Aside from our all-nighters spent preparing the State of the Birds Report, another major project that’s been keeping us up late at night has been redesigning our All About Birds website. But the hard work by our Web team is drawing to a close, and we’re now barely more than two weeks away from launching the new site.
We started this blog as a place to talk about our website redesign. You helped us put together our top-200 list of birds and told us what you thought of an early “wireframe” version of our new species accounts. Now, here’s an advance look at the (nearly) finished product. It’s the front page of our species account for Red-tailed Hawk (thanks to all the Twitterers who voted on which species we should demo).
These new accounts feature four tabs that collect a wealth of ID information, life history details and cool facts, sounds, and video. We’re just showing you the ID information page today, but check back on Friday to see the Life History section.
Try out the photo tool: click through the images and read the field marks listed below each photo – then do the same to click through similar species over to the right. If you want a closer look, click on a photo and you’ll get a side-by-side comparison of larger images. You can even pop out a photo to save it on the screen while you click through more images.
Many of these photos come from our Birdshare flickr group. You’ll notice photo credits at the bottom of each photo annotation and, if applicable, a link back to the photographer’s flickr page. Our website redesign draws heavily on the generous contributions of our nearly 600 Birdshare members, and we are very grateful for their help. A site like this simply wouldn’t be possible without their help, and we thank each member.
So take a look around, and tell us what you think! (Note that although many of the links are live, the main navigation on the page is disabled for now.) The full site is coming April 16th, but keep an eye out for a few more advance screenings between now and then. Thanks for following us.