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FLAP Mapper Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How do I register as a FLAP Mapper?
Q2. I'm now registered. How do I enter a collision record into the FLAP Mapper?
Q3. I have forgotten my FLAP Mapper password and/or user name. How do I retrieve this information?
Q4. I tried it to save a collision record in the Mapper and when I clicked 'SAVE' I received this error message: "You have selected an invalid collision location. Please specify the correct location where the collision occurred". What is happening?
Q5. I've been including photos with my collision reports but some of my reports don't have the images I included. What might be going on?


Q1. How do I register as a FLAP Mapper?

A1. Register as follows:
  • Click the TOOLS dropdown button located in the top right corner of the FLAP Mapper.
  • Select Register.
  • Enter your own user name and password, and provide a valid email address.
  • Click the ‘Submit’ button.
  • Almost immediately you should receive an email containing the verification code to authorize your FLAP Mapper account. Do NOT close the FLAP Mapper, but instead open the email in a different web browser tab.
  • Cut and paste the verification code from the email into the labelled textbox, and click ‘Verify’. You should now be registered and signed in as a FLAP Mapper!
Q2. I'm now registered. How do I enter a collision record into the FLAP Mapper?

A2. Enter a collision record as follows:
  • Under the FLAP Mapper Menu select 'Report a Collision'.
  • Click on the 'Map a Collision' button. The FLAP Mapper Menu box disappears.
  • Click on the map where the collision occurred. A bird silhouette will be placed where you clicked on the map and the FLAP Mapper Menu will reappear. PLEASE NOTE: to assure accuracy, zoom in and locate the building where you found the bird BEFORE you click on the map. Otherwise you might place the bird record in a random location.
  • Enter the bird species (optional), status, side of building and date when bird was found. We also encourage you to attach a photo of this bird (optional).
  • Click 'Save'. A message will appear that reads: 'Thank you. Your collision data was successfully submitted.'
Q3. I have forgotten my FLAP Mapper password and/or user name. How do I retrieve this information?

A3. The FLAP Mapper is NOT set up to automatically forward emails that, when prompted, will provide the user with a reminder of their user name and/or password. We hope to have this feature added in the coming months. Meanwhile, simply re-register as a FLAP Mapper by following the instructions under A1.

Q4. I tried it to save a collision record in the Mapper and when I clicked 'SAVE' and I received this error message: "You have selected an invalid collision location. Please specify the correct location where the collision occurred". What is happening?

A4. This occurs when the location you have clicked on the map could not locate a valid address (i.e. a street address could not be generated for that particular location). This precaution was put in place so that people could not click in an invalid location on the map (e.g. Lake Ontario) and enter a bird collision there. If you encounter this error message, it would imply that you are reporting a bird/window collision off of the registered road network. Therefore, make sure the address you are entering is a valid location.

Q5. I've been including photos with my collision reports but some of my reports don't have the images I included. What might be going on?

A5. At the moment, we are not sure why this is happening. It's possible that the program has a file size limit. ESRI Canada is presently looking into this situation. Meanwhile, an alternative to uploading images into the Mapper is to include a link in the collision notes to your image that is hosted on Flickr, Google, etc. This method does require you take a few additional steps, but will provide a temporary alternative until the glitch is sorted out.

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