These are some free tools for exploring the area and identifying what you see:
Westchester Library System field guides and other materials can be found here.
Gaia GPS: Get trail maps, record your walks, snap photos along the way.
Birdnet: record a snippet of birdsong. The app will generate a visual soundwave; isolate the sound you want to identify, tap “analyze,” and get a quick ID. This is great for those times when you hear a bird, but can’t get a good look.
Merlin from the Cornell Lab is great for birds you’ve seen. Answer questions about location, size, and color, to narrow down the possibilities., Create a free account and join in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Connect with eBird.org to start your Life List (a list of all the birds you’ve seen)
iNaturalist: crowdsource your ID. Upload a photo, input your location, and the app will suggest likely matches. If you’re still not sure, other users might make suggestions. There are lots of photos for comparison, and plenty of expert contributors.
InsectIdentification.org Search by color, location or type of bug.
USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station: This site offers more than 12,000 publications, including this gem: Publication 38089, Field guide to common macrofungi in eastern forests and their ecosystem functions
The Greenburgh Public Library is proud to offer two Explorer Bags, provided by the Central Westchester Audubon and the Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon.
These Explorer Bags can be used by adults, teens, and children!
All bags come with the following contents:
Two pairs of binoculars.
Tree ID cards and Magnifier.
Bird ID Cards .
Two magnifying bug boxes.
Colored Pencils and Notepad.
Explorer bags can be checked out for three weeks at a time!
Ask at the Information Desk for more details.
Don't forget to check the Library catalog to find birding books in the collection!
Birding in print
Birding on Libby/Overdrive
Birding on Hoopla
The Empire Pass is a membership that admits one vehicle entrance fee to most New York State Parks and Department of Environmental Conversation Facilities. Some examples include Clarence Fahnestock State Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Walkway Over the Hudson, Bear Mountain, Harriman State Park, Jones Beach, and more! DEC facilities include numerous campgrounds across NYS.
The loan period for the Empire Pass is one week.
NYS Parks: https://parks.ny.gov/documents/admission/EmpirePassCardGuidelines.pdf
DEC Facilities: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9174.html