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Audubon Mammals: A Field Guide to North American Mammals

by National Audubon Society
Rated: All Ages

Price: $3.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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What's new in version 4.2.7
  • Some improvements and optimizations.

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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

The best field guide for the season!

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

Audubon Mammals, now with NatureShare, a new community where users are able observe, identify, and share their observations and photos with the NatureShare community, features in-depth information on 273 species. With a new gallery view for easy search and species comparison; drawings of mammal tracks; high-quality photos; sounds; and range maps, every species in Audubon Mammals contains detailed information, all accessed by fast and easy navigation. 

Features: 
In-depth descriptions, with authoritative information on appearance, habitat, and more 
Over 575 high definition photographs with zoom-in capability, detailing every species with extraordinary clarity 
Fifty sounds associated with select species 
Range maps showing resident ranges 
‘Journal’ feature allows you to track and annotate you personal sightings by location, and share with friends by email or Facebook 
Advanced search functions allows easy browsing by common or scientific name, color, shape, size and more 

Share your mammal sightings with your friends by Facebook or email, and maintain your own Life Lists directly from the app. 

“Part of the reason this app is terrific is because it intuitively easy to use, offers beautiful, zoomable pictures (and tracks) and makes searching easy… The bonus – I now have a fun and educational way to catch my children’s attention too” -Indigo2 

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: 
The National Audubon Society’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

About us:
The Audubon mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems,  focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of  humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Through its education, science and public policy initiatives, Audubon  engages people throughout the U.S. and Latin America in conservation.  Audubon’s Centers, and its sanctuaries and  education programs are developing the next generation of conservation leaders  by providing opportunities for families, students, teachers and others to learn  about and enjoy the natural world.  The  science program is focused on connecting people with nature through projects  like Audubon at Home and Great Backyard Bird Count.  Audubon’s volunteer Citizen Scientists  participate in research and conservation action in a variety of ways, from  monitoring bird populations and restoring critical wildlife habitat to  implementing healthy habitat practices in their own backyards.  Audubon’s public policy programs are supported  by a strong foundation of science, environmental education, and grassroots  engagement.  Working with a network of  state offices, chapters, and volunteers, Audubon works to protect and restore  our natural heritage.

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Technical Details

Size: 31.6MB
Version: 4.2.7
Developed By: National Audubon Society ( Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window )
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  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Write to external storage
  • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
  • Broadcast sticky intents
  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • Access location information
  • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Open network sockets
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Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
Approximate Download Time: Less than 5 minutes

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By Ethan Winning TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 22, 2012
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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.

****

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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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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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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