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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.

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

Dec 052008

A week or two ago I was recuperating after my “day/night/whenever job” (volunteer firefighter) assisting with decontamination on a clan-lab bust. Being up ’til three a.m. I was fit for nothing the next day, so found a place to hike (and nap) up Clear Creek Canyon. I bumping into a herd of bighorn sheep, and later a lone female.

These brief but enjoyable encounters got me interested in looking harder, when I was more awake. I went back the next weekend, via the Central City Parkway (where I observed two Raven engaged with a whole egg, gosh knows where that came from this time of year, or how they transported it safely). At tunnel #3 I found a couple of young sheep up on the cliff. Unfortunately the hillside was busy with mountain bikers, and the cliffs with climbers, so the main herds of sheep had likely “head for the hills”. Note to self: Sheep hunt during the week, not the weekends.

I found a less popular spot to hike, and set of up the hill. I hiked long and hard for three hours, traveling a decent way up the mountain, to find sign but little else. A couple of mulies wandered by, but no sheep. Hot and tired (crazy weather for November) I finally came back to the car, and strange but true … there was a ram wandering right past my car.

Not yet satisfied I came back up (the two sheep were still there) then looped back and came to Lookout Mountain. Beautiful views of the two mesas east of Golden. (Again, lots of people out enjoying the weekend, so the wildlife would be making themselves scarce.) Nearing the bottom of the long winding road down to Golden, I found a pull-out that overlooked highway 6. I glassed the hillside above Clear Creek Canyon Park. It was close to dusk, and the deer were coming out. I could browse a lot more hillside than I’d managed in three hours of hiking and I had a good view.

First, I noticed two sheep down a draw. Then I spotted what seemed like their herd, another 10 or so. Some sitting (perhaps ruminating), some grazing. It was wonderful to watch them from afar, since they were clearly acting very naturally, oblivious to a remote observer. Lookout Mountain has become my new favorite spot for sheep when I’m feeling like an “easy hike” (i.e. get out of car, sit, look, get back in.)

This would have been fun enough, but what I learned yesterday really surprised me. Two encounters of a Bighorn sheep ram were made in Coal Creek Canyon itself. Coal Creek Canyon not Clear Creek Canyon!!! Wow. A local wildlife observer had predicted it (when I told her of my sightings in Clear Creek) but I didn’t expect it with all the densely forested hills around. I am amazed to wonder how he (or they) got here. Yes we have Elk, yes Moose (occasionally), but Sheep? WOW.

It might be cold (not as cold as yesterday) and I might be sick, but I suspect I’ll be sheep spotting later today.