Taking part in PHOWN - help menu

  1. What you need and registration
  2. Counting weaver colonies
  3. Resizing photos
  4. Obtaining correct coordinates
  5. Uploading photos and data
  6. Upload problems
  7. Viewing accepted records
  8. Corrections and coordinates
  9. Repeat counts
  10. Video PHOWN

Obtaining correct coordinates

Record the locality

Geographic coverage:
PHOWN is global. Weavers are found naturally in Africa, southern Asia and some Indian Ocean islands. They have been introduced to other continents and any wild breeding colonies may be included in the project. Captive colonies (zoos and aviaries) should not be included.

Record the exact location of the nest or colony. This can be done in the following ways:
i. using google maps - there is an option to find the locality on the VM web submission form

Note: it may be easier to find where a colony is on a web map before you submit, and then enter the coordinates obtained from the web map - see here. ii. using a global positioning system (GPS)
Please make sure that the datum of your GPS is set to WGS84.
Ensure that the coordinate values are given correctly.
Always record the southern coordinates (latitude) first and the eastern coordinates (longitude) second.
Use seconds, not hundredths of a minute. Set your GPS readout accordingly.

If your gps gives a reading that looks like this: S 25 22.644 and E 31 51.534
then this format is degrees with decimal minutes so you would fill in the second line for Latitude and second line for Longitude when uploading a record, as shown in the figure below.

iii. a 1:50 000 government map.
For mapwork, record the location as follows:
degree, minutes and seconds South, e.g. 34 10 55 S (the latitude)
degrees, minutes and seconds East, e.g. 18 33 27 E (the longitude)

For colonies along roads or on farms or remote areas, note that it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact spot on google maps. In such a case a gps needs to be used.
It is critically important that the locality be recorded accurately because the record is useless without its location, and positively misleading if the location is incorrectly recorded.

If you have submitted incorrect coordinates, see Corrections.