Need bird information? There’s an app for that

This Outside Connection has a different twist.

This one isn’t free but it may be the perfect Christmas gift for that mobile birder who has everything including, most importantly, an iPhone or iPod.

Any serious, electronically savvy birder knows how to download bird calls into an iPod, but until now it took a good, hardcopy field guide for positive bird identification.

Now, those well-worn Audubon Society Field Guide books are mobile.

Thanks to some new iPhone and iPod apps, you can keep information on more than 740 bird species at your fingertips.

These apps — including field guides to North American birds ($20) and Birds of New England ($7) — allow users to find which bird species are located in any zip code, state or region along with color photos, more than 2,200 bird sounds and range maps for all species.

You also can create personalized life lists, post GPS-enabled bird sighting lists and upload user-created photo albums.

Other apps available include mammals ($10), trees ($10) and wildflowers ($10).

“This is a giant leap forward in connecting people with the nature that surrounds them,” said John Flicker, president of the National Audubon Society.

Just don’t text and drive.

Other Audubon Guide apps planned to appear soon include Insects and Spiders, Butterflies, Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians, Seashells, Seashore Creatures, Mushrooms, Whales and Dolphins and more.

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