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MyNature App for Calculating Fish Weight

Next time you bring your iPhone or Droid fishing you can leave the scale back at home.  MyNature Apps just released the app for calculating a fish’s weight by utilizing just two measurements of your catch.  By measuring the length and girth of your fish, entering those two measurements into their correct field and selecting calculate the app will give you a result that is within 10% of the fish’s actual weight.  You’ll be able to calculate the weight of multiple species of fish by selecting several categories.

  • Trout, Salmon
  • Bass
  • Bluegill, Perch, Sunfish
  • Catfish, Carp
  • Muskies, Pike, Gar, Pickerel
  • Walleye, Sauger
  • Sturgeon and a general selection for calculating other species.

Included in the app is a quick reference pop-up screen to give the user the numerical conversions for fraction of an inch measurements. You’ll be able to quickly convert fractional measurements of as little as 1/16th of an inch.

In this compact little app we have also included one extra page of Catch and Release tips. Learning how to properly release a fish back into the water will greatly increase its chance of survival and your ability to catch that same fish another day.

If you need to know the weight of your fish, get the app and skip the scales, MyNature Fish Weight Calculator.

Good Luck on the Water!!

Fishing Knots

This past week MyNature Fishing Knots made its debut in the App Store. Our latest app is actually one part of a larger, future app that will be coming out in the Spring of 2012. MyNature Fishing Knots feature 13 of the most common knots used on the water today.

*Arbor Knot
* Uni Knot
* Snell Knot
* Palomar Knot
* Trilene Knot
* Improved Clinch Knot
* Nail Knot
* Blood Knot
* Surgeon’s Knot
* Albright Knot
* Perfection Loop
* Surgeon’s Loop
* Rapala Knot

Each knot is fully illustrated with step by step instructions for tying and is also animated so you can stop and start a video to follow along with each turn to make sure you learn the knot correctly. MyNature Fishing Knots is .99 and you can find us in the App Store at the following link   http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mynature-fishing-knots/id448921566?mt=8

Catch & Release Fishing

A lot of fisherman practice catch and release, but whether they practice it correctly is the question. Just because the fish swam away and doesn’t seem any worse for the wear doesn’t mean it will survive another day. By following the suggestions below you will greatly improve the survival rate of the next fish you put back in the water.

  • Use barbless hooks or flatten out the barbs on your hooks using a pair of needle nose pliers or forceps.
  • Never use treble hooks.
  • Set the hook as quickly as possible, if you’re giving the fish time to “take the bait” then you’re increasing the odds of the fish becoming gut hooked which leads to a high mortality rate.
  • A pair of forceps will remove a hook much easier than using your fingers which in turn cause less stress to the fish.
  • Land the fish as quickly as possible. Fish that are played become exhausted and have an increased build up of Lactic acid in their body. An increase of Lactic acid in the fish inhibits muscle performance. One of the muscles being affected is the heart which is now slower at pumping oxygenated blood through the body. The added stress and lack of oxygen can lead to death several hours later.

     The exception to this rule is if you’re fishing at depths greater than 30 feet. At these depths it’s best to bring the fish up slowly to avoid complications from the change of pressure and let the fish acclimate. If the swim bladder is swollen do not pop or puncture it. Some suggest that you loosely attach a hook to the fishes lip and weight the line so the fish can get back to deep water as quickly as possible, once there a quick jerk of the pole should dislodge the hook.  There is no guarantee the fish will survive. It would be better if you intend on releasing fish to not fish deep water.

  • Avoid using live baits as fish tend to swallow those more readily and become gut hooked.
  • Avoid handling the fish, if you must handle it make sure to wet your hands first,  so you don’t wear off the protective slime layer that fish have. Once the slime layer is removed the fish is susceptible to infection which may ultimately kill it. If you need to use a net use one of the newer soft rubber nets that are not as abrasive to the fishes slime layer.
  • Avoid removing the fish from the water. A recent study done on Rainbow Trout showed that fish removed from the water for a mere 30 seconds had a 38% mortality rate within 12 hours and that fish removed from the water for 60 seconds had a mortality rate of 78% within a 12 hour period.
  • If you need to remove a fish from the water to remove the hook wet your hand first, gently hold it around the tail and with the other hand support under its chest. Place the fish on a wet towel and remove the hook as fast as possible and place the fish back in the water by the same method. Never toss a fish back in the water.

