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Aussie Bee's Introduction to
BowerBird Website

A New Place to Share and Discuss Your Native Bee Sightings

You can explore BowerBird in three different ways, depending on your level of interest:

1. Look at the native bee sightings already in BowerBird
2.  Browse all areas of BowerBird as a public visitor
3.  Share your sighting as a member of BowerBird

Need more help? User Guide and Enquiries

Important Note:
BowerBird works best with the
latest version of Firefox or Chrome.

1. Look at the Native Bee Sightings Already in BowerBird.

Click on this link to visit the 'Australian Bees' project area of BowerBird website.

Scroll down and select a sighting which you would like to view more closely. Click on the Title of that sighting to see the full details.

In the window that opens you can see:

-- the main photo (A).

-- other smaller photos (B). Click on any of the small photos and an enlarged version will be shown.

-- an interactive map of the sighting (C).

-- identifications -- in this case of both the flower (D) and the bee (E), and

-- description notes (F).

2.  Browse all areas of BowerBird as a Public Visitor.

You can view all the current sightings of animals and plants on BowerBird website without joining up! Just click on the 'Sightings' link on the BowerBird homepage.

All sightings on BowerBird are grouped into collections called Projects. For instance there is an 'Australian Bees' project, a 'Butterflies' project, a 'Bird-Life' project and a 'Plants' project.

View all the different projects in BowerBird by clicking on the 'Projects' link on the homepage, or in the top menu bar on any of the subpages of the site. 

Look for a project which interests you, such as the 'Australian Bees' project. 

Click on the Title of the project box to see the sightings and members in that project.

Then click on the 'Sightings' tab (see red arrow on screen shot below) to see all the latest postings in the project. 

-- You can sort the sightings by date or alphabetical order by using the menu on the right (see blue arrow). 

-- Or you can search for particular sightings using key words (such as stingless or resin or Megachile) by clicking on the search button on the right (see yellow arrow).

You can also click on the 'Members' tab to see all the people currently contributing to the project. You can click on the member's name to see all the sightings they have made. 

3.  Share Your Sighting as a Member of BowerBird

Join BowerBird by clicking on the blue 'Join' button on the BowerBird homepage.

Next click on the 'Projects' tab and choose one or more projects of interest. Join those projects by clicking on the blue 'Join' button -- it changes to a 'Joined' button. You can leave a project at any time by clicking on this blue 'Joined' button again.

The Projects that you have joined will appear as links in the left side of the main window. Click on one of these links to see sightings from that project.

Now you can share a photo or video by clicking on the camera button on the top left of the main window. In the screen that opens you can also provide the location and date of the sighting, identifications (if you know them) and other descriptions.

Need more help? User Guide and Enquiries

For more information about how to use BowerBird, please read the detailed User Guide written by Ken Walker: BowerBird User Guide

You may also send an email to Dr Ken Walker for more help or advice about the BowerBird website:

Visit the BowerBird Website

BowerBird is a socially-networked community website where you can share your native bee sightings and observations, or see the fascinating postings of others.

BowerBird was created by Dr Ken Walker of Museum Victoria (Project Manager), Frank Radocaj and Hamish Crittenden (Senior Programmers) and Angela White (Website Designer).

Sightings are also uploaded to the exciting 'Atlas of Living Australia' website -- building a massive record of all Australian plant and animal species, to promote Australian biodiversity.

Search Aussie Bee Website:

Author: Anne Dollin
(See Anne Dollin's Google+ profile)

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