User Guide 2:

**Note: For the end of this user guide, you need to create an account with VAL (it is quick and free!) Visit this link to create an account.** VAL is still a work-in-progress, if you encounter any issues, please contact us

Method 1:

Begin on the VAL homepage. Select the "Species" button:

Once you have selected the species button, you will be taken to the page you see below. From here, you can type a species or taxonomic group name into the search bar, modify search results using the options on the left side, or simply select a species from the list on the right side of the page:

Once you have selected a species or taxonomic group of interest, you will be taken to the Overview page. On the right hand side of the top of the taxon overview page, you will see the distribution map. Use the + / - buttons on the left side map to zoom in or out of the map:

From here, you can click "View interactive map," the green button below the map on the overview page. NOTE: You must create an account (it's free!) to access this feature. After clicking the "View interactive map," you will see this page:

The dots on the map represent occurrence records. You can further adjust the records on the interactive map using the tools to the left of the map. You can use the "Edit layer options" to further adjust how your occurrence records appear on the map. 

To learn more about the other options within the Interactive Map feature, please visit the Getting Started page.

Method 2: 

Begin at the Vermont Atlas of Life (VAL) homepage, and navigate to the Data Explorer. Click Explore Data, then Species. Click on More dropdown, then choose Spatial Portal:

Once you are in the Spatial Portal, Select Add to Map, then Species:

Type the species or common name, then click Next. Check all the other aspects you need by using the ticks to the left. Then click Next.

The dots on the map show occurrence records for that species. You can change the color, size and opacity of the dots. You can also change it to points from a density grid.

To add a second species to the map, again select Add to Map then Species.

Type in the species name (or common name) and click Next.

Your map will show the second species on the map in a different color. You can delete species from your map, by clicking on the bin icon to the right of the species name. You can hide them by clicking on the tick to the left of the species name.

Material adapted from the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia by Atlas of Living Australia for the Vermont Atlas of Life.