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  1. The only birding app that works in native mode on an Android tablet. Click on Read More to see all the features of iBird Pro for Android devices. Click here for iBird Pro for Android in Google Play Store Now includes Birds Around Me. iBird Pro, the world's best Android field guide to birds of North America, turns anyone into a birding expert. Whether you’re an experienced birder or a novice to birding, iBird is the only app you will need. Its new “on-demand” feature instantly downloads images and sounds over WiFi or cellular networks and is optimized to take up only a fraction of the space on your tablet or phone. And now you can download the entire database to your SD card for offline use in the field. iBird contains more birds than any app, including 944 American Ornithology Union (AOU) species accounts. Using iBird's patented “Percevia™” matching system you can identify birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of our 34 identification attributes. You can even search by bird song. iBird's species pages have 3,000 built-in bird songs from the talented recordists of the Xeno-Canto community, 4,500 professional high resolution bird photographs, over 1,000 hand drawn composite illustrations and range maps. No other bird app offers both illustrations and photographs. From well-known birds to exotic rare species, iBird works like magic, revealing a list of birds that perfectly matches your search choices. With over 1 million downloads iBird is the standard that all birding apps are measured by. Features ■ See the all the changes to iBird at https://ibird.com/whats-new-android/ ■ iBird 7 is now optimized to take a fraction of the space ■ New: All content is instantly available over WiFi ■ New: Download entire database to SD card for use in the field ■ New: iBird Cloud Sync backup of Favorites and Notes ■ New: Huge library of bird sound recordings and vocalization details from the Xeno-Canto community ■ New: Enhanced Gallery Mode lets you browse all icons in a grid ■ Brand new user interface compatible with all versions of Android from KitKat 4.4 to Nougat 7. ■ 944 AOU species accounts with latest splits and name changes ■ iBird’s icon-driven visual search engine, enables you to identify birds by 34 attributes; more than any other birding app ■ Search by Location, Shape, Size, Habitat, Color, Family, etc. ■ Search by common name, Latin name and even band code ■ Comprehensive seasonal and migratory range maps ■ Equivalent to 14 book length field guides with in-depth Identification details: Similar species, Behavior, Vocalizations, Sounds, Ecology, Families and more ■ The only birding app with both illustrations and photos ■ The only birding app that zooms illustrations and photos by 400% ■ Field Mark layer shows key ID marks for male, female, juvenile and subspecies In this new 7 update to iBird we have added 42 new drawings and new species such as the California and Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Ridgeway’s Rail, Mexican Violetear and more. Other Features ■ All new range maps now include Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall ranges plus Year-round and Migration ranges. ■ New Conservation Status search attribute lets you search by the size of any species population as well as see specific species endangered status on each account. The standard is maintained by Birdlife International and is called the IUCN Red List. ■ All screens optimized for tablets - illustrations, photos and range maps fill the screen. Additional Features: ■ Playing bird songs and calls lets you to attract birds to your device or bird feeders for easier identification and more enjoyment. ■ High resolution hand-drawn color illustrations, with perching and flight views. ■ Multiple professional photographs, showing subspecies plumages, sexes and seasons. ■ Full color range maps for every species showing migration areas. ■ Species, common and family names in English, French and Spanish (text is English). ■ Keep up with the latest news and other iBird users by joining the iBird fan page on Facebook http://facebook.com/ibird.
