It’s easy to forget what beauty lies in nature all around us. Not a mile from our home, nestled in an arroyo beneath a bustling overpass, is a whole other world. A world filled with exotic bugs, birds with strange calls, and the rushing waters of a creek. We love to trek down to the creek at different times in the year and measure the change from muddy ditch to rushing river.
Every time we go we seem to discover a new species of something – trees, mushroom, birds, insects… Which is why I went looking for an App for that. Here are a few interesting nature apps I will be taking along on our next trek into the arroyo.
National Geographic’s Handheld Birds – helps you identify birds
Audubon’s Reptiles and Amphibians – useful for snake and froggie friend or foe decisions
What Tree is That? – identify trees and help in the creation of a national registry of trees by using geotagging tools
Fungi Mushroom ID App – note: I don’t recommend collecting mushrooms to eat unless you are a seasoned veteran with vast knowledge and expertise on the subject. That said, it’s fun to look up and ID mushrooms!
My Nature Animal Tracks – is that Mountain Lion track or a St Bernard?
Rockhound – look up all those interesting rocks you stumble across