Projects to Join!
The River Mile currently has 3 projects for you and your students to collect and share data with everyone in the network (and the world). They are a crayfish study, a plant inventory and an animal inventory.
The Crayfish Study and plant and animal inventory data will be collected and submitted through iNaturalist. If you haven't used iNaturalist before, it is a free web based program for collecting and sharing data. You'll need to create a free account to participate in, or create your own, projects. It's easy to get started. It is also one you can take with you on your smartphone or tablet into the field and enter data directly into the database. If you don't have conectivity in the field then when you return to internet conections you will synch it with the main database and TaDa! There's your data for everyone to see.
To help everyone become familiar with entering plant and animal data into the project databases we will hold some webinars. These webinars will introduce you to the iNaturalist program, how to join a project, what data to collect and how, how to use and work with mobile devices to collect your data and supplemental information such as photographs, and how to navigate the main website.
Beginning with the October 2014 data from the crayfish study will be available from the iNaturalist project website. You can also see the data on The River Mile's ArcGIS Online Crayfish maps.
Crayfish collection closes at the end of October (in Washington), so get out there and seek out those crayfish! The season reopens the first Monday in May!
Search for: The River Mile Crayfish Study 2014-15
Plant and Animal Inventories
There is also an iNaturalist project for plant and animal observations and you can obtain data from the project website on iNaturalist! Just like the Crayfish Study the data will be put it on The River Mile's ArcGIS Online maps.
Search for: The River Mile Site Inventories of Plants and Animals
Did You Know?
When the Grand Coulee Dam was finished and the lake filled, 11 towns were submerged. Every structure was cleared or burned. Soon, the rising waters covered the forlorn concrete foundations with water and darkness. Some towns died, others were built above the new lake, replacing what was lost.