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October is typically an incredible time for hiking. The weather has cooled off but there are still a few warm days, the leaves have changed to bold colors, and there's an energy in the air as animals ready themselves for winter. It's ideal conditions to go explore national parks, and a new app from the National Parks Conservation Association will help you identify flora and fauna, learn about wildlife calls, and become educated about historical sites within the park. The free app covers all the major sites, including Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Cape Cod National Seashore, and Glacier National Park among many more. You select the park you're in, and a field guide tells you everything you need to know about the area, from endangered and poisonous species to range maps, from wildlife profiles to call recordings.
It's great to get out and enjoy a day walking around natural settings, but it's even better to learn a lot about the area in which you're walking. It heightens an appreciation for the area, and when you feel like you know a place well, you're a lot more likely to want to keep it safe and healthy.
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