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California Species Mapper

Explore species occurrence data throughout California

GBIF search search records from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) www.gbif.org

Search within map area:

Tips & Tricks:

  • Only scientific names can be searched
  • Search terms are case-sensitive
  • Search for any taxonomic level (i.e. Chordata, Mammalia, Plantae, Lilium, or Canis lupus)
  • Caution! - a query returning many points will use lots of computer memory. Try zooming to a smaller area to speed up a query.
  • Only records in California will be returned.
BISON search search records from the USGS BISON program https://bison.usgs.gov
Search within map area:

Tips & Tricks:

  • Search for any taxonomic level (i.e. Chordata, Mammalia, Plantae, Lilium, or Canis lupus)
  • Searches are case-sensitive. Capitalize proper nouns (i.e. Cusick's sunflower) or higher taxa (i.e. Helianthus cusickii)
  • Mapping a taxon (i.e. Juncus) will show all species within that taxonomic level
  • For trinomial names, enter a name like Juncus leiospermus aharti
  • For specificity - search by TSN. Search for a taxon at ITIS to obtain a TSN for a given taxon (i.e. 'Reptiles' TSN is 173747)
  • Caution! - a query returning many points will use lots of computer memory. Try zooming to a smaller area to speed up a query.
iNaturalist search search records from iNaturalist www.inaturalist.org

Search within map area:
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Tips & Tricks:

  • Search for any taxonomic name (common name or scientific name).
  • Mapping a taxon with children (for instance Bombus) will also map observations for all child taxa (i.e. Bombus melanopygus)
  • Only records in California will be returned.

California Layers

Navigating

Shift+Drag to rotate and zoom the map around its center

Zooming: You can use your mouse wheel, or click the blue zoom in or zoom out buttons on the upper-left corner of the map.

Panning: Left-click on the map and drag to pan to a location.

Layers

Adding Layers: Two methods: 1). Search for a species taxon, and click the 'map' button and the layer will be added to your map. 2). Statewide layers are also available under the 'Layers' tab. To add a map layer, click a layer tab and you will see a list of available layers. Click the '+' and the layer will be added to your map and the legend (This may take some time).

Getting Information about a layer: Click the info button within a layer's legend. This will display metadata and other information such as permalinks and download links.

Getting Information about features on the map: Click the Select Tool button at the top toolbar. Then either left-click to select a single feature or Control+left-click to draw a select box. A pop-up window will appear with tabular information on the selected layer. If more than one feature is selected, a popup window helps narrow down a feature of interest.

Removing Layers: Click the X on the legend item for a given layer. It will then be removed from the map.

Layer Appearance: For a given layer, you can toggle visibility, change its stacking order with the buttons on its legend entry. If you click Tools in the layer's legend, the Layer Settings dialog can be used to zoom, change opacity, change color, outline width, and alter the symology and labels.

Basemaps

Changing the basemap: Click the Basemap button on the top toolbar. A dialog will display from which you can change the current basemap and its opacity

Saving & Sharing

Saving your map: Click the Save on the top toolbar. A dialog will display from which you can generate a web-link which will load your custom map.

About the California Species Mapper

The California Species Mapper is a tool to find and map species occurrence data onto an interactive map. This mapping tool leverages the depth and breadth of 3 large species occurrence databases; USGS BISON program, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and iNaturalist.

This online tool was developed and is being activly improved and maintained by the Sacramento River Forum

Please address questions to Rob Irwin (email: rob@riverforum.org)

Current Basemap

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Geolocation

Show your estimated location on the map

Geolocation obtains your geographical position through the browser. Geolocation is most accurate for devices with GPS. After clicking the button, you will be asked for permission to share your location with this webpage.

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