Tracking Birds with Google Earth

Bird Tracks Migrations in Google Earth Asia screenshot[Update 1:55PM: It turns out instead of GPS, they used a doppler technology called Argos for tracking the birds]
Using technology to follow the movements of birds, animals and fish is an interesting application of technology. It is fascinating to me to see the places other species will travel. Recently, someone from Russia who calls himself “Valery35” at the Google Earth Community, has published tracks of birds in Russia as they migrate so you can view them in Google Earth.
Once you download the GE file above, you will need to open the “Birds” folder in your Temporary Places and turn on the tracks for the different birds. I found it particularly fascinating to watch the Stellar Sea Eagle as he migrated south along the east coast of Russia, stopping for a while at presumably the best hunting grounds along the way. Some of the birds have a photograph and the datasources are documented in a placemark description. Good work Valery35! Cpacibo!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. There are similar bird-tracking projects on pages of the Czech Radio. They don’t provide GE links, but they show the tracks in Google Maps.
    They have lots of articles about the birds and the area.
    New Odyssey:
    Flying Over: (mixed Czech/English content)

  2. this is very cool. some thing like this should be done (unless its has already) where it allows users to update the map for their own sightings…

  3. I am developing GPS based loggers for birds. The target weight is to be just over 1 gram, so small birds could be tracked. the logger is going to be solar based. if you are intereted in any aspect of bird tracking and research, then contact me or visit the website. any suggestion, comments and advice is more than welcome.

  4. It is a world wonder how Google Earth can pin point a location anywhere in the world and center in on it.

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