How to put Google Maps in eBird Species Comments


You’re probably getting excited…  Google Maps in eBird checklists??  Yes, it’s real! Here’s an example:

eBird Checklist with embedded google maps

But before I let you in on how to do this, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Zachary DeBruine, a Hope College, MI Biochemistry major, also an on-the-side eBird-affiliated web developer (check out my website:, a classical organist/pianist, and a birder. In the past, I’ve been honored by Cornell as eBirder of the Month, largely in recognition of my Google Gadgets, the latest being BirdTrax.

When I post, you should expect either techy eBird tricks or wild birding adventure stories. On my website, I discuss eBird-related development and tricks in detail. Here I’ll just try to bring out the highlights which everybody can make use of. As far as birding adventures, I have a tough time staying on the beaten path. It gets me in tight spots sometimes! Lastly, I’m excited to join the crew here at Nemesis Bird! I hope you enjoy learning more things about eBird and reading great stories!

How to put Google Maps into your eBird Species Comments:

With the help of my new code generator, eBird GM, embedding Google Maps in your species comments has become just as easy and fast as embedding YouTube videos and Flickr/Picasa photos.

Click here to try out eBirdGM. Simply copy and paste the generated code into your eBird checklist, and you’re all set!

Here are a few of my own checklists in which I’ve embedded Google Maps using eBirdGM:

If you wish to delve deeper into the world of Google Maps, you can check out the Google Static Maps API V2 Developer’s Guide on the Google Developers website.

I hope you enjoy this new idea, and please comment if you have any feedback or questions!

About the Author


Not too many people keep a lifelist at Age 7 by themselves. I did. But it didn't get above 60 until I tagged along on a birding walk outside the yard at age 14. Here I realized that there actually were people called "birders" who love birds, just like myself. A year later I began eBirding, and I have been an advocate of the program ever since. My interest in Cornell's eBird program is constantly increasing, perhaps spurred on by my inquisitive scientific nature (I'm pursuing a major in Biochemistry at Hope College, MI). Two years ago I started web developing, and have made significant contributions to the birding world since then through my Google Gadgets. Just two years after I began eBirding I was named "eBirder of the Month" by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in January, 2012. I continue to explore new technologies which I publish on my website, and work actively to promote eBird by either helping birders learn to use the program or giving web developers tips on taking advantage of eBird's great dataset.