Since my last post on record keeping, I decided I needed a customized logbook for my 2009 field records.
This layout, done on my computer, works for me well. It cues me to record the data on the spot. When I get home and want to update my spreadsheets, all the information is there.
If I have just a few new sets, I don't have to hook up my GPS to the computer. I just enter the GPS waypoints from the notebook on a topographic quad using MacGPS Pro, and I see where I was.
If I want to upload tracks or a large number of waypoints, then I cable the data from the GPS to the Mac.
I settled on a format that allows me to record up to 4 sessions at a camera trap set. If it's a really hot set, I can continue sessions to a new page.
I also included several calculations. They give me access in the field to success rates and pictures/day at different sets -- a chat topic that may come up during a break or lunch.
For reference I have a calendar and a list of my cams on the inside of the back page.
My camera traps are a mixed bag that use anything from 2 D cells to 6 NiMH AAs for external power. I use the camera list to figure out the number and type of batteries to take when I go to check cams.
Oh yes, after I printed the pages, I trimmed them with an xacto knife, and stitched 18 double-sided pages together in a single signature. The cover is a recycled file folder.
Very satisfying for an old codger who has plenty of time and not much money.