A lot of folks use their iPads to stream movies, surf the web and read a few books, but more and more outdoorsy types are taking advantage of the technology to create lightweight and powerful devices for use in the field.
For me, traveling in an RV meant having to put all those guides in storage. I still needed to reference the same stuff, so I started transforming my iPad into a comprehensive library of birding and naturalist information. You know what? It is so much easier – one device to stow away in my pack, and I've got much more information available than ever before.
Want to create your own field guide? Here are the apps I use the most:
Nature Viewing Along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail - this is the app developed by the folks at the Great Florida Birding Trail, and includes information on trail locations, species information for birds, butterflies, wildflowers and other Florida nature. It's dead simple to use. You'll love it.
Audubon Nature Florida - The Ultimate Florida Nature Guide - This app is fantastic. It has everything nature related, and includes bird calls. You can record a personal journal right in the app, and share sightings by email or Facebook. Works great.
Florida State Parks Guide - This is a pretty new app, and one that deserves some space on your iPad. You can easily find nearby parks, event listings, snap photos with in-depth information and lots more. If it has to do with parks, you'll find it in this app.
What would you include in your ultimate field iPad? Let me know in the comments below, or on Facebook.