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To get a handle on eagle numbers, we need to spread our efforts widely across Tasmania. We have a registration map, so that you can choose and book your own survey area.
The idea is for teams to survey one or more 4 km x 4 km areas (grid squares) on one or more of three days in autumn (2019 dates to be announced). Preferably at least six 10-minute surveys need to be done in each square, with each survey being started either on the hour or the half hour, any time between 8 am and 4.30 pm on each day.. To provide the most useful information, choose a priority (yellow) square.
Things to think about:
Make sure you choose the right day! When you click on the map, it'll take you first to Friday.
We have identified priority squares in a regular pattern across Tasmania, in order to sample all types of habitat, to spread everyone’s effort widely across Tasmania, and to reduce the risk of people counting the same eagle in more than one square. The fundamental information for the survey will come from these priority squares. If you’re able to, please pick a priority square (but do first check that you can safely access it).
Otherwise, book a square as far as you can manage from any others booked.
On the registration map, you can see which squares have already been reserved by other teams to survey. If there’s already a survey going on at your preferred square, check if it's available for booking on a different day. If nothing fits, please contact us and we’ll see if we can help work something out for you.
Well that would be great, but don’t overstretch yourselves!
We’d like you to do at least 6 ten minute surveys in your square, in daylight hours starting either on the hour or on the half hour (so separated by at least half an hour), preferably from different points within your square. So if you’re really keen and it’s easy to move around your squares, you might manage two squares in a day.
If you're feeling intrepid, it would be really helpful if you can pick somewhere that no one else is likely to get to, especially if it's a priority square. That might be somewhere really remote, or it might be an area of private land owned by you or a friend.
Wherever you go, it's a good idea to check your square in advance. Some of the squares may privately owned or be physically challenging to get to. Make sure that you and your team are all able to reach and move around it safely, that everyone is aware of and comfortable with any risks involved, and that you have permission to go on the land (both where you're going to do your survey, and any land you need to go on to reach that area).
For each of your ten-minute surveys within your chosen grid square, if possible, choose more than one survey site - perhaps you can find a different site for each of your six surveys? To maximise your chances of seeing an eagle, or any of the other birds we're recording, you might choose at least some sites which have a big view - for example, in an open field. But a mixture of habitats is a good idea too. You might have the best chance of seeing a perching eagle if some of your sites are along a forest edge.
Sure - we’d like you to take part in whatever capacity you can manage. Book whichever square you can (as far from any others booked as you can manage), and if you’d like extra help in any way, get in touch via the Forum (General Help) or the Contact page, and we’ll see what’s possible.
Life is full of surprises! If it turns out you need to cancel, please let us know straight away. Once you’ve booked your square, everyone else will know that you’ve already got it covered, so they will prioritise booking other squares. You’ll get a confirmation email with details on how to cancel. Any problems, get in touch [link to Contact page].
Make sure you sign up as a member before you double-click on your square.