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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.

What do you need to do during the survey? The idea is for each team to visit a 4 km x 4 km area (golden 'priority' survey square) on up to three of the official survey dates – this year: 10th, 11th, 12th, 24th, 25th and 26th May 2019. On a survey day, six 10-minute surveys need to be done in different parts of the square, with each survey being started either on the hour or the half hour, any time between 8 am and 4.30 pm. Find out more under Prepare.

Check out the 2019 map and have a think where you might survey this year. Can you reach a region where no one else has booked? There are currently very few bookings anywhere central...

How to choose your golden survey square(s)

Things to think about:

+ Which date?

Surveys are taking place this year on: Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019.

When any three days are booked, the square is closed. Each square-day can only be booked once. There may be a survey already booked at your preferred square on your preferred date - 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.

+ Which square?

Can you survey there safely, and do you have permission? Wherever you go, it's a good idea to check all the details of your square in advance. The square, or the area you need to cross to reach it, may be privately owned or be physically challenging to travel through. Ask landowners about permissions and any other potential issues. Make sure that you and your team are all able to reach and move around the square safely, that everyone is aware of and comfortable with any risks involved.

Make sure you choose a square in which you can survey from six different locations. Each of the six 10-minute surveys in a day needs to be in a different place within the square. To maximise your chances of seeing an eagle, if it's there - or any of the other birds we're recording - you might choose at least some sites which have a big view, such as 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.

If you and your team are happy to go anywhere, book a square as far as you can manage from any others booked! We have set up the survey 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.

Try zooming out to find large areas where no one else has booked. First click on the map zoom ‘+’ to see the priority (golden) squares. For smaller computer screens, use your keyboard zoom (CMD or CTRL and ‘+’ or ‘-‘)

Choose somewhere where - whether or not you see any birds of prey - you get to have a wonderful day out, and know that you're contributing to the science just as much as everyone else. To get good information on how the numbers are changing, we need surveys from areas where eagles are rarely seen – not just the areas where there are lots of eagles.

+ Can I book more than one square?

Well that would be wonderful, but don’t overstretch yourselves!

On any one survey day, we need six 10-minute surveys in your booked square, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, 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 both squares, you might manage two squares in a day.

+ What's the most useful?

It would most helpful to the survey if you can book a square in an area that no one else is likely to get to. That might be somewhere really remote, or it might be an area of private land owned by you or a friend (just make sure it’s safe for you to survey, and that you have permission).

We need at least two (preferably three) survey-days for each square, so if you can just do one day, consider picking a square that has already been booked for one or two days.

+ I'd like to help but...

We’d like you to take part in whatever capacity you can manage. We will be posting and emailing information on workshops about the survey methods, and on options to participate in ‘practice’ surveys and to help with additional, related research. We also welcome volunteers to help coordinate the survey.

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.

+ Important: if you need to cancel...

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 can see which square(s) you've booked under 'My Details' (top right hand corner when you log in). To cancel, please immediately Contact Us.

Using the map

Each 4 km x 4 km priority (golden) square has six possible booking days (10th, 11th, 12th, 24th, 25th and 26th May). Once any three days are booked, the square will be closed ('taken'). Each square-day can only be booked once.

Make sure you sign up as a member before you double-click to book your chosen square.

+ Viewing

First click on the map zoom ‘+’ to see the priority (golden) squares. For smaller computer screens, it may be also be helpful to use your keyboard zoom (CMD or CTRL and ‘+’ or ‘-‘)

If you get stuck, try starting over – refresh the web page by e.g. clicking the “refresh” or “reload” arrow button at the top of your browser window.

+ Navigating

You can see digital latitude and longitude of wherever you move your cursor, in the map legend (box on the left). You can enter these numbers into other web-based maps (e.g. Google Maps) to get different information on the area.

+ Booking

Trouble booking your square? First, make sure you're signed in, and that you're choosing a golden 'priority' square. This year, only golden squares can be booked, to help spread out our surveys across all habitat types - both good and bad for eagles - and thus get a good estimate of how numbers are changing (More explanation here). If you're still not having any luck, please get in touch.

+ Printing

To print, use your computer’s ‘print screen’ function. Here’s how for Windows and Mac.

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