2015 to early 2016 Maryland and nearby area Christmas Bird Count: dates, contacts and compilers
Below are 2 map files (for loading into Google Earth) of Maryland and nearby Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) circles. PLEASE NOTE: clicking on either map link will not directly open it up. Instead you must first download it as a file to your computer, and then open it in Google Earth. See the download instructions at the bottom of this page to view and manipulate either map in Google Earth. A CBC count circle measures 15 miles in diameter. Latitude and Longitude of each count circle's centerpoint was gathered from http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count
>> Map 1 (A map showing where each count circle is in relation to neighboring counts)
>> Map 2 (Same as Map 1, except blue shading removed from circles, allowing easier exploration of terrain and habitat within an individual count circle)
These maps can be downloaded directly to your computer and opened in Google Earth. If you don't have or never used Google Earth, it can be downloaded for free at http://www.google.com/earth/index.html
To open either map in Google Earth: Place mouse cursor over the map link, right click the mouse and select "Save link as." A new window should automatically open on your computer asking where you want to save the file. You can pick the "downloads" folder or another file folder of your choice and click on "save". Find the file in the folder on your computer where you saved it, double click with mouse and it should open in Google Earth.
Special instruction to open either map in Google Earth using Internet Explorer: Place mouse cursor over the map link, right click the mouse and select "Save target as." A new window should automatically open on your computer asking where you want to save the file. Before saving or opening the file, locate the file name and add .kml to the end of file name (or change the defaulted .xml to .kml) and change the file type from XML document to All Files. Once you have done this, click on "Save" and a new window will pop up giving you the option to click on "open." The map should open in Google Earth.
For Mac users it's essentially the same: Hold down the Control key and click the mouse pointer on the link. You may then choose to Save Linked File to "Downloads" or to Save Linked File As (and then specify the folder and file name you wish to use).