Gaia Guide (http://gaiaguide.info/) provides of online field guides. With almost 8,000 species described, including over 18,000 identification photos, Gaia Guide is a great way to get to know the many species around us.
Over 300 field guides already exist on the Gaia Guide website. These include a wide variety of bird guides for various locations around the world. They also include Australia-wide guides to mammals, reptiles, frogs and several other species groups. There are also field guides to each of the national parks in NSW, Australia. These are based upon species lists from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Choose your desired parts from any of these 300 field guides and the data will be collated into your own custom field guide for download to your mobile devices.
When you are heading into the wilderness and a long way from your Internet connection, this is a great way to take relevant field guides with you. Given the large size of some downloads, it is a good idea to choose and download your preferred field guides before you travel.
* Searching for species by species group, name, size, colour, location and other characteristics
* Capturing and uploading records to share with others
* Integration with device camera and photo gallery to add specimen photos to records
* Integration with device microphone to add audio recordings to records
To use Gaia Guide, first register an account on the Gaia Guide website. Then use the website to select the field guides you want. Finally use this app to download the chosen guides to your mobile device. With the data on you device, you are ready to to explore the great outdoors.
Search among the species that you downloaded, add records, document them with photographs, location and time details and other notes about the specimens you have observed, ready for upload your findings to the Gaia Guide website upon returning to civilisation.
Once uploaded, your records will be available on the Gaia Guide website for you and other users to benefit from.
Travelling to a new destination? Simply log into the Gaia Guide web site, select a different set of field guides and download them. You are all set to go again. Best of all, when you discover something new and special about a species, you can log into the Gaia Guide website when you get home and share your insights with other users.