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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 07/ 6/2010

Chesapeake Bay Trust launches app

By Washington Post editors

If you've ever wondered if that was an endangered Delmarva fox squirrel that scampered across the lawn, or an Acadian Flycatcher perched overhead, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has a new app.

The app is a field guide to the plants and animals of the bay watershed, complete with a location service that tells you which species are found where you're standing. The guide was announced Tuesday by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the grant-making nonprofit funded primarily by Maryland's special bay license plates and an income tax checkoff.

Besides photos, the guide also has recordings of bird calls, maps showing the range of various species, and diagrams showing characteristics that can be used to identify species. The free guide is available for iPhones and other Apple devices through Apple's online app store, and the trust hopes to expand offerings to other smartphones and devices, said Allen Hance, the trust's executive director.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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