If you need to take a picture make sure the person with the camera is ready and in position first. Gently lift the fish out of the water by holding around his tail with a wet hand and with the other wet hand supporting the fishes chest. Lift the fish only high enough to get the picture. If the belly of the fish is just touching the water it makes for a more attractive picture anyway and the fish can be submerged that much quicker.

  • If the fish was removed from the water or has become exhausted then you need to revive the fish before releasing it. With wet hands hold the fish gently around the tail with one hand and under its chest with the other hand, face the fish into the current, if your fishing still water then gently move the fish back and forth to force water through its gills. The fish will swim away on its own when it is fully revived. Depending on water temperatures and how exhausted the fish was this may take a little time to revive him.
  • Avoid fishing for cold water species when the water temperatures are warm. The fish is already under stress from depleted oxygen levels in warm water and adding to the stress of being hooked and handled will most likely be too much to survive.
  • If the fish is gut hooked do not try to pull the hook out or remove it, the fish will have a better chance of survival if you cut the line as close to the eyelet as possible. If the fish is bleeding heavily then chances are it will die and if it’s legal to keep it you should.
  • For fish that are hooked in the gill area it’s best to keepthem if you legally can. If keeping them is prohibited then without doing further damage cut off as much of the hook as possible with a small pair of side cutters and return the fish to the water.
  • For fish that are hooked hard inside the mouth it would be best to use a pair of side cutters to remove as much of the hook as possible and then release the fish.
  • If you must know the weight of the fish use a tape measure and utilize the weight calculator in this app.

 List of Nevers!

  • Let a fish flop on the rocks, shoreline or boat deck.
  • Lift a fish by the line or hook.
  • Hold a fish by its eyes.
  • Squeeze a fish while you’re holding it.
  • Pick a fish up by or put anything in its gills.
  • Toss a fish back into the water.
  • Try to pull a swallowed hook out.
  • Play a fish to the point of exhaustion.
  • Use barbed hooks.
  • Weigh a fish on a hanging scale.
  • Touch a fish with dry hands.
  • Hold a fish by its lip.

Enjoy your time on the water and always leave a fish for another day!

Sequoia Natonal Park App

Sequoia Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers for iOS – Complete Field Guide

Wevertown, NY    May 19, 2011 in Reference

[prMac.com] Wevertown, New York – MyNature today introduces Sequoia Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers 1.1 for iOS, their app that provides a complete, personal field guide to identifying the Animal Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers of Sequoia National Park. Users will be able to easily identify tracks, scat, and sign left by more than 30 animals that inhabit the park, native trees, and 240 wildflowers. The app features searchable databases of: more than 30 tracks, with 700 photos, plus animal vocalizations; more than 30 species of trees with hundreds of drawings and photos; and 240 wildflowers with 680 images.

In each of the three categories, Tracks, Trees, and Wildflowers, the app helps the user make an identification by asking a series of questions that will greatly limit the number of possible candidates. The app is completely self-contained and requires no Internet connection. MyNature donates one dollar for each Sequoia app purchased to a general fund that is distributed to various national park foundations.

On launch in portrait mode, Sequoia Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers presents a title screen with four icon buttons: Tracks, Trees, Wildflowers, and MyNature Journal. Touching Tracks brings in the Animal Tracks Menu via a push transition. There are six buttons on the menu, including: Identify Tracks (six main categories, plus dozens of sub-categories); Identify Scat ((six main categories, plus dozens of sub-categories); All Animal Sounds (32 vocalizations, plus hundreds of images of Track and Gait); View All Animals (alphabetized list of 32 Species, plus hundreds of images of Track and Gait); Life List (personal log of type of identification of 32 Species, plus location, description, photo, etc.); and Other Info (Introduction & Directions, Field Notes, Making Plaster Casts, Glossary, etc.). All screens include an empty text field for searching.

