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Audubon Birds Pro: A Field Guide to North American Birds

by NatureShare
Rated: All Ages
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (898 customer reviews)

Price: $3.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 4.0.5
  • Fixed issues with proper Geolocation tracking
  • Crash fixes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004R49A4W
  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (898 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Incorporates eBird technology to locate birds in real time, with quick access to recent sightings, locations of notable and rare birds, and maps and directions to all the birding hotspots across North America.
  • Associates Field Marks for over 650 images to help with field identification
  • Includes Thousands of high definition images detail each species with extraordinary clarity. Includes multiple images of each species in their natural habitat by gender, age, and seasonal plumage variations
  • Contains over eight hours of audio from the best audio field naturalists in North America
  • Useful 'Journal' feature allows you to track and annotate your personal sightings by location, and share with friends by email or Facebook.

Product Description

Note to Current Users: Please synchronize your Sightings and Lists before updating the app. Select ‘My Content’ from the Landing Page and then select ‘Synchronize’. Your content will be saved to your Account. Please contact us at feedback@greenmtd.com with any questions.

Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides! With 1 million downloads, they are the most trusted authoritative field guide collection in North America. The highest quality at an affordable price.

The award-winning Audubon Birds is now Audubon Birds Pro, an outstanding mobile field guide resource completely updated to the current AOU checklist with two new species, the Sagebrush Sparrow and Bell’s Sparrow split from the Sage Sparrow. And with “Find Birds with eBird” powered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; 821 total species; advanced gallery view for easy comparison and search; field mark call outs; and NatureShare - a social community of birders who observe, identify, and share their observations and photos in the mobile app and online.

Key Features:
• Identify 821 species with in-depth descriptions including information on appearance, habitat, behavior, and more.
• Over 3,200 images from the world-renown VIREO, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s world-wide collection of bird photography, Philadelphia.
• Eight hours of the most exceptional, highest quality bird sounds.
• Robust seasonal and migratory range maps.
• Browse species in a gallery view and filter by shape, region and color, aiding quick identification.
• Find Birds with eBird - the ability to locate birds seen recently around you, drawing on the continuously updated database from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and eBird.
• Create a Personal Nature Account – post, keep lists, and share sightings with friends and followers to NatureShare and Facebook or via email with an easy and user-friendly interface.

What People are Saying:
“Now every birder can have the equivalent of a rare bird alert and comprehensive field guide wrapped into a single mobile app.” - Gary Langham, vice president and chief scientist for Audubon
“Instead of the hefty field guides, the apps give the nature photographer a very portable and lightweight library of natural history information.” – Jim Clark, Outdoor Photographer Magazine
AppPicker (“Best of” Lists, Jan 2013): “Audubon Birds…largely regarded as the best bird watching app…”

2011 APPY Award Finalist

We are proud that 8% of every sale goes directly to Audubon to support its mission to conserve and protect nature's birds and wildlife.

About Audubon Guides:
Audubon Guides are a comprehensive suite of digital field apps created in alliance with National Audubon Society (NAS). For more information, please see: http://natureshare.com/home.html#apps.

About the Developer:
Green Mountain Digital, the world's largest publisher of digital field guides, collectively generating over 1 million downloads; over 100 App Store promotions; and numerous awards. It was founded in 2009 in Woodstock, VT. The company has designed and published more than 75 mobile apps across multiple platforms, including Audubon Birds of North America, Orvis Fly Fishing: The Ultimate Guide, GardenMinder, Sailing World: Knots and Splices, and NatureTap. GMD is the creator of NatureShare, an innovative social platform that allows users to collect wildlife sightings and outdoor experiences and share them with others.

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www.natureshare.com
Facebook: facebook.com/natureshare
Twitter: @Nature_Share
What's New in this Version

NatureShare Replaces “Journal.” Be certain to sync your content with your account (Found in ‘My Content’) before updating the app. Contact us at feedback@greenmtd.com and we will help.
NatureShare is a new community where nature lovers can observe, identify, and share their observations and photos.
New Gallery view for quick identification and comparison!

Technical Details

  • Size: 27MB
  • Version: 4.0.5
  • Developed By: NatureShare
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
    • Read only access to device state
    • Access location information
    • Receive messages via Amazon Device Messaging
    • Open network sockets
    • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Broadcast sticky intents
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • One or more permissions that have no effect because they are no longer supported in Android.
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 4 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
234 of 242 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great portable field guide for Kindle Fire January 1, 2012
Verified Purchase
I purchased this app when it went on sale in the Amazon App Store for $5 for my HTC T-Mobile G2. I downloaded the database (525MB) so the entire guide is contained in my mobile device. Before it was released for Kindle Fire, I sideloaded it to that device as well, and it works perfectly there. The app is now available through Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire.

This app solves two of the problems I've had with most field guides. First, it uses photographs rather than watercolor renderings of the birds. There may be as many as eight or nine shots of a single species, and anybody who's starting out in birding knows that the one you're looking at in the field doesn't look like the one in the book - but it almost looks like three or four of the ones in the book. Photography makes precise identification a lot easier. You will find shots of males and females in dimorphic species, and there may be shots of juveniles when they vary much from adults.

Second, the other big problem with guides like Sibley, for example, is that they have all 1200 birds in North America, and when you're in the field, you don't usually have time to flip through the whole book. With the Audubon app, you can establish parameters like Midwestern Plains Forest birds, and when you page through, you only have the ones most likely to be where you are to choose from. You can also select by state and month of the year. So you get them all but you also get only the ones that are where you are at the time.

