Welcome to BirdTrax, a popular Google Gadget with a unique approach to viewing recent eBird data! With BirdTrax, you can quickly browse bird observations and rarities in your neighborhood, county, or state.
Embed the BirdTrax Gadget on your webpage now! It’s free, it’s handy, and your webpage visitors will love it! You can also create your own webpage with your own collection of BirdTrax gadgets. Read on to learn more!
Information & Guides
- About BirdTrax
- Install BirdTrax on your Webpage
- Install BirdTrax on your Personal Site
- Customizing your BirdTrax Gadget
- How do I add a scrollbar to BirdTrax in Google Sites?
- Why do I get a blank screen on startup?
- I'm experiencing a problem with my gadget. What do I do?
- Why doesn't my gadget work in Internet Explorer?
- Send Feedback
Information & Guides
About BirdTraxBirdTrax Recent eBird Data Explorer Gadget is a free project, created by active eBirders exclusively for providing all birders with easier access to recent eBird data. Here's a really quick schematic illustrating what you can do with this gadget:
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Notice: The checklist and observer views have been discontinued as of 12/6/2014.
Your gadget opens up in one of two tabs: sightings or rarities. In the sightings and rarities tabs, you may click the "+" on the left side to bring up a full-detail observation report. You may click on species and location names to bring up a list of locations at which a species was seen and a list of species for a single location, respectively.
Install BirdTrax on your WebpageEmbedding BirdTrax on your webpage is very simple. Check out the blog post mentioned below for detailed directions and a code generator. All you have to do is tell BirdTrax what you want it to do, grab an embed code, and paste it into your webpage right where you'd like it to appear:
If your blog has narrow sidebars, put the code <div style="margin:0px -10px 0px -10px;"> in front of your pasted code, and then at the very end, type </div>. This will make it so your gadget will fit more easily in your sidebar by extending all the way to both edges of the sidebar.
Install BirdTrax on your Personal SiteYou can still use BirdTrax even if you don't own a website. You can create a personal Google Site for free, or use your own iGoogle-like homepage (e.g. igHome). To learn how to create a dashboard of BirdTrax Gadgets in Google Sites, check out this post:
If you wish to embed BirdTrax on other sites, you may either need to use the code generator described in the section above, or you may need to enter the URL of the gadget. The URL of the BirdTrax gadget is:
Customizing Your BirdTrax GadgetBirdTrax gadget is very flexible. Read through the following list to ensure you have customized your BirdTrax gadget to suit your needs best:
- Lat-Lng Point: Set your latitude-longitude point by retrieving it from GPS or going to Google Maps and zooming in on your location. Then right click on the point you wish to select and click, "What's Here?". Copy the coordinates generated in the search bar and paste them into your gadget field. Your point must be in decimal format (e.g. 25.768977,-171.733303)
- Coverage Radius (km): If you wish to view sightings within a circular radius of your area, enter a value in kilometers indicating how far out to look for sightings from the point you entered in step 1. This should be a whole number equal to, or less than 50.
- Look Back: Select how many days back from today you'd like your gadget to show data for.
- Location Name: This is the value that will appear on your gadget's title bar.
- County: If your area is comprised of counties, districts, or parishes, you may wish to type in the name of county to generate lists of sightings and rarities in your county. You may also leave this field empty. If so, erase the default value.
- State/Province: Enter your state/province here--spell it out. Abbreviations will not always work. If your state/province is not 'taking', go to http://www.avianknowledge.net/ws1.0/ref/subnational1/list?countryCode=US&format=xml. In the url, change "US" to your country's 2-letter postal abbreviation, and find your state's name. Copy and paste the full name into the text box.
- Country: Simple enough, select a country. Note that there is no support for countries that do not have provinces.
- Range: Specify the area you'd like your gadget to cover. You get three choices, (1) either the area of the radius around your specified lat-lng point, (2) the county you typed in, or (3) the state/province you typed in.
- Default View: Specify the tab (sightings or rarities), that you'd like your gadget to automatically open to when it starts up.
- Show spuhs? Check to show spuhs (e.g. Blackbird sp., Great Blue Heron (blue form), Hoary/Common Redpoll). Spuhs are hidden by default. Note that you cannot click on spuhs to view species reports.
- Show picture? Check this if you'd like to show the round picture in the upper right-hand corner. You may wish to hide this if you are putting this gadget in a narrow space
- Hide Navigation Menu? Check this if you don't want to be able to access the sightings or rarities tabs while your gadget is running. Your gadget will simply open to the default view you set in step 9.
- Show/hide entered species? This is to indicate, if you enter species in the next step, whether you would like to hide those species from the report, or show them only.
- Enter Species Enter species comma-separated. Be careful to spell them correctly, because they won't be excluded/included if they are not spelled the same as in the eBird taxonomy. The maximum length for this list is just over 900 characters, or about 40 species. All species entered here are included in the URL for the gadget, and Google cuts off URL processing at 1000 characters.
Troubleshooting & Help Topics
Frequently Asked Questions
- A. Near the bottom of the gadget preferences/settings page, you need to check the box which asks if you would like to include a scrollbar when content overflows. To get to the gadget preferences/settings page from the main view, you need to find the edit page icon (a pencil in the upper right), then click on the gray box in the following view which represents your gadget of interest, then open up the settings for that gadget (a gear in a toolbar which shows up near the gadget on click).
- A. If you are in county or state mode, you probably entered an unrecognizable county or state name. Spell out your state and county, do not use abbreviations. Double-check your settings and try changing to area and see if you get the same problem. Otherwise if your internet connection is slow or intermittent, it may also not work. If problems persist, please send feedback. You may also want to verify that you are not using Internet Explorer.
- A. The best thing is to send feedback by contacting the author with your problem. Provide a detailed report of your problem, giving your user preferences at the time.
- A. Just like eBird, BirdTrax does not fully support Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer works fine if you set your gadget to "Area Radius" mode, but if you change the region to county or state, it balks and never executes the code. A standard modern code supported by all browsers except Internet Explorer was used, and no ideal workaround was found for this browser. Internet Explorer tends to run far behind in new technology, and is quickly losing it's fame to Google Chrome, the world's most up-to-date, powerful, and user-friendly browser. We highly recommend downloading Google Chrome. This will fix all your issues with BirdTrax incompatibility and will also give you a much more pleasant internet experience!