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Nature and Wildlife Mobile Apps

Great apps to connect with if you enjoy the outdoors and wildlife.


Where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.

Audubon Trees

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.

We are proud that 8% of every sale goes directly to Audubon to support its mission to conserve and protect nature's at-risk birds and wildlife.

Audubon Trees with 728 species, a gallery view for easy search, and NatureShare – our new social community where nature enthusiasts can observe, identify, and share their observations and photos.

Peterson Birds — A Field Guide to Birds of North America

Quickly identify birds you see in your garden, on your way to work, or out on a hike, with Roger Tory Peterson's innovative identification system, time-tested illustrations, and our unique display of similar looking birds for fast comparison.

The official Peterson app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Peterson Birds gives you illustrations, birds songs, range maps, and nest photos for over 800 species of North American birds on your on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

More detail than any other mobile bird guide, with information from 8 Peterson Field Guide books, including the best-selling guide to birds in print, Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America.

WildLab Bird

WildLab Bird engages learners with the basics of bird identification. Along with associated curricula and educational activities found on the Web site, WildLab Bird is a powerful way to see the environment in a whole new way. The application includes photographs, audio, and range maps for over 200 species of birds.

The app helps learners through a process of elimination that leads to a correct identification. Users select a habitat, then the shape most similar to the bird sighted. From a list, users select the bird most similar to the one they see, using photographs, range maps, and songs and calls for each species. The application saves each sighting with location, habitat, and notes, and sightings are also available in the user’s account online.


Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of the Northeast and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

Project Noah

Project Noah is the best way to share your wildlife encounters and help document our planet's biodiversity.


TreeBook is the authoritative guide to 100 of the most common trees in North America, produced by veteran forester Steve Nix (of fame), and developed by Ash Mishra (developer of the very popular CBC Hockey and CBC Radio apps).

The application's easy, intuitive interface provides an easy way to determine the type of tree you are looking at - with images, search, synonyms for trees, layman terms, and for the more scientifically minded - detailed terminology.

Hand-drawn images, photos, and range maps complete the thorough description of each tree.

Please note, this App only contains information for trees in North America.

The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America

A great eGuide to your standard birds of North America.

National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America

Description A School Library Journal Top App of 2013 National Geographic presents an innovative, beautiful, and interactive field guide to the birds of North America for all your Apple devices. Whether you are new to bird-watching or already an expert, this completely updated and redesigned app makes spotting, identifying, and understanding birds easier than ever before.

H.E.R.P. Mobile

Collect records of reptiles and amphibians while in the field, and later sync them to your account on

Audubon Reptiles and Amphibians - A Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Audubon Reptiles and Amphibians - A Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians on the App Store. Download Audubon Reptiles and Amphibians - A Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iTrack Wildlife

Description Featured in Apple's 'Apps for the Great Outdoors' and 'New and Noteworthy Reference Apps' and in the New York Times! Check out our 5 star reviews! "Finally a real tracking app!!!" "The best tool I've ever used for identifying tracks..." "Wonderful app, great content, fantastic layout."

Florafolio - Native Plants of the North East

Florafolio is an easy to use, interactive field guide to native plants of North America. This edition focuses on the stunning variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, vines, and grasses that are indigenous to Eastern Canada and North Eastern United States.

iBird Plus Guide to Birds

IBird Plus allows you to reference birds with your mobile phone even when you don't have an internet connection.

iBird Journal: Listing Birds of North America

Ready to take birding to a whole new level? In development for over two years, iBird Journal is the first sighting app designed to make list-keeping fun, easy and most of all unforgettable. Whether you keep a life list, a backyard list or never have made a list before you’ll find iBird Journal the perfect app.

Where's A Bear - Android Apps on Google Play

Reporting animals works ANYWHERE in Yellowstone National Park! No cell network necessary. Your sightings are saved and uploaded as soon as a cell network becomes available.

Park Wildlife

This interactive field guide to the wildlife and plants of 100 National Parks includes all the birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians you'll encounter while visiting a park as well as helps you identify native trees and wildflowers. Created for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the guide is also full of useful information about each park such as major sites within it, directions, hours and fees, links, and phone numbers to make reservations or get more information.

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab of Ornithology

What’s that bird? Merlin Bird ID helps you solve the mystery. First, Merlin asks you a few simple questions. Then, almost like magic, it reveals the list of birds that best match your description. Pick your bird, then delve into more photos, sounds, and ID tips about your bird!

SoilWeb for the iPhone

GPS based, real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data, formatted for the iPhone. This application retrieves graphical summaries of soil types associated with the iPhone's current geographic location, based on a user defined horizontal precision. Sketches of soil profiles are linked to their official soil series description (OSD) page. Soil series names are linked to their associated page within the CA Soil Resource Lab's online soil survey, SoilWeb [1]. An up-to-date map of were data is available for queries can be found here

Roadkill Tracker

Ever been involved in a collision with wildlife and not known who to contact? Or have you ever passed roadkill and wondered what to do? Now you can help report roadkill to the Maintenance Contractor responsible for your location so that they can attend the scene. Just click and the notification is sent! At the same time the data is collected and analyzed to help better define wildlife corridors and reduce animal mortality!

Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener

The Bee Smart™ Pollinator Gardener is your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. Never get caught wondering what plants to buy again!




The cloud identification guide for your mobile. Now available for your Android and iPhone.


Learn the basics to identify and avoid poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak with great detailed photos.

The poisonous app refers to poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak. It is a reference for identification and prevention by providing photos and other relavant information to help identify these plants at various times of the growing season. In addition to a gallery of photos, there are horticultural descriptions of the plants foliage, bud, stem, fruit, flower, and plant distribution.

The Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Apps from around the country that help you tackle invasive species take over!