  2. The only birding app that works in native mode on an Apple iPad. Click on Read More to see all the features of iBird Pro for Apple devices. Click here for iBird Pro in Apple App Store iBird™ Pro, considered by experts to be the world’s best app for identifying birds of North America, has been completely updated with the American Ornithological Union’s 2017 Supplement. You can now search for birds by activity levels during day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), during the day (Diurnal) or during the night (Nocturnal) with the optional Time of Day package. iBird Pro is the only app that offers Birds Around Me (BAM)—showing just those species in your GPS location. It also features our patented Percevia™ smart search, which helps you identify birds just like the birding experts. Finally iBird Pro 10.06 includes our new Owls of Mexico and Central America package, including illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls and much more for these remarkable species. iBird developers never sleep. Version 10.06 adds a unique collection of audio recordings for all Owls as well as 16 new composite illustrations. To see the latest drawings, go to Illustration Update on the Search menu and select 10.06. More Details of What’s New: bit.ly/ibird-whatsnew iBird Pro contains 946 species of North American birds, including both common and rare species. It is designed to help both experienced and novice birders identify and learn about their birds. Unlike other iPhone apps, iBird includes most of the popular birds of the Hawaiian Islands and is completely up to date with the 2017 AOU and ABA checklists. With iBird Pro’s Percevia™ matching system you can search for birds by color, location, shape, habitat or any one of 35 identification attributes to find your bird. iBird's comprehensive species pages have 3,300 built-in bird song recordings, 4,500 professional high resolution bird photographs, 1,750 hand-drawn composite illustrations and over 1,000 range maps. Version 10.065 of iBird Pro Guide to Birds now includes iCloud for backing up and sharing your own photos, notes and favorites among all your devices. With over 1 million downloads iBird is the standard that all birding apps are measured by. Features ■ Identify 946 species with in-depth descriptions including details on appearance, habitat, behavior, conservation, size, weight, color, pattern, shape, sexual differences and much more. ■ Birds Around Me and Percevia™ smart search now available as in-app purchases with free 7 day trials. ■ Splits-History lets you see what birds have had name changes, have been split into more than one species or lumped into one species. ■ iBird’s icon-driven visual search engine enables you to identify birds using shape, color, location, habitat, head pattern, flight pattern, bill shape, length and more. ■ Extensive identification paragraphs and hard-to-find details such as diet, nest information, egg color, sex of incubator, vocalization definitions, and more. ■ The only birding app that includes both Illustrations and Photos. ■ Sort birds by first, last and family name and view birds by text, icon, thumbnail or gallery. ■ Search by common name, Latin name and even band code. ■ Comprehensive range maps which include migratory routes as well as subspecies maps for 40 species. ■ Only app with a field mark layer which displays key ID marks for male, female and juvenile birds. ■ Post, keep lists, and share sightings with friends and followers with an easy and user-friendly Notes and Favorites interface. ■ iBird’s database is completely self-contained; no internet connection is required like many other birding apps. Other Features ■ The Conservation Status search attribute lets you filter birds by 6 threat levels maintained by Birdlife International and is called the IUCN Red List. ■ All screens optimized for tablets - illustrations, photos and range maps fill the screen. ■ Species, common and family names in English, French and Spanish (text is English).
  3. If you've used other birding apps you may wonder why they are not updated very often. The reason is that the number of changes coming from the birding standards organization (AOU and ABA) has grown significantly. Much of this is do to new classification discoveries from DNA research. We at Mitch Waite Group have strived to keep up and this new update is no exception. However we do not blindly copy every change the AOU makes. This story explains our philosophy and shows you the over 100 changes we have made for iBird 10.06. It also provides a place for you to discuss our decisions and let us know your opinion. Maybe there is a bird you wish we did include? Click here to see AOU 2017 Updates we made to iBird. Also shows the birds we did not change and explains why.
  4. Article in CNET featuring apps, camera gear and online services show how they make it easy to join in the chase, enjoy the outdoors and spot more birds than your rivals. Beyond books Bird app pioneer Mitch Waite was in the wrong place at the right time. The birder and former chief executive of Mitch Waite Press, a computer book publisher, had tried to sell a birding app for Microsoft's ill-fated Windows Mobile software more than a decade ago. "It was a big flop," Waite says. "We sold 70 copies in the first three months." He was bummed out and burned out -- until customers of Apple's then brand-new iPhone got in touch. "When your customers are telling you you have a good idea but you're on the wrong platform, you should listen to them," he says. iBird arrived in Apple's App Store in 2008. But the real change came after Apple CEO Steve Jobs' daughter discovered iBird, which then featured in Apple's famous "there's an app for that" campaign. The $15 Pro version describes 944 North American species and includes 3,300 song recordings and 4,500 photos. "Suddenly all the birders realized, 'I can use my iPhone instead of my book? It has a search engine? And it plays its song?'" Waite says. "That started a stampede." Millions bought the app in its first year as birders switched from paper to digital. It's since dropped to a steady but lower rate of sales. "The engine that keeps us going is the new birders," Waite says. Entire article on CNET: https://www.cnet.com/news/birdwatching-easier-in-digital-age-with-apps-and-cameras/
