CTV News: ‘Nature at its finest’: Google Street View maps Canadian national parks. “In anticipation of Earth Day on Sunday, Google Street View added seven new parks to its catalogue of digitally mapped parks on Thursday to bring the total number to 167, or approximately 75 per cent of Parks Canada spaces. The latest additions include Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, Terra Nova National Park, the Lake Louise area in Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, West Coast Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.”
New Zealand Herald: Rotorua OGO downhill ball rolling track added to Google Street View. “Anyone can now get a taste of Rotorua’s famous OGO track before stepping foot into one of the attraction’s giant inflatable balls. This week, 360-degree panoramic images of the 250m double-lane straight track are being launched on Google Street View. The images were collected using the Google Street View Trekker – designed for use in locations only accessible by foot.” This is the deal where you get in something that looks like a hamster ball and get rolled down a hill.
State of Delaware: DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announces new online interactive pond maps for Delaware anglers. “DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced the release of newly-interactive online maps that allow anglers and other users to easily locate Delaware’s public freshwater ponds throughout the state. The public ponds, most of which are managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, range from five to 189 acres in size and support a variety of gamefish. The application can be used on mobile devices and can be found on the DNREC alpha website’s Public Pond Page.”
Earther: This New App Is Like Shazam for Your Nature Photos. “In July of 2016, thousands of people wandered out into streets and parks under the guidance of a hugely popular wildlife app. The app was Pokemon Go, and the wildlife did not, in any real sense, exist. Yet while Pokemon fans were attempting to collect fantastic—if ultimately digital—animals, some inevitably found real ones as well… if you wanted an app that would mimic Pokemon Go but for existing species, you were largely out of luck. That changed in early March, when social media site iNaturalist released SEEK, an iOS app for people who want to search out local flora and fauna. The new app is part of an ongoing attempt to tempt people into citizen science—and to get them to see the wonder in species they might otherwise ignore.”
Today Online: NParks launches website to help public learn more about trees . “Stumped about a particular tree species spotted in the neighbourhood or by the roadside, and curious to learn more about it? From today, the answers can be found at a new website…featuring over 500,000 trees from more than 1,000 species in Singapore’s urban landscape.”
Metro Parks Tacoma: Vintage postcards of Tacoma’s historic parks added to online archive. “Metro Parks Tacoma has added more than 500 new images to its online catalog: vintage park postcards acquired from collector Eric Swanson in 2010. These are unique views of seven of Tacoma’s historic parks, dating back to the 1890s. Some include notes written by past park visitors. The online postcard catalog provides images and detailed descriptions of each card.”
Toledo Blade: All fish stories turn out to be keepers. “South Dakota angler Buddy Seiner has created FishStories…. as an international storehouse to preserve the voices of fishermen talking about the sport they love and the people that share the experience with them. His is the first online audio archive dedicated specifically to anglers.” I took a quick look and this is a wow. I do have concerns that there don’t appear to be transcripts available for the oral histories.