Survey data provides information on the search for a particular species including whether or not the species was found (presence or absence). By completing a survey record, a user draws a polygon around the area that was searched and then describes the specifics of the survey (target species, amount of people in crew, paid vs. volunteer, weather conditions, etc.). Users Level 4 and higher will be able to enter survey data.
Creating a Survey
Prior to creating a new survey record, you have the option to create the associated observation records first, or you can have iMap automatically generate the associated observation records after you’ve created the survey record. Generated points will be at or near the centroid of your survey polygon; you may then edit the location of generated points by opening each observation record. If you’ve collected many data points during your survey and want to ensure that your survey polygon is inclusive of all these data points, you may want to create your observation records prior to creating a survey record as you will then be able to see all of your data points as you are drawing your polygon. If you’ve only collected a few data points, you could choose to have your observation records automatically generated by iMapInvasives after your survey record has been saved.
From the My iMapInvasives page, click on the Survey link under the Enter Data box.
To begin entering a survey record, you must first choose a Survey Type.
Options for survey type include Aquatic Simple, Aquatic Systematic, Cerceris Wasp, Host Tree, Terrestrial Simple, Terrestrial Systematic, and Linear. For a more detailed description of these survey types, click here.
Once you choose the survey type, the first step is to map the polygon (area surveyed for the target species). Refer to Creating a Polygon for instructions on how to draw the polygon representing your survey area.
Due to the complexity of the survey data entry form and the amount of time it may take you to completely fill in the form, we recommend you regularly save your work by clicking the “Update Main Survey” button at the bottom of the form.
Once a polygon has been drawn around the area surveyed, scroll down and begin filling in the information located in the Basic Survey Fields section. Required fields are highlighted in pink. If a required field has not been populated, the program will not allow the record to be saved. If you try to save before these are populated, the screen will be redirected to the missing fields, and they will be marked in red.
Begin by filling in the Lead Contact for the survey. If the name of the lead contact does not appear in the drop-down list, that means this person is not a registered user of iMapInvasives. To add their name to this list, send an email to your state administrator with the person’s name and email address and an account will be created.
If your survey is part of a Project, be sure to tag the survey under the correct name in the Project drop-down list. You must be a member of a project for a project to appear in the drop-down; the iMap administrator or your project leader can add you to a project. The benefit of including data in an iMap project allows similar data to be grouped together and to be queried for very easily at a later date. (If you’d like to add a project to iMap, please refer to the Projects section of this user manual.) In this example, I am including my survey as part of the data gathered by the Weed Warriors, a local volunteer group that works at keeping Presque Isle weed-free.
If your surveyed area has a Site Name, be sure to list it in the associated text box.
Fill in the Goal of your survey by choosing an option from the drop-down menu. Options available include: Find potential ED/RR locations, Find new infestations, Pre-treatment survey, Post-treatment survey, and Survey campground.
To fill in the Survey Start Date and Survey End Date fields, please choose the appropriate dates from the calendar that appears. For questions on how to utilize the calendar, please reference the Creating an Observation Step 5.