Rural System's


How to Report a Sight

A Sight is one observation, typically of something in a specific place and time. Observations are visual, audial, and olfactory (including taste, though often difficult to describe). We welcome comments about electromagnetic related observations and how they may be treated herein. Reports typically include presence (absence is usually not an acceptable observation), and are made of numbers, behavior, characteristics (anatomy), measurements (weight, length, height), distances, and more than ever, time, and specific locations (often with GPS coordinates).

The topics that you might consider reporting are almost unlimited but are primarily those of plants, animals, and so-called ecological communities. They include aquatic forms and geology. We rarely include observations made with microscopes but will welcome correspondence about overcoming those difficulties. We do not include astronomical observations except as they seem related to other observations (e.g., , day length, lunar forces, sunspots). We do include soil and geological observations. We encourage use of binoculars and field telescopes. Observations of pets, domestic animals, or cultivated gardens are not included. Although we have a rural emphasis, observations made in residential areas, urban parks, urban forests, mined areas, commercial and office areas, and wetlands and pond/lake/stream areas and riparian volumes are all welcome.

We rarely include lists. 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 website 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 will include lists of observations made of a school yard, a study area, a back-40, over an extended period. We try to save from loss long-collected information such as by school teachers, by scout and nature camps, and impact analysis firms moving on to new duties and areas. We must protect these accumulated observations! Nationwide, the loss of data when graduate students complete thesis or dissertation requirements and "never get back to it" is atorcious. Let this be a place (not a data dump) but a place for at least the lists of time and place observations. We welcome your suggestions.

An electronic entry form is available (click here to call it up.)xxxxx In NatureSeen we have few rules. There is a small cost of two bucks ($2 dollars) to making an entry. Digital images to accompany an observation may be sent and included for $5 each. Other photos will be scanned and entered for $10 each. This amount helps pay the staff and for storage medium. The "rules and suggestions" are few and are available. Encouragement, appreciation for specific observations, donations, and support are encouraged. Other contributions are welcomed and we shall acknowledge and welcome suggestions for people and foundations to contact. We are currently a non-profit group under the Woodland Community Trust. Contributions are tax-deductible as they are related to developing and advancing this educational and conservation effort. Sponsoring local expeditions is one such important and exciting activity with great potential returns.

Here is where you make your entry. Fill in the form and send it automatically by clicking on the submit symbol. The words wrap. There are about 15 rows of space available. Observations are usually brief. Submit several, one at a time. You will see your entry when your check is in hand. (Our mailing address is xxxxx. We shall soon provide secure credit card service. Contact us if you need special help with your entries.

Your Full Name

Your E-mail address

My Observation for NatureSeen

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Perhaps you will share ideas with us about some of the topic(s) above .

Rural System
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
July 3, 2005