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Say goodbye to BirdLog and hello to eBird Mobile!

From BirdsEye Nature Apps:

BirdLog for Android retires on Monday, December 14

BirdLog for Android was recently replaced by eBird Mobile. In advance of this release, we reached out to BirdLog users to inform everyone that support will soon end for BirdLog, and we are writing with a final reminder. That time is nearing; BirdLog for Android will no longer be supported after Monday, December 14. Please download eBird Mobile in order to continue submitting your checklists from the field.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Submit all of your pending checklists from BirdLog. After December 14th you may not be able to submit them!
  2. Download eBird Mobile. It is FREE and the single app works globally.
  3. Log in and make sure it is working on your phone.
  4. Remove BirdLog from your phone so you don’t accidentally use it.

Read my thoughts on eBird Mobile for Android here.

Review: eBird Mobile for Android

eBird Mobile for Android was released about a week ago. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 on hand, so I downloaded it for a test run. First impression – looks superficially similar to the iOS app and gets the job done by allowing Android users to submit observations from the field, but is different in a few ways. The process for submitting a checklist is similar to that of BirdLog, but seems a bit more clunky than the iOS app, which is smooth and streamlined.

The app follows this workflow (be sure to click on the photos in the gallery for a blown up screenshot of each step):

  1. Start a checklist – easy and simple.
  2. Choose a location – choose from a recent location, location from a map, create a offline checklist, choose a new personal location, choose a nearby hotspot, search hotspots by place, or choose a nearby personal location.
    1. A cool feature of this app, which is faster than it is in the iOS app, is that you can easily switch between list and map view when choosing a nearby hotspot.
  3. Choose date and time of checklist – this is a bit more clunky than it is in the iOS app, but is easy enough.
  4. Tallying species is as easy as tapping the area left of the species name. Doing so will give a “one” count for each tap and increase with additional taps. When actually tapping on a species to add details or high numbers, I was a bit turned off. There is a line for number observed, a box for choose “X” (which no one should do ever), and a comments section. I’m not sure why, but this feature in the iOS app seems much simpler and more appealing to the eye. This could be due to differences in iOS and Android systems. Additionally, there are tabs for all species ever recorded and also a “checked” species tab.
  5. Review and submit – the normal info, including are you submitting a complete checklist, observation type, number of observers, duration, distance, and checklist comments. The only thing missing here is the list of “checked” species, which is on the same page in the iOS app. Also, there is no tab/button on the screen to go back to the list of species. You have to use the phone’s “back” function.
  6. Submit!

Overall, I am very happy with this app from Team eBird. I look forward to future updates that make the app less clunky and hopefully more similar to the iOS app.

eBird Mobile for Android!

eBird Mobile (an app very similar to BirdLog and is taking the place of BirdLog) is now available for Android users in the Google Play store! Read more about the app over at eBird News.

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50% off Annual BirdsEye Memberships

BirdsEye Apps (Nature at your Fingertips) is offering 50% off annual memberships for the next few days through their online store. They offer World, North America, South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Western Palearctic, Africa, and Hawaii and the South Pacific memberships along with a suite of nature apps for iOS and Android devices.

BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide is now available for Android devices

BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide Launches for Android devices

BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide, the only full-featured bird finding app for smartphones, is now available for Android phones and tablets.

November 18, 2014, Pasadena CA – Birds in the Hand, LLC is proud to announce the release today of BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide for Android.

Launching with the same features that have made BirdsEye a hit on the iPhone, BirdsEye for Android will be available as a free download with various optional in-app regional purchase options covering all of the species of bird species in the world. All 1,140 North American species (including Hawaii) costs just $2.99 per month.

BirdsEye is a unique and indispensable tool for birders planning a birding trip, either a short walk in town or a multi-week trip across the globe. The real power of BirdsEye lies in the fact that it can be personalized to show a short list of target birds likely to be of interest to the user based on their life list. Users can track their list for any state/province, country or even county for their life or the current year.

“We built BirdsEye to support our mission: to promote citizen science through worthy projects like the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Project. BirdsEye for Android is especially important because it will help us reaching younger birders and birders in countries where Android is the dominant platform. It’s exciting to finally see BirdsEye, which is really a labor of love, available to so many more people worldwide” said Dr. David Bell, President of Birds in the Hand.

“The surprising thing to me about BirdsEye is how frequently it is used. Typical users open BirdsEye several times a week, making BirdsEye one of the most frequently-used apps on our users’ phones. That tells me that we are meeting an important need among both serious and novice birders” says Drew Weber, VP of Operations.

In addition to helping birders find birds, BirdsEye also offers sound packages for over 4,300 species of birds from BirdSounds.nl, a leading publisher of birding and nature sound packages. These sound packages offer extensive coverage of several areas of Central and South America, Australia, Asia, Western Europe and more. Many additional content packages are in the works.

BirdsEye for iPhone has been featured in the New York Times (http://goo.gl/rLIMXk), Scientific American, Birding Magazine (http://goo.gl/PKVOjR), numerous blogs such as this video blog on digiscoping (http://goo.gl/7SyMHj).

The Android app runs on all phones and tablets with Android 4.1 and higher. More details can be found at:http://birdseyebirding.com/birdseye-android

Download on Google Play

Birds in the Hand, LLC is a mission-driven organization based in Pasadena, CA is a leading producer of apps for birders and other nature enthusiasts. Birds in the Hand has created over 40 birding and nature apps for birders since its founding in 2009. In addition to the BirdsEye apps, Birds in the Hand also partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to produce The Merlin Bird ID App, the most downloaded birding app this year; and the BirdLog family of apps which account for a large fraction of the data flowing into eBird.org.

Review – Phone Skope Camera App for Android

The Phone Skope Camera App is only available for Android at this time, but hopefully it will be out for iOS in the near future. Before I converted to the iPhone 4s, I used the camera app on several occasions, mostly taking pictures of birds through a Celestron Regal 80 F-ED Spotting Scope. I am extremely pleased with the results I have obtained as the weather conditions have been less than ideal for photography. In rainy, foggy weather the camera produces identifiable photos with relatively decent quality. The image stabilizer feature is phenomenal when taking handheld photos. The only downside to the app is that it will not take a photo unless the phone is completely still. Overall, a great app from Phone Skope!

Although these photos are not top-notch, they show that the app can produce identifiable photos under any conditions. This can come in handy when you see that Tufted Duck or Northern Lapwing in the rain or fog.

Belted Kingfisher at the Newark Reservoir on 10 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Canada Geese at the Newark Reservoir on 10 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Phone Skope makes custom adapters for any smartphone and spotting scope combination. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

BirdLog is on sale for $0.99!

BirdLog is now on sale for $0.99, through February 18, to support and promote entering your sightings to eBird during the Great Backyard Bird Count!

From Birdseye:

“Our mission is to promote the accurate and frequent use of eBird, and eBird and GBBC are merging this year, so we are proud to support the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count by lowering the price of all regional versions of BirdLog to just 99¢ for the duration of the count, through Feb. 18.  We hope this great price will attract more birders and provide more higher quality data for the GBBC!”

 

Read the entire article here: http://bit.ly/YUQPTr

Make sure to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 15 – 18 and use BirdLog or your computer to submit your sightings to eBird!

You can purchase BirdLog for both iOS and Android for $0.99 through February 18.

iTunes – http://bit.ly/11qX96J
Google Play Store –  http://bit.ly/UBZM2G