1. Create an iSeeMammals account! You can do this online, or when you download the iSeeMammals app to your Apple or Android smartphone.

2. Log in!

3. Collect and Submit data for iSeeMammals! 

An Observation is an observation of an actual bear or bear sign. Bear sign includes tracks, scat, hair, and markings. Information about where and when you saw this observation is important. Observations can be submitted either with the app or on the website. We strongly encourage taking a photo to go with your observation. 

A Hike should be at least a quarter mile. During a hike you can also make Observations if you see bear or bear signs. You can access your hikes from the website, but cannot add a new hike on the website. Hikes are important even when there are no bear observations!

A Fixed Camera is a camera set in a particular location that automatically takes photos when triggered by motion. Fixed cameras are commonly known as "trail cameras", "game cameras", or "camera traps". Use the app to set up a fixed camera, and the website to report data from it. Fixed cameras are important even when there are no photos of bears! 

Check out our Tips Page for recommendations on how to submit data!

** We are in the process of updating our instructions for the new version of the app and website. We will also be including short videos. In the meantime, the instructions here should still be useful, as they are for the first version of the app. Please be patient with us! Thank you!

 

With the App:  

 

 Make an Observation            With the Website:    Make an Observation
 Go On a Hike      Report Data from a Fixed Camera  
 Set Up A Fixed Camera        
 Check A Fixed Camera        

 
Hiking with the iSeeMammals App
* works in areas with no Cell/WiFi service
Data will be sent when you return to Cell/WiFi service and open the app
 
 
  1. Once you've created your account, downloaded the app, and logged in: 
  2. Enable Location Services: Press "Yes" when prompted, or go to your Phone's Settings> Privacy> Location Services> On
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1. On either the Home or Hikes screen, press the Start a Hike button:

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  2. 2. If you want to erase the hike, press Cancel Current Hike. OR 
  3. If you are finished, end the hike by pressing Stop Current Hike on the Home or Hikes screen. A dialogue box will show up.
  4. If you are indeed finished with your hike, press Yes
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  7. 3. Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the following screens. Give the hike a descriptive name, answer a few questions about your hike, and attach observations, if any, to your hike. Click the upper right arrow to move on.
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  10. 4. Complete your hike.
    1. If you want to altogether erase the hike, press Scratch this hike. OR
    2. If you want to submit it later, press  Save But Dont Submit Yet. OR 
    3. If you are ready to submit it, check the I am done with this circle and press Finish and Submit!.
    4.  OR  OR 
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Bear Observation with the iSeeMammals App
* works in areas with no Cell/WiFi service
Data will be sent when you return to Cell/WiFi service and open the app
 
 
  1. Once you've created your account, downloaded the app, and logged in: 
  2. Enable Location Services: Press "Yes" when prompted, or go to your Phone's Settings> Privacy> Location Services> On
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  4. 1. On either the Home or Observation screen, press Record Bear Observation:
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  6. 2. Attach a picture either from your phone's gallery, or directly take a picture. Allow iSeeMammls to access your Photos/Camera.
  7. 3. Take the photo or select the photo from your gallery.
  8. 4. Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the following screens. Provide a description of the photo, answer a few questions about your hike, and check that the location of the photo is correct. 
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  11. 5. Complete your observation.
    1. If you want to altogether erase the observation, press Scratch this observation. OR
    2. If you want to submit it later, press Save But Dont Submit Yet . OR 
    3. If you are done and ready to submit it, check I am done with this and press Finish and Submit!.
    4.  OR  OR 

 

Set Up a Fixed Camera with the iSeeMammals app
* works in areas with no Cell/WiFi service
Data will be sent when you return to Cell/WiFi service and open the app
 
 
  1. Once you've created your account, downloaded the app, and logged in: 
  2. Enable Location Services: Press "Yes" when prompted, or go to your Phone's Settings> Privacy> Location Services> On
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  4. 1. Decide on a location for your camera. Check out these Tips and Tricks for choosing a location for your camera.
  5. 2. Once you are at the location for the camera, press Set up Camera Location on either the Home or Fixed Cams screen.
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  7. 3. Press Yes to confirm you are at the location of your fixed camera. Check the map that appears. 
    1. If the location is correct, press Looks Good. OR
    2. If the location is incorrect, press Locate Me Again.
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  10. 4. Press Date/Time are Correct to confirm they have been correctly programmed in the camera. Type in a name for your camera and press Confirm Name.
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  12. 6. Finalize your camera and start the record-keeping by pressing Start the Camera. 
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Check a Fixed Camera with the iSeeMammals app
* works in areas with no Cell/WiFi service
Data will be sent when you return to Cell/WiFi service and open the app
 
 
  1. 1. When you are at the camera and ready to remove the memory card, press Fixed Cams at the bottom of the Home screen.
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  3. 2. Choose the active camera that you wish to stop. The history for that camera will appear.
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  6. 3. Press Stop Camera, and Yes to confirm. 
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  9. 4. When you are ready to restart your camera (either you have an empty memory card with you, or you have returned to the camera at a later date), press Restart Camera. 
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  12. 5. If you have moved your camera, press Yes when asked and verify your new location. 
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6. Confirm that the date and time are still correct on the fixed camera. The updated history for the camera will appear.

  

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