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Creating a new NABat project

Selecting cells

Saving points for stationary acoustic surveys

Saving mobile transect routes

Uploading mobile transect routes

Creating a new NABat project

Registered users can create new monitoring projects from the "Projects" tab of the NABat Partner Portal. While users are free to divide surveys into separate projects spatially or by survey type, separating data into distinct projects temporally is highly discouraged (e.g., USGS NABat 2016, USGS NABat 2017, etc.). The following document provides step-by-step guidance from creating new NABat projects.

 

  1. Login to the NABat Partner Portal. If you are not already a registered user, see instructions to Create an Account.

  2. Once logged in, click the Projects tab from the top menu bar.

  3. Click the "Add New Project +" button in the top right of the Projects homepage.

  4. Enter the required data to create your new project.

    • ​Project Name: e.g. USGS FORT NABat Monitoring

    • Description: e.g. The USGS Fort Collins Science Center NABat Coordinating Office will conduct stationary acoustic and mobile transect surveys in Colorado to monitor species of conservation concern in the state.

    • Owning Organization: Choose your organization from the drop-down menu or request that your organization be added by emailing gs_nabat_team@usgs.gov.

    • Members: By default, you will be listed as the project leader. To add other members, click the blue "Add User" button to the top right of the Members section (note: additional users will need an NABat account to be added to a project; new accounts can be created by following step 1 of these instructions). Details of each user's role and permissions can be modified using the drop-down menus.

    • GRTS Selection:

      • Sample Design: If all or some of your surveys follow the NABat priority sample design (that is, selecting cells following the priority GRTS order), choose "NABat: Survey locations were established following the NABat sample design" from the drop-down menu. If you have old data collected without consideration of the NABat sampling design and/or plan to monitor new locations without consideration of the NABat priority GRTS ranking, select "NABat Legacy: Survey locations were established prior to, or selected without consideration of, the NABat sample design." If you plan to upload nightly summary data using the BatAMP template, select BatAMP: Survey locations were established prior to, or selected without consideration of, the NABat sample design."

      • Legacy Design Details: If you selected a legacy sample design (NABat Legacy or BatAMP) you will be prompted to provide further detail on your survey design (how 2 survey locations were selected, number of sites/cell, number of detector nights per location, etc.). Please be as detailed as possible.

      • Grid Sample Frame: Select the appropriate sample frame from the drop-down menu (Continental US, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico).

  5. ​Once all required fields have been completed, click "Proceed to Cell Selection" in the bottom right corner of the page to save your new project and begin selecting GRTS cells for monitoring. The page will automatically re-direct to the NABat Cell Selection Tool. However, there is no requirement to claim GRTS cells at this time and users may return to their project homepage at anytime by clicking the blue "Back to Project" button.

Selecting and claiming new cells for monitoring

  1. Login to the NABat Partner Portal.

  2. Click the "Projects" tab at the top of the screen and select the project for which you wish to select cells for monitoring.

  3. Click the "Cell Selection Tool" button at the top of the page.

  4. Locate the area(s) of interest using filters located above the map. The map will default to the sample frame selected when the project was created. Users can add geographic or jurisdictional filters (e.g. state, county, land management agency, etc.) or locate cells based on GRTS ID, geographic coordinates, or NABat sampling priority. Users can also make custom selections using the drawing tool by clicking the "Draw Polygon Filter" button above the map. Cells within the selected area will appear with a light blue border.

  5. To zoom in or out of a selection, use the +/- buttons in the top left corner of the map. Users can also click, hold, and drag to reorient the map.

    • * The cell selection map includes a number of map layers to assist users in locating desired cells. Hover your mouse over the map layers button in the top right corner of the map to explore the available options (Topographic, Imagery, Administrative Boundaries, Priority Cells, etc.).

  6. Once the area(s) of interest are located, users can double click individual cells to add them to the evaluation table (located to the right of the map) or click the "Add Filtered Cells to List" button (located to the right of the map filters) to add all highlighted cells to the table.

  7. Once cells are added to the table they can be evaluated and claimed by your project. To begin, use the arrows in the column header to sort GRTS Cells by priority ranking (lower GRTS number = higher priority). Users should claim cells for survey beginning with the highest priority cell and working down the list, claiming as many cells for survey as resources will allow. Cells that have already been claimed by another project will include a box beneath the GRTS Cell ID indicating what type of monitoring is already occurring in that cell (see legend in the following step). Contact information for members of the owning project can be viewed by clicking the name of the project leader or by clicking the project name.

  8. To claim cells for survey, locate the list of monitoring options above the table and click the button that corresponds with the type of monitoring you plan to conduct.

  9. Next, use the drop-down menus for each available cell to indicate that you plan to survey that cell (begin with highest priority cells/lowest GRTS Cell ID) or to provide the reason you will not survey the cell.

    • * The "BULK CHANGE" button can be used to simultaneously change the status of all cells or all priority cells with a single click.

  10. Once you have chosen "Selected for Survey" for all cells you wish to add to the project, click the green "Save" button located above the table. You will receive a prompt in the bottom right of the screen indicating that the selection has been saved. You can now navigate back to you project homepage by clicking the blue "Back to Project" button above the table. All cells selected for survey will now appear in your project's homepage below the project map.

