To effectively and systematically survey the entire Vermont landscape, we have used a gridding system to divide the state into roughly 3 x 3 mile blocks. These blocks are based on the U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 topographic maps (“7½-minute maps”), each broken into 6 equal squares, creating 1,180 blocks statewide.
Using Vermont's Agriculture Land Cover 2016 dataset, the hayfields and pasture over 10 hectares within each block was summed to determine which blocks contained the most suitable Eastern Meadowlark breeding habitat. Because of Eastern Meadowlark's specific habitat needs, these are the blocks most likely to host breeding populations or territorial individuals, and where surveys should be focused.
How to adopt a block using the Blitz map
- Mouse over any block to see the block’s name.
- Clicking on the map pops up a menu that allows you to either download a .PDF map of the block’s hayfields (over 10ha), or sign up to survey that block.
- This will take you to a short form to fill out to adopt the block for the year. If you are unable to click on a block to get an informational popup box with links, try turning off all the visible layers on the right side button (towns, counties, blocks, etc.). The last layer turned on is the “live” layer for clicking.
- On the bottom right of the map, use the zoom functions or change how the map is displayed. The list menu allows you to select town and county borders, or biophysical regions to display. The second menu allow you to change the base map to streets, aerial view and more.
Use the map below or visit the map web page.
Note: The map may be offline between 10:00p and 7:00a.