The Red Admiral and Painted Lady Research Site will have a new format, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. Revisions have been underway for the past several months, and we have been reviewing and editing the changes during the past three weeks.
Among the changes will be a new interactive Google map with more options for viewing observations by a specific range of dates (rather than simply by a range of months as in the map we've had), as well as for viewing all the observations for a particular month or set of months over two or more years. These changes allow the map to show more specific periods of time during migrations, as well as multi-year seasonal ranges of each species of butterfly. The new map also offers both roadmap and satellite views, to make both viewing existing points and adding new observations easier, and map points of any color will also show up much more clearly against the new backgrounds. Clicking any point on the map will now show its geographic coordinates as well as all of the information shown previously. We have also revised the page for entering new observations. Besides searching for a location by name or clicking on the map, you will now have a third option to directly enter your latitude and longitude. Wind directions and butterfly flight directions on the entry form are also defined more clearly than before.
--Royce Bitzer, January 24, 2018