Save or export points for STATIONARY ACOUSTIC SURVEYS

Survey points can be saved to the NABat Partner Portal through the project map (located below the project details on the project's homepage) and exported through the Cell Selection Tool. To save and export points:

  1. Navigate to the project homepage and scroll down to the project map.

  2. Using the "Map Layers" button in the top right corner of the map, select the appropriate layers to identify potential detector locations. GRTS cell boundaries can be turned on by selecting the "NABat GRTS Cells" layer, and GRTS cell quadrant boundaries can be viewed by selecting the "CONUS 5km Grid Cells" layer. Other helpful layers when selecting stationary survey locations include "Imagery" and "Open Street Map."

  3. Once an appropriate site has been identified, select the "Mark a Survey Location" button in the top left of the map to drop a pin. Zoom to the desired survey location and click the map select the survey point. A notification will appear in the bottom right corner of the map indicating that a new location was created. A dialogue box will appear on the map with details about the survey point including latitude, longitude, and GRTS Cell.

  4. Click the green "Edit" button in the bottom right corner of the dialogue box. Provide a name for the new survey location and use the drop-down menu under "Location Type" to indicate the type of survey point (Stationary Detector). If desired, a description can also be provided and 4 saved with the survey point. Users may also enter a new latitude and longitude to move the point to a desired location.

  5. Click the green "Save" button in bottom of the dialogue box to save changes.

  6. To export location information for saved points, navigate to the Cell Selection Tool by clicking the "Cell Selection Tool Button" at the top of the project homepage. Next, click the download selection button located to the right of the map filters at the top of the page. A window will appear with options for which data you wish to download. Select the desired options and click the download button.

  7. Once location data has been downloaded, it can be imported into handheld GPS units and used to navigate to desired locations in the field.

Save or export MOBILE TRANSECT ROUTES

Providing spatial data for the mobile transect routes is important for future analyses. Users can upload/save mobile transect routes in NABat using the drawing tool on the project map (located below the project details on the project's homepage) or by uploading a KML or geojson saved to a GPS unit during the survey.

 

Drawing mobile transect routes

  1. Navigate to the project homepage and scroll down to the project map.

  2. Use the search bar to navigate to the GRTS cell where you wish to draw a mobile transect route.

  3. Click the "Make a transect route" button in the top left of the map.

  4. Click along your desired route. The mapping tool will drop points with each click and connect the points with a line. The mapping tool will also display the total length of the route.

  5. Click "Finish" beside the "Make a transect route" button or click the last point on the route.

  6. A dialogue box will appear. Click the green "Edit" button, name the route, provide a description (if desired), and use the drop-down menu under "Location Type" to indicate that the object is a Transect Route. Click the green save button.

  7. Once data is collected for the route, the NABat database will automatically match call metadata to the spatial object created in Steps 1-6. However, in order for transect metadata to match with the spatial object, the Location Name field of your metadata CSV must match the transect name provided in Step 5 exactly.

* For more detailed guidance on uploading mobile transect metadata, see: https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/file/get/5e3de185e4b0edb47be3d6e6?name=Kaleidoscope_ Mobile_Transect_Guide.pdf (for Kaleidoscope users) https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/file/get/5e3de185e4b0edb47be3d6e6?name=SonoBat_ Mobile_Transect_Guide.pdf (for SonoBat users)

Upload MOBILE TRANSECT ROUTES

Users who record mobile transect routes using a GPS unit can upload route data directly into the cell selection tool as a KML or GeoJSON file and save it as a spatial object. This process should be completed before uploading route metadata. However, if metadata were added before adding route data, complete the steps below to add route data, then click the "Bulk Upload Status" tab from the project homepage and click the "Reprocess" button beside the upload that contains route metadata.

Most GPS units save and export spatial data as GPX files, and some users are unfamiliar with the GeoJSON and KML file formats. Luckily, most spatial file formats can easily be converted to KML or GeoJSON using free online conversion tools. Simply perform a web search for "convert your file format to geojson/KML" for a long list of options. Once the file has been converted, follow the guidance below.

  1. Navigate to the project homepage and scroll down to the project map.

  2. Click the "KML | GeoJSON" button at the top of the map.

  3. Navigate to your .geojson/.kml file and click "Open."

  4. Your route will appear on the map with a dialogue box. Click the green "Edit" button, name the route, provide a description (if desired), and use the drop-down menu under "Location Type" to indicate that the object is a Transect Route. Click the green save button.

  5. Once data are collected for the route, the NABat database will automatically match call metadata to the spatial object created in Steps 1-6. However, in order for transect metadata to match with the spatial object, the Location Name field of your metadata CSV must match the transect name provided in Step 5 exactly.

* More detailed guidance on uploading mobile transect metadata is available at https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/file/get/5e3de185e4b0edb47be3d6e6?name=Kaleidoscope_ Mobile_Transect_Guide.pdf (for Kaleidoscope users) https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/file/get/5e3de185e4b0edb47be3d6e6?name=SonoBat_ Mobile_Transect_Guide.pdf (for SonoBat users)