How many inland counties have species totals in eBird over 400? Only 8! Care to guess which 2 of those 8 are outside of CA and AZ?
That was the gist of a message I received recently from Tim Lenz — a friend of mine, top notch birder, and member of the eBird team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I was elated to see my home county of Pueblo, CO was one of those top 2 inland counties outside of CA & AZ, but Tim had piqued my interest. I wanted to see the rest of the data!
Since I’ve been visualizing similar eBird data over this past year or so, it was only natural that I get the data from Tim and tweak some of my R code to visualize his data set for the U.S. lower 48* to see what other patterns might pop out. After a little tinkering, here they are — enjoy!
Why just the lower 48? Well, the code to do all 50 U.S. states plus Canada is a bit of a memory hog and crushes my laptop… If I get a chance, I’ll work on the other maps at work this week, but don’t hold your breath.