red, broad, shallow, becoming raspberry-like when mature.Height: 3-6' (1-1.8 m).Flowering: June-September. HABITAT Rocky woods, thickets. RANGE S. Ontario to Nova Scotia; south through New England to Georgia; west to Tennessee; north to Michigan. DISCUSSION Thimbleberry (R. parviflorus), with very similar white flowers and similar but smaller leaves, occurs from Alaska to Mexico and northeast to Ontario. Baked-apple Berry (R. chamaemorus), is a dwarf form only 12" (30 cm) tall, with a solitary white flower, an amber-colored berry, and leaves similar to the above, but smaller. It is found on mountaintops in New England and northward into Canada. All other species in the East have compound leaves and usually spiny stems.
Okay I will admit I didn’t find any wild animals that I didn’t know what it was. So for the mammal, I decided to check the animal who is part of my totem name when I was a girl guide – the eastern chipmunk! We have quite a few of these running around (or should I say jumping around) at the campsite. we even have one whose domain is on our site. Every once in a while, I see him going in and out of his hole. Too cute!
In conclusion, the apps are easy to use and will give you plenty of details on the species you will encounter during your outdoor adventures. The apps are also a great addition for our homeschool. I can make the kids search for a species we encounter whether at the camping, park, walk in trails around the house or on trips. What I particularly like about these apps is the portability – you don’t have to worry to carry a bunch of books in your backpack and have extra weight on your back – like a few years ago. Now you just have to pack water, binocular and your camera and go explore the outdoors. So what are you waiting for? Get some Audubon apps on your iPhone, iPod or iPad and go explore your surroundings!
Audubon Guides – A Field Guide to Birds, Mammals, Wildflowers, and Trees is available for purchase directly from iTunes.
Disclaimer: I received the app for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.