Site Survey Resources

Site Survey Instructions

Round two of surveys- FORM HERE

July 15th – August 15th – using a new platform – GravityForms

Please contact Rebecca or Mike Balk if you have any questions or concerns. Only sites with public access will be listed in the SignUp Genius site.

Introduction

A number of conservation projects need to be visited on a regular basis to report on progress and potential problems. We are asking volunteers to go to these sites and report on signage, plantings, invasive plants, and other issues. Take pictures of any issues you find: sign or plant damage; plants you are concerned about; etc..

Here are the steps to take: Check out the map here and find a place or two that you are interested in visiting. Click on the map point to learn more about the site (site sitter legend below).

Site Sitter Legend – These are the organizations keeping watch over the sites

Visit SignUpGenius and see if your desired location has an opening.  If so, please sign up. Not all sites are listed – some organizations are doing their own surveys or the site is on property with restricted access. All the sites listed in the SignUpGenius are public access.

Top priority to getting at least one survey for each site. 

You can feel free to go out and do a survey on site ‘taken’ by someone else if it is nearby your house or for any other reason and submit the information. If you plan to do that, please reach out to us and let us know – but any/all experience is good, and all data is good!

Several groups and individuals have signed up for sites and will be leading ‘training runs.” If you want to be a part of the mailing list of folks who are told about training runs, make sure Brad has that information. 

Visit the site and fill out the following form from your phone in the field.

If you would rather have a print copy to take to the site, that can be found here – please subsequently enter the data collected on paper into the form from a computer or tablet.

Pictures can be attached directly to the form; if you need to send pictures via email to wclvsitesurvey@gmail.com, include the site location & date taken in the subject. Testing should be carried out between July 15th to August 15th, but there is a little wiggle room.

Training Video

Here is the link to review the training video, which is about 50 minutes long.

Additional information

There are a number of apps that you can use to help identify plants.  You take a picture of the plant (flower, leaf, or fruit), and it suggests a plant that it might be, with references and pictures to help you decide if the suggestion is correct. If you have a favorite App that you have used successfully, please let us know.  A few free Apps for Android and Apple are:

  • PlantNet
  • iNaturalist
  • NatureID
  • And many more.

SW PA Common Noxious & Invasive Weeds: http://wren.palwv.org/library/documents/SouthwestWeedGuide.pdf  

PA List of Invasive plants (best used offline)  http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20033694.pdf