Game Bird Program
Apps & Maps
Facilitating data collection and bobwhite analytics
Record keeping is important to evaluate the effectiveness of management practices as well as in understanding how factors such as weather contribute to vegetation response and management. Data collection, in particular, and the analysis, viewing and archiving of data is an integral part in facilitating adaptive resource management, and can help to guide management decisions.
Rapid advances in technology now offer numerous options for electronic data collection and storage. A goal of the Game Bird Program is to tap into the app and map world by developing products such as web mapping applications and data collection apps for land owners and managers.
Data collection during an early morning covey call
Birds Up – A Quail Hunting App
Our primary objective in designing Birds Up was to provide an easy-to-use tool for recording quail hunting information for landowners and land managers. In addition, this information will aid the Game Bird Program at Tall Timbers to identify regional pulses in hunting success and help to advance quail research. For instance, the data collected using this app should help to shape our knowledge of age structure and reproductive output at a broad scale and afford a better understanding about how large-scale management is linked to fluctuations in regional population levels. In addition to providing site-specific hunt success information, we also anticipate that data collected using Birds Up over multiple years and multiple properties will help to address habitat questions at local and regional scales.
The name of the app was affectionately derived from the repeated declaration of the phrase “Birds UP!” as birds flushed wild during quail hunts in the Red Hills region. The Birds Up app was designed and tested by quail hunters, and it was additionally vetted and beta-tested for an entire hunting season (2013-16) by local plantation landowners and managers in the Red Hills region. It is still very much a work in progress and we look forward to hearing from you on ways we can improve the app and better serve your needs.
Birds Up is a tool for recording northern bobwhite quail hunting data (e.g., hunt encounters such as Covey Points, Single Points, Wild Flushes and Unproductive Points as well as harvest information) in the field using a mobile device. Visit the App Store or iTunes to download for iOS devices or the Google Play store for Android devices to download the app. The app is free to members and supporters of the Game Bird Program. To sign up and obtain customized access to Birds Up, please contact Dr. Theron Terhune.
Invasive Tracker – join the fight on invasive plants
Several invasive species apps already exist but none afford the ability to easily track the application of treatments and management status toward the control of undesirable, invasive plants. As such, the Game Bird Program at Tall Timbers developed the InvasiveTracker app to provide an easy-to-use tool for landowners, land managers, and biologists for recording and tracking invasive species and their management on private lands.
InvasiveTracker is an app designed for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) to allow landowners and managers to easily report and track their invasive species. The InvasiveTracker app provides numerous functions, including:
- Identify Invasive – scroll through pictures of common invasive plants;
- Add a Report – records an occurrence of an invasive;
- View Active Reports – view, on map, all reports of invasive plants for an individual user;
- View Archived Reports – view, on map, all archived reports of invasive plants for an individual user;
- Add Treatments – keeps track of management action applied to control invasive; and
- Add Status Updates – tracks management and control of the invasive.
Quail Trax – Leave No Quail Tracks Behind
Integrating population monitoring into a management plan is a valuable way to track progress toward or success of a management objective. Monitoring information provides the evidence for the need of management action as well as the response to management (i.e., population increase). As part of the research process at Tall Timbers, the Game Bird Program has developed numerous techniques for evaluating animal populations potentially affecting northern bobwhite. Some of the more common techniques include:
- Spring male counts
- Fall covey call point and quadrat counts
- Predator Index
- Brood Index
- Small mammal (cotton rat) Index
- Trap monitoring and meso-mammal removal
Quail Trax will provide a means for land managers and biologists to collect these types of data using a mobile device (e.g., iPhone, iPAD). A web application will accompany the mobile application enabling users to query, view, and analyze their population monitoring data. This app is currently being developed but we anticipate it being available by Spring 2019.
Property Maps & Web Apps – A Clear View Ahead
Did you know that ~80% of data now has a geographic location component? Maps not only display land cover features but they help to better visualize complex patterns in data and add vital spatial context that often gets lost in spreadsheets and charts. The integration of dynamic mapping can improve our insight, facilitating better decisions.
Web apps and mobile mapping apps are more than a glorified Garmin for the woods. They contain several powerful features and time-saving shortcuts that may not always be obvious, but are just waiting to be discovered. From basic land cover maps to more sophisticated web mapping applications, we can help you map your property and link the data you collect to facilitate on-the-ground management decisions. Contact us for more information.
Tall Timbers Land Cover Map
Map of brood locations showing link to fields on this property
Covey call point count map