Once you’ve found out all about the Where? Where? Wedgie! survey methods in Take Part, you can sign up, book your survey square, record your data and check results using these methods:
This operates as a website, and you can access it on any web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge).
The NatureTrackers Where? Where? Wedgie! app
You can only use this on your smartphone or tablet. You can access it via Google Play or the App Store. The app works even if you’re out of mobile coverage, so that you can use it to record your data during your survey, wherever you are. Make sure you have the latest version before you practise or head out (here’s how for Android and iPhone).
Learn how to use these properly (especially the map!) through the video and the (?) to the right of the map. The app and web app are connected and look very similar, and you can use either to book your survey square.
Don’t use the web app for your survey. Only the app will work reliably offline. To ensure you can access a map of your square during your survey, you should ‘cache’ (temporarily save) one just before you head out: open the map in the app, and zoom in and around your square. It’s also a good idea to have the printed datasheets with you during the surveys, in case of emergencies. Some people may prefer using the datasheets anyway. If you need to enter your data from datasheets, you can use the web app later.
After your survey, a great way to check whether your data uploaded properly from your smartphone or tablet, and to review it for any errors, is to look at the web app.
iNaturalist is a very rewarding, incredibly powerful app and website used around the world to record observations of nature. If you have locations and photographs from which others can confirm identifications, it’s a great way to share information widely: Tasmanian, Australian and international databases use confirmed iNaturalist data. Even without photos your data has the potential to be of use, as long as you have a location.
Once registered with iNaturalist, go to Projects and join the iNaturalist project ‘Claws on the Line’. Follow the instructions to record your observations of Tasmanian burrowing crayfish or their burrows. For each record, make sure you enter ‘Claws on the Line’ under ‘Project’, and look out for the extra questions that then appear. Ensure that everyone’s privacy is respected. Precise locations of your record will not be shared elsewhere if you choose the privacy option.
This is for any birds seen outside your official 10 minute observation periods. Once registered with iNaturalist, go to Projects and join the iNaturalist project ‘Where? Where? Wedgie!’. Follow the instructions to record your observations. For each record, make sure you enter ‘Where? Where? Wedgie!’ under ‘Project’, and look out for the extra questions that then appear.