September 20, 2015.
Throughout 2014 and the first half of 2015, I (RC) was preoccupied with wetland surveys throughout the CBJ, and other distractions such as learning how to fly my own video surveys and stitched mosaics from low-elevation still photos from a UAV (un-personed aerial vehicle, ie drone.) One consequence is that Juneaunature has languished, with no new posts or page-development.
But never fear! This website will soon be resurfacing, as a more integral part of our ‘mothersite’ Discoverysoutheast.org, which is also undergoing major renovation. I hope to spend a lot of time in what we’ll be calling the LEARN section of that site. Among our many goals for the merged Juneaunature are:
- multimedia: aerial UAV video, narrated slide shows.
- high-tech maps of Juneau’s favorite places from LiDAR showing landforms in unprecedented resolution, color-coded tree heights, etc.
- more user-interaction, facebook alerts, posts from naturalists in the field, forums for Juneau educators and their students.
- more dynamic, user-customizable spatial portal, via ArcGIS online. (basic example here, for subsheds–finer subdivisions of the Geological Survey’s watersheds–and for bedrock geology.)
- stronger integration with our partner organizations in natural and cultural history.
We want this to be Juneau’s online meeting place for nature study. If you have suggestions please let us know.
naturalist, Discovery Southeast