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Sharing Leaf Pack Data on Monitor My Watershed

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1.Introduction #

This document was last updated on March 26, 2020.

Monitor My Watershed® lets you share and explore macroinvertebrate data from the Leaf Pack Network® and sensor data from the EnviroDIY™ environmental science and monitoring community. Monitor My Watershed is part of the WikiWatershed toolkit.

Leaf Pack Network monitors use tree leaves and aquatic insects to determine the health of their stream and to understand its ecology. The following instructions will show you how to share your macroinvertebrate data with the world!

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2.Create an Account #

Click the “Sign Up” button on the Monitor My Watershed homepage or click “Sign Up” in the main menu. Fill out the registration form:

  1. Enter your first and last names.Please note that your first and last names will be displayed publicly with your data; if you do not want your name to be visible, please do not sign up for an account.
  2. Enter your email address. This will be used for password recovery and will not be visible to the public.
  3. Choose a username. Make a note of this as it is what you will use to log in; the site does not allow you to log in with your email address.
  4. Choose and confirm a password.
  5. Enter your organization: begin entering the common name of your organization to check the list of existing organizations. If you see “No results found,” clear your entry, click on the drop-down list, choose “Add New Organization.” People will be able to search the data by organization so make sure you do not create a duplicate entry for an existing organization.
  6. Agree to the Terms of Use and click the Register button.
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3.Edit Your Account #

If you need to edit your account after registration:

  1. Click the “Logged in as (username)” link in the Monitor My Watershed main menu, then click “My Account.”
  2. Click the pencil icon.
  3. Make the desired changes and click “Save Changes.”
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4.Add a Site #

You must register your project site before you can enter project data.

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. Click on the “Register a new site” button.
  3. Fill out the data fields for your site.
    1. Site code: enter a brief and unique text string to identify your site (e.g., “DEL_PHIL”)
    2. Site name: enter a brief but descriptive name for your site (e.g., “Delaware River near Phillipsburg”)
    3. Site type: select the type of site you are deploying to from the menu, e.g., “STREAM”
    4. Stream name: *it is encouraged to enter a name even if it is ‘unknown tributary XXX’
    5. Major watershed and sub-basin: you can use Model My Watershed, another tool in the WikiWatershed Toolkit, to find your watershed and sub-basin.
    6. Closest town (optional)
    7. Notes (optional)
    8. Latitude and longitude: enter your lat/long in decimal degrees OR zoom in on the map, click to place a pin at your deployment location, and the lat/long will be auto-generated.
    9. Elevation and elevation datum: auto-generated from your lat/long.
  4. Click the “Register Site” button.
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5.View a Site #

To view your own site:

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. Scroll down to the “My Registered Sites” section and click on the site name of the site you’d like to view.

To browse sites shared by other Leaf Pack Network members:

  1. Click on “Browse Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. In the “Browse Data Collection Sites” sidebar, under “Data Types,” check the “Leaf Pack” box.
  3. Click on a map marker and then on the “View data for this site” link.
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6.Follow a Site #

  1. Click on “Browse Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. In the “Browse Data Collection Sites” sidebar, under “Data Types,” check the “Leaf Pack” box.
  3. Click on a map marker and then on the “View data for this site” link.
  4. Check the “Follow” box in the right corner above the map. The sites you follow will appear on your “My Sites” page, below your registered sites.
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7.Edit a Site #

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu. Scroll down to find the site you’d like to edit. Click on the site code to go to the site details page.
  2. Once on the site details page, click the blue “Edit” button.
  3. Edit your site data and click the “Save Edits” button.
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8.Delete a Site #

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu. Scroll down to find the site you’d like to edit. Click on the site code to go to the site details page.
  2. Click the red delete button above the map to delete the site.
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9.Enter Leaf Pack Data #

Once you’ve registered your site, you’re ready to enter data from your Field Data Sheet and Biotic Index Data Sheet. (The online data entry form does not currently include a place to enter data from your Site Map or Habitat Data Sheet.)

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu then scroll down to find the site to which you’d like to add experiment data. Click on the Site Code to go to the site page.
  2. On the site page, scroll down to the “Macroinvertebrate Data at This Site” section, click the “Manage Experiments” button.
  3. On the next page, click the blue button (+) to add a new experiment.
  4. Enter your leaf pack placement information:
    1. Leaf pack placement data: enter placement date, number of packs placed, air and water temperature (optional). Choose a stream habitat type that best represents your site.
    2. Leaf pack composition: check the three predominant leaf species. Use the “Other” section to add other leaf species and/or non-leaf materials.
  5. Enter leaf pack retrieval and storm information:
    1. Leaf pack retrieval data: enter retrieval date, number of packs retrieved, air and water temperature (optional)
    2. Storm and non-storm events: indicate whether storms, flooding, and/or drought occurred while your leaf packs were in the stream.
  6. Enter your macroinvertebrate count data:
    1. Enter the total number found across all of your recovered leaf packs for each taxa.
    2. Use the notes section to add supplemental information about your leaf pack data.
  7. Click the Submit button.
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10.View Leaf Pack Data #

To view your own data:

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. Scroll down to the “My Registered Sites” section and click on the site name of the site you’d like to view.
  3. Scroll down to the “Macroinvertebrate Data at this Site” section.
  4. Click the “View Details” link for the data you’d like to view.

To browse data shared by other Leaf Pack Network members:

  1. Click on “Browse Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu.
  2. In the “Browse Data Collection Sites” sidebar, under “Data Types,” check the “Leaf Pack” box.
  3. Click on a map marker and then on the “View data for this site” link.
  4. Scroll down to the “Macroinvertebrate Data at this Site” section.
  5. Click the “View Details” link for the data you’d like to view.
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11.Download Leaf Pack Data #

Follow the instructions in the “View Leaf Pack Data” section above. Once you are on the Leaf Pack Details page you will see a “Download CSV” button near the top of the page.

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12.Edit Leaf Pack Data #

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu. Scroll down to find the site you’d like to edit. Click on the site code to go to the site details page.
  2. Scroll down to “Macroinvertebrate Data at This Site” section, click “View Details” for the desired experiment.
  3. On the next screen, click the blue “Edit” button.
  4. Edit your data and click the “Save Edits” button.
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13.Delete Leaf Pack Data #

  1. Click on “My Sites” in the Monitor My Watershed main menu. Scroll down to find the site you’d like to edit. Click on the site code to go to the site details page.
  2. Scroll down to “Macroinvertebrate Data at This Site” section, click the “Manage Experiments” button.
  3. Click the trash can icon to delete the experiment.
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14.Ask a Question #

If you’ve reviewed this document and still have a question or issue, please submit it on the Contact page.

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15.Credits #

Monitor My Watershed® is part of WikiWatershed, an initiative of Stroud™ Water Research Center. The Stroud Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

Documentation Contributors

  • Heather Brooks, Stroud Water Research Center

Collaborating Organizations

  • LimnoTech
  • Utah State University
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16.Send Us Feedback #

Please help us improve this guide. You can leave feedback by looking for the “Was this helpful? Yes or No” text at the end of each section. If your answer is no, or if you see something that needs to be changed, please use the “Suggest an edit” link and fill out a quick form. Your feedback will not be displayed on the web page but will be emailed to the webmaster.

Additional resources can be found on the Leaf Pack Help page. If you’ve reviewed the resources and still need help, or if you would like to report a bug, please use our contact form.

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