to ask about . . .
the observer experienced or is he or she a novice?
much does the observer know about the species?
he or she know how to identify it?
the observer use the right standards (protocol)?
comments from observers or experts make me think this is
an accurate (or inaccurate report)?
there more observers in some areas than others? How could
that affect the data/maps?
other questions do I have for the observer?
observers Click on “I” on any species map, then
click on a symbol. In the Field notes, you’ll find an e-mail
animal’s behavior and physical traits
the reported behavior typical? If not, how does it vary?
I infer from the animal’s appearance or behavior that
it is 1) a migrant or 2) a resident in the area? What evidence
can I find in the report or experts’ comments?
many miles per day does the species usually travel? What
factors could explain the difference (e.g., wind)?
many miles away was the nearest individual (group) seen this
season? What was its latitude?
else do the maps “tell” me about migration patterns?
this species ever been spotted so far ____ (north, west,
inland) this early in the year?
Seasons: Maps and Sightings
a change in weather or longer-term climate explain the unusual
did this year’s weather patterns compare to last year’s?
To previous years’ patterns?
from normal temperatures
* Other weather links
the species’ food sources – such as milkweed
plants and nectar – available where it was spotted?
plants or insects along the migration trail ahead of or behind
human actions affect the habitat and migration (e.g., development
or deforestation)? How?
* Plant hardiness zones