How do you use Nature Tracker?
If you have seen an interesting plant or animal, your first step is to go to
Start by typing the name of the plant or animal into the Wildlife Observed box and a dropdown menu will appear. If you don't see anything in the dropdown you are probably the first to have observed a species and it will be added to the database by an administrator later.
If you're unsure what it is you've observed, you can tick the 'Need Help' box and other users may aid in identifying the observation, and adding the new species to the database if required.
After you've input the wildlife name you can upload photos. Just click on the camera
for each picture you want to upload. Uploading a photo may also automatically update the date and location fields.
If the location was not automatically set by uploading a photo, you can click on the Set Location button to open a map where you can point to the sighting location.You may also input the latitude and longitude by hand.
The last piece of required information (with Wildlife Name and Location) is the Date.
The geoprivacy of the observations defaults to "open" (anybody can see it) but you can select "obscured" (anybody can see details except for the exact location; perhaps useful if you don't want to share the location of your backyard), or "private" (only you and the nature tracker admins can see any details).
If you just want to browse through nature observations there are a few of the most recent observations on the front page and lot more here
. There you can click the Search button and filter by by date, name, location or taxonomic info.
For example here is a map of all (non-private) observations of owls, northern harriers, goshawks, snowshoe hares and rodents in 2017 on the east end of the island