Remember to follow your safety training whenever entering a new location. Always be aware of your surroundings and avoid potential dangers or entering prohibited areas.
After you enter your trip information, follow the map to your sampling locations or choose your own locations you think would be interesting to sample.
Please following these guidelines:
Each sampling site consist of a whirlpak with 3 tubes. Use all three tubes at a single site, filling each tube with soil or sediment from about a foot apart from another. These are biological replicates. You may use the scoop straws for sediments samples. Sediment is like soil, but is covered by water (e.g. the bottom of a stream or lake). Be sure to keep the tubes in the same whirlpak together. Make sure to enter the location in the app webform for the site you choose, and to snap a photo of the site.
Collect soils by scraping the surface soil with the tube. After sampling the three replicates (approx. 1 feet apart) place the tubes in a whirl pack and seal the bag by rolling the top of the bag and twisting the yellow tie.
Collect sediments using the scoop straw. Scoop the top layer of sediment and then drain excess water from the end of the straw (side opposite the scoop). Place the sediment in a barcoded tube. After sampling the three replicates (approx. 1 feet apart) place the tubes in a whirl pack and seal the bag by rolling the top of the bag and twisting the yellow tie.
Remember to use a new straw for each replicate!
Use the provided water meter or soil meter to collect the information asked for in the app. You can refresh your memory on how to read the meters here.
Take one photo that you think best captures the ecosystem you sampled in.
Use iNaturalist to take photos of unique species present at the sampling site. Alternatively, you can list species you know within the webform or on paper.