Homepage guide - English
This guide explains how you define a cormorant colony and enter
count results by use of this homepage. Overall there are three
steps: 1) login, 2) find your colony or add it, and 3) enter the
counts of the colony.
The three overall steps:
Step 1: Login/become a user
As a cormorant counter you can use this web side to report your
results from countings and observations. To do so you need to
become a user of this website by registering yourself (see step
1.1: Login or register).
Step 2: The colony
Results from counts can be entered as soon as the colony has
been 'created' and denoted with the relevant year. If the colony
already exists in the database, the colony´s name will appear on
the list of existing colonies, which can be found under 'Colonies'.
If the colony was created in a previous year, you can reuse
some of the old information (e.g. the geographical location and
extension of the colony) and add new information relevant for the
year in question (follow the steps given under sections 3 and 4).
If the colony is not on the list, you have to create the colony
(follow the steps under section 2.2).
Step 3: The count
When the colony is recorded for the relevant year, you can enter
results from the count. As a minimum, you must enter the date of
the count, the observer´s name and e-mail and the number of nests
in the colony. There are further opportunities for
describing counting methods and give other supplementary
information. Remember so click 'Save'.
Step 1.1: Login or register
To enter information about colonies and counts, you must be
registered as a user.
First, select 'Home' on the menu and choose 'Counters can
register HERE', just above the photo.
As a minimum, fill in the marked information boxes in the form
with your name and e-mail and for which country (or province) you
are reporting counts. Save the information by selecting "Save".
NOTE: The personal information will not become visible to others
and will only be used for identification in subsequent data
The information will be sent to the
count coordinator of the country, and you will receive an e-mail
with a login. Note that this can take up to two days.
- When you subsequently want to log on, do so via the menu item
'Login'. Here you can choose to let your computer remember the
password when you login. Then you simply fill in your username and
click in the password box, which automatically will fill in your
password. When you close the web side you will automatically be
NOTE: We recommend that you later
change your password via the link
You are now a registered user and have
access to define colonies and enter results from counts.
Step 2: The colony
If you are logged in, you can enter
counts once you have found the right colony.
Enter parts of the name of the colony or locality in the field
'Search for ..' or you can go through the list of colonies recorded
on the homepage (below the Google map).
2.1: The colony is already recorded
If the colony is already in the database
you can add relevant information and edit the extension of the
On the top right corner of the map, you
can choose between a map based on satellite images or a map
with roads and site names.
Select 'Edit polygon' for fine
tuning the lines that define the extension of the colony.
Now you see white squares on the red line. Drag the squares so that
the line follows the correct boundary of the colony. Select 'Stop
Editing' when adjustments have been made. See figure below.
We recommend that you use the field 'Remarks ..' for
information about a) management/human intervention in the colony
(legal as well as illegal), b) human disturbance,
c) occurrence of predators, d) breeding performance (clutch
size, brood size, breeding success). When using the field 'Remarks
..' you should denote your name and the date of your entry of
information. For example: "David Andersson 10-05-2011: Disturbance
took place .". You can write your supplementary information under
'Remarks ..' in the language of your own country.
2.2: The colony does not exist in the database
If you are logged in, you can create a colony.
Choose 'Colonies' on the menu.
Choose 'Add new colony' just below the map.
1. Select the country.
2. In the search box below
the map you can enter a name and then click on 'Search', or
manually zoom the map to locate the area where the colony is
located. For more information about zoom click
3. If it is not possible
to find the area on the map, or if you want to see it in more
detail then modify the format of the map via the box located in the
upper right corner. Select 'Satellite'. See also section 4.2 for
4. Define a colony on the
map by selecting at least four points that surround the colony. A
red line connects the points you select. While selecting the colony
area, a blue marker is distributed over the area. The blue marker
illustrates the colony´s location. As you select items that
surround the colony, the blue marker will not necessarily follow
the defined area exactly. But once you are finished selecting the
colony area, then the blue marker adapt to the shape of the
selected area. You must select at least four points to register a
colony. For more information on the definition of colonies see
Click 'Save' to register the polygon showing
the extension of the colony
6. Fill out the form
to the left of the map. As a minimum, please denote the
name of the colony and the year which your
information refers to. In case you have the knowledge you are most
welcome to denote (click off) which habitat type the nests are
Human intervention in the colony. If you have
knowledge about legal regulation of the colony or illegal
disturbance/intervention, click off the box 'Colony exposed to
managment'. If possible, write fuller
explanations of these interferences in the box "Remarks..".
This human inteference could be scaring off breeding
cormorants, oiling of eggs, removal of nests
Breeding performance. Notes on breeding
performance are most welcome. E.g. give information on a) mean
clutch sizes (only for nests with eggs, remember to denote sample
size 'N='), b) brood size (only for nests with chicks within a
certain age interval, remember to denote approximate age of the
chicks and sample size 'N='), c) breeding success (defined as
the number of young reaching the age near to fledging per initiated
9. Click "Save" to save all information.
10. You can now choose to add your counts by clicking
Step 3: Enter count results
Check if the colony is established under 'Colonies'. If the
colony has not been created then follow the instructions in
section 2.2. But
If the colony has been
established on the homepage, then go to the information about the
colony (from the list, or after having searched for and
found the name, or having found it on the map).
At the bottom of the 'colony
page' select 'Add count'
Always state the colony´s name,
date of count, the observer´s name and e-mail and your best
estimate of the number of nests.
You are most welcome to give
other information, e.g. about the counting method, the proportion
of nests on the ground, remarks about the precision of the count
Select 'Save' to save the
information you have entered.
Your registration can now be seen (by you and the National
Coordinator) under 'Counts'.
4: Other smaller guidelines regarding creating a colony
4.1: To zoom in on an area then do one of the following:
Double click on the area.
Role the wheel on the mouse forward/away from yourself
- Drag the cursor up against the plus sign on the bar on the left
side of the map.
Over the zoom-bar is a round tool. This
tool can be used to move the image in the desired direction.
4.2: To get a more detailed map
Satellite images can be used advantageously in the
If the colony is located on a small islet that is not plotted on
If you want to denote the extension of the
4.3: How to denote extensions of a
We recommend that a colony is defined as a separate colony if it
is isolated from other group(s) of nests by at least 2000 m.
Therefore, a group of nests is defined as belonging to the same
colony as the other groups of nests if it is located within 2000 m
from the nearest neighbouring group of nests ('sub-colony').
If the colony is composed of two or more unconnected
sub-colonies, first define the extension of one of the
sub-colonies. Then select 'Next shape'. Now the second sub-colony
is defined with its own polygon. However, all the polygons belong
to the same colony.
If you select 'Clear', then delete the defined colony.
Select 'Delete point' to undo the previous action.
Select 'Edit polygon' for fine tuning of the lines. Now you see
white squares on the red line. Drag the squares so that the line
follows the correct boundary of the colony. Select 'Stop Editing'
when adjustments are made.