Navigating the map NaturaList

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Maps allow to indicate with precision the location of observed individuals. To do so, move the map by sliding your finger over the screen until the red marker sits on the correct position. Use + and - signs to zoom in and out and better identify landmarks. Choose your preferred cartographic layer at the top left corner (see image). The cartographic layer showing by default will be determined by your settings. Go to Menu > Preferences > Cartographic layer to change it (see wiki section Mobile interface > Getting started > Preferences > Cartographic layer).

Notice the smiley on the screen. When the GPS finds your position, the smiley becomes yellow, otherwise, it remains grey. Use the "aim" icon to prompt the GPS to get your location or refresh it. It is especially useful when, to save battery, your device does not get your position continuously, or when you are moving fast, for example when surveying from a bicycle. When using this icon, not only the GPS will read your position but will automatically center your position in the map, but you can still move it if your current position is not that of the individual you are reporting. Note if the distance between your position (smiley) and that of the record (red marker) is greater than 3 km, you will be asked to confirm. See at the top left area the precision of your gps reading at any time.

Navigating the map.


    If you can read a map and are certain of the correct cursor position:

    1. Choose cartographic layer.
    2. Zoom in or out for good visualisation.
    3. Place the red mark where your data take place and click Next.

    If you are insecure about your position on the map:

    A. Prompt GPS to find your position.
    B. Wait for smiley to become yellow.
    C. If your position and GPS precision make sense do steps 1 to 3 above.

Understanding a summary of observations

When entering a list (either a with list in the field or a protocoled one), click on the three dots icon to show/hide a summary of your records on the current list (see image below).

It is also possible to edit record from this summary of observation.

Each dot indicates:

  • Position: The individual's position is indicated by a coloured dot. The colour is the same as the colour of the shortcut if it exists. Otherwise, the position is indicated by an orange dot.
  • Species: Represented by a code that can either be the code associated to the shortcut, or an automatic generated one if there is no shortcut.
  • Number of individuals: Number of individuals recorded, no number if the count is exactly one. An x after the number indicates the count is exact.
  • Count precision: Indicated as
X with no number when not counted,
x after the number when the count is exact,
~ when the count is approximate,
when it is the minimum number counted,
Ø when number entered is exactly 0 (ie. if looking for an individual in their territory but is not seen in the current survey), or
no indicated when the count is exact.
  • Sex: Indicated by conventional signs and .
  • Atlas code: Indicated in brackets at the end.

Summary of species on a map.

From image above,

1. White dot: At least 2 Motacilla alba.
2. Yellow dot: Approximately 25 Carduelis carduelis.
3. Green dot: 2 females and 1 male of Anas platyrhynchos with atlas code B3.
4. Blue dot: Exactly 2 Gallinula chloropus.
5. Orange dots: Exactly one Cetia cetti and one Falco tinnunculus. None of them were entered with a shortcut.
6. Orange dot: Columba livia whose number was not counted. It was not entered with a shortcut.
7. Click to show/hide summary.