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How to Log High Quality Observations

As part of this BioBlitz, you're helping take real scientific data that can be used for future research. What follows are a number of ways you can improve your data and make it more useful.

1). Take great photos!
This is by far the most important thing you can do. Without a photo, no one can verify your observation, and it will never be research-grade. Even a blurry or distant photo of an animal or bird is an improvement and better than nothing.

Take several photos too! Try to capture different views or perspectives, and be mindful of capturing the characteristics important for identification. For plants, I often turn over a leaf so the underside is showing, or take a photo of the flower, and another of the leaves, or one of the whole plant.

Ideally, you should try to make sure your subject is in focus and well-lit. This can be difficult for small organisms, but without sharp focus, it's tough for others to tell what you found. ...more ↓

Posted on June 03, 2016 02:24 PM by mickley mickley | 1 comment | Leave a comment
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The National Geographic Society and the National Park Service are calling for a bioblitz (a 24-hour biodiversity survey) to be held in every state, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. We are planning for the Connecticut State BioBlitz to be the largest in the US, and hope to challenge the world bioblitz species record!

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mickley created this project on January 15, 2016
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