Identify Animal Tracks Features:
* A searchable database of seven illustrated categories based on track size and shape – includes only animals found in the park
* View illustrations and photographs of each animal’s tracks (front and hind), gait pattern, and sign they leave behind
* Listen to each animal’s vocalization
* View a full color image of each animal in the wild
* Identify animal scat by using illustrated examples of five categories on scat size and shape
* View multiple images of each animal’s scat in the wild for comparison
* Life List, Tracking Tips, Plaster Casting and much more

Selecting Trees from the title screen brings in the Tree Guide Menu, including: Trees With Leaves, Trees With Needles, View All Species, Life List, and Other Info. Touching Trees With Leaves allows the user to search the tree database via a 15-item questionnaire, or list all 16 Species (Names, Descriptions, and hundreds of images). Choosing Trees With Needles also allows the user to search the tree database via a 15 item questionnaire, or list all 17 Species (Names, Descriptions, and hundreds of images). Selecting View All Species displays a scrollable list of all 33 tree Species (Names, Descriptions, and hundreds of images). The Life List allows the naturalist to fill in blank text fields (My Experience, Title, Location, Description, Images, Save to Life List). Other Info displays the following buttons: Directions, Tree Facts, Scientific Names and Meanings, Tree Morphology, Glossary, Credits and References, etc. All screens include a text search function.

Identify Trees Features:
* A 14 question illustrated search – just answer one or more questions and hit submit to see which trees match the characteristics selected
* Full color digital images of each tree’s leaf or needle, fruit or cone, profile, and bark
* A complete description of identifying characteristics for each tree
* Your own personal Life List to record the trees you have identified
* View all Species, Scientific Names and Their Meanings, Tree Facts and more

The Flower Guide Menu offers: Identify Flowers, View All Species, Life List, and Other Info. Identify Flowers includes a 15 question search, of which the user need answer one to five questions for an accurate identification. View All Species displays a scrollable list of 240 species with common and scientific names. Touching any name allows the user to drill down to descriptions, drawings, full screen photos, a virtual ruler, etc. All screens are searchable via text input.

Identify Wildflowers Features:
* A 15 question illustrated search – answer one or more questions and submit your choices to see which flower has been found
* Illustrated drawings of every flower in the app, vital for comparing leaf position, leaf shape, and the overall appearance of the flower for identification
* A beautiful full color image of each flower
* Your personal Life List to record your discoveries
* Flower Morphology, and how Pollination works
* A built in ruler and much more

“This is the first iOS app specifically designed to identify the flora and fauna of Sequoia National Park in California,” stated company spokesperson, Jeff Greco. “Everyone who enjoys exploring nature, no matter what their level of knowledge and experience, will love using Sequoia Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers.”

Language Support:
* US English

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, or iPod touch
* iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 199 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Sequoia Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers 1.1 for iOS is $9.99 (USD) and available through the App Store in the Reference category. Review copies are available upon request.

Located in Wevertown, New York, the MyNature Inc. team is a small independent software company founded by Jeff and Laura Greco. With a focus on the OS X and iOS platforms, MyNature’s passion is to promote an education in nature through smartphone technology. Copyright (C) 2011 MyNature Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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Arbor Day Sale

One of our favorite days of the year , Arbor Day is tomorrow and to help celebrate the occasion we’ll be once again having a BIG app day sale.  Tomorrow and tomorrow only!! all 6 of the MyNature Apps will be on sale for .99 cents, that’s a huge savings of $6.00 off our Animal Tracks and Tree Guide to as high as $9.00 off our National Park series.

Coming off our huge giveaway last week for Earth Day where we had more than 8,000 downloads total over a 32 hour period we wanted to once again offer a special to help promote an “Education in Nature”

If you ever wanted to tell the difference between a Moose track and an Elks track, or  Moose Scat from a Beavers (yes, their somewhat similar)  then you definitely want to stop by the App Store and pick up a copy of the MyNature Track and Scat App on Friday. We don’t skimp on our apps, we have all the mammals you would be interested in identifying included in our guide, over 45 total and each animal featured has a complete library of images including  illustrated track and gait drawings, multiple digital images of tracks in the wild, gait patterns, scat, animal sign, range maps, sound files and an image of the animal itself.

