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Saving transect routes as spatial objects

Some acoustic detectors are GPS-enabled to record mobile transect survey routes. These routes are critical metadata
for NABat status and trends estimates. However, to save the appropriate object to an NABat Partner Portal project, the route must be saved as an independent object. The following steps outline the process to save and upload a mobile transect route with the following detector types:

Titley Scientific: Anabat Swift/Scout

1. Download the desired GPX file from the Anabat SD card.


2. Convert the GPX file to KML (many free online conversion tools are available)

3. Open the KLM in Google Earth Pro.


4. Once the object loads into the left pane under Places, click the arrow beside the file to expand and view all spatial objects contained in the KML.

 

5. All spatial objects will be selected by default. Unselect all objects, then select only "tracks".

 

6. Right click the "tracks" object and save the file by selecting the Save Place As option.

7. Use this file and continue on to guidance for uploading mobile transect routes as a .kml or .geojson.

 

Wildlife Acoustics: Echo Meter Touch/Song Meter Mini

1. Wildlife Acoustics provides its own documentation for transferring all recording-associated files to a computer. Select the relevant iOS or Android guidance and navigate to Section 3.5 Transferring Recordings to a Computer.

2. With the files now on a computer, a survey's KML file is located within the relevant "Session" folder.


3. Open the KLM in Google Earth Pro.


4. Once the object loads into the left pane under Places, click the arrow beside the file to expand and view all spatial objects contained in the KML.

 

5. All spatial objects will be selected by default. Unselect all objects, then select only the object that corresponds to the GPS track.

6. Right click the object and save the file by selecting the Save Place As option.

7. Use this file and continue on to guidance for uploading mobile transect routes as a .kml or .geojson.