How do I add a new checklist to my account?
We’ve re-designed the checklist system to be easier. We hope you like it!
- Login to your account (or Register as a new user)
- Navigate to ‘Submit Observation’ on the top menu
- Select on ‘Find on Map’ or ‘Enter Latitude/Longitude’
- You can choose your location in two ways: ‘Find on Map’ or ‘Enter Latitude/Longitude’. If in ‘Find on Map’, you can use the search function on the left to find your location or use the google map itself to zoom in on your location. Please name your location something important to you as you are saving the location information for your future use. If in ‘Enter Latitude/Longitude, enter your Lat/Long information (make sure you use a – for Longitude! We don’t think you went to Uzbekistan and found a Western tailed blue.)
- Press Next when you are done
- Here fill in how you observed your butterflies. Folks mostly do traveling surveys. Atlas programs and scientific studies use area surveys, and incidental observations are for species you see here and there such as in the grocery store parking lot or at the bus stop.
- On the same page, fill in the day and time you spent looking for butterflies. Time needs to be reported in military time (e.g. 1 PM = 13:00). Report the number of people in your group including yourself.
- On the next page, you will see a list of species. Please fill in an estimate of the number of individuals next to the species name. If you don’t know the number, place an X next to the species name.
- If you would like to add a photo, comment or change the life stage information (the default is adult), click on the small pen icon that appears when you fill in the number of individuals. A popup will give you various options.
- Above the Finish button on the right hand side, is a statement we would like you to verify. It reads ‘I am submitting a count of all butterflies I saw at this location, day, and time.’ We want to find out whether you are reporting all the butterflies you were able to identify to the best of your ability. Answer "Yes" to this question when you record every species present that you found; not just the highlights. We realize that all butterflies are not identifiable and user identification ability varies. You should always answer 'Yes' to this question unless you are purposefully excluding some species (e.g., cabbage whites) from your checklist. You do not need to count all the individuals present to answer 'Yes' to this question (you can enter 'X' for species you observed but did not count). Please report all species; it improves our ability to make better range maps for everyone.
- Press the Finish (blue button on the right hand side) and you’re done. Congrats!