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The My Observations application lets you search for plant observations owned by you, and see them on a map. It also show photos associated with your observations.

When the application first comes up, it will show your most recent 50 observations.

If you only want to see your observations from a certain area, click on the map in an area of interest , zoom in, check in map area, and press . You can also qualify what observations are returned by entering other search parameters, such as

    Status (native or not) = "native".

If you are having any trouble using this application, please contact Calflora support.

There is a parallel application called Group Observations.

Where My Observations applies to all records owned by a single contributor, Group Observations applies to all records associated with a single group. The functionality of the two applications is similar.


The results appear simultaneously as points on the map and in a table below the map. (In the table, unpublished records are labeled as such.)

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.

detail; Open the detail page for this record, including all photos and any comments that may have been made by other users on this record.

editor; Open Plant Observation Entry on this record.

location-closeup (if the record is published and has an identifiable plant name): Open the Plant Distribution application showing a close up view of the record location. It will show the polygon associated with this record, if there is one, and any nearby observations of the same plant.

publish (if the record is unpublished); Publish the record.

delete; Open a dialog to ask if you are sure. If you are, delete the record.

This application can show at most 2000 observations simultaneously. The default value of Max Results is 50.

Choosing Which Columns to Display:
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.


Start Date and End Date are inclusive. Dates are entered in the format YYYY-MM-DD so that February 20, 2017 is written as 2017-2-20. If you enter 2017-2-20 as the end date, the result will include records that were entered on or before 2017-2-20. If you put the same date in both Start Date and End Date, the results will only include records entered on that date.

For additional criteria, open TOOLS check Advanced. These fields will appear:

  • Date added to Calflora
  • Batch
Batch may be helpful if you have uploaded records to Calflora with the Observation Upload application. Enter a batch value such as wb1020; this will match all record numbers that begin with wb1020.


The Multiple Record Editor is a feature of this application which can make changes to many of your records at the same time. It is a powerful and potentially dangerous tool.

Using the editor is a two step process. First, you use the criteria on the left hand side of the page to search for matching records. Then you open the editor, and specify a change to one or more fields.

For safety, the editor will not work on all of your records. You must specify at least one search criteria on the left side of the page before using the editor.

To open the editor, enter some search criteria, press , and then open TOOLS and press .

In the editor panel, you can specify changes to the records that match your search. Once you have entered the changes you want to make, press . This action wil ask you to confirm, and then apply the changes to all of the records that match your search, even if you cannot see them in the result table.

For instance, to publish all matching records, set Access by other users to published. To associate all matching records with one of your groups, select the group from the Group Association drop down (bottom left). Press to make the changes happen.

You can also delete all matching records. First, search for the records you want to delete, and then press . This action will ask you to confirm, and then delete all of the matching records.

Note that changes made by the Editor are not recoverable.



More Information

For more information about background layers, see Layer Help.

If you are a member of any groups, you can use the Group drop down to select just records from one of your groups.

For more about the other fields, see Observation Entry Help


2018 October v.2.35

2017 May v.2.14 If you select Photo = "records with photo likes", you will see all of your published records which some Calflora user has "liked". To see the exact count of likes, click on the ID, and then click DETAIL to see the Observation Detail page for the record.

Also, a Large Photo column is now available. Open customize, and scroll down to select the Large Photo column.

2016 July When you define a custom column set, it is stored in browser memory, and will be used the next time you use this application from the same browser,