Phenology recorder instructions

Once you have logged in as a member or registered as a Plant or Phenology Recorder (if you are not a Network member) please follow these simple steps to complete a plant observation.

We recommend that you use the Phenology Field Form to record your observations when in the field. All observations recorded may then be added to the on-line database following these instructions:

1. Search for and select the species for which you wish to make observations

Use the Flora search or Phenology search engine on the left hand side of the Phenology Recording System. The database will autofill the species names (Latin and common) as you type.

2. Make sure you have chosen the correct species

Click on the species name or thumbnail photo to review the species page (this will open in a separate window). Then click on “Record phenology observations for this plant”. Or click on Record observation in the Resources box on the right hand side.

3. Locate the site where the observation was made

Use the Google mapping system to move the red dot to the correct location, and zoom in and out using the buttons in the top left of the map. Place the dot as accurately as you can and give the site a name. Sites you create are automatically saved and are available to choose the next time you use the system.

4. Choose the phenological stage (phenophase) you want to record

Select a stage from the drop down list (e.g., first flowering, first fruiting).

5. Based on your observation select the degree

Select one of the five degrees (e.g., light, moderate or heavy flowering).

6. Select an abundance level

Select an abundance level from the drop down list of four (Unknown, Few occurrences, Common and Abundant)

7. Pick a date for your observation

8. Finally, select whether your plant is wild or cultivated

9. Upload a photo of what you observed as proof of your observation

This step is optional.

10. Finally submit your observation

You can then add more records of the same species at a different site, a different species at the same site or different species at a different site. You may also view results.

For more information download our Guide to getting started or download the Phenology Field Form for use when recording field data:

This page last updated on 26 Sep 2012

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