The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), supported by Pro-West, is using Esri ArcGIS Online tools to help fulfil its mission of conservation and land management, with the help of members with a passion for ruffed grouse, other wildlife and the outdoors.

The Woodcock Activity Viewer was developed as part of a project to identify and implement ways that the Ruffed Grouse Society could use GIS technology to improve data and business processes and share information more effectively across the organization and with volunteers, members and the public.

RGS started tracking American Woodcock migration activity in 2006 for the first time in history. The new Woodcock Activity Viewer updates RGS’ crowdsourcing migration solution using ArcGIS Online, allowing users to view and submit observations by exploring the map, placing a point where the observation occurred, and recording attributes about the sighting before submitting the data to be approved by RGS staff. Using a combination of the ArcGIS Online Web AppBuilder and the Crowdsource Manager template, these interactive solutions have been successful in both gathering and managing crowdsource data. Migration activity is displayed as a heat map instead of individual points to help protect specific, sometimes sensitive, hunting locations. The Time Slider widget provides a realistic animation of the sightings as they occur throughout the season to show how these birds migrate.