[CT Birds] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] New eBird Feature: Hotspot Explorer

Marty Swanhall mswanhall at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 17 12:18:59 EDT 2013



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> From: Ryan Schain <ryanschain at gmail.com>
> Date: September 17, 2013, 11:47:35 AM EDT
> To: Massbird <massbird at theworld.com>
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] New eBird Feature: Hotspot Explorer
> Reply-To: Ryan Schain <ryanschain at gmail.com>
> 
> Massbird,
> 
> eBird has a new way to explore birds and birding locations around the world. The Hotspot Explorer, released five days ago, is an amazing tool and can be used by everyone, not just eBird users (though maybe this will rope some others in!).
> 
> The hotspot explorer is an eBird map that when all the way zoomed out, shows species diversity, with yellow being the least diverse, and red being the most (with several shades of orange in between). When you zoom into specific areas each public eBird hotspot is its own color, representing how many species have been seen in each hotspot (corresponding with a color chart to the right of the map). 
> 
> To get even more information on each public eBird hotspot, simply click a hotspot. This will bring up a small bubble with information about the hotspot, namely how many species have been recorded there (in eBird), how many checklists have been submitted, and also includes links to high counts, species bar charts, and even directions on how to get there.
> 
> The bubble also includes a green "view details" button. Clicking this will bring you to that specific hotspot's personal page. This page shows you all recently sighted birds, and on the right, the top 10 eBirders, as well as all recently submitted checklists.
> 
> The hotspot explorer map can be viewed for all years, the current year, a selection of years, specific seasons, ect ect ect. This is an addicting little tool, so be careful. It is a new and invaluable tool when planning a birding day, as it quickly lets you see where the most birds are being seen, and when.
> 
> The explorer can be accessed here - http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspots
> 
> Zoom in, and enjoy! 
> 
> There is also an eBird story on the hotspot explorer, which can be seen here - http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/hotspot-explorer/ 
> 
> 
> As always, please send me any and all eBird hotspot related questions, name suggestions, merge suggestions, and location suggestions.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Ryan Schain
> Boston



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