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Observer's Name / ID: Enter your full name and 4-digit NatureMapping ID Number.
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City/County/State: Enter the County name and code (WA_County_Codes.pdf)
Enter "WA" or go to the US map on our website to see if your state is setup for NatureMapping data collection.
Date: Enter data collection date. (MM/DD/YYYY)
Species Name: Record the common name of the animal.
Species Code: Record the NatureMapping Species Code.
Learn about Species Codes >>
Washington Species List (pdf) >>
Questionable sighting. Put a "1" or "2" in the cell, otherwise leave blank.
1. Are not sure if you identified the species correctly
2. Know the species ID is correct, but it "shouldn't be there"
5. sign (tracks, scat, pellets, fur or hair, feathers, bones)
6. heard & saw
8. on nest
10. other database
11. flying overhead
Enter the location of the study location.
Report one of the following:
TRS: Township. Range. Section.
Lat/Long: Latitude and longitude
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How many did you see?
Record actual numbers
Large flocks - provide an estimate of the number of animals
Habitat Code: Enter the three digit habitat code.
Describe the space wildlife are using
General codes: Select from the general codes below.
100 - Unvegetated (beach, sand dunes, glaciers)
200 - Developed (residential, city, parking lots, playing fields, golf courses)
300 - Agriculture (commercial or hobby farms, vineyards)
400 - Open water (lakes, rivers, ocean)
500 - Wetlands (ponds, edges of streams - also called riparian, vegetated beaches)
600 - Non-forest (clearcuts, prairies, tundra)
700 - Deciduous/hardwood forest
800 - Deciduous/conifer forest
900 - Conifer forest
Detailed Habitat Codes: Each of the 3-digits tell more about a habitat.
See the Habitat Classification Instructions for the detailed list. (Habitat_Codes.pdf)
Learn How Habitats are Classified >>
What is a habitat code? A habitat code is a series of 3 numbers that describe the habitat where the wildlife was observed, which may be in a different habitat you are in. For example, standing on the beach and observing a Harbor seal in the ocean. The habitat code would be 420 for ocean, not the code for the beach.
Go to the Habitat Practice >>
Sketch & describe field marks on head, body & tail.
For mammals, birds, amphibians, & reptiles observe:
day, time temperature, & weather conditions optional
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