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Yard Map

Ease of use 3
Expense 5
Support 4
Performance 5

The YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments. We collect data by asking individuals across the country to literally draw maps of their backyards, parks, farms, favorite birding locations, schools, and gardens. We connect you with your landscape details and provide tools for you to make better decisions about how to manage landscapes sustainably.

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    Ease of use 3
    Expense 5
    Support 4
    Performance 5

    This is a very cool site, especially if you’re into birding. It also seems like a good tool for engaging kids. You can enter your backyard, favorite park or birding spot into the YardMap database. You outline your site and can add objects/habitat (e.g., bird feeders/houses, shrubs, forest, lawn, brush pile).

    Getting your account setup is easy, as is setting up your site (once you figure out where to click). From there, the system asks you to describe your site (e.g., are there cats, do you use pesicides, how varied is the habitat). Again, pretty straightforward. What I found confusing was trying to add bird sightings. They use another platform called eBird to do this. So you have to create an entirely separate account at eBird, locate your site (again), and then use eBird to submit any bird sightings. While using eBird, I had a hard time using their address search and ended up having to get lat/long for my yard instead. Once you’ve gone through all of this though, any sightings you enter into eBird will show up on your YardMap account for that site. It took a few refreshes before these actually showed up. If you want to add more sightings, you can click a button to do so in YardMap but it will take you back to eBird to do so.

    Even so, just using YardMap for defining habitat is very easy (and kinda fun) to do.

    They do have a small help section that explains what your YardMap should look like, but I didn’t really see anything about how to actually use the system (I may have overlooked this though).

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