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15-17 May - practice weekend!

14 May 2020

What does a Where? Where? Wedgie! practice involve? Here are some suggestions...

LOCATE THE BOUNDARIES OF YOUR SURVEY SQUARE

You can do your practice survey anywhere (within current COVID19 restrictions!) - but you might like to figure out your preferred method for locating the edges of the square you're surveying.

Options include:

Do you have some other suggestions? Please share them on the Forum!

BE CLEAR ON WHAT A DAY'S SURVEYING INVOLVES

You might be surprised! If you're going out today - the key instructions are in the 'Tips' document, in the DropBox folder at the bottom of the Prepare page. The rest of what you'll need are in the datasheets in the same folder, and in the ProofSafe app for data collection. These documents have just been updated. You might like to take a print-out, at least of the Tips, on your practice. (But note that the documents will be updated again in light of your feedback, in time for the official surveys).

To prepare in a more leisurely way, watch the video and explore the written information on the Prepare page.

PRACTICE RECORDING YOUR OBSERVATIONS ON THE PROOFSAFE APP

All of the info you need to access the ProofSafe app is in the Tips document. You might like to watch one of the tutorial videos made last year - there's a short one and a longer version.

Using the Practice Survey option on ProofSafe, try entering what you observe on a 10 minute survey or two. If you don't see any of the target species during your surveys, it's fine to make one up. Perhaps imagine that you saw some kind of falcon, but you couldn't see clearly enough to tell whether it was a peregrine or a hobby.

Extra important - do make sure to record your location AT your survey site. It's much more difficult after you've left. Don't worry, the app works even when you're not in coverage.

Now try uploading what you've entered (remember you'll need to upload your survey information even if you didn't see anything!). The upload is the true test - if you've missed any essential information you'll get some pop-ups.

ANY QUESTIONS OR IDEAS?

Share your questions and ideas on the Forum, or contact us on info@naturetrackers.com.au

Final instruction - this is definitely meant to be fun! Make sure you have everything you need to be warm, well-fed, safe and enjoying the place you've chosen to survey.

Email: info@naturetrackers.com.au

Twitter: @nature_trackers

Facebook: facebook.com/NatureTrackers1

YouTube: youtube.com/user/BookendTrust/videos

Nature Trackers is a Bookend Trust initiative. Bookend Trust is a not-for-profit education initiative that seeks to inspire students and their communities with the positive environmental careers they can build making the world a better place. Funded through the donation of time, energy and resources by private individuals concerned about building a positive and co-operative environmental future for our students and community.

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