Developer: Mitch Waite Group
Price: $6.99 Download on the App Store
Whether you are a wilderness junkie who can’t get enough of the outdoors, a city dweller that loves the urban lifestyle, an agoraphobic that hates both or a card-carrying member of the Audubon Society. At some point in your life you hear the sweet or annoying sounds of a bird yet to be identified. If you love birds and the sounds they make, and live or travel in the Western Region of North America, iBird Explorer Western iPhone app by the Mitch Waite Group is a wonderful resource to have available.
iBird Explorer Western includes more than 700 species of birds throughout the western United States. It is simply loaded with much information more than I can include here. Some of what is in store for you include photographs of each bird, a range map that identifies the complete region where a species can be found, notes that help identify a species, a list of birds similar in type to the species you are looking at, interesting facts of each bird, a Wiki page and recorded sounds of each species. The only thing that would come close to iBird Explorer Western, would be having a professional field guide walking alongside of you while bird watching.
The developers claims that iBird Explorer Western contains unique features that allow you… to play bird songs and calls to attract birds right to your iPhone.
I put that claim to the test. While I didn’t have my local sparrows landing on my phone or any terrifying moments a la Tippi Hedren in The Birds, I did hear responses from the local birds every time I played the sounds from my iBird Explorer Western app.
The Mitch Waite Group has assembled several iBird iPhone apps that include birds from a variety of regions. If your interests include all of the birds of North America, including all of the United States, Canada, and the islands and costal waters of the Pacific and Atlantic, you’ll want to get iBird Plus or iBird Pro.
iBird Explorer Western has and continues to be a source of great entertainment and education for me. I’m sure for those that have even the most remote interest in birds that iBird Explorer Western will be a welcome addition to your app library.