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New England Gets its Very Own Audubon Guides Bird App

December 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Audubon Birds New England the first regional field guide in the new iPhone app series. 

Woodstock, Vt. (Dec. 9, 2009) – Birders living in and visiting New England are in luck as the region has been chosen to be the first to get its own Audubon Guide app.  Based on the best-selling series of National Audubon Society field guides, Audubon Birds New England puts the most authoritative and comprehensive information about the region’s birds at the fingertips of iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Now available in the reference section of the apps store in iTunes along with other apps in the Audubon Guide series, Audubon Birds New England provides a wealth of interactive information in a mobile package, giving the region’s bird lovers a fun and exciting experience that makes bird watching richer, more informed and instantly sharable. 

“I have lived in New England nearly all my life.  I wish I could have had his wonderful app in my hand all those years,” said Andrew Stewart, publisher of Green Mountain Digital, the electronic publishing company that created the Audubon Guide app series in alliance with the National Audubon Society. “Being outdoors with nature is always a joy, but being able to identify, hear, and learn about all of New England’s birds with this beautiful program makes it more fun than ever.”

From eagles to egrets, Audubon Birds New England covers more than 370 species of birds found in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  Each species in the app is described with rich and detailed information updated from National Audubon Society field guide books, including details such as appearance, habitat, behavior, diet, nesting, mating, migration, endangered status and more.  All of this is accessed wirelessly and in real time through interactive and intuitive search features with parameters such as common and scientific names, family, shape, range, habitat, color, and size.

Additional features include hundreds of professional color photos, more than 1,000 bird sounds, and range maps for each species, and the geo-location search function allows users to find which bird species are located in any zip code, state or region.  Advanced technical innovations include the ability to create personalized life lists, post GPS-enabled bird sighting lists, and upload user-created photo albums. 

Audubon Birds New England is the first regional app in the Audubon Guides series, which upon its launch last month enlisted new technologies to spread the appreciation of nature.

“This is a giant leap forward in connecting people with the nature that surrounds them,” said John Flicker, president of the National Audubon Society.  “And it’s the first step in building a commitment to protecting the wonders this app will help a new generation discover and savor.”

The Audubon Birds New England app is now available in Apple’s iTunes store for $6.99.  Three additional apps in the Audubon Guides series – Wildflowers, Trees and Mammals – are available for $9.99 each, and a more comprehensive bird guide, the Audubon Birds Field Guide to North America, is available $19.99. A free sampler app that includes a selection of birds, mammals, trees and wildflowers is also available.

Additional regional bird apps will be launched in coming weeks, including Texas, California, Florida and the desert southwest.  Apps based on other subjects, including Insects & Spiders, Butterflies, Fish, Reptiles & Amphibians, Seashells, Seashore Creatures, Mushrooms, and Whales & Dolphins, will be available in coming months.

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