Who We Are

Bird’s Eye View is a full service GIS shop located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was founded in 2000 by Kurt Menke. We serve clients worldwide. Our mission is to help solve the world’s mounting ecological and social problems using geospatial technology. 

How We Help

We are high tech and down to earth. We help people turn data into information with spatial analyses, and communicate their ideas with engaging maps. Whether it is advocacy, policy decisions, scientific research, coalition building or just plain problem solving, we’ve got the know-how and tools to meet your mapping needs. 

Contact Us

Office: 505-265-0243
Cell: 505-362-1776
Email: Kurt at BirdsEyeViewGIS dot com




We create intuitive, attractive, and powerful maps and graphics for use in magazines, books, posters web sites, and digital presentations.

A picture is indeed worth a thousand words and maps are particularly convincing. Any map can be thrown together to show a lot of information. However, creating an effective visual aid that efficiently delivers your message requires our kind of expertise. 




We are well versed in open source web mapping and utilize tools such as Mapserver, Geoserver, Leaflet and Carto for data visualization online. These are all free of licensing fees and offer tremendous performance and scalability.

If you need an online presentation of your data let us know. We will help scope out your needs and identify the appropriate technology.





Spatial analyses and the modeling of spatial phenomena provide answers to geographic problems and create potential scenarios for planning purposes. They make it easy to compare results, understand spatial relationships and determine what-if scenarios.

Spatial analyses can range from the simple measuring of areas and distances to sophisticated modeling. 

Our specialties include habitat suitability models, niche modeling and habitat connectivity for wildlife. Whatever the need, we assist you with everything your project requires from initial scoping phase to final presentation.


At Bird's Eye View, we specialize in open source software and are a QGIS Certified Training Organization. This means we will issue you a QGIS certificate for any training courses you take from us. We also have decades of experience with ESRI products. This makes us ideally suited to help you integrate software, such as QGIS, into your workflow. We also assist in migrating from commercial software to open source tools, eliminating significant licensing fees without loss of productivity. We work regularly with QGIS, GRASS GIS, SpatiaLite and PostGIS.

Kurt Menke is an active participant in the Free and Open Source For Geospatial (FOSS4G) community and was elected as an OsGeo Charter Member in 2015.



Bird's Eye View provides customized GIS training for individuals and groups. Instruction ranges from phone or email support to customized workshops and college level courses. Visit our calendar to view upcoming offerings.

Kurt Menke is a highly experienced instructor having taught college level GIS courses since 2005. He is also experienced in developing college GIS curricula. Bird's Eye View is a GeoForAll lab. In 2015 he was part of the GeoAcademy team awarded the GeoForAll Educator of the Year award. Currently, he develops curriculum and teaches for Central New Mexico Community College, University of New Mexico Continuing Education and Del Mar College.


QGIS For Hydrological Applications

Due out in September 2019!

Learn GIS skills for catchment hydrology and water management with QGIS for Hydrological Applications!

This workbook introduces professionals in the water sector to the state of the art functionality of QGIS 3.x for hydrological applications. The book can also be used as a beginner’s course introducing GIS concepts in a problem based learning manner.

Designed to take advantage of the latest QGIS features, this book will guide you in improving your maps and analysis.

In addition to the core functionality of QGIS, you’ll be introduced to many useful plugins.

The book is a complete resource and includes:

  • Lab exercises

  • Discussion questions

  • Links to videos with theory and explanations of the exercise

Discover QGIS 3.x - Out Now!

Updated for QGIS 3.6 (long-term release)

A workbook for classroom or independent study

Lab exercises based on the GeoAcademy

Data, Discussion questions & Solution files included

Challenge exercises

Learn enhanced workflows with QGIS 3.x

Covers Spatial analysis, Data management & Cartography

New section - Advanced Data Visualization

Blending modes | Live layer effects | Expression-based symbology | Geometry generators | Time Manager | 3D | Mesh data

Available in Print and e-Book

400 pages


Kurt Menke is the author several previous books on the open source GIS software QGIS. In 2016 he authored Discover QGIS with Locate Press and co-authored the second edition of Mastering QGIS with Packt Publishing. Click on the images below for further information.