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Prepare

Spend a day in the great outdoors. Book in a couple of friends and a little bit of kit, choose when and where, test out our bird ID training resources and make sure you know what’s needed on the day.

Here's what you need to do, to become a fully-fledged contributor to Where Where Wedgie:

+ Sign up

Sign up as a member - this will allow you to register your survey square, receive updates and access other information resources.

+ Plan well in advance

Choose the place you'd like to do your survey; and register it for your chosen date(s) once bookings are opened. Learn more, and book your yellow survey square, in Take Part.

For best results, we need a total of three days of survey (in the form of six 10-minute surveys each day) per 4 km x 4 km survey square – on any combination of the survey dates (10,11,12, 24, 25 and 26 May). You can just do one of the days, or all three - as you like.

Each day's six 10-minute surveys needs to start either on the hour or the half hour (e.g. 9:00, 10:00, 10:30 etc.), any time between 8 am and 4.30 pm.

So it may be possible to cover two squares in one day, but it will be hard work. We recommend that you prioritise having a safe and enjoyable day!

Discover why we’re doing it like this under Survey design in the training resources.

+ Assemble your team & some kit

Your dream team is three people: (1) one who doesn’t take their eyes from the sky and the bush, and uses the binoculars if you can get hold of some; (2) if you can get hold of a photographer with a telephoto lens, it would be helpful to photograph any of the birds you spot; (3) finally, you need someone with a smartphone and/or clipboard to write down the details, including your location. A compass, a GPS and a map will also be useful (both for the survey and for keeping you safe).

You are responsible for your own safety while taking part! Make sure all of your team will be safe and comfortable moving to and around your chosen survey square.

+ Hone your skills

If you have skills already - wonderful! (and do please share them with other NatureTrackers) - but we’re also developing resources to help you prepare from scratch. Learn about everything from using binoculars to advanced bird of prey identification online - and, if you can, at a workshop. We plan to hold workshops in various locations across Tasmania before the survey.

Practise doing a survey: once you've booked a square, access details of the updated smartphone app and datasheet from the Training Resources or DropBox link (below).

+ Be ready on the day!

Once you've worked through the above preparations, and booked your square, it's time to get ready for the day. Print out AND CAREFULLY READ! the Tips document ('Where Where Wedgie tips 2019') in this DropBox folder (no need to sign in) - for instructions, a checklist on what you need to bring and details on how to record your observations.

Let someone know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Make sure you have your survey kit, the right clothing, enough food and water and other useful things for the day - not only to be safe, but to have a great day (see the checklist in the Tips document).

Help organise/join in on local activities at the end of each weekend to celebrate our findings.

+ Recording your observations

To ensure you have all the essential info, carefully read the Tips document ('Where Where Wedgie tips 2019') in this DropBox folder (no need to sign in)

In summary: the preferred data collection method is via the ProofSafe App on your phone or tablet - make sure you log in with USERNAME: volunteer PASSWORD: wedgie. Play with the app and the 'Practice Survey' to gain familiarity; perhaps view the full or summary instruction videos; use the 'Official Survey' on the official survey days.The ProofSafe App works anywhere, on or offline on your phone or tablet - it's the best solution.

Additional/back-up options are to: (a) email or post datasheets (print out the two datasheet files from the DropBox folder) or (b) use the form on this website, via 'Results' or 'My Details' (Note this website form requires a different login process and you will need to register a new username / password).

Training Resources >

The instructions & documents you need for your survey are in this DropBox folder (no need to sign in). Please read the Tips document carefully!

And scroll down this page to see the new Bird ID video...

Email: info@naturetrackers.com.au

Twitter: @nature_trackers

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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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