How to use the bushfire assessment feature on the Birdata website

You only need to do this assessment once at each site, unless it has been burned since you were last there.

Getting Started

Follow the "Record Survey" link to get started
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.

Select Program

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.

The 2 survey types that include a Bushfire Assessment are "General Birdata Survey" and "Birds in Backyards"
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.

Set the location where you will be completing your Birdata survey
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.

Fill out the survey details like you normally would
Figure 4: Check the box next to “Record Bushfire Assessment” to open the assessment feature

Your answers to the 2 introductory questions will generate follow-up questions
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  

If the survey area is burnt, you will be asked to provide more information
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.

If supplementary food, water, or nest boxes are at the site, you will be asked to provide more information
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.

When you've entered all the details, click "Next" to get started with your survey
Figure 8: When you have filled out your Bushfire Assessment, hit “Next” to start your survey 


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