Traps, bait stations and monitoring stations are all managed in roughly the same way. The instructions below describe how to add a new trap to a project. However you can add a new bait station or add a new monitoring station is an almost identical manner - just replace the word "trap" with "bait station" or "monitoring station".
You can also bulk import multiple traps, bait stations and monitoring stations from a CSV file. There are help blocks on each of those pages with what column names are required, and what the allowed values are for each field.
- From the Trap menu click add a new trap.
- Enter the details for the trap (required fields are indicated with an asterix*).
- Trap number*: a reference name for this trap (it doesn't actually have to be a number), this is what will be displayed on the map and can be whatever you wish. If you have a lot of numbered traps it is useful to add leading zeros to the number (e.g. T001, T002. etc). This will allow you to easily sort them numerically by clicking the column header.
- Date installed*: defaults to today's date. This date can be used for maintenance purposes (e.g. you may want to identify traps older than a certain date for replacement).
- Installed by: the name of the person who installed this trap.
- Trap type*: select the type of trap from the drop-down list. If your trap type is not listed select "Unspecified" and use the "Trap sub type" field to describe it.
- Double trap: check this box if the trap is a double set, or has another trap attached (you can also add supplementary traps later).
- Trap sub type: optionally enter any information such as modifications.
- Sensor provider: if this trap has a sensor attached, you can enter the name of the sensor make or provider (E.g. Econode, Encounter Solutions Ltd, MinkPolice, etc.). When you start typing, the matching provider names will automatically appear.
- Sensor ID: the unique ID of the radio sensor from the provider (this is usually a serial number written on the sensor).
- Send meta data about this trap to my sensor provider: checking this box will provide the trap location and other details to the sensor provider. This may help them manage their networks.
- Trap line: optionally select the line you would like the trap associated with. This can make it easier when recording trap data in the field.
- There are two different ways to place your trap on the map:
- Location*: use the • tool at the bottom of the map to place the trap on the map. Click on + or - to zoom in and out.
- Manual coordinates: alternatively you can enter latitude and longitude (degrees or decimal) separated by a space or comma here. When you click "Find using Coordinates field" it will place a marker on the map at the latitude and longitude you entered.
- Images: you can upload one or images of this trap
- Notes: enter any other information you want to keep with this trap (access, location description, etc.).
- Retired: check this box if the trap is no longer used (or moved to a different area). The trap will be removed from most displays but historical data will be retained.
Adding bait stations
Fields for adding a bait station. Required fields are indicated by *
- Bait station number/code: your reference for this bait station. These numbers/codes will be displayed on the map.
- Date Installed: defaults to today's date.
- Installed by: the name of the person who installed this bait station
- Type: select the type of bait station from the drop-down list. If the type is not listed select "other" and use the sub type field to describe it.
- Sub type: optionally enter any information such as modifications.
- Trap line: select from list of lines you have set up (default is none). This can be used to filter the bait stations when entering records.
- Location: use the Draw Point tool to locate the bait station on the map. Hold and drag to pan around the map. Click on + or - to zoom in and out. If you have a GPS location you can enter that in the Manual coordinates field and then click the "Find using Manual Cordinates field" to add it to the map.
- Notes: enter any other information you want to keep with this bait station (access, location description, etc.)
- Retired: check this box if the bait station is no longer used (or moved to a different area). The bait station will be removed from most displays but historical data will be retained.