You only need to do this assessment once at each site, unless it has been burned since you were last there.
Figure 1: Get started the usual way – by clicking “Record Survey”
To include a Bushfire Assessment in your Birdata survey, get started the way you normally would – by ensuring you’re logged in, and then navigating to Record Survey, which can be found in the menu at the top of every page.
The two survey programs that include the Bushfire Assessment feature are the General Birdata Surveys and the Birds in Backyards surveys, so be sure to choose one of these.
Figure 2: When selecting a program, choose either General Birdata Survey (if you’re doing a general survey) or Birds in Backyard (if you’re doing a Birds in Backyards seasonal survey)
Set your location
Use the map tool to set your location as you normally would.
Figure 3: Use the map tool to set your location as you normally would – either by zooming into your area to find your location or by searching your site by name or suburb
The Bushfire Assessment Feature is on the Survey Details screen
Fill out the Survey Details as you normally would, providing details such as survey type, number of observers, and, if a body of water is present, its water level.
The Bushfire Assessment feature is the last field at the bottom of the Survey Details screen.
The image below is from the General Birdata Survey page – the Birds in Backyards screen will look a little bit different, but the bushfire assessment section will be the same.
Figure 4: Check the box next to “Record Bushfire Assessment” to open the assessment feature
Figure 5: If you answer “Yes” to either question, you’ll be asked for more details. If you answer “No” to the first question, you’ll be asked to estimate the site’s distance to bushfire affected areas nearby
Figure 6: If you answer “yes” to the area being burnt, you’ll be asked to provide more details
For Fire Details, type how many months since the survey area was burnt, how much of the area you’d estimate was burnt, select a burn intensity, and give an estimate in kilometers of the distance from the survey site to the nearest unburnt area.
For Affected Vegetation , for each vegetation layer you will b asked to select from 3 options: affected by fire, unaffected by fire, or layer not present before fire.
Figure 7: After providing data about bushfires, you will be asked if there is any supplementary food, water, or nest boxes present.
For each food type, you will be asked to specify the frequency with which the food is provided – never, monthly, weekly, daily. For nest boxes, provide a count of how many of each size are present.
Figure 8: When you have filled out your Bushfire Assessment, hit “Next” to start your survey