Northwest and Rocky Mountain Trees and Shrubs
By Earthrover Software
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Northwest and Rocky Mountain Trees and Shrubs is a field guide to Northwestern woody plants. It covers the ecoregion stretching from Vancouver Island to Wyoming's Wind River Range, and from the northern Oregon Coast Range to Jasper National Park in Alberta.
Adapted by Daniel Mathews from his books "Cascade-Olympic Natural History" and "Rocky Mountain Natural History", this electronic version is so content-rich, you can think of it as an e-book and an app in one.
You'll learn what makes the Northwest's forests the global superstars that they are, and what threats they face from climate change, epidemic pests, loss of their top predators, encroaching development, fire, suppression of fire, and loss of their top predators. You can also find medicinal and food uses, biographies of the naturalist-explorers the plants are named after, help with pronouncing and understanding the scientific names, and more.
176 species are illustrated with three times that number of full-screen photos, including habitat shots and close-ups of bark, leaves, fruit, or flowers (depending on species).
Earthrover Software's field guide interface is easier to use and more stable than other iPhone field guides. Choose among several paths to your plant: just check off your location and then scroll through thumbnail photos by color; use flower structure and leaf features for a precise search; browse in the index, viewing your choice of common names, scientific names, or both mixed together; look for them by plant family; or enter keywords and let the app search for those.
The app resides in memory. Hey, when you're off in the mountains you don't want to be dependent on a signal, do you? But when you're back on a network, you'll find direct links from the species pages to online resources.
This guide covers a small enough range to be able to speak with a Northwest voice, from enough regional experience and familiarity to get geographic details right.
Here's some of what other writers have to say about Mathews's books:
"Highly literate and ceaselessly entertaining . . . a grand read, wise and comic, and indispensible to anyone who cares about the Northwest." -- David Guterson
"Pick it up anywhere and be fascinated."
-- Dr. Arthur R. Kruckeberg
"So much more than a field guide." -- Saul Weisberg, Exec. Director, North Cascades Institute
The region's herbaceous plants are covered in "Northwest Mountain Wildflowers".
Great addition to the NW Mountain Wildflowers app!
I work as a naturalist in the Pacific Northwest and work with kids and adults year round. It can be hard to convince some people to carry a field guide with them on a hike, or on a backpacking trip. Most people are still willing to carry their smartphone, and this app (along with NW Mountain Wildflowers) is a great way for people to ID the flora they encounter, as well as all of the other interesting information that is included in these apps!
It is organized well and covers a big enough area, I love the fact that it works just a well east of the Cascades as it does West of the Cascades, two very different habitats.
If you are not familiar with Daniel Mathews books they are worth picking up, along with this app- very solid information is provided in an entertaining format!
Outstanding companion in the field
Along with Northwest Mountain Wildflowers, this app is the perfect companion to your mountain natural history rambles. Great for ID, but goes far beyond in a literate, welcoming way. Wonderful short essays complement photos, info on range and habitat. I found it intuitive and easy to use. - Saul Weisberg, executive director, North Cascades Institute.
Easy to use and tons of interesting info and photos of each species. This is a great pocket book. Well done!
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- Category: Reference
- Released: Aug 21, 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 176 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Patrick Leger
- © 2011 Earthrover Software
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.