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Community Survey Koala APP


I've seen a koala and want to tell the world!


Pittsworth District Landcare Association has developed its own Community Survey Koala  App to record sighting details.  There is no other App quite like it!  


You will be able to see on a map the sightings you have recorded and these sightings will be shared with Pittsworth District Landcare Association.  You can also agree to share your records with national and state databases including the Atlas of Living Australia and WildNet Queensland.  


There are currently very limited details on the local Pittsworth Koala population known nationally.  So it is important that we can share what we know about our local population in order to showcase and protect them.


Important:  No personal contact details are shared, sold or distributed. However you need to agree to share the details of the sightings, including location.


About the App


The Community Survey Koala App is a Fulcrum App which is created by Desert Channels Queensland, who have generously offered the App for free.


The App is designed for GPS enabled mobile devices and can be used to collect records all year round.  The App easily records location, pictures and a few particulars that ensures that the data generated is consistent and scientifically robust.  


The App works without internet coverage and synced when back in range.


You need to sign up for Fulcrum to become a regular koala spotter.


Get Started


Step 1. Sign up for Fulcrum


Complete the on-line Registration Form to sign up for Fulcrum.  Or send us an email.


You will be asked to supply your full name, email and other details.  You will receive a confirmation email from Desert Channels Queensland with a link to activate your login and temporary password.  This is not automated, please be patient while a real person processes your request.


Choose App - select the Community Survey Koala App on the form.  You can also choose other apps for Echindas, pest animals and weeds.


Step 2. Download the Mobile App - Its Free!


Download the Fulcrum mobile application from iTunes or the Google Play store - search Fulcrum by Spatial Networks.


Once downloaded, sign in with the account you have just registered.


Login details can be used on computers (web browers), tablets and smartphones (Android devices or iPhones).  Sorry, Fulcrum app is not available on phones running Windows operating system.


Step 3.  Sync before you Start


Once you have logged in you will need to sync the

data and apps you chose from the Fulcrum server.  

Tap the synchronise button (round red arrows -

top right corner) to show applications available.


Choose the Community Survey Koala app.


Step 4.  Record Sightings


You are now ready to record data.  Collecting records is easy:

  • Turn on GPS/location services

  • Create a new record +

  • Complete the fields and Save 

  • Set location with GPS locator 


Editing a Record


Using the mobile device map view, tap on a record to see its label (#koalas). Double tap to edit the record.


Once you are done collecting data on your mobile device, you may wish want to edit the records on the web.  


View, Edit and Create Records Online


Go to site and sign in.  From the Fulcrum dashboard, click 'view data'.  This takes you to the records view.  At the top of the screen you can switch the record view to change the record visualisation. The view options are map view, table view or split view.  Split view can make it easier to locate particular records.  You can edit a record by opening it from here.


Create a new record using the same steps for a mobile device.


Going Offline


Before heading bush... check your settings.

  • Synchronise all Fulcrum apps

  • Check your settings

    • Layers (download) as needed

    • Select Basemap (by Fulcrum)

    • Synchronise settings.. turn them all off, particularly photos as they can slow field data collection when uploading

    • Check photo quality

  • Click Done, synchronise one more time, and you are ready to go.


Export Your Data


Once you have edited and synced your data, you can export your individual records (Export button).  This will produce a pdf document including any photographs.  Check online for full details on exporting.


Fulcrum Resources


Fulcrum App Manual


Fulcrum Mobile Apps


DCQ Fulcrum Youtube Guide



Data Sharing


What gets recorded?


Community Survey Koala App

  • *Date

  • *Number of Koalas

  • Have you seen Koalas here before?  Yes/No

  • Did they have babies? Yes/No

  • Additional Koala sighting information:

    • add a photograph

    • identification method (WildNet field)

    • accuracy of count

    • age class

    • gender class

    • breeding status

  • Location description (e.g. beside Mountain Coolibah tree)

  • Additional Environmental details (WildNet)

  • Details of any speciments collected (WildNet)


Terms and Conditions of Sharing


By signing up you are agreeing to 

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

for any purpose, even commercially.  (Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 International license)


Your sightings information is shared with Pittsworth District Landcare Association.  The privacy of individuals and contact details are protected.  The location, sighting details and photos may be displayed publically on a map or in a report, including on this website.  


If you ticked Yes... I agree to share my sightings with the Atlas of Living Australia, thank you.  


Licensing is granting certain rights to others to allow them to use your work or data. You do not give up ownership of your information by doing this (unless you specifically release your work into the public domain); you just allow others to use it for their own research and analysis.’ Atlas of Living Australia.


The use of the latest version of the Creative commons licenses, and contribution forms are geared to a CC-BY Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 International type of license.  See here for standard Data Provider Agreement to the Atlas of Living Australia.


Data may be classed as sensitive for conservation (threatened species), biosecurity and privacy (collected on private property, collectors names etc.) 

Sharing data via the Atlas of Living Australia lets our information contribute to the bigger picture.  In the Atlas of Living Australia Sensitive (species) data will be annotated, withheld or generalised according to publicly available set of rules (Tann and Flemons 2009).


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