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Create your own field guide

Compiled field guide
When you're out and about observing and recording ClimateWatch species, we thought you might find it useful to have images of species you're looking out for, which highlights their main features. This can help you quickly and easily confirm the identification of a species and serve as a useful reminder for the species you can keep an eye out for. You can also use them when walking the many ClimateWatch trails being set up around the country. Here we show you where these species images are found on the website and how you can create them into your own personalised ClimateWatch field guide.

Labelled species images on the website

As we develop a labelled image for each ClimateWatch species, we will upload this onto the species information pages online. The image can be found under the "What is it?" tab, as below for the Australian Magpie:

You can see the image points out the species' main features, to help you confirm identification of the species.

These images have been created for a handful of ClimateWatch species so far, so remember to keep coming back to the species page to see when it's image has been created! As at the beginning of June, images have been finalised for the species listed at the bottom of this page.

Compiling the species images into a field guide

You can use these labelled species images to create your own field guide, or document of species to observe and record, which you can take on a walk in your local area or when walking a ClimateWatch trail. Follow these easy steps below to find out how!

In your local area

  1. Decide which species you'd like to observe - you can use the species search function on the right hand side of this page to help find species in your area, species that can be observed during certain times of the year, and to limit your choice to certain groups of species.
  2. Open a Word Document file or similar, which you'd like to use to compile the field guide.
  3. Go to the species page for each species you have shortlisted in Step 1 above.
  4. Download the Field Guide for each species by clicking this link on the right hand side of the species page:
  5. The labelled species image will appear. Right click with the computer mouse on this image and either select "Save image as"  if you'd like to keep it for later, or select "Copy".
  6. Open the blank Word document (or similar) from Step 2 above, right click with the computer mouse on the document and select "Paste", or select "Paste" from the "File" or "Home" menu in Word (depending on which version you have). The species image should appear in the document.
  7. Adjust the size of the image and margins of the page to fit multiple species images on the page. We have designed each image to be A6 in size, which means you can fit 4 images on one A4 page. See the compiled field guide example at the bottom of this page.
  8. Once you are happy with how your field guide looks, print it out to take with you when out and about. Also remember to save a copy on your computer so you can print more copies later if needed.
  9. You may also like to name your field guide, for example "ClimateWatch species around home".
  10. Enjoy using your field guide to help correctly identify ClimateWatch species and remind you of species you can observe and record!

When walking a ClimateWatch trail

  1. Identify which species can be observed on the trail - either look at the 'Related Species' listed on the trail website page (see Capital Hill, Canberra example below), or download the trail Recording Sheet on the right hand side of the trail website page: The Recording Sheet lists all species that can be observed on the trail.

  1.  Once you have identified the species, follow steps 2 to 10 above, under the "In your local area" heading.
  2.  Remember to take this field guide with you each time you walk the ClimateWatch trail!


Compiled field guide example.
An example of a compiled field guide.