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Subject: Re: Soundscapes & Yuba Pass
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 01:55:43 -0400
Martyn Stewart wrote:
> That is something I would like too Walt, some Frog ID software, I do
> have my national Geographic books and Lang's CD on North American Frogs
> & Toads but to put it in the form of this, would be great... That's a
> project for you in between riding your Trike!! Insect sounds too, we do
> not get many up here in Washington State but when you go to warmer
> places, it would be a great tool For Palm Pilot & Windows Pocket PC.

It's only recently the Palm has become capable of doing a good display
of a color photo. Driven by all the digital cameras. In searching the
internet there are all kinds of things for logging your birdwatching,
but I found only one piece of bird ID software for the palm so far. It's
regional, probably only good in the northern part of eastern US and
Canada, and only common stuff. It is not that expensive.

Right now you could identify a frog in hand in Georgia with what's on my
Palm. You'd also have a fighting chance with the tadpoles too.

I spent this evening, and my filemaker database is now running the way I
want for now in Filemaker Mobile on the palm. I locked out database
entry for now, and am importing only selected fields. Enough I can check
where I found something. The same data is summarized by my Georgia map
set on the palm. Filemaker Mobile was not up to all the formatting
tricks I use on the full database, so I had to fiddle a bit. In
particular it can't display repeating fields right. I use those to carry
all the frogs at each site. So I had to do a little converting to get
that info right.

This sort of thing is the way to really learn the animals, have
something to identify them in the field with you. Look them up when you
see them. Or hear them when I get that working. For me I can identify
all the frogs as adults, still need the tadpole photos for some of
those. Also need to add some notes to the tadpole photos pointing out
key characteristics.

I think something like the palm will be a lot easier and faster to use
than the field guide books. But right now it's a bit of work as you have
to put things together by hand. A bit of work for 32 frogs, but a whole
lot more for the birds.



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