Help and hints
Doing a research to find a specie or a group of species
The search engine located just below the advertising banner is always accessible. It serves only to search for species using English, Latin or French names. You can also do a search by reign (e.g. animal or plant), branch (e.g. arthropods, molluscs), sub-branch, class, sub-class, order, sub-order, family or sub-family. Keywords are also added to the species index cards to allow looking for them using a common name (e.g. sea toad, sea worm) or by a more generic term (e.g. shrimp, fish, jellyfish).
Adding an observation
Observation reporting form
It is very simple and takes only a few minutes to add observations.
We recommend you to complete the observation reporting form the same day or as soon as possible after you sightseeing activity while it is still quite fresh in your memory.
Video example :
Updating an observation
To update the data of one or several observations you have to follow these steps.
This form will allow you to do any modifications you wish to and even to add some comments or photos.
- Login if you had not already did
- Click on your name (located in the upper right part of the window) to access your personal page
- On the map, localize and click on the observation to which you wish to bring modifications
- At the top of the description bubble which just popped up you will see a link " Update"
- Clicking on it will bring you to an updating form
How to use the map
Under "Observation Map" you will find an interactive map and a form. First, let’s look at the map. In the upper right corner, you will notice different buttons allowing to change views between map, satellite, hybrid or terrain. Just below these buttons, there is a navigation tool that you can use to zoom in or out, pan in either directions or reset to the initial settings.
Depending if you have a visitor status or if you have logged in, you will see different markers. A yellow dot represents an observation added by another observer while a yellow triangle represents one of your own. A red dot inside the yellow one indicates that the observation was made less, or up to, a week ago. A big orange dot with “+” inside it is used to indicate overlapping markers or observations. Putting your cursor on it will reveal the number of observations within it and clicking on it will open a window containing a scrolling list of observations. Picking an observation within a group will automatically zoom you to the observation. You can also use the “Zoom in map to reveal” link located in the popup window. The overlapping marker can be deactivated by unclicking the box located just below the observation map.
Clicking on any of the observations will bring a popup window containing information related to it. A small camera picture within the list indicate that one or more pictures where included.
The search filters included in the Observation Map page can be very useful to find specific observations by allowing various combinations of search parameters. For example, you could search for all Rock cod observations seen around a shipwreck or a wharf structure, in depths in-between 10 and 40 meters, within a temperature range from 0 to 10 Celsius and for which a photo was provided.
Results in the visible portion of the map only
This search parameter is not only useful to sort out all species seen for a specific region of interest, but a must do operation as the Observation Map only points out the 500 first observations when you first log on it.
First zoom in or out the map so that it covers the area you are looking for, then select the Results in the visible portion of the map only tool and then click on the Apply the filter button located at the bottom of the Web page.
Looking for observations done within a specific timeframe
Using the Observed between search parameter, searches can be done to sort observations in-between specific days, months or years.
You can also look for daytimes or nighttimes observations by selecting it using the Period of day button.
To monitor specific species
Once you have signed in your name will appear in the upper right corner of the Web page. Clicking on your name will bring you to your personal page. At the bottom of that page, there is a map with different tabs. By selecting the Watched species tab and then selecting one or more species of interest, you will now receive an email every time that an observation is added for one of your selected species.