FOR THE BIRDS
Bird-watching, among the lowest-tech of activities, gets a boost from the CD-ROM version of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds from Knopf New Media (800 793-2665). The $57 program, for Windows and the Mac, contains much of the text of the book and lets you search for birds by habitat, color, size, and geography of species, along with a recording of its call. You can also maintain life lists of the birds you've seen. But unless you carry a multimedia laptop, you will want the paper version in your field bag.
BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1996, Bloomberg L.P.