Peterson Birds of North America iPhone and iPad


Appweavers, Inc. a developer of mobile nature applications, today introduced Peterson Birds of North America, an iPhone and iPad field guide to birds. The new app gives birders and nature lovers access to the illustrations and writings of legendary birder and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, in addition to content from multiple books in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Peterson Field Guides series. Appweavers, will debut the new app this week in the Mobile Apps Showcase at Macworld 2011.

Peterson Birds of North America borrows liberally from the organization and design of the classic field guide, Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America. The app groups and orders bird species by family, with similar birds shown on a single screen. Illustrations use the Peterson Identification System—a series of arrows highlighting field markings—to help users differentiate similar birds. In addition to visual comparisons, birders can quickly compare songs and range maps of similar birds on the same screen.

The new app is more than simply an electronic version of the Peterson Field Guide books. A sighting feature allows birders to record where and when they saw a species, along with number of birds seen, notes, and the user’s confidence level in the identification. Users can maintain multiple checklists, such as life lists, year lists, and trip lists. Indexes offer fast access to information, and a search function filters the over 800 species of birds by location, month, habitat, order, and nest and egg characteristics. The unique QuickFind feature gives direct access to species information, without requiring users to access the iPhone or iPad keyboard. For example, tapping Chickadee takes the user directly to the first screen of images of chickadees. From there, a swipe of the finger quickly scrolls through successive screens of related illustrations.
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