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The National Audubon Society Interactive CD-ROM Guide to North American Birds (National Audubon Society Interactive CD-ROM Series) Bk&Cd Rom (Not Compatible with WINDOWS 98) Edition
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I found this program fantastic. As for the content,being able to hear 700 bird call examples at the touch of a button is in itself an absolute pleasure. Pictures of birds can be zoomed in, so great detail is possible. Special features like testing your knowledge and keeping a life list are wonderful. My 3 1/2 year old grandson was absolutely entralled for 3 hours straight. He also remembered a lot of what he heard and saw. I highly recommend this program.
The heart of this multimedia gold mine is the individual species profiles. Excellent photographs labeled with common and scientific names are the base for further exploration of each species. Click a button to hear the bird's call; with over 700 sound files, this feature ALONE is worth the price of the program. Click another to see a range map that includes permanent, breeding and winter ranges along with a listing of habitats. Click a text icon to read all about the bird; a "Field Guide" link gives the basics, a "Master Guide" link goes in-depth. Family information is available as well. Some species have links to additional images such as females and immature specimens. If you've seen the bird, a click will add it to your life list; multiple life lists can be created to accommodate all users.
Information on a specific species can be rapidly located. A browse mode lets you view thumbnails of all 723 species included, which can be clicked to access the bird's profile. If you know the name of the species, you can search for it by the common or scientific name. Or, if your search is broader, you can search for a family by the term thrush, for example, or Muscicapidae.Read more ›
I didn't get very far before my mouse disappeared, but I didn't see obvious ways to create audio or visual tests for yourself, which is what I was really hoping for. On the positive side, the sound cues are really long and detailed.
So far after a week of using the CD I'd say it's an adequate product. Nothing spectacular, but it works for what I'm trying to do, which is to identify birds after I've taken pictures of them (see [...] I don't need a field guide to take into the field.
The database related features are easier to use than cross references in a paper book, as I hoped.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Same as my review for the Peterson guide. will not operate on either of my systems. It was never clear as to what systems it ran on in your description on your site . Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by JERZY
Excellent video for serious birdwatchers and those of us who just look out the window at our feeder. An excellent teaching tool for all ages.Published on October 26, 2013 by Elizabeth Oakes
I thought i was getting a CD-ROM, but received a Field guide instead. I wanted something that I could interact with on the computer.Published on April 20, 2013 by James H Bolch
Although the program is good the copy protection that makes you have the CD in the drive to run the program is not 21st century. Read morePublished on June 22, 2005 by LGlass
When my XP machine wouldn't adjust to the required 256 colors, I almost gave up on this program. But Windows XP has a means of running legacy programs. Read morePublished on March 19, 2005 by rocketrog
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