I've been fooling the last few days with a method for providing maps
and aerials for the birding spots in Orange County. The method could
be applied to individual bird sightings as well. With the help of my
genealogical colleague, Stephen Morse, I think we have all the bugs
out of the system. I've posted the method on Calbirds and BirdChat.
GPS and computer Street Map Programs are becoming more and more
common. These allow you to find the geographical coordinates
(latitude and longitude) of points on earth. What Steve has done, is
to provide a search utility that, given a specific geographical
target, will return via two other websites street maps and aerial
photos of your target point. For a given spot, a link (website
address) can be produced that will show others information about the area.
This can provide help for a general area, but might be specific enough
to identify a single tree. See my Calbirds posts the last few days
for how to set up the necessary website address (link) to access
Steve's utility for a specific, predetermined point. You could use it
directly, or take the latitude/longitude and incorporate it into a link.
I've just done this for a number of birding sites in Orange County.
and then choose the birding locations, and then look at the END of the
list of maps provided by individuals or the parks themselves, to a
second list for the new maps/aerials links. I got the coordinates for
the places from my street map program, and there may be some errors.
Let me know if you find any.
I'll incorporate these links in future RBA announcements. I will also
encourage people to send me GPS coordinates for vagrant sightings, as
well as the usual text directions. I intend to use the new system IN
ADDITION to our regular way of providing directions to sites.
Joel Weintraub, Dana Point, CA