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The Sounds and Sightings of Nature Apps

  • Wed, March 04, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Capitol Lakes, Grand Hall, 333 W Main St, Madison
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Plan to attend this program and learn about some of the nature apps that can help you to enjoy being outdoors. Spring is coming! Join bird enthusiast, nature lover, and UWRA member Chuck Henrikson as he describes some of the best nature apps he has found. The program is jointly sponsored by the Electronic Technology Committee and the Retirement Challenges and Opportunities Committee.

The program will focus on two primary apps: Merlin and iNaturalist. Merlin is a free app produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you identify any unknown bird. Merlin asks you a series of five simple questions and then compares your answers to the huge database the Cornell Lab of Ornithology maintains called eBird to come up with several choices. It presents these to you in the form of photographs, from which you choose the best match for your unknown bird.
You can also submit a photograph of the unknown bird, and again Merlin will provide possible matches from their library of bird photos. Chuck will briefly explain eBird, the bird database to which thousands of citizen scientists around the world submit their bird sightings daily. eBird is free.

The app iNaturalist is also free. It is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society to help you identify the plants and animals around you. When you open the app, it asks you to photograph the plant or animal with your cell phone and your location. It then compares this information with its database and suggests names with photos for your unknown plant or animal. A list of other plant and animal apps will be provided in a handout. This program will be videotaped.

Food pantry contributions  

Both cash and checks payable to Goodman Community Center Food Pantry will be accepted.


Free parking for Capitol Lakes events is available in the parking structure across the street. Take a ticket as you enter and have it validated at the front desk as you leave the seminar. The ticket is valid for only 20 minutes after it is stamped. If the gates are open, tickets will not be dispensed, and you will not need one in order to leave.


Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online. If you are not registered, we cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient handouts available.  If you or your companion registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please email or call the UWRA Office.

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