New ways to view and explore SEANET data!

8 11 2011
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Megan Hines made a mistake when she became my facebook friend; now I can steal pictures of her!

Thanks in large part to our data wizard, Megan Hines, Seanetters and friends can find out what’s turning up on other SEANET beaches both nearby and many states away. With the SEANET Beached Bird Data Explorer, you can now view all the carcasses reported on any SEANET beach from Maine to Florida, see how your beach stacks up, and compare the species profiles of carcasses found from region to region. Be a bit patient, as all this rich data can take a few moments to load.

And, for those of you who want to know about each and every dead bird the moment it hits the database, you can head to:


where you can either subscribe to receive reports of dead birds via email, or for the more casual carcass enthusiast, just visit the site from time to time to see what’s turned up.

Megan is quite possibly the best database manager ever, and I cannot praise her extensively enough. All Seanetters owe her a great debt of gratitude; Megan is super-fast, responsive, and thinks of things before I even know I need them. The only problem is that she works in Wisconsin and not right here with us in New England. Can’t win ’em all, I suppose.

Finally, Linda Daniels left a comment on the blog about the latex balloon survey put out by Clemson University. What can be done about this problem, she wrote. Indeed, it’s a fine question and we will follow Clemson’s work to see what they do next, after the survey phase of their work is done. It will likely take a great deal of public education, just as ubiquitous pictures of birds and sea turtles with their necks ensnared by six-pack rings ultimately got people reflexively snipping those items before tossing them. Still, people seem very attached to the practice of airborne balloon litter to celebrate just about any occasion. Irrational beings that we are, it’s hard to say what will get us to stop doing such dumb stuff.



One response

16 11 2011
Megan Hines

Hey all!

If you have comments or suggested changes to the data explorer, please feel free to share them with me and Sarah – I’m open to improving this to meet your needs and curiosities. One item I’m already working on is the ability to see the photos through the site also.

A few tips on the SEANET Beached Birds feed:

Feed URL –

The feed contains the last 25 beached bird reports only. It’s a moving window, meaning that each time you open it up, the last 25 birds are included.

The feed is also a GeoRSS feed, meaning that I’ve attached the coordinates for the start point of the beach to each of the beached birds reported. The feed can be mapped on something as simple as Google Maps like this:

To subscribe to the email subscription/email alerts (all new reports are delivered daily in a concise easy to read ‘digest’) – go here and input your email address:

Thanks for the kind words Sarah!


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