Audubon Bird Guide is an app to get you outside and get your bird-watching on. It covers more than 800 species, using photos instead of drawings. You’ll find range maps. And a good selection of audio recordings including alternate calls and regional variations. It offers descriptive text, including habitat, range and nesting information. The app is free for iOS and Android.
Another great app to use outside on your own is called Sky Guide. The app shows a detailed picture of heavenly bodies, what’s over the horizon and on the other side of the world. The app points out constellations and their exact locations, so you can look to the sky and find everything. The app is 2-99 and available for iOS.
As long as you’re outside exploring, consider the iNaturalist app. It helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of more than 400-thousand scientists and naturalists. They’ll help you learn more about nature when you document what you’ve seen. The app is free for iOS and Android.