You’re probably getting excited… Google Maps in eBird checklists?? Yes, it’s real! Here’s an example:
But before I let you in on how to do this, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Zachary DeBruine, a Hope College, MI Biochemistry major, also an on-the-side eBird-affiliated web developer (check out my website: www.birdventurebirding.com), a classical organist/pianist, and a birder. In the past, I’ve been honored by Cornell as eBirder of the Month, largely in recognition of my Google Gadgets, the latest being BirdTrax.
When I post, you should expect either techy eBird tricks or wild birding adventure stories. On my website, I discuss eBird-related development and tricks in detail. Here I’ll just try to bring out the highlights which everybody can make use of. As far as birding adventures, I have a tough time staying on the beaten path. It gets me in tight spots sometimes! Lastly, I’m excited to join the crew here at Nemesis Bird! I hope you enjoy learning more things about eBird and reading great stories!
How to put Google Maps into your eBird Species Comments:
With the help of my new code generator, eBird GM, embedding Google Maps in your species comments has become just as easy and fast as embedding YouTube videos and Flickr/Picasa photos.
Click here to try out eBirdGM. Simply copy and paste the generated code into your eBird checklist, and you’re all set!
Here are a few of my own checklists in which I’ve embedded Google Maps using eBirdGM:
- Lepelaarplassen, Netherlands – Glossy Ibis
- Muskegon SGA, Michigan – Harris’s Sparrow
- Sheboygan Lakefront, Wisconsin – Laughing Gull
- Roselle Park, Michigan – Yellow Rail
- Republic Landfill, Michigan – Slaty-backed Gull
If you wish to delve deeper into the world of Google Maps, you can check out the Google Static Maps API V2 Developer’s Guide on the Google Developers website.
I hope you enjoy this new idea, and please comment if you have any feedback or questions!