AT YOUR NEW SITE
GIVE YOUR SITE A NAME
*WE WILL HELP! In the field, come up with a name that makes sense to you. We have found the name of the general area (road/trail/park) and then a point number works well. Once you upload your point, we will give your point an official Stream Tracker ID and name.
MARK YOUR SITE LOCATION
First, save your location in the MAPS.ME mobile app. Then use the GPS function in the 'New Site' datasheet of the CitSci mobile app to add GPS coordinates to the mobile datasheet. If you are not using the app, transfer your coordinates to a paper datasheet from the MAPS.ME or other GPS app/device.
MAKE OBSERVATION OF STREAMFLOW AND TAKE PHOTOS
Use the 'New Site' datasheet within the CitSci mobile app to enter if you see flow, no flow, standing water or the channel is covered/obscured. Click the camera icon to use your phone to addphotos. If you are using a paper datasheet, mark your observation and take photos to upload later.
*PHOTO TIPS: photos help others find your site as well as show the amount of water in the channel. Try to take a close up of the channel and flow condition (a FLOW-to!) and then, a site photo where you try to capture as much of the surrounding landscape as possible.
UPLOAD YOUR SITE
Upload your site data point to CitSci.org using the upload function within the CitSci app OR enter your collected data directly to the project database on CitSci.org. This is a critical step as this adds your site to the network.
REVISITING YOUR SITE: To revisit your site, use MAPS.ME to navigate to the points you saved within your app. To access other Stream Tracker sites, download the most recent .kml file to MAPS.ME