  5. One of the amazing features that bird field guide apps offer over paper based field guides are the ability to play bird songs and calls. As developers our intent in providing these was so birders could learn to identify birds by what they hear, since its often a call or a song that alerts us a bird is nearby. However what we have found is that some birders use these recordings as a way to attract birds so they can more easily spot them. There are issues with this technique that responsible birders need to be aware of. Alan Van Norman - Extraordinary Owl Hunter <-- click here to read his article on photographing owls): Editors Note: In the story below Alan discusses using bird recordings with Owls however these ideas apply to all birds in general. The Ethical Use of Bird Song Recordings by Alan Van Norman We want to be careful about discussing attracting owls. Indiscriminate use of bird calls is a bad thing. Most owls, as do many other birds, use their songs or calls as a declaration of possession of a territory. When an owl call is played or imitated, what the owl hears is another owl intruding on its territory. This agitates the owl and provokes a response to protect the territory. Thus I generally only play a call in a few times in any given area. When I hear a response, I turn down the volume a little and play it repeatedly only until I sense the owl is or until it begins to approach. If it begins to approach I just wait and the owl will generally come fairly close and continue to call trying to locate the other owl. If the owl isn't moving, I generally try to make my way to it as best I can if it continues to call. This process may take hours and is successful less than half the time once a calling owl is heard. Repeated use of calls can drive an owl off its breeding territory. I use calls on a very limited basis with rare or sensitive owls or in areas frequented by other birders. I seldom repeat a call from any given area more than 3-4 times. If I know an owl is in the area and it has responded but then stopped calling and I've lost it, I may repeat the process in the same area after 20-30 minutes of just waiting quietly. Unfortunately one must be willing to accept failure. Optimizing preparation and readiness is key, as with many owls, the process of trying to attract and locate them only works once on any given night with any given owl. Lights Similarly we want to be careful discussing lights. Some feel that bright lights can actually damage the owls eyes. Personally I do not believe this as owls' eyes are generally more adaptable than ours and the effects of the sudden bright lights are most likely quite transient. However they can temporarily stun the owl or induce drowsiness. I have only seen it induce drowsiness once and I once witnessed a fledgling owl crash into a tree when I took a flash photo of it while it was trying to land. It wasn't hurt and went on about its business immediately afterwards. Fledgeling owls often crash and my flash may have had little or nothing to do with the owl crashing. I generally use a modest headlight on a low setting while hiking. I use a small handheld flashlight that allows me to hold the flashlight and camera at the same time. I only use the flashlight to locate the owl and to provide enough light to allow me to focus on the owl but generally shine the light beside the owl rather than directly on it.
  6. A. Koko Loves Mitch

    I didn't know it at the time but I was extremely fortunate to have met and interacted with Koko. There is more to the story which I will add soon. The most interesting part is that she tried to mate with me! In the photo I am tickling her.
  7. A. Koko Loves Mitch

    It was the mid-70s and I had just met a gorilla who could use a sign language. Her name was Koko and she lived in a trailer at Stanford University. Her owner, Penny, was doing graduate work on human-to-animal communication. She had made enormous strides with young Koko, who she had raised from a baby. When I met Penny, she was at the point were Koko was able to communicate with sign language using her fingers and hands. Koko could type on a special sturdy teletype keyboard that had different colored keys. My friend Richard Lowenstein had dragged me to visit Penny because he was sure this was ground-breaking research we needed to understand. Koko was lying on her back, in a cyclone-fenced cage, her huge arms gently holding a tiny kitten above her. Every now and then, she would kiss the kitten who was clearly enjoying the attention. Penny asked, "Would you like to go in and meet Koko?" My first reaction was "absolutely not!" There was no way I was putting myself in a cage with that hairy beast. But, here was an opportunity I may never have again, so I agreed to go into the cage. The very first thing that happened was Koko wrapping her gigantic fingers around my arm and pulling me to the center of the cage where she started to unbutton my shirt! "Penny, what is she doing?" I asked. "Just be calm. She likes you," Penny replied. I was amazed at how dexterous those big cone-shaped fingers were and how, in less than a minute, she had removed the shirt, rolled it into a ball and tossed it into the corner of the cage. "Penny, what is she doing now?" I asked. I was more relaxed as I realized I was not in any danger. "She is making a nest," Penny said. A nest? "What the hell is she making a nest for?” I asked. Penny told me to just play along and not to worry; nothing bad was going to happen. Meanwhile, Richard and the other students were all laughing. Koko proceeded to play tag and tickle with me as you can see in the photo.
