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Updated by Leslie Whittington on Dec 03, 2014
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Apps for Nature Lovers

Tree Finder

Tree Finder is a useful resource to help you identify the perfect tree or trees you are looking for. Simply select from each of the options available to display the most appropriate selections for feature trees, screening trees, shade trees and specimens suitable for driveway and avenue plantings.

Leafsnap For iPad

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.

Note that the recognition feature will only be available for iPads equipped with cameras.


Build your nature app. Download the free app and get instant access to 28 beautiful North American birds. Register your app and receive the full Insects and Spiders module, which includes 100 common species for free! Add additional nature subjects quickly and easily with in-app purchase.
• Birds: Includes an additional 200 of the most common and beautiful North American birds.Games include matching a bird to its song or image, identifying state birds and a timed memory tile game.
• NEW! Mammals: Includes 100 of the most common and interesting North American mammals.
• Reptiles & Amphibians: Includes 100 of the most common and interesting North American creepy crawlies.
• Insects and Spiders: Includes 100 of the most common and interesting North American bugs.
• Wildflowers: Includes 200 of the most common and loveliest North American blooms and blossoms.

Project Noah

✔ Noah stands for networked organisms and habitats. Read on to find out how it all works.

➽ The Project Noah app has 3 modes:
✔ Spottings: Grab a photograph of a plant or animal that you find interesting or want to learn more about, select the appropriate category, confirm your location, add some descriptive tags, and submit it.
✔ Location-based Field Guide: See what kinds of plants and animals have been spotted near you and learn more about them. Search through a map view, list view, or grid view of most recent spottings all based on your location. You can filter wildlife by categories so you can explore what you’re most interested in.
✔ Field Missions: We work with labs, environmental groups, and various organizations to help them gather important data for their research projects. Missions allow users to contribute to ongoing research projects, but they can also be for fun and exploration.


How often does it happen that you're out in the wild and you discover trees that you would like to identify? Or you find their leaves, flowers, or fruits that you would like to eat or learn more about?