Jan 242013

It’s coming up for that time again … Peregrine Falcons (PEFA) monitoring for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP).. Later in the year it’ll be bat monitoring, but I’ll write about that later.

Timestamped Field Notes turns your iPod, iPhone or iPad into a tool for easily taking notes and recording observations in the field. Given how the species that you are doing behavioral observations upon doesn’t wait for you to write down the time, or type out the  actions they took, this application is design for speed of capturing that record. Speed, and (even better) not having to look too closely so taking your eyes off the subject as little as possible. Timestamped Field Notes allows the observer to configure buttons to represent the expected events allowing a single click to record time/event.

Timestamped Field Notes allows you to customize the button text, group buttons into color groups (to easily locate them.) Upon button click a timestamp is created and a (configurable) timeout begins that will automatically commit the record for you unless you add more to it. You can view (and edit if needed) the records.

The buttons (and you can have pages of them if needed) are for quick access, however there is always full text editing capability if needed for those unusual occurrences. The application has a facility to learn about commonly entered text words and will propose buttons.

Export the data using text cut-n-paste into another application, or e-mail to a remote system. Seconds are available. Further you can import and/or export button configurations for sharing with others.

See more about how to use Timestamped Field Notes for Behavioral Observation recording, or check it out int the Apple App Store.

Here is what I’ll be doing with it

Mar 162011

Want to know more about the watchable wildlife around you? Want to know the spots that people in your area are visiting to find their mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and more?

The (no more than weekly) WildObs Wildlife Update e-mail brings you encounters from the WildObs wildlife database centered around you.

Sign-up for WildObs to get wildlife updates delivered to you, and customized by you:

  • Nearest public/syndicated wildlife sightings around you
  • Closest wildlife sightings from species in your favorites or wish-list
  • Any wildlife sightings from your friends in your network
  • Featured encounters
  • New places and species

Use your WildObs updates to connect with the wildlife around you, and find your nature.

Here is an example:

A screen shot of a WildObs Wildlife Updates e-mail

Learn about the wildlife around you

Sign up for WildObs to connect with the nature around you.

Jan 242011

A few months back we introduced the crowd-sourced WildObs Wildlife Species Lists which tells you what species have been observed at the park or refuge you are at.

Now, we’ve updated this to group species by category (bird, mammal, etc.) but also to identify which species are new to you (lifers, or just new to your WildObs life list.)

Keep the feedback coming and we’ll keep on making WildObs more powerful.

Here is a a snippet of a sample:

Your Custom Species List

Nov 092010
Download your species lists

Sample Species List

The web is a wonderfully powerful tool for helping identify and locate wildlife, and mobile phones keep it available in many more places that we go. That said, sometimes it is nice to take  a break from technology. When wildlife spotting that includes being able to print out a species list, to folding it up and stuff it into a backpack or pocket to use as you explore untethered. Knowing what species you might see on a trip, especially those you’ve not seen recently or are new to your life list, really increases the pleasurable anticipation.

WildObs observers can download species lists for WildObs places that have sufficient species data. The lists are grouped by wildlife class, allow a pen/pencil checkmark or tally, and include the scientific name where available.

How much do these species lists cost?

The “price” to observers for these species lists is … that in return for a species list, you please report your wildobs encounters for your visit. Okay, not a serious price, but the sentiment is good. Get from the community, and give back to the community to grow the community knowledge as a whole. If you encounter something not listed on the species list, definitely record it.

Where next?

As more data is available within the WildObs database these species lists will become more informative with information like “common”/”uncommon”, what seasons to expect them and even if they been seen very recently. You can help get us there by submitting your encounters.

Feedback welcomed as always.

Sep 162010

WildObs allows you to share your wildlife encounters with your Twitter followers, it also imports your Twitter friends. Recently Twitter improved how applications interact with their site by requiring a user authenticate against their system.  This is good for your security, and your application management, however it requires that for WildObs to continue to tweet on your behalf you need to take a moment to authorize it.

