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Smartphone Apps That Can Help Teach You About Nature In Your Backyard

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These days, there's no shortage in smartphone apps that specialize in all types of topics. Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.

It’s safe to say that these days, a lot of us have a smartphone in our pockets that we always take everywhere we go. So why not use it to learn a bit about the nature that surrounds you right now?

Nature Apps For Your Smartphone

It’s safe to say that smart phones are more or less a necessity these days. We basically take it everywhere we go now and use it for everything, including staying connected with friends and families, documenting places we go to and browsing the ever-expansive internet.

And since it’s essentially always in our person, why not use it to learn a bit more about the world that’s surrounding you? With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, a lot of people have decided to reconnect with nature.

So if you fancy joining them, here are some of the best nature/outdoor apps you can install on your phone today:

Birds

These apps are all about birds, although a lot of them function differently. For example, iBird can serve as your field guide for everything bird-related, while Merlin Bird ID lets you contribute to citizen science efforts. Bird Song ID USA, on the other hand, lets you identify birds via their songs.

Geology

Ever wondered what the Earth is made up of and what the rocks are under your feet? If so, then you might like the field of geology. Jump-start that interest with apps like Rockd App, which gives you access to hundreds of geological maps and summaries of your current location. Created by an actual geologist, the app is the perfect travel companion for curious minds.

Insects and Plants

If you have an eye for plants, flowers and creepy crawlies, then you might want to give an app like Seek a go because it lets you immediately identify a flower or insect. Simply point your phone’s camera to the subject in question and the app will pull from millions of data observation in order to tell you everything about it.

Stars

Fancy learning about constellations? Then apps like Skyview (or Skyview lite, its free version) will literally give you a map of the sky on your phone.

Smart Phone These days, there's no shortage in smartphone apps that specialize in all types of topics. Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.

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