Friday, August 01, 2008

Tracking Animals in Google Maps

White Tailed Eagles
screenshot of RSPB site

The RSPB are tracking two white tailed eagle chicks on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. The white-tailed eagle is the largest UK bird of prey and the two chicks are called Mara and Breagha. It is also possible to follow the chicks on Google Earth.

Seaturtle.org
screen shot of seaturtle.org
Despite the name, Seaturtle.org are tracking a whole host of animals on Google Maps. The map tracks a number of birds, mammals, reptiles and even a whale shark.

World on the Move
screen shot of the world on the move website
The BBC are continuing their efforts to track African Elephants, Alaskan Bar-tailed Godwits, Atlantic Salmon, Brent Geese, Common Toads, European Eels, and Gray Whale. The BBC Google Map relies on both GPS tags and on user sightings. The map includes a time-line, which allows users to view the movements of the animals over the year.

Greenpeace Google Maps Whale Tracking Map
screen shot of the Green Peace whale tracking map
Greenpeace is using Google Maps and satellite tracking tags on endangered whales in the Southern Pacific Ocean to follow the current locations of the whales. The Great Whale Trail mash-up is an interesting way for anyone to track patterns of whale migration and learn just exactly where and how far they go in a certain period of time.

Deer Tracking
This map show the movements of a white tailed deer in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. The map's creator believes that the map is the first email to map tracker created using entirely free web services.

Google Maps Close-Ups of Animals

You can also see close up imagery of some African animals with Google Maps' satellite view. This map shows some of the animals captured by the Google cameras.

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