  8. Read the National Geographic article which explains how they did the research.
  9. National Geographic quotes polls from Gallup that show the happiest people live in Costa Rica, Denmark and Singapore. Each is happy for very different reasons and all are happier than people in most states and cities of America. www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/11/where-to-find-the-good-life/
  10. Like the story explains its a standard Android smartphone with all the features that come with modern smartphones including of course a cell phone LOL
  11. In the last issue of Wingspan, we presented iBird Wallet, the credit card version of iBird we are developing for Kickstarter. Awesome progress is being made on this cool idea, but it won't be ready for several months. Based on the thousands of emails you sent requesting to be kept notified, it’s clear birders appreciate tiny devices that can be used as field guides and to play bird songs. So I thought you might like to know about another tiny device that will run iBird that has one great feature over iBird Wallet--you can buy it today. It’s called the Jelly Smartphone. The Jelly Pro runs the Android OS 7, is a full 4G GSM type cell phone, has a tiny 2.45 inch, 240 x 432 pixels screen, and costs only $176. iBird Pro for Android works beautifully on it. You will need to be patient with the Jelly's speed--it's not a particularly fast smartphone (its Quad Core CPU runs at 1.1 GHz, which is pretty slow compared to the iPhone that runs at 2.37 GHz), but it’s adequate. The Jelly has all the bells and whistles of a modern smartphone: 950 mAh removable battery, Micro SD slot, dual SIM slots, 8 mp front and 2 mp back camera, gyroscope, a 16 GB ROM, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 801.11 a/b/g/n, and 2GB of RAM, which is not much, so you definitely need to use an SD Card for your apps. You can buy the Jelly Pro from Unihertz at: http://www.unihertz.com/jelly.html Learn more and leave comments on Facebook: iBird Jelly
  12. My name is Crystal Adams and I’ve been working at Mitch Waite Group (MWG) as a researcher, writer, and sound editor for the past ten years. LOVE the work! How many of you get to work on a project every day that involves one of your favorite pastimes? Not only do I consider myself fortunate on this front, but my time off the clock makes my soda fizz, too! Birds, horses, making maple syrup, and spending time with my family keep me busy year-round—that is until recently. Something else, something unexpected and unplanned for has taken over my personal time—and it relates to my work at MWG: playgrounds, fundraising, and grants. “What? What? How do these activities relate to your work with birds?” you ask. Well, it’s a bit of an indirect alignment. All those years of honing my research skills while working on iBird have ended up being crucial in helping me bring an age-appropriate playground to my community in Woodstock, Connecticut. It all started with a family trip to Cape Cod in 2016. My son spotted a playground and we stopped to explore it. A huge 13’ tall climbing dome dominated the area, surrounded by a variety of climbing and spinning equipment. It was pretty amazing! While safe for children 5 and older, the design also appealed to parents who we witnessed having fun on the equipment. (I guess kids’ animations aren’t the only thing being designed to include parents!) What a smart design—to include people of all ages! Why should there be an age limitation to “play?” I was intrigued and looked for the manufacturer’s name on the equipment. The company is “Kompan.” I made a note of it and decided to do a little research once we returned home. Meanwhile, I had to take a few spins and do some climbing to satisfy my inner child. I grabbed hold of a skinny pole called a “Spica,” and as I stepped onto the small platform attached to it, I pushed off the ground with my other foot. Immediately my stomach was in my throat as it whirled me quickly around. “Make it STOP!” I yelled to my nearby son. Whew! That was fun, but I was glad to be back on solid ground. It turns out that Kompan was started by a Danish sculptor in 1970 who noticed children playing on one of his large outdoor art pieces. This moment inspired him to embark on starting his own playground equipment company with equipment that appealed to both adults and children. The sculptor