Birdwatcher's Diary App Now Available for Android

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Birdwatcher’s Diary app from Stevens Creek Software is now available for Android phones and tablets just in time for the 2014 Christmas Bird Count. The specialized database for capturing bird sightings and species counts in the field is available for download from the Google Play store.

Stevens Creek Software has released an Android version of its Birdwatcher’s Diary software in time for birders to use during the 115th annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count which will take place from Dec 14, 2014 to January 5, 2015. Birdwatcher’s Diary for Android has all of the basic and advanced features of the iOS version, including key ones that makes it especially useful for a bird count in a prescribed area. Most birders like to keep lists of the bird species they find in different locations and at different times. Birdwatcher’s Diary saves a lot of time by simply tapping the name of the species detected, then adding counts if desired. Notes to further document the sightings can be added by tapping and not typing thanks to Birdwatcher’s Diary customizable pop-up phrase list. With each tap, Birdwatcher’s Diary captures the time and exact GPS location. As a full-featured database, Birdwatcher’s Diary enables users to examine their birding data by whatever criteria is important to them, thus making it a valuable tool for field ornithologists and bird monitors as well.

While still in the field, users of Birdwatcher’s Diary can upload their sightings list to Dropbox, eBird, a birding listserve, or email it. They can also create a Google map to share with their fellow birders that shows exactly the time and location of each individual bird observation.

Birdwatcher’s Diary is in use worldwide and the software supports not just the Latin alphabet, but European languages, Greek, Cyrilic, Japanese, etc. Users can quickly download master lists for all 50 states and dozens of countries, with species names appearing in both English and in the local language where applicable. Once downloaded, the lists are stored directly within the software, so that Internet access is not required when using the software. This is particularly critical for birders traveling worldwide, where cell phone data usage can be exorbitantly expensive, but is equally valuable domestically, since many of the best birding locations have poor or no cellular service.

"We at Stevens Creek Software are avid birders and are well-acquainted with the many different uses a good bird listing app needs to accommodate. Above all, birders want to spent as much time as possible with their eyes on the environment and as little as possible on the screen of their smartphone. For example, our unique 1- and 2-letter indexing scheme allows one or two quick taps to get right to the desired species, and one or more taps on the species increments the count. For large flocks, one tap pops up a numeric keypad for easy entry of large numbers. We have tried to think of everything birdwatcher’s might want to do and enable them to do it quickly." said Steven Patt, president of Stevens Creek Software.

The Stevens Creek Software web site, http://www.stevenscreek.com/birdwatchersdiary.htm, provides full information on these and other features. Here you can see a video demonstration and download the complete user manual which is also available from within the app. Birdwatcher's Diary runs on all Android phones and tablets with OS 3.0 or later. The Android app is available for $14.99 (USD) and is priced accordingly in other regions. Stevens Creek Software donates 50% of its proceeds from this app to bird conservation organizations.

Stevens Creek Software, based in Cupertino, CA, has been in the software development business since 1988. It was one of the leading developers of utility, personal productivity and business applications for the PalmOS platform and is now a leading developer of applications for the iOS and Android platforms, with ten different apps on the market. Please visit http://www.stevenscreek.com for additional information.

Copyright (C) Steven Creek Software 2014. All rights reserved. National Audubon and Christmas Bird Count are registered trademarks of National Audubon Society. All other trademarks and logos used are owned by their respective owners.

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