The inclusion of bird calls makes this even better, because you hear them before you see them, and being able to identify them by calls/songs, you have a better idea of what's coming your way. I haven't tried playing calls to draw birds to my feeders - yet. But it's in my future, I'm sure.

Easily the best field guide yet, at least for Android -
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131 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More useful than my Audubon book June 21, 2011
Verified Purchase
This app covers birds in North America. I started my review with this because one of the reviewers on the Android Marketplace rated it one star because it didn't cover Europe.

There is an optional 500+ MB download of all the pictures and text after you install the app. The download took about 3 hours on my Wi-Fi connection. This increases the speed of searches and ensures you have the complete guide if you're birding where there is no data signal available. Updates can be downloaded as they're made available.

There are more pictures than my printed guidebook has. The number varies by species but I have seen up to 9 pictures. They are reasonably clear on my 4.3" screen. Obviously, there is a trade off between picture quality and the size of the download. I don't know the resolution used or how they would look on a tablet screen.

You can sign up for an account to record sightings and for your life list. I don't have a need for these features and I haven't tested them or checked if there is a fee to do this.

Some other useful features are:

- You can sort lists, including search results, by full descriptive name or by the major family. For example, when looking at the Hawks and Eagles category, you can sort them as (Bald Eagle; Broad-winged Hawk; Common Black-Hawk; etc.) OR (Black-Hawk, Common; Eagle, Bald; Eagle, Golden; Goshawk, Northern; etc.). You can also sort by scientific (Latin) name.

- When you are looking at a particular bird, there is a Similar button to show related birds.

- A reference section including useful short articles on birding, conservation, identification, as well as a glossary.

- Access to the camera from the menu.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Social Network or Field Guide to Birds? February 21, 2014
By LD
Until January 2014 this app was a field guide to birds that was customizable by people who bought it - for a dollar less than the current offering.

Not anymore. It now asks you (repeatedly), if you want to join NatureShare.com. You can respond "Yes" or "Cancel," but cannot say "No." So each time you open the app you'll be asked, and when you view or use your personal lists of birds, you'll be asked again. And if you "log off" (when did I ever "log on"?) you'll be asked to synchronize your lists to their website. They get your information. If you don't, your lists will be deleted from your device and their website.

The app asks for more permissions than any other app on my tablet and there is no way to decline or deny them access, if you want to use the app.

If you had the earlier version (before 4.0.2) the notes and annotations you spent hours creating have all been deleted.
Your personal lists of birds may appear as duplicated - more than once, in a random order, or in reverse alphabetical order, or show only as photos with no accompanying bird names. Change pages and come back to your list and sometimes (not always) the names of the birds do appear beside their photos. But sometimes, the whole app locks up and stops working.

This warning appears on Amazon, if you searched for "Audubon Bird" app below getting to this page:
"Note to Current Users: Please synchronize your Sightings and Lists before updating the app. Select `My Content' from the Landing Page and then select `Synchronize'. Your content will be saved to your... more" - ("Landing Page"? No where to be found.) (Why would a "Current User" be looking on Amazon or any app store to find this warning? Do I have to buy the update, again?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good so far.
I just started using the app. Seems very good.
Published 7 days ago by JimBob
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I get my money back??
Doesn't work! It opens one screen, then shuts down within 5 seconds.
Published 8 days ago by Carolyn Davids
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Can't get it to open I wish I had red the one star reviews on this app. I can't believe Amazon would sell such an app. Buyer be ware!
Published 12 days ago by Eldon Archer
1.0 out of 5 stars I think the product is (would be) great, but the company managing the...
I think the product is (would be) great, but the company managing the download and install, specifically the offline content download, gets a failing grade. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Freddie Higgins
1.0 out of 5 stars Good luck getting problems addressed
I'm in the same boat as other users. After the latest update, you can not d/l the extra data. 'connection interrupted'
The support team is pretty much non existent. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Pavlov
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Kindle
Just doesn't work, doesn't work, doesn't work, doesn't work, doesn't q, doesn't work, doesn't work, doesn't work, doesn't work, doesn't work
Published 16 days ago by R Winston
1.0 out of 5 stars definitely not worth the money!
I only gave it one star because it was impossible to give it a negative star!I could never get it to work more than one day at a time! Read more
Published 23 days ago by janet harger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful pictures and I love that you can listen to each bird's song.
Published 23 days ago by Marianne.
1.0 out of 5 stars This worked wonderfully for us until it was updated
This worked wonderfully for us until it was updated. It is no longer functional. Neithe Amazon or NatureShare was able to resolve the problem for us. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars No Response
Had this for awhile but for nearly a year it WILL NOT download the data/sound files. It is then a WORTHLESS App!
Published 28 days ago by Robert M. Zettler
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Not Compatible with the new FireHD
i would love to know the answer to this question too. I was looking forward to having this on my new kindle hd.
Nov 16, 2012 by E. Timmie |  See all 23 posts
Why Not for the PC?
http://bluestacks.com/ <-- of course, that doesn't help if you can't GET the app.

But, seriously, it does beg the question "why spend time looking in the 'Amazon App Store for Android' if you don't have any compatible devices?" I don't look at the Apple iOS App Store on iTunes...
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How to get optional 500+ MB download of all the pictures and text?
Got the app and have tried repeatedly to download the optional data for offline usage. Download fails every time with a message about poor WiFi even though WiFi works successfully for the other parts of the program (and every other app on my computers!). Support is non-existent. Is there an... Read More
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Android on Blackberry Playbook
I have already paid $3.99 for this app how will Amazon handle that? When I uninstall app and then try to download again? It didn't't download the first time? Thank you for your help, Carol
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