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How to See NatureSeen's Sights and to Make a Search

Sights are the observations entered into the NatureSeen system. They are usually believed to be unusual or rare but we think that observers may be too cautious to report things they think are "commonplace." (The ranges of plants and animals are notoriously under reported in modern time. The Sights are usually visual observations but can be audial such as those of birds, amphibians, or animals (and in rare cases, descriptions of other sounds, perhaps identical). They are usually unaided by technological enhancement but we draw few lines. (Flashlights and headlamps are "technological.") We do not encourage observations made with microscopes, but will work with serious observers who can aid us in overcoming the difficulties. We do however encourage using binoculars and field telescopes. We do not include astronomical observations (knowing very well that Nature includes everything) except as they may be related to other events (e.g., light, lunar forces, animal response to sunspots, etc.) Also difficult to describe, observations such as those of odor or taste may be included. We shall welcome comments and recommendations about observations of electromagnetism. Observations are typically of occurrences or presence, features (e.g., anatomical description), behavior, numbers present (e.g., large flocks, egg clutch size), measurements (lengths, size or weight), color, and distances.

Lists of observed plants or animals are not encouraged but we do welcome the exceptional study list (e.g., plants of a school yard, insects of a farm, or a checklist for a county maintained by a person deceased or leaving the area.) We honor dedicated study over periods and the results of such effort by individuals or groups should not be lost. The lists and collections lost by graduate students leaving their thesis/dissertation work is an abomination. Too much has already been lost! NatureSeen is the new place for some of it.

Finding an Observation

The amazing searching power of the computer allows key words to be used to find topics. You merely enter the desired word or words below and tap "Enter." You are encouraged to use pairs of words separated with a plus such as robin + Tennessee giving you "robin" and "robins" but only those observations for Tennessee, not all over the world. Of course there may be few observations of this bird, so a single word entry may suffice. We may develop other search strategies as the system enlarges.

We encourage using and other search systems for information about species, populations, or their behavior. We maintain a system of notes on managing individual species and will welcome additions to it.

Searches are free, but we shall welcome and appreciate financial assistance for the storage, editing, and upkeep of the system ... for the good of us all. We shall welcome and acknowledge such contributions from group projects such as those from garden, biology, birding, and ecology clubs.

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