Nature Identifier Apps for Moms
- iBird Backyard Plus, 99 cents (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle, Android)
Winner of a 2011 Best App Ever Award, this app for the beginning birder has everything you need to spot more than 230 species.
- Backyard Scat and Tracks, Free (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
Wanna know what kind of critter has been tooling around your yard? With this app, you can ID the footprints and, um, doo-doo of tons of different animals.
- Audubon Trees, $9.99 (iPhone, iPad, HP Touchpad, Android)
This app helps you identify the leaves, bark, cones, needles, fruits and flowers of 716 North American trees. (That ought to cover your next trip to the park!)
- Audubon Insects and Spiders, $9.99 (iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android)
Another great app from Audubon (they have a ton), this one helps you figure out what kind of bug your kid just handed to you.
- Butterfly Collection, $1.99 (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
Your little Fancy Nancy will love this butterfly identifier app. It's got gorg photos of more than 240 different species and even animates the images so they look like they're flapping their wings.
- Leafsnap, Free (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
This app uses facial recognition software to identify tons of different leaves. Just snap a pic of the foliage and the app will let you know what kind of tree it comes from.
- FlowerPedia, $4.99 (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
With info on a whopping 150,000 different species, this app helps you narrow down what flower you're looking at by identifying its physical characteristics such as leaf structure and number of petals and stamens.
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