Koren — July 23, 02:11AM
Can I select an area on a map and get a list of observations?
I'm in Australia, where we don't have counties, so State is as detailed as I can go in terms of location/region. This isn't very useful in terms of exploring data, but looking at individual hotspots is too time-consuming when there are many hotspots within a relatively small area.
Is there any way of selecting an area on a map and getting a compilation of all the hotspots within that area? Or any other way of getting data at a scale between state and hotspot (for countries outside the US)?
Karl Curtis — July 25, 07:40PM
You could pick a very common species and, on explore data, look at species maps. Click on icons and you can see checklists containing that species and others.
Koren — July 25, 08:17PM
I've tried looking at maps for individual species, but it doesn't quite give me what I want.
I'll give you the example that I'm currently trying to solve. I am about to take a trip to outback Western Australia. During 10 days, we will drive in a loop covering about 1200km, visiting a couple of different national parks.
What I would like to do is, for example, to select the area around Karijini National Park and get a combined checklist from all the hotspots in that area. Or all the hotspots on the road between Karratha and Tom Price. It's tedious to have to click on each hotspot individually to get the checklists.
Ruth — August 11, 10:37PM
Koren, I'm Australian too, though not based there at the moment, and I agree with you - state is far too large an area (even for Tasmania - it's OK for the ACT!) for eBird to have as the finest geographical scale for data output. I hope the day is coming when eBird will enable output at the level of local government areas in Australia, though I have no idea whether doing that is even on their radar at this point. I really hope so - it would be a big encouragement to the many eBirders in Australia.
But for outback WA, I suspect even local government areas might be too big for what you want. There are lots of situations where it would be interesting to be able to draw a polygon on an eBird map and get the pooled data for all hotspots and personal locations within that area. They are getting more sophisticated all the time in their mapping capabilities - the mobile tracks function recently introduced for Android is a good example, as is the finer scales on their most recently released STEM maps. So maybe that possibility will be released sometime down the track.
Hope your road trip went well! I'm sure you had all sorts of adventures and saw lots of interesting birds, including plenty that probably wouldn't have shown up inside your polygon even if you'd been able to draw it! Thanks for contributing and improving the data set!