Do you have unanswered questions about how the Conservation Blueprint prioritizes the lands and waters of the South Atlantic? Would you like a deeper technical understanding of how the latest Blueprint was put together, without having to slog through lots of metadata? Has a South Atlantic LCC webinar ever awoken within you a great and terrible curiosity, leaving you shaking your fist at a dispassionate computer, crying, “But how does Zonation really work? HOW? I MUST KNOW MORE!”

Okay, so maybe not so much that last one, but if you’re interested in more details than your cooperative staff include in a typical Blueprint overview, you’ll really enjoy this video delineating how Blueprint 2.2 was developed. It breaks the technical stuff down as simply as possible, with lots of visuals to illustrate what’s really going on under the hood of everyone’s favorite pink and purple map. It even shows a live Zonation run, so you can watch the program do its thing!

One of our reviewers called the video “the best metadata I’ve ever read,” which gave me quite a chuckle. Get it? It’s funny because, you know, you watch it instead, so…anyway…

The full video (embedded at the top of this post) is about 20 minutes long. I bet you’ll learn something new about how the Blueprint works! If you don’t have 20 minutes to spare, check out this playlist (embedded below) which breaks the video into separate chapters so you can skip around. But I do recommend you watch it in order if you can, as each part builds on the one before it.

This is my first time experimenting with this sort of video guide, so if you have feedback on how I could improve the next one, please let me know by emailing me at hilary_morris@fws.gov or calling me at 919-707-0252. I’d love to hear what you think!