FAQs: Project Status

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As gardeners and keen observers of the natural world, you know that change is one thing you can always count on–and we want to let you know that change is coming to Habitat Network as of January 31st, 2019.

With our grant period coming to a close, Habitat Network has been seeking new sources of funding, but we have been unable to secure another large grant to keep the project running. We are continuing to seek a new home and funding to continue providing the services that you have come to enjoy.

Will Habitat Network DATA disappear?

No. All data collected will be housed in a database, but after January 31st, 2019, the data will no longer be accessible from the Habitat Network website. It will be stored in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology database as we look into the possibility for another organization to continue the work that Habitat Network has started, and for the data to be transferred to them.

Why is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology no longer supporting this project?

Habitat Network was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the past nine years, with additional support from The Nature Conservancy, small grants, and donations. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology provided Habitat Network various resources over the past nine years such as office space, access to integration with other projects, database storage, etc. However, we were unable to secure another large grant for the coming year to continue in this work. Without such funding our project cannot continue in its current form.

Why is The Nature Conservancy no longer supporting this project?

We have completed a two-year contract between The Nature Conservancy and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to redesign the application. Habitat Network finished and launched the new tool in December 2018 to fulfill the contract with The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy continues to support the actions Habitat Network embodies, but at this time no longer supports additional development of the web application.

Where can I express my thoughts or concerns regarding this situation?

Please direct questions related specifically to Habitat Network at help@habitat.network. If you would like to communicate with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, please write to cornellbirds@cornell.edu.

Can I get a copy of my map?

Yes. To make a copy of your map, please navigate to your My Maps by January 31st, 2019, and take a screenshot of your map. If you are unfamiliar with how to take a screenshot, please visit this url, which provides directions on how to take a screenshot from various devices. At this time we do not have the capacity for you to download each habitat or object that was placed on your map.

You can also access the image we store of your map by visiting your map’s direct link, http://app.yardmap.org/map/L7853290/screenshot You just need to change the number in red to match the unique number of your map. You can find that number unique to your map in several ways. In the older Habitat Network web pages it can be found in the url (circled in red in the image) or by clicking on the “Direct Link” also circled in red.

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In the new Habitat Network webpages you can easily get your map number from the url.

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What is happening to the Forum, how do I retrieve my comments?

If you would like to save all the comments you have made in the forum, please follow these steps:

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Navigate to the Forum tab by January 31st, 2019, then click on your user name in the top right corner of the screen. This will pull up all of your comments and conversations in the forum.

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From here simply cut and paste all comments you would like to preserve and save them in a Word document. Please note you can capture date and time with this copy and paste.

Where will the LEARN content be transferred to?

We are working on the details of this content transfer. All LEARN articles will be available on our webpage until the content has been transferred in the coming months. Articles will likely be moved to All About Birds or Bird Academy.

What happens to my photos?

Photos will no longer be accessible on the Habitat Network website after January 31st, 2019, but they will remain safely stored in our database. If, however, you would like to remove your images, please navigate to your map before January 31st, 2019, and delete any images you do not want preserved.

Thank you, again, for your devotion and participation in this citizen-science effort that allows us to better understand how our landscapes impact biodiversity. Keep gardening for wildlife, and sharing with others the value of this work.