realized success. Today, Kompan designs playgrounds worldwide with health, learning and the environment in mind. Let the Journey Begin I took my interest in this playground equipment to the next logical step. My son was about to start 5th grade at our district’s middle school, where the students spend recess on an empty parking lot. After being pulled in by this amazing playground I had recently seen, I wanted my son to have access to something just as amazing. Sure, an empty parking lot might help kids use their imaginations more, but why not give them some fun structures to feed that imagination and get them moving, too!? And so, that pondering started me on my “playground” journey for the next several months, researching Kompan and 20 other different playground companies along with reasons why children need recess. On this journey (actually more of a quest), I met with town and school boards and committees, presenting my research findings and doing my best to build their interest and enthusiasm for the end goal of revamping the middle school parking lot into a new-fangled, well-thought-out, kid-magnetizing playground that could provide loads of fun during and beyond school hours. After doing my due diligence, putting on my best playground evangelist hat and sharing my vision with those who could give me the green light, I finally received approval to start fundraising for a Kompan playground geared toward middle school children. I was over the moon and ready to put on my fundraiser hat! On top of that, and just as important and based on my research, the middle school principal was able to increase recess time from just ten minutes a day for the older kids to 20 minutes each day. Almost There I’ll just cut to the chase now. In the last several months, the fundraising team I brought together has reached over 60% of the $100,000 fundraising goal. It’s been all about having fun that will ultimately lead to more fun—out on the kids’ new playground. Students have competed in coin drives, with the winning class getting to Silly String the principal in front of the whole school! (She had some explaining to do when she arrived home with silly string stuck in her hair!) We are continuing to wage Penny Wars, have bake sales, and get hearts pumping and dollars flowing our way with Zumba, just to name a few of our fun strategies to raise money for this great cause. Our quest is to raise the remaining funds in time to build the playground this summer so that the kids can start the 2018 school year off with a playground oasis where there once was pavement. How to Help Visit https://wmsplayground.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/first-blog-post/ to learn more about this fun and exciting project and to see videos of the equipment in action. Please share our link on social media to help us meet our goal. Donations of any size will be appreciated. PayPal donations can be made here https://www.paypal.me/WoodstockPTO or click on the PayPal button. We’ve come this far. You can help us make it happen!
  13. So would you ever consider buying a Jelly?
  14. Are we all addicts? Yes, if you define addiction as something you suffer from when it’s taken away. Haven’t we all become addicted to our phones? If we weren’t, how do you explain the parabolic growth of companies such as Apple? Have these telephones improved how we talk to each other? No. Most improvements have been realized in areas that are unimportant to talking; and yet, we still refer to them “smart” phones. Why? Could it be we are reluctant to face the facts than the phone part isn’t any smarter, and what we are really doing is carrying a security blanket in our purse or pocket? Addictions are a big topic today. In case you’ve been talking on your smartphone so much that you haven’t been listening, more people died last year from opioid overdoses than car accidents. See the chart below that shows 52,000 deaths in 2015 from drug overdoses (mostly opiates), 37,000 from car accidents and 35,000 from guns. That’s 142 people dying each day from pain killers. Note, 1,200 people die every day from smoking—almost 10 times that of opiate deaths. I reference smoking deaths because you’ll soon be seeing these facts on television due to the tobacco federal lawsuit settlement. Most of you are too young to remember TV ads that asked: “What kind of cigarette do you smoke doctor?”