What Would Arbor Day be without a Tree? Pretty boring actually, but no worries we have over 200 trees in our Tree Guide that you would commonly find across North America. Did you know that we were in fact the first to offer a tree app that actually helped you identify a tree.  All you have to do is answer 1 or any combination of 15 easy to understand illustrated questions to give you a list of possible trees that match your answer. The more questions you can answer the more specific the search results will be and in many instances lead you to the exact tree. You’ll  be able to quickly tell the difference between a Red Pine and a Whitebark Pine, what the difference is between a Spruce and a Fir Tree. Identify a tree by the color of its bark or type of fruit. We didn’t skimp on this guide either, for every tree included in the MyNature Tree Guide you can view an illustrated drawing of the leaf or needle, a digital image of the leaf or needle as well as the fall color for many of the trees. We also have digital pictures of each trees bark, fruit, profile and range maps as well.  Were even planning a future update in the next few months and we’ll be adding roughly 24 more trees as well as a new user interface.

If your heading out to Yosemite or Sequoia National Parks this summer then you should definitely be here for Fridays big Arbor Day sale and save $9.00 on our Tracks, Trees and Wildflower app for those parks.  These are park specific guides, only the animals, trees and wildflowers that are found there are included in our National Park series.  We have the same great features from our Tracks and Tree apps combined with  Wildflowers for a very informative app on the flora and fauna of Yosemite or Sequoia National Parks. The wildflower section alone contains over 240 commonly found wildflowers. The only thing more knowledgeable than this app would be a park ranger!! Keep an eye out in the next month for this growing series of National Park apps to include the Grand Canyon, Glacier, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Happy Arbor Day!!

MyNature Gives Big for Earth Day

Another Nature holiday has come and gone, Earth Day 2011 is over and with it our big App give away in celebration of  “An Education in Nature”  has ended.  I have to admit I was anxious to see the results of how many people took advantage of our Earth Day special.  I can honestly say I nearly fell out of the chair this morning when I saw the results, we gave a way a grand total of 6,663 apps in just a little over a 24 hour period.  The statistics are to me totally unbelievable that so many apps were downloaded in 1 day. Here’s the breakdown.

  • MyNature Animal Tracks                                  2,177 installs
  • MyNature Tree Guide                                         2,139 installs
  • MyNature Mammal Tracks                               1,006 installs
  • Yosemite Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers            950 installs
  • Sequoia Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers                  97 installs
  • MyNature State Tree Quiz                                     294 installs

6,663 total apps installed

What makes this even more incredible is the total retail value of that final figure. On any given day our Animal Track and Tree App retail for $6.99, the new National Park Apps will be listed at $9.99 each and our Mammal Track and State Tree Quiz sell for .99 cents each.  Here’s where I say Wow…… those totals have an incredible retail value give away of $41,914.53 !!!!

Now if anyone ever asks me what I did for Earth Day 2011 I can proudly smile and state that I helped 6,663 people with an “Education in Nature”.

Happy Tracking

Happy Earth Day!

It’s here! Earth Day, and to celebrate the occasion and promote an education in Nature all our app are now free in the App Store.  Install one or all of the  MyNature Apps to learn how identify Moose tracks, Mink scat, Black Bear sign, what a Red Maples fruit looks like or how to tell the difference between an Eastern Red Cedars bark and a Tamarack trees.  Learn the differences between a Whitebark Pine and a Lodgepole Pine. Don’t forget if your ever planning a trip to Sequoia or Yosemite National Parks you’ll be happy to see we now have specific park apps to identify not only trees and tracks but over 220 wildflowers commonly found there.  Stop in pick up an app or two and help us celebrate Earth Day with an Education in Nature.

Here’s a list off the free MyNature  apps for this special day.

  • MyNature Animal Tracks & Scat
  • MyNature Tree Guide
  • MyNature State Tree Quiz
  • Yosemite Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers
  • Sequoia Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers
  • Mammal Tracks

Just click any one of the links on our homepage to download an app in iTunes.

Enjoy Earth Day!