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 photographs
to a report, and share your report with others to confirm
identification. Your reports are transmitted wirelessly to the
Calflora database, where you can edit them and see them on a
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go into your account in the database in an unpublished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.
Here is a short video demonstrating how to use the
Observer Pro application:
Tips for using Observer Pro:
Before you leave (and still have Internet access):
Sign in to the Observer Pro app with that
account. This loads the forms and other info about
the organizations and projects you work with into the
application. 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
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 two projects associated
with it, each with its own form:
Simple data collection,
Advanced data collection
The data collection form for the
Advanced project has a few extra fields,
such as phenology.
Press "Observe" in the lower right, and fill out
When you are done with one observation, press the SAVE button
at the bottom of the form.
When you're back (and have Internet access again):
Upload your observations.
Don't leave them stranded them on your phone!
Sign in to Calflora using a browser
(desktop or mobile).
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