The Nature Companion website and app are designed to help you find out more about common plants and animals in Canada’s four western provinces.

From the home page, tap/click on a category (e.g. Birds) to see an overview of the entries for that category. Choose an entry (e.g. Crow) to see a larger photograph and additional information.

If you are on a category page (e.g. Birds), you can narrow down the entries by toggling the locations and habitats that you want to see (e.g. SK, forest).

Tap/click on the location and habitat icons for additional information.

Tap/click on the icon at the top left of a page to go up a level, e.g. from an entry to a category, or from a category to the home page.

Tap/click on the X at the top right to go back to the previous page.

If you’re on a phone or tablet, you can swipe across the screen to move between categories or entries.


To search, tap/click on the magnifying glass in the top right corner of most pages.

Type in your search query (e.g. red hawk) and hit Enter or tap/click on the magnifying glass beside the search box.

You can narrow down the results by toggling the locations, habitats, and categories that you want to see (e.g. SK, Birds).

To clear your search tap/click on the X at the right hand end of the search box.


Nature Companion can be accessed from your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Once you have accessed it once across the internet, you should be able to access it even when you're offline (depending on your device, browser, and storage space).

To make it easier to access, you can install Nature Companion on your phone or tablet by following the instructions below. (Note: You need to be online when you install)

Installing on iPhone / iPad / iPod

From the main page of Nature Companion on your browser (Safari):

Tap the share button (center bottom on an iPhone, top right on an iPad) and scroll down until you see Add to Home Screen. Choose it and then choose Add on the pop-up.

If you don't see the Add to Home Screen option, but there is a Safari icon next to the Share button, that means you're not actually in Safari (e.g. you clicked on the link from your email program). Tap the Safari button first, that will take you to Safari where the Share menu should have the Add to Home Screen option.

When using Nature Companion offline you may get a pop-up saying Turn Off Airplane Mode or Use Wi-Fi to Access Data, but you can tap OK and continue.

Installing on Android

From the main page of Nature Companion on your browser (Chrome):

Tap the three dots at the top right, choose Add to Home Screen, and then choose Add on the pop-up.

Additional Resources

iNaturalist - Explore and share your observations from the natural world

Seek by iNaturalist - Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology - All About Birds and eBird

iBird - Field guide apps for birds

Tree Book - Learn to recognize trees of British Columbia

Amphibians and Reptiles of Canada - Canadian Herpetological Society

NatureWatch - Fun, easy-to-use environmental monitoring programs that encourage you to learn about the environment

Hinterland Who’s Who - information on an wide range of species in Canada

Butterfly Guide - Nature Conservancy of Canada - Information about North American Insects and Spiders

US Department of Agriculture Plants Database

Leave No Trace Principles

Respect wildlife from a distance.

Collect photos and memories, not objects.

Let nature’s sounds prevail.

Pack it in, pack it out.

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Updated 10/18/2020, 08:09:56