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Guidelines for a Full and Complete YardMap

YardMap is first and foremost a Citizen Science Project, which means you are contributing to science by participating in the project and providing us habitat details. In order to get the highest quality data we can, we ask that you provide a “Full and Complete YardMap.” The guidelines for this are simple: At least 90% […]

YardMap is first and foremost a Citizen Science Project, which means you are contributing to science by participating in the project and providing us habitat details. In order to get the highest quality data we can, we ask that you provide a “Full and Complete YardMap.” The guidelines for this are simple: At least 90% of the area in your site should be covered with habitat polygons, and all the characteristics found in the infowindows for your Sites, Habitats, and Objects need to be set. If there are some characteristics you don’t know, please set the dials to “Not known,” and try your best to find out the answer by connecting with others in YardMap, or by asking around about the site.

A Complete YardMap

Contains a site line, is almost completely filled with habitat polygons, and contains a important objects

Photo © Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This is complete map. Does your map look like this?

Anatomy of a YardMap

The Site Line

Photo © Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Site Lines

  • Outlines the area you intend to map
  • Follows a property boundary for many people who participate (but does not have to)
  • Acts as a container for all the other objects and data you add to your map
  • Defines your spot on the map
  • Is required


Habitat Layer

Photo © Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Habitat Polygons

  • Designates different kinds of landcover inside your Site
  • Nick-named “habigons” by the YardMap Staff (habitat-polygons)
  • Represents some of the most important data you create in YardMap
  • Can be Lawn, Building, Grasses, Flowers/Herbs, Forest, Shrubs, Pavement, Water, Wetlands, or Ground (dirt, gravel, sand)
  • Should cover at least 90% of the total area inside your Site line


The Objects Layer

Photo © Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Objects

  • Come in two types: Plants and Bird-friendly Objects
  • Let you add a beautiful layered look to your Site
  • Gives you the option of getting very specific about the features in your Site (from the locations of bird feeders to the exact species of shrubs)


Infowindow Summary Tag

Click on any object on your map (including the Site Line) to activate this silver tag. Clicking "open" gets you to the infowindows described below

Photo © Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Information Windows

Open Infowindow

Here you'll find tools to add names, species IDs, photos, and ecological information to each object in your Site.

Photo © Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Available for each item you add to the map (Site line, Habigon, or Object)
  • Lets you add titles to objects
  • Customizes your objects with important information, or characteristics (how often do you water? Are there cats around? Does that tree provide berries? What percent native is your meadow?)

  • Gives you a place to leave comments about your objects that other YardMappers can respond to