water, lunch, pencils (do take more than one, and make sure they're all sharpened), field notes notebook, site forms, feature forms, clipboard, GPS, Trimble/GIS system of your choice, snacks, band-aids, sunblock, bug spray, toilet paper, measuring tape (one that goes up to 8 meters is handy), compass, camera, pin flags (how else will you remember where your datum is, or where you find stuff?), maps (road and topographic), a trowel, shovel, pulaski, duct tape, fire extinguisher....
|Your field gear storage bin needs an awesome side-kick.|
|This is why you need band-aids. Those pin flags will get |
|Cows are about to block our "road," hurry!|
- If you are walking transects with other people, your transects should not cross. That would defeat the point.
- There is no shame in using your compass to make sure you are still walking in the same cardinal direction. Even if you have only taken two steps and forget which sagebrush you were supposed to walk towards, and you have to take your compass back out again to double-check, that's okay!
- If you have a very large area in your block survey, I highly recommend walking transects to a point where you can see your starting pin flag (I really hope you didn't forget those!). You see, when you can still see your starting point, you know to walk 5-15 meters to the side of your last pin flag. When you do this, you have a better chance at not returning to the datum line and asking "Where the hell did that other pin flag go?" Only to find you have to redo a huge section because you wandered at an angle. Trust me. It is better this way.
|Good use of pin flags....as scales for adorable greater short-horned lizards!!!! But let's stay focused on surveying shall we?|
|Tape measures are good for measuring, providing scales in photos, and pointing north.|
|Found it! Found the road! How the heck do we get there?!|
|I AM Picasso!!!!!!!!!!|
|Plan views are awesome. The let you draw something to scale so your circular tipi ring |
still looks like a circle and not a square.
|An antelope on the cover of an archaeological report. |
Makes perfect sense.