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What's the Birder and Dragonfly Watcher's Sightings Explorer

Postby jbrierley on Wed May 30, 2007 7:20 pm

The Birder and Dragonfly Watcher's Sightings Explorer is new Bird and Dragongly/Damselfly logging software released by the Guelph Field Naturalists. These forums are the official support site for the software. The first release was in June, 2007.

The software is map-based and contains a complete self-contained mapping module covering the entirety of Ontario. The mapping module is stand-alone and does not require an internet connection (it can be used on the road). Sightings are plotted on this map and contain something that is missing from all other stand-alone software packages - location information for the sightings (aka latitude and longitude). This location information can either come from the map itself (the user picking a location on the map and logging the sighting), or from a GPS (latitude and longitude transcribed into the software from the GPS unit).

Once it's in there? You can perform various analysis plots on your sightings, generate seasonal checklists from it, and run traditional text-based reports.

But so what? You'd need a lot of sightings to create a really good seasonal checklist or a comprehensive frequency plot of a particular area (did I mention the software will do that too?). Enter the newest (and best!) feature of the software: You can choose to upload your sightings to the internet database, and (still using the software) do all the same types of plotting and reporting from this database instead. Imagine hundreds or people contributing their sightings: Now THAT would make for some comprehensive analysis.

For an in-depth view of the capabilities and features, the help file has been placed on-line at http://www.naturesbestcreations.com/sehelp/. Tip: Double-click a table of contents entry on the left to expand out the sub-topics.

The software is available from the Guelph Field Naturalists and is provided for a minimum donation of $40. The contact is Paul Grant of Wild Birds Unlimited and Eagle Optics fame. Paul's email is eagleoptics@sympatico.ca.

We at the GFN think the software is great, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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Postby jbrierley on Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:10 am

Update: The Guelph Field Naturalists now has on-line donation through which you can get the software. The link is:

http://www.guelphfieldnaturalists.org

The help file for the software has been placed on-line for people who would like more information:

http://www.naturesbestcreations.com/sehelp/

Regards,
Jon
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