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For Trees

Follow these steps:


  1. Selection of Study Area: Choose an area that has few trees, gardens, sunny patches, some ground cover. Such an area could be around your home/school/office. Once you select the study area, keep collecting data from this area only as it helps in habitat monitoring. However ensure the area is safe, accessible and not remote or deserted. You may have one or more study areas depending on the time you have.
  2. Duration: The current project will need observation data from December 2014- March 2015.
  3. Selecting the day: Choose one day in the week and continue observing on that day every week e.g. if you choose Thursday then ensure you observe every Thursday.
  4. Selecting the time: Choose one morning hour on the chosen day. Ensure to observe between 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. or 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.. Choose one hour from this time slot. Thereafter follow the same time throughout the study period.
  5. Observation: Take one-hour stroll in your study area and start your observation. If you find a tree , first you will need to identify it using the iTree mobile app. Use the 'Explore Trees' section and identify your tree either through leaf shape, flower, fruit or bark pattern. Ignore those trees which are not included in the mobile app and concentrate only on those which you could identify. Once you have identified the tree, make following observations; Is the tree flowering/Fruiting/ shedding leaves/ growing new leaves?. These are the tree activities that are influenced by weather. Any change in weather will change the lifecycle processes of a tree.
    In case of unidentified species that are not included in the app, you could take a picture and send it to us at query@inaturewatch.org
  6. Filling Datasheet: Once you made your observations you could jot down those in the datasheet (download the copy here). Additionally you could add your field notes on other observations in the end of the datasheet. Once you complete your field work and filled in your datasheet, you may need to report the data through our website. Here you may need to collect the weather data too.If you have internet access you could collect the weather data from The Weather Channel website or from your local newspaper. Once you fill in your data, this is how your completed datasheet will look like:


    It may happen you will collect repeated data for same tree and it is correct to do so. This may not be applicable for birds and butterflies as they are mobile.

    You may take pictures of the trees you documented and attach it with your datasheet. Additionally you could also upload it on our Facebook Page
    Urban Citizen Scientist.

  7. Report the Data Online: Click on "Add Sighting" section on our website and transfer your datasheet data into our online datasheet. Most of the data except weather section has pre-filled data in dropdown menu, you need to choose the right option.

    Click here to report your data
    Download Tree Datasheet

For Birds

Follow these steps:

  1. Selection of Study Area: Choose an area that few trees with connected canopies or a grassland or a wetland. Such an area could be around your home/school/office. Once you select the study area, keep collecting data from this area only as it helps in habitat monitoring. However ensure the area is safe, accessible and not remote or deserted. You may have one or more study areas depending on the time you have.
  2. Duration: The current project will need observation data from December 2014- March 2015.
  3. Selecting the day: Choose one day in the week and continue observing on that day every week e.g. if you choose Thursday then ensure you observe every Thursday.
  4. Selecting the time: Choose one morning hour on the chosen day. Ensure to observe between 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. or 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.. Choose one hour from this time slot. Thereafter follow the same time throughout the study period.
  5. Observation: Take one-hour stroll in your study area and start your observation. If you find a bird , first you will need to identify it using the iBirds mobile app. Use the 'Explore Birds' section and identify your bird either by colour or size. Ignore those birds which are not included in the mobile app and concentrate only on those which you could identify. Once you have identified the bird, make following observations; What is the bird doing? Is it feeding/resting/performing courtship/mating/nesting? These are the bird activities that get influenced by weather. Any change in weather will change the lifecycle processes of a bird.
    In case of unidentified species that are not included in the app, you could take a picture and send it to us at query@inaturewatch.org
  6. Filling Datasheet: Once you made your observations you could jot down those in the datasheet (download the copy here). Additionally you could add your field notes on other observations in the end of the datasheet. Once you complete your field work and filled in your datasheet, you may need to report the data through our website. Here you may need to collect the weather data too.If you have internet access you could collect the weather data from The Weather Channel website or from your local newspaper. Once you fill in your data, this is how your completed datasheet will look like:


    It may happen you will collect repeated data for same species from one study area, it is correct to do so as long the data is collected on a different date.

    You may take pictures of the trees you documented and attach it with your datasheet. Additionally you could also upload it on our Facebook Page
    Urban Citizen Scientist.

  7. Report the Data Online: Click on "Add Sighting" section on our website and transfer your datasheet data into our online datasheet. Most of the data except weather section has pre-filled data in dropdown menu, you need to choose the right option.

    Click here to report your data
    Download Birds Datasheet

For Butterflies

Follow these steps:

  1. Selection of Study Area: Choose an open area and sunny patch with flowering shrubs and herbs. Such an area could be around your home/school/office. Once you select the study area, keep collecting data from this area only as it helps in habitat monitoring. However ensure the area is safe, accessible and not remote or deserted. You may have one or more study areas depending on the time you have.
  2. Duration: The current project will need observation data from December 2014- March 2015.
  3. Selecting the day: Choose one day in the week and continue observing on that day every week e.g. if you choose Thursday then ensure you observe every Thursday.
  4. Selecting the time: Choose one morning hour on the chosen day. Ensure to observe between 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. or 3.00 – 5.00 p.m. Choose one hour from this time slot. Thereafter follow the same time throughout the study period.
  5. Observation: Take one-hour stroll in your study area and start your observation. If you find a butterfly , first you will need to identify it using the iButterflies mobile app. Use the 'Explore Birds' section and identify your bird either by colour or patterns. Ignore those butterflies which are not included in the mobile app and concentrate only on those which you could identify. Once you have identified the butterfly, make following observations; What is the butterfly doing? Is it feeding/resting/flying/egglaying/mating? These are the butterfly activities that get influenced by weather. Any change in weather will change the lifecycle processes of a butterfly.
    In case of unidentified species that are not included in the app, you could take a picture and send it to us at query@inaturewatch.org
  6. Filling Datasheet: Once you made your observations you could jot down those in the datasheet (download the copy here). Additionally you could add your field notes on other observations in the end of the datasheet. Once you complete your field work and filled in your datasheet, you may need to report the data through our website. Here you may need to collect the weather data too.If you have internet access you could collect the weather data from The Weather Channel website or from your local newspaper. Once you fill in your data, this is how your completed datasheet will look like:


    It may happen you will collect repeated data for same species from one study area, it is correct to do so as long the data is collected on a different date.

    You may take pictures of the trees you documented and attach it with your datasheet. Additionally you could also upload it on our Facebook Page
    Urban Citizen Scientist.

  7. Report the Data Online: Click on "Add Sighting" section on our website and transfer your datasheet data into our online datasheet. Most of the data except weather section has pre-filled data in dropdown menu, you need to choose the right option.

    Click here to report your data
    Download Butterflies Datasheet