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Needs refining
This is a massive resource, taking up about a gigabyte of your storage. Basically they just give you all the separate guides after weeding out all the species not in the Northwest. (I haven't found a definition of the Northwest though.) A huge amount of work went into assembling all the data and images in all those source books, and then not enough work went into designing it all into an app, or into making this version of the app really about the Northwest. The only NW part is the separate section of regional essays. The species accounts don't seem to have been edited at all for the Northwest. Some photos are spectacularly far from the NW, like Bryce Canyon. Many of the bird call recordings say they're from the east. The range maps all show the whole North America. Some mistakes were made in weeding down to the NW, such as Rubus odoratus, which isn't here and isn't a tree by any stretch. The Trees section is overloaded with non-native city trees which don't strike me as having been selected as especially common in the NW. And it's overloaded with 8 or 10, often duplicative and unnecessary, photos of each tree species. Meanwhile, in the wildflower section, each species gets only one photo (they rarely show the leaves much) and most are small, sometimes too small for me to make out a detail that the text tells me to look for in the photo. There's a little "plus" magnifying glass for making the photos bigger, but it doesn't make them any bigger at all in the two-thirds or so cases that are in landscape orientation. It's only there to frustrate you. Some other overall design features seem downright lazy, like no italics for the scientific names. Or like list screens having the longer names (the ones with synonyms) shrunk to almost illegible font sizes. And writing in the intro to trees that the section includes certain shrubs "if they may sometimes occur in a more typically treelike form"—when in fact it includes many two-foot tall shrubs that are never the slightest bit treelike, like Creeping Oregon-grape. What kind of editing is that? Curiously, I found a list of the editorial staff, but haven't found any author credits. These complaints may seem like quibbles, but they add up. At least for some sections, there are much better apps out there.
phrygianmode on Mar 30, 2013 for Audubon Nature Pacific Northwest
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Love this app
This app perfectly complements the outdoors in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest! Very informative and helpful if you spend time in the outdoors.
Kilaeua on Mar 23, 2013 for Audubon Nature Pacific Northwest
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Jack of all trades, master of none
This is a decent app. It's best not to think of it as a replacement for a thorough local field guide on any specific type of life, but rather as a supplement you'll always have with you in the field (I can't be bothered to lug books around as I'm usually already lugging a dslr). To those who couldn't figure out how to get back to the main page that lists all the guidebooks, simply double tap the home button in the bottom left corner. No need to quit the app.
dotm8rix on Feb 22, 2013 for Audubon Nature Pacific Northwest
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Great for Oregon!
We've just moved to the Pacific NW (Oregon) from Texas. I'm a field biologist by training and this app is spot-on. Great job!
TAAustin on Jan 6, 2013 for Audubon Nature Pacific Northwest
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Pretty cool
Have been reading thru the descriptions. Quick reads. Some interesting tidbits. Certainly not an intense reference, but fun.
Peteparts8682 on Dec 21, 2012 for Audubon Nature Pacific Northwest
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Unbelievable value
Contains most of the information of at least eight separate field guides, including mammals, plants, birds, insects, and sea creatures. Each of the regional field guides is a treasure.
Ziret on Oct 28, 2012 for Audubon Nature Pacific Northwest
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