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Count Circle App Updated for 2014-2015 Christmas Bird Count
Count Circle App for iOS and Android from Stevens Creek Software
Cupertino, California, November 17, 2014 – Stevens Creek Software’s Count Circle app, available for both Android and iOS devices, is now updated to contain the latest complete National Audubon Society (NAS) database of Christmas Bird Count (CBC) circles, with a total of 2646 different count circles in 89 different states, provinces and countries including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and Antarctica. Using Count Circle, birders can lookup and display any count circle on an interactive map, and find out exactly what is (and is not) included in the circle. Units which have GPS capability also display the user's current location, so that during a count they can determine precisely whether they are inside or outside the circle.
Count Circle features include the ability to relocate circles if they are in error or create new circles and position them with minimum overlap with existing circles. A new feature of the app for this year is the ability to display all of the count circles in a state. People can then chose which circle(s) they want to participate in and CBC coordinators can see which area(s) of their state are not well covered and where they may want to initiate a new circle. Count Circle not only lets users create and save their own circles, it also lets them set a different radius (in miles or kilometers) should they wish to do "Patch Challenges" with more limited (or wider) geographical scope.
Much of the data describing the locations of the circles in the NAS database seem to have been obtained before the widespread availability of GPS devices, and do not always accurately reflect the correct center of the circles that are being surveyed. Count Circle lets count organizers relocate their circles, both to obtain accurate values for the centers currently being used, and to experiment with minor shifts in the center which might allow key bird areas to fall within the circle. The software even allows organizers to request such changes directly to NAS in order to initiate a review process before any changes are certified.
Christmas Bird Counts, along with the Breeding Bird Survey series that occurs in the late spring, are a key scientific tool in understanding bird populations and migration. Count Circle is designed as a tool not only to make those surveys more accurate, but also to encourage more birders to participate in them. Stevens Creek Software's other birding app, Birdwatcher's Diary, has already proven invaluable during CBCs in making the process of recording counts quick and accurate. To find out more about National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, visit http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count All birders, from beginners to elite, are encouraged to participate in this important citizen science data collection activity.
Pricing and Availability:
The Stevens Creek Software web site provides full information on all of the features of Count Circle, including many screen shots and full manuals. The app runs on all iOS devices 5.1.1 or later and Android 3.0 and up. It is available for $2.99 (USD) and is priced accordingly in other regions.
Stevens Creek Software
Stevens Creek Software, based in Cupertino, CA, USA, has been in the software development business since 1988. It was one of the leading developers of utility, personal productivity and business applications for the PalmOS platform and is now a leading developer of applications for the iOS and Android platforms, with nine different applications on the market. Please visit www.stevenscreek.com <http://www.stevenscreek.com> for additional information.
Copyright (C) 2014 Stevens Creek Software. All Rights Reserved. National Audubon Society and Christmas Bird Count are registered trademarks of National Audubon Society. All other trademarks and logos used are owned by their respective owners. Count Circle and Birdwatcher’s Diary are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the National Audubon Society.
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