Learn to use tracking maps

All you need is an Internet connection!

Directions for viewing data in Movebank

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Tracking Map Data"
  3. On Search line type "Turkey Vulture,” "Levant Sparrowhawk," "Hooded Vulture" or "Striated Caracara." Note that to track the New World Vulture study at Hawk Mountain, you must make a second selection, "Turkey Vulture Acopian."
  4. Click on the gray outlined box next to Turkey Vulture Acopian Center USA GPS and map of all of our tracked birds will appear (or same in another study)
  5. Click the magnifying glass to zoom in to our tracked birds
  6. Click on the green highlighted "+" sign to open a list of all tracked birds
  7. To highlight the movements of one bird, scroll to the bird name and click. The line in the table will turn dark blue and all the points for that bird will be connected by a blue line on the map. The red "+" sign designates the first location of the bird and a green "+" designates the last location.
  8. Click the magnifying glass to zoom into points.
  9. You can move around the map by holding the left mouse button and dragging your mouse in any direction.
  10. You can zoom further using several different methods: the +/- scale on the right, by using the wheel on your mouse, or by clicking the zoom button at the top of the map.  When you click on this button the whole map will be shaded. Then move the cursor over the map and draw a box around the area you want to zoom into.
  11. You can change the background by clicking the Satellite button at the top of the map.  The default is Terrain view.
  12. Change the size of locaitonal dots by clicking "Options," then change point size to intermediate or large.
  13. Export data by clicking on the information box on the highlighted line for the bird you are looking at, then choose "Download Search Result."
  14. View the tracks of a bird by selecting "GoogleEarth (Tracks)" and clicking "Download."
  15. You can now save the file or open it directly into Google Earth. Note that you must have Google Earth on your computer and an internet connection to do this.
  16. GoogleEarth will load a map of all the locations for the chosen bird.  If you hover the cursor over a point it should turn into an arrow. Click and a table will pop up with information showing date, time, latitude and longitude of the point.  If you get a compass when you hover the cursor it means there are several points--click to see how many points are layered, then choose one to view details.
  17. If you only want to look at one bird at a time without all of the other points from other birds, uncheck the box on the Turkey Vulture Acopian Center line. This will uncheck all of the birds.  You can then check which birds you would like to look at.
  18. You cannot highlight the tracks of multiple birds in the table at the same time, but you can select birds based on area. For example, if you want to know which birds migrated along the coast of Mexico south of Puerto Vallarta rather than inland, just check all of the birds to show their locations, then click "Select" at the top of the map. Draw a box that includes only the tracks along the coast and the birds whose points are included in that selection will be highlighted in the table.