iNaturalist features both desktop and mobile platforms. The mobile platform can be used with or without connectivity, so WIFI only devices may be used. WIFI onlyu devices just need to be synced upon connection.
ArcGIS is the industry standard for natural resource agencies as well as many community planning organizations. ArcGIS features several platforms including desktop, online and mobile. There are many ways to work with ArcGIS. You do not need to be an expert in GIS or ArcGIS for desktop to use this tool. ArcGIS offers the ability to crowd source data collection and share that data immediately. It can be used for simple mapping to complex data analysis. Getting started is easy. Participate in one of The River Mile's webinars to get started, then participate in in-person training to learn hands-on.
To learn more about how educators can utilize ArcGIS in the classroom and participate in training check out the ConnectED Intiative.
The River Mile's ArcGIS Online Story Map Journal is the main portal for data submission to The River Mile. You'll find links for all data.
Water Quality MonitoringWater, and clean water especially, is essential to life on Earth. Water Quality monitoring on a regular basis is important for the understanding of watershed health. You will need to collect enough data over time so you can tell what is likely to be normal results so you can tell when there are changes.
Water Quality ResourcesTo assist you with understanding the different water quality tests there are a number of resources available.One resource is "The River Mile's Water Quality In the Upper Columbia River" educator's guide. This guide, and much more, is available on The River Mile's website for free download.You can see and explore an overview of the guide in the right window.
Additional resources are available from a variety of organizations.Plant and Animal Inventories
An iNaturalist project for plant and animal observations has been created for data submission and sharing.For the iNaturalist project search for: The River Mile Site Inventories of Plants and Animals