  15. At 62 years of age, soft spoken with a distinguished face (piercing gray-blue eyes, a cleanly trimmed beard and a full head of thick gray hair) and a solid, stocky frame; Alan Van Norman lives in North Dakota, one of the most remote states in America. Until he retired last month, he walked 3 miles from his home in Bismarck to his job as a neurosurgeon at Sanford Hospital five days a week. So, it might be surprising to learn this gentleman has traveled to some of the most remote, rugged and dangerous places on the planet, threaded through jungles at night on the sides of treacherous volcanoes, been mugged, robbed, and jailed--all with one simple goal in mind: to photograph rare and elusive Owls. Part 1 - The Comoros Right now, I'm thinking about his trip to the Comoro Islands, or the "Comoros," an archipelago of volcanic islands situated off the south-east coast of Africa, to the east of Mozambique and north-west of Madagascar. This island group has four main inhabited islands, three of which comprise the independent country of The Comoros and the fourth, Mayotte, belongs to France. Each of the four main inhabited islands has an endemic Scops-Owl found only on that island. Alan cobbled together a trip to all four islands with the assistance of various people who had searched for and seen these four owl subspecies. None of these birders were fortunate enough to see more than one of the subspecies in their attempts. What intrigued Alan was that each Owl is found only on its own island, and these islands are located only about 60 miles from each other. He wondered, “How could four Owls evolve as distinct species with such similar species so close?” I asked Alan why he was so curious about these birds and he responded, “They are a great example of evolution: they live so close to each other yet on each island, all the owls sing only the call on that island and, although similar, on each island the owls have a unique plumage pattern specific to that island. Why don’t they fly to the other islands? Perhaps they do but because of the unique songs and plumage patterns they are seen as foreign and fail to breed. And of course, since I can’t find published pictures of them, they are an interesting challenge for me.” Of course, this all makes sense. But I wondered and asked Alan what the challenges were. He said, “It can be very dangerous to look for these birds. First you are walking around with a lot of expensive equipment, in the middle of the night, off-trail in a very steep and rugged landscape, in a very poor country. You can fall and break a leg or damage your equipment; you can get bitten by some pretty nasty animals or insects; and you can get mugged.” I had not considered mugging an issue, probably because whenever I go birding in the states, it’s always in a benign area where people love nature. But he is traveling to remote islands where the indigenous population may be leery of Americans. They may also be impoverished, so camera equipment can be worth a huge amount of money. They may be engaged in illegal activity themselves and walking around at night with camera equipment, so you may be seen as a threat. Typically, Owls are located during the night and therefore Alan usually used a local guide. Why? Because logistics are extremely difficult. You have property owners who may not want you on their land. Most of the time you hope you have a 50% chance of obtaining their permission. If you don't get it, the likelihood of getting arrested or shot is not zero. Some areas are quite lawless and unsafe. Getting lost can be an issue. And often the owls are rare or uncommon, at best, so it’s helpful to go to an area they have been recorded at least once before. For the Comoros, there was only one French-speaking naturalist guide Alan could find. And, on the first leg of his journey on Mount Karthala, his guide got lost. Alan had to intervene to get them back to where they started. After 3 hours working back, they found the correct trail in just 10 minutes. Another problem was that, in order to travel between the four islands, he was dependent upon the irregular and unreliable local airlines. The scheduled flight that he planned to take between the second and third island was cancelled without explanation and the next available flight was not for another week. So, he and another local guide scrambled and found two kids who had a speedboat. They promised to take him and all his equipment across 60 miles of open ocean. The boat turned out to be very primitive, a 14-foot fiberglass shell without seats powered by a 40 cc outboard motor. Just as they were about to leave, the local police decided he was breaking the law and arrested everyone. They were taken to a jail where they waited for the only available government official on the island, an assistant to the minister of tourism, to hear their case. Once he heard the details of the arrest, he yelled at the police, "Why are you harassing these people?" The officers only answer was, "Because they might damage the land." He scolded the cops for wasting his time as well as that of the American. "Take his name, phone number and other details. If you discover he damaged the island then come to me, otherwise don't wake me up over trivial stuff like this." They set out late that afternoon. The boat bounced up and down over the waves. The engine over heated and died four times. Luckily, after cooling down, it restarted. It took them 3 hours to get to the third island arriving just before dark. Relieved to be at their destination, off they hiked, up the side of the mountain into the darkness in search of one of the rarest and least-known owls on earth. Part 2 - Coming in the next iBirder WINGSPAN Newsletter
