I had forgotten what kind of a task it was to do a full update on the bird blind map (http://g.co/maps/sp5wf), but is about 95% done. Many thanks to Doug Campbell for filling in some of the blanks.
I have made some minor changes to the way the properties are now displayed. Those properties with the Google place mark with the spot in the middle of them are properties I am still awaiting word on. As of right now that encompasses just four properties: Cozad Ranch, Fennessey Ranch, LaCopita Ranch, and Red Creek Nature Ranch.
Those properties withe Google place mark minus the spot are properties that I have reviewed and/or received additional and confirming information on. That encompasses most of the properties.
The color of the markers have meaning.
- Purple means a blind on public lands
- Light blue means a property that the fee for the day is under $125 per photographer
- Green means a property that the fee is $125-$175 for the day per photographer
- Magenta means a property that the fee is over $175 for the day per photographer
- Blue means that it is a non-traditional blind--more about that later
- Red triangle with the ! mark means that this property is no longer available
Fee per photographer includes the fee for a guide if the property requires you to hire one of their guides.
Two new properties were added to the list: Laguna Seca ranch and Santa Clara Ranch. One, Weaver Cattle Ranch, was moved to the no longer available list, joining the Petersen Ranch. For what it is worth, both of Petersen and Weaver still have active websites. That forced me to go back and check all of the remaining sites and make positive contact (directly or indirectly) with the property owners.
Non-traditional blinds are blinds that are not structures. This is not a place where one would sit to take pictures. Rather it would be some place where you would stand and have
The update is not done yet, though. I need to link previous blog entries to the sites. I also have a spreadsheet that is still full of holes that I may make available as well at some point as a Google Doc.
So for now go at it. Tell me if it is helpful. Tell me if I got it wrong. Tell me if you've visited one of these places.