What is a Stream Track-a-thon you ask? This event is the perfect time for you to stream track. Now through the next two weeks, the network of stream trackers will go make as many observations of flow conditions as they can at as many locations as they can. September is usually a time when streamflow is low or channels have dried. Observations from the Stream Track-a-thon create a 'snap-shot in time' of flow conditions in channels relative to other channels this time of year. This unique dataset allows us to then compare the physical characteristics of streams to further our understanding of why some streams have flow while others dry. Every observation you contribute adds to into a drawing for fun prizes. Join the fun! We cannot wait to see what you discover!
When: Make observations anytime from Friday September 16th through Sunday October October 2nd
Where: Visit established sites or establish sites of your own where streams intersect roads or trails.
How to get started:
1. Join the project. Download the Anecdata.org mobile app, create an account, search for Stream Tracker under Projects, and click to join -or- visit Anecdata.org directly to create an account and join Stream Tracker under Projects.
2. Decide where you want to track streams. You can look at existing sites at streamtracker.org/locations or explore sites in the Anecdata.org app under the map tab. Do not see sites where you want to go? No problem! You can create a new site at any stream channel (dry or wet) that intersects a road or trail.
3. Take a look at the Stream Tracker Quick Start Guide for a rundown on how to use the app and how to collect observations of streamflow presence/absence. You can also find guidance on how to stream track without using a mobile application if that is your preference. Still looking for further guidance? Check out the Stream Tracker website streamtracker.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
4. Keep tracking! Visit as many sites as you can, whether out hiking, biking or driving. Every observation you make will be entered into a drawing for prizes awarded at the conclusion of the Stream Track-a-thon! Stay safe and have fun!