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CNET News Video: Tech Minute: Apps to help you identify wildlife

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CNET News Video: Tech Minute: Apps to help you identify wildlife

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If you're a nature enthusiast, curious to learn about new species of trees or birds, leave your field guides at home. Instead, bring your smartphone on your next outing, loaded with two handy apps to help you identify the wildlife you encounter. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.

Before you pop that berry into your mouth, you might wanna check to find out if it's poisonous. The handy app, Leafsnap, can help you do that. After you download and install the free app unto your iPhone or iPad, you can search an extensive photo collection of leaves, flowers, and fruit to learn more about a specific tree or perhaps you encounter an unknown species in the wild, snap a photo and submit it for identification. Right now, the database is limited but is expected to expand to cover the entire Continental U.S. There are several good apps out there for researching bird species but I like Peterson Birds of North America. This iPhone and iPad app gives you access to its database of over 800 species of birds on this continent. Budding ornithologists will enjoy the beautiful color illustrations while uploading their own photos or locally-found birds. Between these two apps, spending time outside got a lot more interesting and techy. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News.

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