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 .
Here is what I’ll be doing with it…
"Otterly in Love" by Jim Braswell
This weekend I will be traveling to Missouri (from Colorado) to meet with a wildlife photographer I greatly admire. Jim Braswell (aka @ShowMeNature) states goal is to “to capture the actions and behaviors of my subjects” and I am constantly thrilled by the results. I find his work draws me in, and transports me to the scene. When I was given the opportunity to meet Jim, and spend some time observing how he works, I jumped at the chance…
We’ll be photographing from kayaks; hopefully getting up close with critters without disturbing them. Hopefully we’ll see Beaver and/or Raccoon, and if we are really lucky perhaps Mink or Otter. Critters or no critters, we’ll be out in the wilds, and that is always good.
I’ve started posting a few of my photographs here, in the main so Jim can peruse them and see what pointers he’d like to give me. These aren’t my favorites, but some recent shots. I’ll try to keep posting a few to get a decent selection:
The start of a Journey?
I feel like I might be starting a journey. I’ve always loved wildlife and being in nature, but had mixed emotions about photography (for me.) If I focus on the shot, will I be missing the experience? Could I ever capture the essence of a scene in a still photograph? Jim has shown me it is possible to do amazingly, but I’m still not sure if I can, or if I’d like to try to words, or both. I feel the next few days will give me great insight on if this path, and if I could want to make it my path.
Here is a start…
Pond Skaters by Adam Jack
It’s been a while since I’ve published this information, so here we go for August 2011. This information is based on the community encounters posted to WildObs.
The most popular species observed this month:
The 10 most popular places for wildlife spotting this month:
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
John D MacArthur Beach State Park, FL
Deerfield Trail, Blacksburg, VA
Northwood Park, New Hope, MN
Grand Teton National Park, WY
Caribou Ranch Open Space, CO
Juno Dunes, Juno Beach, FL
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC
The 10 most prolific observers.