  16. Last year customers who purchased iBird Ultimate received two features that made it the best bird identification app on the market: Birds Around Me (BAM) and Percevia™. BAM allows you to restrict matched birds to just those inside a fixed radius at your GPS location. Optionally, you can enter any address or location on the iBird map, and BAM will find just those species at that location. If you don’t have GPS access, not to worry, the traditional Location attribute allows you to search by state or province. To see all the power of BAM, check this short slideshow: BAM Onboard Tutorial. (Tap on the first image 1-1 to open it in your browser, then click on the ">" button on the right to move to the next screen). Percevia™ is Mitch Waite Group’s patented search algorithm that turns any user into a birding expert by allowing you to only choose search attributes that will ONLY result in a valid search. You'll never pick combinations of colors, locations, shapes, etc. that lead to invalid results. We now make both features available as low-cost, in-app purchases inside all our iBird apps. Each iBird app now has a Purchases menu that you can use to add BAM or Percevia smart search. We have bundled both features into one low-cost package, and we created a FREE 7-day trial so you can use both features and find out if they fit your needs. Facebook: See full story on Facebook, ask questions, leave comments. Buy on iTunes: iBird Pro Guide to Birds of North America
  17. "So many ideas, so little time." Why should that be our mantra? Because we have so many ideas for features we want to add to iBird and only so much time to implement them. Sadly, we don't have 5,000 employees like Amazon does to work on their Echo intelligent speaker (BTW, it’s a very cool product). Given our limited resources, we must be very careful about what features we add to iBird. We've been accumulating these ideas for the last few years and decided the best way to find out which are worthwhile is to ask you, our customer. Rate the Ideas. We set up a survey that lets you rate our ideas using a star system, much like you rate apps. Each idea is described in a paragraph. There are sections for each idea: Free Products, Paid Products and a third section for your own ideas. You will rate the ideas using the system below: 1 star = not interested 2 stars = mildly interested 3 stars = I'm interested 4 stars = I'm very interested 5 stars = I'm extremely interested Each idea has a comment field that will allow you to leave a comment. We are interested in knowing your thoughts and feelings in addition to your score. Our only request is that you score all the ideas, even ones you think are dumb. That's all there is too it. Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LQMKL6G Comment on Facebook: Thoughts about the iBird Product Ideas Survey
  18. Grey songbird ID Baton Rouge

    But what subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco. There are 4. Check out the range maps as that might help you know which one: http://identify.whatbird.com/mwg/_/0/identify.whatbird.com/obj/125/overview/Dark-eyed_Junco.aspx
  19. Owls are perhaps the most astonishing of nature’s avian wonders. In this collection, we offer our favorite 16 Owls of Mexico and Central America presented in all the exacting detail iBird is known for, including maps, songs and calls, photos and much more. Take a look at the graphical onboard tutorial to see an example of one of our detailed species accounts. The collection is comprised of these birds: Balsas Screech-Owl, Bearded Screech-Owl, Black-and-White Owl, Cape Pygmy-Owl, Central American Pygmy-Owl, Colima Pygmy-Owl, Crested Owl, Fulvous Owl, Mottled Owl, Pacific Screech-Owl, Spectacled Owl, Striped Owl, Stygian Owl, Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Vermiculated Screech-Owl There is nothing as fun as heading out on a birding expedition at night when you’re likely to encounter the nocturnal calls of owls and other bird species that are active when everyone else is sleeping. While iBird comes with 19 Owls found in the United States, the Owls in this in-app package are found primarily in Mexico. However, some have a range that extends into Central and South America. <--Click or tap image for tutorial Download iBird Pro and buy Mexican Owls: iBird Pro Guide to Birds of North America Learn more, leave comments on Facebook: More About Mexican Owls
  20. The following is the complete article #1 in the January 2018 iBird WINGSPAN Newsletter about the new update to iBird. Please leave your thoughts, questions and comments here. Besides compatibility with the iPhone X, this new expanded version of iBird has been updated with a new species: The Cassia Crossbill. The absence of squirrels in Cassia County, Idaho has allowed a new species of crossbill to evolve. In addition, Thayer’s Gull has been lumped as a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. The Magnificent Hummingbird was split into Rivoli's Hummingbird and Talamanaca Hummingbird. Only the Rivoli's has a range in North America. Plus, there are over 100 small changes to family, order and species names. Upgraded Illustrations and Photos. In our continuing effort to improve our illustrations and photos, we have updated the following 32 species drawings with much improved composite illustrations: Ashy Storm-Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Bermuda Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Cassia Crossbill, Couch's Kingbird, Crescent-chested Warbler, Eskimo Curlew, Eurasian Coot, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Golden-winged Warbler, Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Hairy