Tuesday, March 11, 2008

BBC uses Google Maps to plot animal migration routes

BBC Radio 4's World on the Move program discusses and documents the annual migrations of animal species across the planet. Their website integrates Google Maps to let interactively you explore the migration paths of these animals. To find out where Alaskan Bar-tailed Godwits or Painted Lady Butterflies are spending their time, drag the timeline below the map to follow their migration route! (The Mapperz Blog has revealed that the source code for the polyline javascript is courtesy of Bill Chadwick) Mashup developer Nick Dunn explains how this mashup will get even better over time: "..Over the course of the year, both official and user-submitted sightings will grow and the maps will document both predicted and actual migration routes." Be sure to submit your own sightings to improve this mashup and stay tuned!
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