Mapping the Annual Whooping Crane Migration

We are thrilled to begin our next project with the International Crane Foundation (ICF). Maybe you’ve read about or seen pictures of ultralight airplanes leading Whooping Cranes on their annual migration. This year we will be extending ICF’s mapFeeder application to support this migration from Florida to Wisconsin and back again!

For the first time time ever, web-based maps will be used to continuously record the location of all the cranes along with observations of their health, behavior and diet. We are developing a new mapFeeder application that will allow their field staff to view maps and save these observations using laptops connected to the Internet via the cellular phone network.

Once stored in the secure web-based GIS database, ICF staff and their research partners can view the data in other mapping tools such as Google Earth or Bing! Maps. They will also be able to connect directly to the data with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop to carry out advanced spatial analysis.

To learn more about this project, visit the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) website or contact the International Crane Foundation. To learn more about mapFeeder, give us a call or drop us an email.