Woodpecker, Harlequin Duck, Iceland Gull, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitcher, Northern Waterthrush, Painted Redstart, Rufous-capped Warbler, Say's Phoebe, Sinaloa Wren, Slate-throated Redstart, Smith's Longspur, Swainson's Warbler, White-headed Woodpecker, Willow Ptarmigan, and Wrentit. You can see these in a matched list by selecting Search->Illustration Update->10.06. AOU Changes. There are 7 new AOU changes to Families: Sylviid Warblers (Sylviidae) changed to Old World Babblers (Timaliidae), Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopidae) changed to Bush Warblers, Tesias and Allies (Cettidae) and Grassbirds (Megaluridae) both changed to Grassbirds (Locustellidae), Cardinals and Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae) changed to Spindalises (Spindalidae), and Emberizids (Emberizidae) has a new family: New World Sparrows and Towhees (Passerellida). Finally, the family Parulidae has changed to Icteriidae. Note, the family Icteriidae is monotypic, containing only a single species: the Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens). Owls of Mexico. This update includes Owls of Mexico. This is the first time we have extended the North America database to include new species from Mexico and Central America. In this collection, our favorite 16 Owls of Mexico and Central America are presented in the high-quality detail iBird is known for, including illustrations with field marks, range maps, songs and calls, photos, ID and behavior data and much more. Take a look at the graphical onboard tutorial on the Purchase page for a visual presentation of a typical species account for this package. Time of Day Search. The new Time of Day search feature lets you filter birds by activity intervals for day or night (Cathemeral), dawn and dusk (Crepuscular), during the day (Diurnal) or during the night (Nocturnal). Time of Day Notes, which provide additional information about a species’ behavior, are found on each species from a new Time of Day menu. The Time of Day feature is particularly useful for birders who are interested in night birding. Buy or Update iBird Pro in Apple Appstore: iBird Pro for Apple Buy or Update iBird Pro in Android PLAY store: iBird Pro for Android Learn more and leave comments on Facebook: iBird Pro 10.06 To see all features of the new Apple iOS apps, go to the iTunes store by clicking on this button:
  21. So you've heard about feeding backyard birds and want to try it out? Perhaps you've seen an enticing arrangement of feeders at a neighbor's house or perhaps you have visions of attracting many fine, feathered friends to your own yard. Either way, feeding wild birds can be a real treat if approached thoughtfully, it can even become an addicting and enjoyable hobby. Here are some tips for getting started with your first adventure in feeding birds. Read Full Article
  22. Bird Song Organizer

    We need someone familiar enough with bird songs and calls to help organize a list or grouping of birds that have similar songs. If Interested please email us at http://www.whatbird.com/ContactUs/ContactUs.aspx
  23. Interesting Facts About Birds Specification This job is to write up interesting, unusual and not so well known facts about birds of North America for our web site http://www.whatbird.com. These facts will go on our species page, for example http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/117/_/Turkey_Vulture.aspx You can see the heading on the left below Voice Text. Its now empty I would like this facts to follow a format like found on the Cornell All About Birds web site: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide For example the Turkey Vulture http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Turkey_Vulture.html The Turkey Vulture uses its sense of smell to locate carrion. The part of its brain responsible for processing smells is particularly large, compared to other birds. Its heightened ability to detect odors allows it to find dead animals below a forest canopy. The Turkey Vulture maintains stability and lift at low altitudes by holding its wings up in a slight dihedral (V-shape) and teetering from side to side while flying. It flies low to the ground to pick up the scent of dead animals. Like its stork relatives, the Turkey Vulture often defecates on its own legs, using the evaporation of the water in the feces to cool itself down. The Turkey Vulture usually forages alone, unlike its smaller, more social relative, the Black Vulture. Although one Turkey Vulture can dominate a single Black Vulture at a carcass, usually such a large number of Black Vultures appear that they can overwhelm a solitary Turkey Vulture and take most of the food. As you can see these are cool and interesting ideas that are not found in normal field guides. Since not all birds have interesting or provocative things to discuss I would like you to simply choose birds to write that you know about. This would save you time doing research. Let me know if this is of any interest. If it is I'd like you to submit a short sample so I know you understand what I am looking for. You can email me directly here. Please select Department: Teachers. Sincerely Mitch PS One very easy fact you can use on the birds in the United States is the State Bird.
  24. Bird Artists

    We are always looking for artists to draw new illustrations as well as work on existing drawings. We are particularly seeking an artist who can draw female and juvenile versions of some of our birds. If Interested please email us at http://www.whatbird.com/ContactUs/ContactUs.aspx
  25. No photos or pics

    See the answer in this thread.