FAQs

1. When will online data entry be available?
Online data entry is available here.

2. The eclipse is only 60% in my town. Is there any point in participating?
Yes, please do participate, no matter what the maximum coverage of the eclipse will be in your area. One major goal of EclipseWatch is to compare the reactions of birds and animals in areas with different coverage. At 50% or 60% of coverage, you will still see perceptible dimming of the light outside!

3. Are all the animals in the list common ones, that are easily found near my home/office?
Yes. All the animals on the list are ones that are common to our urban and rural landscapes.

4. Who do I contact in case I need additional information?
There is a live chat facility on top of each page of this site. You can also email us at: eclipsewatch@gmail.com. Finally, if you have a short query, please SMS or call the following numbers:
Hindi: 09902921434
Kannada: 09901938486
Malayalam: 09449002297
Marathi: 09845919459
Punjabi: 09449008276
Tamil: 09035623128
Telugu: 09886553088
English: any of the numbers above.

5. Can I record observations on animals not specified on the EclipseWatch list?
As far as is possible, please try to cover species on the list. If none of them occur in your locality, please do observe other animals, and specify this on the form.

6. Should I listen to calls and look for flight in the same 15 sec, or in consecutive 15-sec intervals?
Try looking for flying animals listed in the form for 15 secs first. If you also hear something record it. Or else spend another 15 secs listening.

7. I’m moving around through the day, can I still participate?
Yes, you can. Just mention it in the notes. The entire objective is for everyone to participate and enjoy the process of finding out and sharing information.

8. I don’t know what a sparrow sounds like
Listen to Sparrow calls here and also at the forms page.

9. Why are we collecting this information?
People have always wondered what happens when there is an eclipse. What happens to animals? Usually, you can only be at one place at a time – say there is 80% eclipse in your town. This means that you can only observe what happens to animals when there is 80% eclipse. You have no way of knowing what would have happened if there was only 20% or 30% or 40% eclipse. A citizen science intitiative where lots of people from 100s of cities participate will mean you will get information from different places. This will help us understand what happens in nature better.

10. What will you do with the information?
All data collected by EclipseWatch are free for anyone to explore and download. We will surely compile and alalyse the current information and send you what we find. You as a citizen participant, can do this too by downloading the same data set.

11. Can we collect information only individually, or also in groups?
Since it is best to get multiple sources of information, it is best if you get indipendant information. You could still meet up as a group, but just look out of different windows or walk to a different corner of your garden or terrace to make your observations!

12. What if I miss a few observations? Will that matter?
It is acceptable to miss some observations if this can’t be avoided. As far as possible, please do try and make a complete set of observations. Regardless of the completeness, do send the data to us!

13. What if I notice interesting behaviours at times other than the specified observation times?
In case of such observations, please record the time and the behaviour in the datasheets.

14. What if I notice some behaviour that is not described in your protocol?
Please do make a note in the data collection sheet.

15. Should I get to some specific place or can I make observations from my residence/office/anywhere else?
You can make observations from anywhere. As far as possible, make sure that you record all the observations from the same place.

16. Can I be affected by the eclipse?
Please find information on how to watch the eclipse safely here.

17. What will happen to the data collected?
All data collected by EclipseWatch will be made available for anyone to explore and download. We will also provide a summary of the findings on the website and elsewhere.

18. Will data collection interfere with me enjoying the solar eclipse?
The entire duration of the eclipse is a few hours, while the data collection will take only 30s at each recording stage. You will be spending less than 5% of the total eclipse time collecting data.