Blogs & Videos: Maps

Demystifying Mapping: Low-Cost and Easy Tools for Mapping Natural Areas, Plus Other Fun Tech Tools

In February I was fortunate to present a talk at the 2015 Wild Things conference on mapping tools for the local conservation community. My co-presenter, Daniel Suarez, from Audubon Chicago Region presented about the Restoration Map tool. This is a great way for local land stewards to track and monitor their work. My part of the talk focused on how to take accurate GPS data for including in Restoration map or other mapping projects.

The Bird Halls, maps, and Downy Woodpeckers in the Chicago region

We are putting maps in with each species covered by a digital label for our permanent bird halls that will soon be unveiled as the Ronald and Christina Gidwitz Hall of Birds.  Amy Schleser of our exhibit department has been working on a wide variety of maps she pulled together for various species.  At a recent meeting, we went over a set of them.  I have always loved maps, and we are trying to present some of the many different ways maps can illustrate interesting things about birds.  One of our chosen species is Downy Woodpecker (Arlene Koziol took the great picture of the Downy).  For this species, Amy created the map based on e-bird sightings for the Chicago region.