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.
YardMap is housed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology located in beautiful Sapsucker Woods. We’re home to a growing great blue heron rookery, an engaging visitor center, and the team of scientists, developers, conservationists, and educators who work together to bring you YardMap.
YardMap is also the world’s first interactive citizen scientist social network. When you join you are instantly connected to the work of like-minded individuals in your neighborhood, and across the country. Together you can become a conservation community focused on sharing strategies, maps, and successes to build more bird habitat.
The Science of YardMap
What kinds of questions are we seeking to answer with your help?
- What practices improve the wildlife value of residential landscapes?
- Which of these practices have the greatest impact?
- Over how large an area do we have to implement these practices to really make a difference?
- What impact do urban and suburban wildlife corridors and stopover habitats have on birds?
- Which measures (bird counts? nesting success?) show the greatest impacts of our practices?
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The YardMap is an idea that was developed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and funded in 2009 by the National Science Foundation to help fulfill the mission of the Citizen Science Program. PI Janis Dickinson is Faculty Director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab; collaborating researchers and co-PIs include Cornell faculty in a range of departments and colleges: Marianne Krasny (Natural Resources), Nancy Trautmann (The Cornell Lab), Nancy Wells (Human Ecology), & Connie Yuan (Communications and Computer Science).
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0917487. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Meet Our Team
- Rhiannon Crain, PhD
- Yardmap Project Leader
- Robyn Bailey
- Yardmap Project Assistant
- Chris Marx
- Web Developer
- Kevin Ripka
- Web Designer