The Atlas Portal is designed to showcase the results of the atlas in real time. Once you submit a checklist, it will show up in the portal within an hour! This is a huge asset for the project. We can track progress and use the results to target effort where it is most needed.
Want to know what species have already been recorded in a block? It’s easy! Simply follow one of these three options to explore data.
Use the results to inform your atlasing by filling in data gaps.
On the Effort Map, zoom in and click on the block of interest. A pop-up window appears that shows you some summary information. Click on the green “View all block data” button to see all the data for that block.
Use the Explore Regions search tool. If you know the name of the block you are interested in, simply enter it here. You can also enter in a county name and that will take you to a summary page for all the blocks in that county. To see the data for an individual block, go to the “Blocks” tab and select the block you are interested in. You can also see an overview for the entire state by typing in “New York” in the search field. This is where you can easily see how many species have been confirmed in the entire state and scroll through the list of species to see species-level information.
If you have already downloaded a map for the block of interest, click on the URL link on the top of the map and it will take you directly to that block’s data.
Beyond satisfying your curiosity, reviewing existing block data can inform your atlasing so that you can be more efficient and maximize your contribution to the atlas. Here’s how.
As you review the data for a block, you might notice that only forested species have been recorded. But when you look at a map of the block, you can see that there are also some fields and wetlands in the block. If that’s the case, consider planning your next visit to survey these overlooked habitats.
If you notice that no rails, nightjars, or owls are documented for a block, plan an evening visit in the appropriate season. If cavity nesters have been overlooked, head out in the following spring before the migrants arrive to catch them at the height of their breeding activity. No waxwings or goldfinches? Make a visit in August.
If you notice that a lot of species have been recorded in the block, but few have yet to be confirmed, time your next visit for when a lot of species are building nests or feeding young (June and July). This will give you the best chance to upgrade breeding codes and make sure the block is adequately covered.