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The Observation Hotline application lets you search for georeferenced plant observations and see them on a map. It also show photos associated with observations.

BASIC USE
To use the application, click on the map in an area of interest , zoom in, and press . If you want to qualify what observations are returned, enter some criteria, such as Plant Status = native.

Geographical Extent:
Check

    in map area

to limit the search to the current map area.

Or, press DRAW A POLYGON to specify an exact geographical search space.

To find all records in a particular park, press Map Layers at the top of the page, choose Protected Areas (CPAD), and then click . inside one of the parks or forests that appear on the map. The name of the selected area will appear just above:

    Andrew Molera State Park (CDPR) .
Then check
    in selected background
(For more information about background layers, see Layer Help.)
RESULTS
The results appear simultaneously as points on the map and in a table below the map.
On the map,
    indicates a simple point;
    indicates a line or polygon; and
    indicates a quad (for certain plants in certain areas, only quad-level data is available).
If you click on a point on the map, an InfoWindow opens at the point, the table scrolls down to the corresponding record, and the record ID is highlighted. If you click on a record ID in the table, an InfoWindow opens at the corresponding map point, and a short menu opens up under the record ID.
    Press detail in this menu to see a page showing full details of this record.

    For a point observation , press location-closeup to see a close up view of the record location in the Plant Distribution application, including any nearby observations of the same plant. For a shape observation , press shape-closeup to see a close up view of the record location including the shape (line or polygon).

This application can show at most 1500 observation simultaneously. If a particular search produces more, the application will only show the first 1500.

Column Sets: To show results in a table, the application comes with several predefined column sets, such as Basic Data and Weed Data. You can also make up a custom column set: choose custom, and then open customize.

SEARCH CRITERIA
Scientific Name: Typeahead enabled. Type the first few letters of the plant you are looking for, and then choose it from the list. Also works with Common Name.

Plant List: To limit your search to certain specific plants, choose a plant list. Look for already defined plant lists with the Plant List Definition application, or define your own.

Other Data Sources: By default, a search from this application will only consider records contributed directly to Calflora. Open OTHER SOURCES to include data from other sources including the Consortium of California Herbaria and iNaturalist.

County, Location, and Collection: To search on the basis of any of these three fields, open Tools and check Advanced Form.

TIPS
Searching within a Background Polygon: There are many background map layers available. If you select one of the following layers, you can search within the selected background polygon:
    Watershed
    Protected Area (CPAD)
    Ecoregion
    CNPS Chapter
    Zip Code
FIELDS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Common Name
The common name of the plant observed.


Location Description
A brief description of where the plant is.


Observation Date
Date the plant was observed. Dates are kept in the database in the form YYYY-MM-DD; for example, 2012-12-31.


Observer
Name of the person who observed the plant.


Source
The organization(s) responsible for the record. This might include both the organization that paid for the survey and the organization that did the field work. The contributing organization is listed first. For instance

    SFPUC; Nomad Ecology

Collection
Use this field to divide your records up into various collections. Or, simply include search terms in the value of this field that will make it possible to categorize records later. For instance, if this record is part of a particular data collection project, put the name of the project here (eg. Coastal Mendocino Shrubs 2012). Or, put good photo as the value of this field for all of your records that have particularly good photos; then you can find them easily later.

 


Taxon
The scientific name of the plant observed, without authors and with only the genus capitalized. For instance

    Acacia dealbata