• The calm, inviting waters of the Spokane Arm. Photo Credit: NPS\LARO\John Salisbury

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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Data Collection

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.
Crayfish Study

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 are also iNaturalist projects 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 Animal Inventory
And: The River Mile Plant Inventory
The River Mile Image Credit: NPS/LARO

Did You Know?

White Sturgeon of the Columbia River

Lake Roosevelt's sturgeon are 8 to 20 feet long. They are also at least 70 years old. In 1941, Grand Coulee Dam flooded the fast-moving waters they need to spawn. To help out the population, the state of Washington introduced new fish to the lake in 2006.