Rural System's

NatureSeen

Rules and Disclaimer

We want only your personal observations (not what you've heard that that someone saw). These must be briefly described single events, conditions, or status. Examples include predation, breeding, ovipositing, feeding, rock or mud flows (and likely cause), disease occurrence, dispersion, denning, altruism, parenting, unusual growth form, and simple occurrence at a point. We look for topics of interest, that are at odds with current observations or do not support current theory. Exception, unusual, and minimum/maximum observations are especially useful. We hope that this will not become the "two-headed-frog" place, but we recognize the importance of such observations as they begin to present a pattern.

Don't describe sounds but if you know a distinctive sound (like that of a screech owl) then we'll take an observation like "I heard a screech owl." We'll accept observations about odors with very distinctive comparators. However, we prefer visual observations.

We'll include most submissions but reject profanity or clear absurdity...our decision, so do not bother to make such entries. This is not a federal or state publication so there are no free-speech rights involved. Seek other outlets for materials not directly related to and that go on within outdoor places, typically wildlands and forests, deserts, lakes and streams, and park-like entities.

Placement of an observation here does not constitute a "publication" and it is only casually and loosely reviewed. (It is likely to be read more times than such publications.)

Include time, date, and location. Use GPS or be as specific about the location as possible, using Latitude-Longitude coordinates where possible. Use scientific names if they are known. Comment on instruments used if relevant (for example, 6 x 30 binoculars). Add key words that may help a person to hit your observation when doing a search. For example, add "young" after observations on kits or cubs. You need to give your name, and we hope you will add the names of others who made the observation with you.

We will change with experience. For example, we'll not include your daily list of birds seen, easily claimed as an important observation. We will include the number of birds seen and unusual species for the day. (We will, however make a web site for you and others with a modest contract price to include such daily lists and will provide a link to your page that lists the birds (or other nature components.))

We welcome your suggestions.

Contributions to continue and expand this component of the Rural System enterprise are eagerly sought and will be greatly appreciated. Contributors will be acknowledged if they wish.

Disclaimer

Any person contributing a sighting or observation to NatureSeen asserts its truthfulness to the best of his or her ability to determine that. Observations were made under normal conditions except as noted when the observer was well and unimpaired.

Users of any of the content of the NatureSeen are herewith informed and by their continued use past this page implicitly acknowledge that it is subject to constant change and that its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. All data and texts are provided as is, with all faults, and without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied purpose. The organization or its staff do not warrant that the functions or data will meet requirements or that the operation of the web site will be uninterrupted or error free, or that any data defects will be corrected. The reader herewith assumes the entire risk of any use of the NatureSeen as to the quality, performance, and usefulness of the information, notes, maps, images, or texts herein.

NatureSeen reserves the right to delete submissions that:

Users and readers herewith release NatureSeen, its agents, consultants, contractors, or employees from any and all claims, actions, or causes of action for damages including, but not limited to, any costs of recovering, reprogramming or reproducing any texts, programs, or data stored in or used with theweb sitee, the GIS data, damage to property, damages for personal injury or for any lost profits, lost savings, or other special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of or inability to use the materials, even if said agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the NatureSeen, its agents, consultants, contractors, and employees from any and all liability claims or damages to any person or property arising from or connected with the use of all or any part of the web site.

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Robert H. Giles, Jr.
August 13, 2005