iPhone Birding Made Easy

The iBird series of apps provide one the most comprehensive resources available for those who love bird watching. The apps range in complexity and usefulness from those who bird watch in their backyard (iBird Backyard +) to one designed for a globe-trotting professional ornithologist (iBird Explorer Pro). The app’s price varies from free to $29.00 for the pro version. The app features photos, drawings, habitat description, range maps, favorite food and the bird’s various songs. It suggests similar birds based upon appearance and the bird’s song. You can also search by specifying certain criteria about the bird’s appearance. The iBird Explorer “Plus” is a full featured interactive field guide to all birds of North America and covers every species found in North America, Canada, Hawaii, and all coasts and islands. It even includes birds that are extinct. iBird Explorer Pro includes even more features which appeal to professional birders. In addition regional versions of the program are available for various portions of the USA and select countries. these programs blow away anything in print. There is no other resource that delivers so many features in such a portable format. This is one app that isn’t for the birds and is worth the money.


About Richard A. Cook

Richard Cook graduated from Purdue University in the Economics Honor Program in 1979 and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1982. Following law school, Richard served as a federal law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. In 1984, Richard began working as Deputy Prosecutor for the Lake County Prosecutor's Office and from there, served as Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. There he handled a number of complex criminal matters and jury trials. While there, Richard received the Chief Postal Inspector's Special Award and a letter of commendation from the U.S. Attorney General for his work prosecuting a major money order fraud scheme being perpetrated out of the Indiana State Prison system. Since leaving the U.S. Attorney's office in 1989, Richard has focused primarily on civil work and is currently a member of the firm Yosha Cook & Tisch in Indianapolis. Richard is also a member of the ITLA, IBA and the ABA, as well as, a fellow for the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Posted on August 7, 2011, in iPhone application and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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