Feathers, Tracks and Trails: Great Outdoor Apps for Android Users

When you have time off work it’s great to be outdoors in the fresh air soaking up nature’s beauty and enjoying life away from the rat race. If you’re the type of person that loves the outdoors whether it’s bird watching, hiking, botany or weather watching, there are a host of smartphone apps that you can take along with you to make your outdoor activities more enjoyable. Here is a rundown on some of the best. 

Weather Tracker

This innovative thermometer app will always keep you abreast of the weather just around the corner and for the next seven days with its accurate forecast. Features include weather, temperature, wind, air pressure, sunrise/sunset times, pollen count, humidity, and weather and rain radars, so you’ll always be dressed suitably for the weather wherever you are.

Nature Tracker

If you’ve ever come across a tree you couldn’t identify, you’ll love Leafsnap. This amazing app is comprised of a series of field guides being developed in conjunction with the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, and Columbia University. It uses recognition software to help identify tree species from hundreds of images of their leaves, fruit seeds and bark. 

Bird Tracker

Audubon birds is an invaluable app for all lovers of ornithology. It covers all birds of North America and is renowned for its scope and accuracy of information. Imagine having such as wide-reaching birding manual in the palm of your hand when you’re out there in the field. It is loaded with images and audio clips of bird song, so you’ll have no trouble at all identifying new sightings or unfamiliar birdsong. You can also pick up ornithological terminology from the “About Birds” section. 

Trail Tracker

If you’re planning on going out for a hike take the AllTrails app. It covers more than 50,000 trail guides for hiking, biking and horse riding. You can search for nearby trails or browse through the trail list. Other features include topographic maps, images, and reviews. You can even save your trail offline so you can take it out into the field with you. Upload your pictures as you hike and upload your own tracks using your phone’s GPS.

Star Tracker

If you’re an astronomy aficionado, you’ll love Star Walk, a unique augmented reality star chart that images the stars and planets in the heavens above you. Additionally, the app features detailed info about the history and mythology of different constellations, planets, and stars, as well as coordinates so you’ll have no difficulty locating them. Use the time machine slider to view skies of the past a future. Night mode will let your star gaze without blinding out your night vision. This is a great app to take with you on your next camping trip.

Download these cool apps today you that you’ll have them on hand next time you’re having fun outdoors. They will help you enjoy your outdoor activity even more. 

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