User Guide 3

**Note: You need to create a VAL account to access this tool.** VAL is still a work-in-progress, if you encounter any issues, please contact us 

Method 1: From the VAL Data Explorer:

From the Data Explorer, click Species: 

From here, use on of the search methods to search for a species or larger taxonomic group:

Once you have located the correct species or taxonomic groups, click the link to be taken to the VAL page for that species or group. Under the Overview tab, navigate to View Interactive Map to see the distribution of observations in Vermont:

Method 2: Spatial Portal:

Begin at the VAL Data Explorer homepage or navigate into the Data Explorer from the VAL website by clicking any link on the page. From here, navigate to the "More" dropdown in the top right corner of the page and login. After Logging in, click the "More" dropdown again and select "Spatial Portal":

You will be brought to the Spatial Portal page. From here, you have multiple options. Let's start with the dropdown options. When you click the "Add to map" dropdown, you will see the options: "Species," "Area," "Layer," and "Facet." Select Layer. Choose one (or more), then select Next:

The opacity sliding bar allows you to change the opacity of the layer .You are also able to delete and hide layers by clicking the bin or tick box. 

You can then add species to the map. For details about how to adds species, see User Guide 2. 

Your map will then appear with the occurrence records for that particular species and the layer you have chosen. In the bottom left  corner you will see the value for the layer at the area you’re hovering over. There will be a value for each of the layers you’ve added.

If necessary, you can change the color, size and opacity of the dots by using the sidebar. You can also add more than one species to the map at the same time.

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