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Nature Conservancy of Canada and Google at Old Man on His Back Ranch

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Google formed a partnership that will see five spectacular nature sites across Canada captured in panoramic images destined for Google Street View.

Among the first of NCC’s natural areas to be photographed with the Google Trekker camera is the Old Man on His Back Prairie Heritage and Conservation area (OMB) in southwestern Saskatchewan on Aug. 26.
“We (NCC) are pleased to be part of this partnership. Google Trekker at OMB ranch will allow many people to experience the beauty of natural grasslands and roaming bison,” says Jennifer McKillop, director of conservation for NCC in Saskatchewan. “It puts NCC’s work in clear focus and features the natural grasslands of Saskatchewan on the virtual world map. When posted, people everywhere will be able to explore our NCC projects on Street View.”
NCC’s OMB area was selected for Google Trekker to enable many people to enjoy this natural area and view bison in their natural grasslands habitat. After this expedition, anyone will be able to visit the OMB ranch through Google maps via computer.
NCC staff will use a Google Trekker, a 50-pound (20-kilogram) backpack-mounted camera, to capture images of the landscape and roaming bison.
The team will hike through part of the 13,135 acre (5,316 hectare) ranch to capture the images, staying far enough away to ensure the bison will not be disturbed.
The Trekker is a green orb about the size of a soccer ball that contains 15 lenses. The orb is mounted on a mechanical stalk that protrudes above the wearer’s head. The Trekker snaps multiple images on 360 degrees every 2.5 seconds.
Every image taken by the Google Trekker is assigned a GPS location. When uploaded to Google the images will be knit together to create panoramic views of the route followed by the Trekker. The images and the route will be published in Google Maps, often with additional information to tell the story of OMB. These images will allow Canadians and Google users around the world to explore some of the NCC’s most stunning and diverse landscapes, coast to coast.
The NCC manages a seasonal interpretive center at OMB and a herd of genetically-pure plains bison on this ranch, located near Claydon in southwestern Saskatchewan.
NCC is the nation’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast.

via SW Sask News – Prairie Post – Prairie Post

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