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Audubon Mammals: A Field Guide to North American Mammals
 
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Audubon Mammals: A Field Guide to North American Mammals

by NatureShare
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

Price: $0.99
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What's new in version 2.7.2
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Product Details

  • ASIN: B004R7C0QY
  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • High-quality, professional color photographs detailing each species with extraordinary clarity
  • In-depth descriptions of each species, with extensive material about every species and family
  • Range maps detailing most species locations in North America
  • Rich, detailed descriptions of every species, all accessed by fast and easy navigation
  • Universal Dashboard allows navigation between species data, personalized life lists and sightings, search functions, and more

Product Description
Audubon Mammals
Tracks and sounds from hundreds of animals

Identify North American mammals with quality photos, mammal sounds, sketches of scat and tracks, range maps, descriptions, and more. Audubon Mammals is your essential guide to identifying common and rare species of mammals in your backyard, local neighborhood, or in the field throughout the U.S. and Canada. Great for seasoned and amateur bird watchers and photographers, Audubon Guides for Android places nature at your fingertips--no bulky books or Internet required.

Note: This application is not compatible with Honeycomb (large tablets).

Audubon Mammals
Multiple images of your favorite mammals
See Where They're Roaming

Browse by first name, last name, and scientific name of every species, by family, or by species shape and type. Search by multiple advanced variables including size, shape and color, and zip code for localized identification. Create your own life lists, sightings, and photo albums, and record your own field experiences. Track a species using GPS, take a picture of it with the camera, take notes, and save to the app for records of your nature adventures.

Advanced search functions allow you to search mammals by shape, color, habitat, region, size, and much more. This comprehensive mobile field guide app contains the most up-to-date range maps for 240 different species.

Special features include:

• Conservation status plus range maps with color key

• Multiple images of each species in their natural habitat from professional photographers

• Ability to enlarge each image to see incredible detail

• AudubonGuides.com, the first online field guide community, allows you to interact, post and share sightings, photos, tips, opinions, and more

• Personal sightings tracker and life list

Audubon Mammals
State-of-the-art search functions
Built for Beginners and Advanced Field Naturalists
Explore the World of Mammals with the Experts

Audubon Mammals: A Field Guide to North American Mammals includes 283 species and contains the most complete species descriptions, including the most recent endangered mammals listing, with extensive details on behavior, habitat, life history, mammal family information, and similar species. All Audubon 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. All apps are created in affiliation with the National Audubon Society.

Synch It and Share It

• Optional Species Synchronization: Enable the synchronization feature to receive updates to your app in real time. Every time a species, photo, or any other information enriches our database, your app will be updated accordingly.

• Optional Content Synchronization: Enable synchronization to upload your user content, including life lists, sightings, and photos to AudubonGuides.com, and share your findings with friends.


Technical Details

  • Size: 19.7MB
  • Version: 2.7.2
  • Developed By: NatureShare
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read only access to device state
    • Required to be able to access the camera device
    • Access location information
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the vibration feature
    • 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 2.1
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 3 minutes

Customer Reviews

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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Revision: I try to be as objective as I can with my reviews, and I think in this instance I may have been a little unfair in initially giving it 3 stars. The photos of the app in the description do not look the same as they do when on my Kindle Fire. I keep forgetting that these apps came out for Android phones (or just phones) to start with, and "space" is at a premium. The following comments remain because, at the very least, Green Mountain Digital should have had a disclaimer about the difference between Kindle and phone.

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I would expect anything with "Audubon's" name on it to be the tops in nature guides, but I've been sorely disappointed with Mammals and Birds. (Even the print guide versions could use some help, but not as much as their Apps.)

Some information is faulty or incomplete. Now, I'm not a zoologist. I'm just a guy whose been into taking nature photos since I was a kid. But it shouldn't be that hard to figure of what kind of deer or muskrat I just captured on my camera. Yet, the Black-tailed deer is lumped together with the Mule Deer and the latter is a fairly local subspecies. There is no cross-reference either. And the "Common Muskrat" which I see weekly, supposedly doesn't live here.

Finally, unlike iBirds Pro2 (my "model" for all apps) which makes navigation a breeze and is very complete - navigating Audubon Mammals makes you go back (always back) from one screen to another, and that sometimes means starting all over again. No alphabetical index. Instead, you may have to scroll through the mammals from A to Z before finding that whatever it is you saw is either not listed, under a different name,or doesn't exist.

Come on Audubon, you can do better.

There IS sufficient info for 3 stars, but it should be better.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their names are called, they raise a paw May 12, 2012
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I received Audubon Birds as Free App of the Day, which lead me to buying the Flower, Tree and Butterfly Guides as well, and all of these were great, so I decided to go ahead and round out my collection with the remaining Audubon Guide apps while there were still on sale.

Mammals is the smallest of the Audubon apps, with a mere 283 entries. Downloading the entire database is only 59 MB, so unless you don't have an SD card or are critically low on space, it's well worth the download. (If you don't download the database, you will consume bandwidth every time you use the app, which could be a problem if you have a limited data plan.)

This is also the easiest to use of the Audubon apps. While a novice might have no clue where to even begin with mushrooms or butterflies, most people know at least what general sort of mammal they are looking at (e.g., that's a bear, that's a squirrel, that's a raccoon, etc).

The app has an advanced search function, but it has only 5 parameters: shape, habitat, region, color and size. This is fine for most of the smaller families, but woefully inadequate for the large families of Rodentia or Lagomorpha.

This app lumps the pikas in with voles, lemmings and pocket gophers, even though they are more closely related to rabbits. That is because their appearance is more vole-like than rabbit-like.

Some of the animals have sound files, but a great many do not. The app could also use more photos of animals in the larger families, as it can be difficult to tell the difference between various rabbits, for instance, based on a single photo.

Many of the entries have drawings of droppings, nests, paw or hoof prints, and various other identifying signs, a feature not found in any of the other Audubon Guide apps.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, before folks go jumping around about the Fine GPS permission, this is only used in conjunction with an active account with the optional Audubon User Base so one can not only share pictures and audio but also specific locations of animal sightings. This permission is NOT active as a default and can only be used if one does have an account with Green Mountain Digital, the database purveyors. I read their Terms of Service (somebody has to), and everything looks legit.

AUDUBON MAMMALS strikes me as a type of field Wikipedia, the focus being not necessarily as an indoor reference guide but more of a tool to allow animal spotters to record and share their encounters with other enthusiasts as well as maintain a personal "Life List" of wildlife encounters. For the dedicated hiker, this is a very cool app as sharing GPS details gives you the heads up when a mama bear and her cub are in your neck of the woods. And the more outdoor hobbyists going about, doing the thing they love, the larger the content resources AUDUBON MAMMALS will be able to draw off.

*In additional clarification, this app seems to be focused primarily as an outdoor journal as opposed to a reference guide. With an active account, you can take pictures and record animal sounds offline with your device (thus the "amateurish" quality of many pictures and sounds), then later upload via WiFi to the central database. Additionally, in wilderness areas with poor to nonexistent national network coverage, "user updated" information will be problematic; however, many popular hiking trails are being augmented with small signal boost towers as well as independent signal routers being available for the hardcore trekkers.
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