About the Observer Pro smart phone application for iOS
The Observer Pro is an application for smart phones
that allows you to quickly and efficiently report
wild plant occurrences.
This application makes it easy for you to report the species name,
date, and location of over 10,000 California native and non-native plant taxa.
You can also add a photograph to a report, and share it with others
later to confirm identification.
Your reports are transmitted wirelessly to the Calflora database,
where you can edit them and see them on a map.
To use the application, you need to
When you upload observations from your phone,
they go into your account in the database in an unpublished state.
You can use the
My Observations application
to edit your observations, and when they are ready, publish
them so that they are visible to other Calflora users.
Tips for using Observer Pro:
Before you leave (and still have Wi-Fi):
- Create a Calflora contributor account.
- Sign in to the Observer Pro app with that account.
This downloads the forms and other info about the organizations and projects you work with.
Some organizations have set up special data collection forms to
work with this app. If you are a member of one of these organizations,
you will have access to their forms.
- Pick an organization and a project.
The Independent organization is always available as a choice.
Choosing Independent means simply that you are collecting
data for your own purposes.
Independent has three projects associated with it, each with its own form:
- Simple data collection,
- Advanced data collection, and
- Rare plant data collection.
The data collection form for the Advanced project has a few extra fields,
such as phenology.
The data collection form for the Rare plant project has
many extra fields (as suggested by CNDDB).
- Press "Observe" in the lower right, and fill out the form.
When you are done with one observation, press the SAVE button
at the bottom of the form.
When you're back (and have Wi-Fi again):
- Upload your observations.
Don't leave them stranded them on your phone!
- Sign in to Calflora using a desktop browser.
- Go to
- Review and publish your uploaded observation records.
Sometimes uploaded records need to be fine tuned,
or edited slightly. You can edit each record with a web application,
starting from My Observations.
When they are ready, you can publish them, either one-by-one,
or all at once.
No one besides you can see your records until you publish them!