Survey Resources


Grid Maps

Each state has a map for each grid to help surveyors navigate to their survey location. These maps are georeferenced and can be loaded into a smartphone through the apps such as AvenzaMaps, they also have coordinates printed on them which can be used with a GPS for reference. Select the state you will be surveying in below to find the map for your selected grid. CLICK HERE for instructions on how to use Avenza.









CLICK HERE to download a KMZ file for all of the survey grids. KMZ files can be viewed in free programs such as Google Earth to help you better locate and plan your survey route. 

Protocols and Data Sheet

2018 WAFLS Survey Protocol (image)

Learn and review all the details for how to collect data and complete a successful survey with this year's protocol. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL PROTOCOL.

During a survey, you will be collecting all of your data on a project datasheet. CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND PRINT A DATASHEET.

To extract the most value from the collected data, it is crucial that survey start times and end times are strictly adhered to. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SET START TIME FOR YOUR SURVEY GRID AND DATE.

Once your data have been collected they must be entered so that they can be used. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DATA ENTRY PAGE.

If you would like to bring a handout along with you on your survey to provide information about the project to anyone you might see CLICK HERE TO VIEW, DOWNLOAD, AND PRINT A HANDOUT.


2017 WAFLS Identification Guide (image)This Identification Guide provides some helpful hints for use in the observation and identification of Short-eared Owls. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PDF.

Watch the training videos listed below for detailed information on an overview of the project, the protocol, how to set up and successfully complete a survey, identification tips and how to enter your data. 

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