Final report on Discovery’s 2-year study of amphibian habitat relations. Population numbers, breeding pond origin types, and amphibian natural history…2003 | Richard Carstensen, Mary Wilson, Robert Armstrong | 77 pages
Beginning in 2005, Bob Christensen and I developed a protocol for rapid field assessment—new-age ground-truthing—that builds on timeless naturalists’ skills and adds cutting edge technologies as these emerge.
Field device technology evolves rapidly. Every few years I create an update of my methods and workflow: prefield prep, fieldwork, and postfield processing and journaling. Usually these updates happen during or after a chance to hang out with Bob, who’s always several leaps ahead of me at the intersection technology with boots-on-the-ground.
Most recent update was in 2017 after a trip to northern Tàan, sea lion (Prince of Wales Island) with the Last Stands trekkers. As I wrote it I was thinking about the new generation of ground-truthers, bringing news from the rainforest back to conservation groups and the media. Here’s from my appendix in the Last Stands journal
The methods paper discusses:
● field notes (including audio)
● navigation apps
● and processing programs including: ● ACDSee ● Robogeo ● ArcMap
● online slideshows and video editing