Now that summer is officially here, it’s only natural that people will want to abandon their televisions and videogame consoles to spend more time outside (although that may be an odd thing for a tech to admit!). Hiking and running are two activities that I deeply enjoy when the weather gets warm. In April, I ran a trail on Mt. Vernon in New Jersey. For the 4th of July, my family and I visited Lake George, where we hiked Buck Mountain. If you’re a less extreme adventurer, perhaps you enjoy leisurely nature walks or picking flowers with your young ones.
When hiking, or outside in nature, I often come across different flora and fauna I don’t see all the time. If you are as curious as me, you might wonder the species of these plants and creatures. iNaturalist, and its sister app, Seek, are two free mobile apps that can instantly tell you the names of the wildlife and plant life that surround you during your outdoor exploits. Users simply direct their phone camera toward the animal or plant they want to identify, and the app references millions of photos in its database to classify the species. Additionally, geotagging can be enabled to show other users when and where you find these specimens. Both apps are fun and useful tools to try out on your next hike!