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Help for the NMOS Field Notes Database Website
Querying the NMOS Field Notes Database
The database is designed to answer a wide range of questions. All queries to the database can be found under the Search Records link found in the header on every page.
What kind of questions can I ask?
You might want to see all the records submitted by a specific observer or you might want to see all the records for a specific species or county.
Can I ask multiple questions?
Yes, you can group your queries. For example, you can type "falcon" for the common name and select "Bernalillo" and "Catron" counties. This will return all birds with falcon in their common name in these two counties.
How about wildcards?
The query process uses wildcards implicitly. For example, searching for the common name "falcon" will automatically give you peregrine falcons, prairie falcons, aplomado falcons, etc.
I know a record's in there, but I can't find it!
It's always a good idea to start broad, then narrow your query once you're sure you and the database are speaking the same language. Species names in particular can be highly variable. If you enter a common name that is different than the one in the database, you will not get a return on your query. If you're not sure, for example, whether the database recognizes Harris' hawk as "HARRIS' HAWK","HARRIS HAWK", or "HARRIS'S HAWK", a simple search for "harris" or "hawk" should yield the correct result, while getting more specific will not. In this case, a more specific search for a "HARRIS HAWK" with scientific name "Parabuteo unicinctus" is futile if ithe database doesn't recognize "HARRIS HAWK" in the first place.
What does Review Status mean?
Data are continually being added to and changed in the NMOS database by NMOS members. In an effort to track the status of changes that are submitted, three categories were created: Review, Incorporated, and Unincorporated. "In review" means changes were received for specific records but those changes have not yet been applied to the database. "Incorporated" means changes submitted by NMOS members have been applied to the records assigned with this status. "Unincorporated" means we were unable to assign changes to these records for reasons determined by the NMOS subcommittee.
Can I print the results or save them to a file?
Yes, you select the type of output you prefer. Go to the query page and search for records. On the NMOS Species Information page (results page), you select either: Printable version from this web view (HTML), comma-delimited text, or tab-delimited text. The first selection, (HTML) will open up in your viewer. The other two selections can be saved to your hard-drive for import into a spreadsheet or database program.
How can I see detailed information associated with records in my query?
The results of your query are shown in a table. If you click on the links in the Sighting ID field, a new window will open with all the details of that record. Note: If your query has more than one record in the table, by hitting one Sighting ID link you can move to the next record in your query. This navigation device is provided on the third line, center of the Sighting ID form. Also, when you click on a link for the title of a field within this form, it will give you the definition used to populate that field.
Taxonomic IssuesIn some cases, a species' taxonomic status has changed (sometimes several times). This has resulted in different forms that were once considered to be the same species are now considered separate species, which may mislead the casual user.
Submitting Data Changes and Comments
To submit comments for records, or for general comments, email us at Submit Info. The link to this email is found in the footer of all pages (see Comments). Please include the Sighting ID for any comments about specific sighting records..
Fields in the NMOS Sighting ID Database
More Help:For additional help, please contact the New Mexico Natural Heritage Program by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refer to the NMOS on-line database in your mail.