Jan 152010

We just released WildObs Mobile for Android version 1.3 into the market with a new menu item: HOME.

The HOME button allows you to log in to WildObs Mobile and enabled features like commenting upon encounters, and allowing you to record encounters from your mobile browser.

As always, feedback is welcomed and encouraged. Please let us know how this works for you.

Login to your WildObs account from your Android device.

Login to your WildObs account from your Android device.

Record the what, where & when of your wildlife encounters. This version provides optional support for use of device GPS to capture location information speeding your wildlife recording.

Record your WildObs wildlife encounters from your Android device

Record your WildObs wildlife encounters from your Android device

Find out more about WildObs Mobile for Android or (if you are on an Android device) go to the market:

Available on the Android Market
Dec 082009

WildObs Mobile 1.1 for Android now supports Android 1.5 to Android 2.0 and beyond.

Here is a brief overview of WildObs Mobile including how to use WildObs Mobile for Android to:

  • Browse community wildlife encounters (featured, most popular and recent.)
  • Perform a species look-up by name or partial name, viewing photographs and other encounters.

Find out more about WildObs Mobile for Android or (if you are on an Android device) go to the market:

Available on the Android Market
Dec 072009

There have been a number of requests to for importing photographs previously uploaded to Flickr into WildObs, for use in describing a wildlife encounter. In short the process is:

  • Go to your wildobs photograph gallery from your home page, and use the Flickr tab.
  • Allow WildObs to connect to Flickr, authorizing it (typically once only) if needed.
  • Select the photograph or photographs you wish to import.
  • Create new wildlife encounters from one or more of these photographs.
Here it the link on Flickr to the application:

Here is a simple how-to video on how to use this new feature. All feedback is welcomed.

Nov 252009

Want access to your wildlife encounters when you are out an about? Want to know what you saw the last time you visited this park, beach, or location? Want to know what others have been seeing that isn’t on your life-list? If so, then WildObs Naturalist (the latest member of the WildObs family of wildlife applications) is for you.

WildObs Naturalist ... find your nature

WildObs Naturalist ... find your nature

View your recent, local and popular encounters (or encounters by tag):

WildObs Naturalist: Your encounters

WildObs Naturalist: Your encounters

Review your wildlife life-list:

Check your species life list

Check your species life-list

See what others have seen close to where you are that is not on your life-list, then find out where to find those species locally:

WildObs Naturalist - Local species not on your Life-list

WildObs Naturalist - Local species not on your Lifelist

Nov 242009

WildObs Lookout is the latest iphone application to join the WildObs family of wildlife iphone applications. Lookout allows you to find nature around you (to “keep a lookout”) and get some ideas of what wildlife you could experience. Let crowd-sourcing help you get away from the crowds and experiencing nature…

Are you visiting a park for the first time, are you looking for something new around you? Do you have an itch to experience something new? Let the many amazing wildlife observers in the wildobs community lead you to nature. See what others are seeing, and tune in to the wildlife around you:

  • Lookout is location based, it shows you encounters around where you are.
  • Dive into each encounter:
    • Map the encounters, include your current location, launch Google maps for driving directions.
    • Expand photographs for greater detail.
    • Explore the species (locally, on wildobs and on the Internet w/ NWF.org and Wikipedia.)
    • Find more local encounters for the species.
  • Browse community encounters:
No WildObs account is required, and there is no requirement to record wildlife yourself. However, with a WildObs account you can also:

WildObs Lookout 1.0

Find your nature…

Lookout for nature...

Lookout for nature...

Dig into each encounter:

View the encounter

View the encounter

Map any set of encounters (local or wide spread):

Map wildlife encounters

Map wildlife encounters

Nov 232009

Get you wildlife from WildObs on your Android phone. WildObs Mobile (the first WildObs application for Android operating system) allows you to:

  • View community wildlife encounters:
    • Recent encounters (the community time-line.)
    • Features encounters (great stories, images or otherwise special critters/encounters.)
    • Popular encounters (voted by the community.)
  • Do a species look-up by name, partial name and/or alias.
  • Check out places for wildlife; parks/neighborhoods.

This free application is available on the Android Market:

Available on the Android Market

Browse encounters, and select from the menu.

WildObs Mobile for Android

WildObs Mobile for Android

Perform a species look-up.

WildObs Mobile Species Search for Android

WildObs Mobile Species Search for Android

Oct 222009

‘Tagging’ the act of putting keywords onto something is such a strange sounding/feeling task, but one we are increasingly used to with blogs, sites like Flickr, and here at WildObs. Tagging is flexible in that there is no set way to tag something, you get to chose. In that power is some complexity.

Tagging an encounter allows you to group a number of (perhaps otherwise unrelated) encounters together. It is best to try to tag encounters as you record them, while the encounter memory is vivid/fresh in your mind.

Here are some ideas on how you could implement tags:

Some folks say “keep a short list of tags you use frequently/consistently” and “avoid adding the first 20 things that come to your mind” and adding to that others say “it is better to combine a lot of simple tags than dream up complicated ones”. I would add … try to avoid putting the location or date/time or species name (although latin is always fun :-) into tags since those are already captured in the wildobs system.
The good news is that there is no right or wrong on how to tag. You chose what is right for you.
Want some inspiration? Check out the wildobs community ‘tag cloud’, or remember we have Tag Help when entering an encounter.
How do you tag your encounters? Please share in the comments section.
One final note: WildObs Observer users can (e.g. when they go on a trip) set default tags such as “ys2009″ for their Yellowstone 2009 Trip. All encounters recorded until that is changed will bear that tag.
Default Tags setting

Default Tags setting

Oct 112009
Lookup wildlife species.

Lookup wildlife species.

Perhaps you are on a road trip out west and want to know if you are seeing a Wolf or a Coyote, a Moose or an Elk, a Goat or a Sheep. Or, conversely you are east of the Rocky Mountains coast and want to know what that glorious red bird is when the locals tell you it is a Cardinal?

Cannot quite remember the name of that bird, but know it is some ‘hummer’ thing, or some ‘blue’ thing? Or, you just want to be able to reference species on demand.

WildObs Lookup make these species and many more available to you on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Perform a lookup of a full or partial name to get a list of all WildObs species that match, including any WildObs known aliases (e.g. cougar for mountain lion.)

See Also

WildObs Lookup also tells you a list of “see also” species, if you lookup a Wolf it’ll suggest you “see also” a Coyote.

Observer Photographs

WildObs Lookup also allows you to view WildObs observer images (perhaps your own, or from others) for the species allowing you to get a variety of different samples to make a more positive identification.

Available in the iPhone App Store

WildObs Lookup is available in the iPhone App Store.