Nature: Fauna

bird and wildlife watching: animals in the wild, using their instincts to thrive. Sites may be delicate nesting areas or habitats, so Green Maps should stress that people to approach with care and understanding. Officially recognized sites as well as locally-known sites could be accompanied by 'rules' for viewing, and details on the species you might see.

farm animals: some cities have gardens with chickens and rabbits, there may be a city farm or even a barn for police horses (good place to get manure for composting). Calgary suggests: consider how the animals are kept and treated, as well as what they are used for, before you put them on the Map.

dog run: designated places where dogs can be taken off their leases, usually in city parks. Often the only place you can see animals romping and frolicking in dense cities

duck pond: places where ducks, geese, and other friendly waterfowl gather. In cities, often a good place to watch and feed the birds. In the wild, just enjoy their water ballet.

zoo and wildlife center: places to see animals collected and cared-for by humans. Animals may not be indigenous, they may come from the wild or may have been born in the zoo. Some zoos have habitats for breeding endangered species, and other bio-diversity programs. Generally, the animals are not free to leave cages or protection area. May be small "petting" zoo for children or large scale wildlife park where the animals live under more natural conditions.

flyovers/wildlife greenway: good places to watch flocks of birds overhead. May also be used to indicate prevailing direction of birds' seasonal migrations if regular flight pattern is established. This Icon may indicate a wildlife corridor for ground-based animals, with native plants to shelter them.

significant habitat: notable wildlife habitat or natural area which may be rare or especially beautiful and rich. Be careful here not to upset the delicate balance. May have resources, for example, for turning your lawn back into a prairie, or for encouraging native animals to flourish. Could include aquatic habitat. Map should include details on the sensitivity of the areas.

gleaning area/fishing: collect wild food here, including mushrooms, seaweed, berries, fruits, greens. Farms that permit gleaning, even services that pick up party leftovers for food banks. Fishing piers and ponds where the fish is safe to eat (otherwise, indicate restrictions on your Map). Information sources for these areas. Calgary warns us: mapping gleaning areas may result in over-harvesting.

Other possible categories include: Shoreline Habitat.

revised 2-4-99
text from the Green Map System's Guide to Green Mapmaking, ©Modern World Design 1999