What is this?
This is an application that generates maps based on data compiled by the USFWS on wildlife derived items that were refused entry upon attempted importation into the United States. Upon selecting a species you will be presented with a map that shows where the items derived from that species came from, along with the volume of items from each source. The volume is displayed by the color of icon from each source as well as the color and thickness of the line from the source to the destination.Upon selecting a country, you will be presented with a list of all the items originating from that country.
Are all these endangered species?
Not necessarily. They are simply species that for one reason or another were refused entry into the US. While items derived from species that are illegal on the international market are certainly on the list, they may have alos been seized for health concerns, or for issues that have to do with national wildlife regulations, both in the source and destination countries.
Is the source country where these items originated?
The source country identifies where the shipment that was seized originated from. This doesn't necessarily mean that the items were created there, or that the wildlife that these items came from lived there. The source only shows the last step in the journey of the item, which may or may not have travelled elsewhere before arriving in the US.
How do I select a species?
Species can be chosen from the 'View by Species' menu on the toolbar on the left. This will display the map of all the items related to that species. This display can be time-delimited by selecting a particular year in the 'View by Year' menu.
How do I select a country?
Countries can be chosen from the 'View by Country' menu on the toolbar on the left. This will display a listing of all the items that originated in that country. This display can be time-delimited by selecting a particular year in the 'View by Year' menu.
How do I see a list of items of a certain species originating in a certain country?
When viewing the map of a species, clicking on the icon for each source will pop up a bubble with a listing of up to five seizures of that species from that speciefic country. If more than five seizures have occurred, a link will be displayed that will show the complete listing. Alternatively, when viewing the country listings, clicking on any particular species will also narrow the list down to only seizures of that species.
What do the line and icon colors mean?
The color of the outline of a source's icon, as well as the color and width of the line from the source to the destination correspond to the proportional number of items that originated from that source. The place with the highest number of items will always be a thick red line, and the place with the lowest number will always be a thin green line. All other sources are sized and colored along that gradient, accoring to the number of items that originated there. Keep in mind that the scale can change based on the maximum and minimum numbers from each source. In some cases red can represent 10 items, and in others it can represent 1,000. The key on the toolbar to the left will show how the color gradient corresponds to the actual numbers.
An icon with an arrow pointing up indicates a source of items. The outline of the icon corresponds to the source's magnitude of volume of items going towards the destination.
An icon with an arrow pointing down indicates the destination of items. There is only one destination displayed at a time, at the conversion of the lines from all the sources.
The color of the outlines of the icons, as well as that of the lines, will correspond to the source's magnitude of volume of items going towards the destination. This color ranges from red (highest) to green (lowest), the specific number of items each color represents will be displayed in the sidebar when relevant.