Here is what is required:

Ensure you are logged in to WildObs and Twitter. Then visit this page on WildObs


WildObs makes a request to Twitter, and redirects you here:

Authorizing WildObs access to Twitter

Authorizing WildObs access to Twitter

Once authorized Twitter will return you to WildObs.

WildObs Authenticated

WildObs Authenticated. And you are done.

Once authorized you are done. Right now this is a one time operation, so you ought not need to do this again (and if not indefinitely, for a very long time.)

Aug 272010

WildObs Naturalist 2.0 and WildObs Lookout 2.0 are available in the iTunes App Store.

Both these WildObs products now contain the functionality of WildObs Observer (to record any encounter along with time/location/photograph) but also provide their own features on top. This allows you to pick the WildObs application that is right for you, and stick with that one application.

WildObs Naturalist also let’s you :

  • Browse all your records, recent and most viewed, and view your species – favorites, wishlist, and life-list
  • Find new wildlife locations around your location, based off other observer’s encounters.
  • Find new wildlife species around your location, based off other observer’s encounters.
  • Map your recent/local wildlife encounters.

Use your encounters to find nature...

WildObs Lookout also let’s you:

  • Browse recent/local wildlife encounters
  • Browse recent/local wildlife encounters for species from your favorites/wishlist
  • View what your network of observers are seeing.
  • Checkout the wildlife at nearby willdife spots (based off other observer’s encounters.)

See what others have seen...

Aug 112010

WildObs Observer 2.0 is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod, see here: http://wildobs.com/about/observer

WildObs Observer let’s you record your wildlife encounters (on or offline in the woods), but also let’s you :

  • Browse all your records
  • See what species are around your location, based off other observer’s encounters.
  • Lookup a species by name (partial or scientific.)
  • Browse (and comment upon) recent and featured wildlife encounters.

One thing I really enjoy, is that featured encounters are viewable on the home page. Check this and others out …

Enjoy featured wildlife encounter on WildObs Observer

Feb 152010

To record your wildlife encounter with WildObs all you need are the what, where, when.

  • What species did you see.
  • Where did you see it.
  • When did the encounter occur.

Here is a short video of the process on the website:

More WildObs videos can be found here http://youtube.com/wildobservations.

Some tips & pointers:

  • Everything is editable, and things like descriptions, photos, videos can be added at a later date.
  • Don’t worry if WildObs doesn’t find your species or location immediately, those can be refined later (including being added to the WildObs database.)
  • Tags (keywords) are comma separated categorizations. E.g. first-of-season.
  • Title and Description are optional, but do enrich the encounter.
  • Syndicate means “this is more than the everyday encounter, it should be published as such”.
  • Public/Private allows you to  record encounters, but not share them with anybody else.

Quickest Record Entry:

This is how the Record your Encounter link button appears on pages

Record your Encounter (with context)

Whenever you see the following link button on the top right of a page you can enter a wildobs, and information from the page you are on will be used as defaults on that wildobs encounter. This can save both typing and look-ups.

  • Species page: The species (what) is defaulted.
  • Place page: The place (where) is defaulted.
  • Encounter page. The species & place are defaulted.
  • Image page. The photograph is defaulted.

For example if you’ve seen another encounter that you’ve posted before, you can press “Record your WildObs” on that encounter to carry over most of t he details (with the time changing to now.)

Thanks for sharing your wildlife, and guiding others to nature.

Feb 112010

Use WildObs Lookout to find your nature:

  • Find nearby encounter from the WildObs community (including for your favorite and wish-list species.)
  • Find nearby wildlife places (National Parks, State Parks, and more.)
  • Browse encounters from the WildObs community.

The latest WildObs Lookout is in the App Store:

WildObs Lookout menu: find, community, config

Find your nature with WildObs Lookout

Find Nearby Encounters:

WildObs Lookout: Nearby Encounters

Find nearby nature with WildObs Lookout

View an Encounter:

WildObs Lookout: view the encounter

Find your nature with WildObs Lookout

Show the Species:

WildObs Lookout: Species

Find your nature with WildObs Lookout

Map the Encounter:

WildObs Lookout: Map the encounter

Find your nature with WildObs Lookout