Hi Hi, Thanking everyone in advance for their suggestions.
I’m working on a very small cluster of islands in the Celebes Sea and would like to compare our datasets between islands. Eg. Butterflyfish on PomPom vs Butterflyfish on Mataking.
I can set my pinned locations to the right island, but they’re too small to be iNat locations.
Is there some way I can filter for my pinned locations?
I can do this in the map page by zooming right right right in and getting a bounding box that only contains the island I’m interested in. This is problematic for a couple of reasons. Firstly the computer screen window is East-West wide and my islands tend to be North-South long. So if I have the whole island in the bounding box, I also have the island to the east or west of it. Secondly, at this level of zoom the site gets a bit panicky and suddenly relocates me to Uzbekistan or somewhere. Thirdly, this is a really time consuming way to compare half a dozen sites.
Also, if I just set the location as Pom Pom, without it being a pre-set location, the AI guesses where I mean and creates a bounding box. In this case, it is specific to Pom-Pom Island Resort, and contains no butterflyfish at all. Similarly, if I search for Sipadan, I get a box around a resort on Kapalai which is 20km from where I was trying to look.
You should create places for each island and sea around it, they can’t be too small, you can create a place for your yard, so even the smallest island should take enough place.
Look at the URL and you will see that the bounding box is set by using 4 lat/long coordinates for the corners of the box. You can make changes to the lat/long to end up with a more square box. Alternatively there is a way to change the URL to make the boundary using a single lat/long point as the center of a circle of a defined radius. Once you get the box or circle around your island you can bookmark the URL. I don’t remember how to write the URL to search in a circle. I have the URL bookmarked on my laptop but I’m on my phone right now. If someone else doesn’t post it before me, I will post it here in the morning (US time).
To give you an approximate bounding box, you can resize your window (map view) to the shape that’s best (including slightly north/south long) and then click the orange “redo search in map” button. But @fffffffff’s suggestion may be best as you can create whatever shaped boundary you’d like.
So I was wrong about the bounding box. It only uses two points, the northeast and southwest corners of the box. I see that there is a place for Borneo island but it doesn’t include the surrounding water.
I made this box around Borneo: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=8&nelng=120&place_id=any&subview=map&swlat=-4.6&swlng=108.4&user_id=tracc
I also made a circle around Borneo: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&lat=2.2&lng=114.2&radius=775&user_id=tracc
If you only plan to make observations in the Malaysian part of the island, the box or circle can be smaller.
Here is a box around peninsular Malaysian (and Singapore): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=7.5&nelng=105.5&place_id=any&subview=map&swlat=-1&swlng=98.5&user_id=tracc
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