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. Remember that within the sampling locations there are two sites, and within sites you will take three replicate samples (3-2-3). You may choose the sampling sites within each location.
Please following these guidelines:
Each location sampling will consist of two whirlpaks with 3 tubes each. Sites will be sampled 3 times (each sample is collected approx. 1 foot apart), and these replicate samples will be stored 1 whirl-pak. You will also need scoop straws for sediments samples. Sediment is like soil, but is covered by water (e.g. the bottom of a stream or lake).
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.
After sampling take pictures of your surroundings.
For the android app:
1. Down: where you sampled
2. Up: directly above you
3. Horizon: front, back, right, left
For the web form (Kobotools):
1. 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 android app or webform.