FAQ & App Instructions

How to use the Skipper Science App

Download and Print our observation guide below and throw it in your pocket or keep it on your boat as a handy cheat sheet for how to upload observations.

1. How do I register for the program?

2. How do I get my username and password ? And how do I download the app?

After you sign up, you will receive 2 separate emails:

  1. A welcome email from info@skipperscience.org with your username and more information on the program and how to use the app
  2. An email Bering Watch Robot <noreply@beringwatch.net>” containing a link to establish your password. ****NOTE: some email servers will block this email so please check your spam inbox
    • You will need internet or cell service to set/reset your password
    • In that email, click on the link provided and you will be directed to our Bering Watch web browser
    • There you will see prompts to create your new password
  3. Once you have your username and your password set, you can download and log into the app

Go to Google Play store or the Apple App Store and search for “ISN Skipper Science”.  It is available for download on the Google Play store and the Apple app store.  Sign into the app with your username and password to start recording data!

3. What is an observation?

Download and Print our observation guide below and throw it in your pocket or keep it on your boat as a handy cheat sheet for how to upload observations.

Context or General Data
• Date, time, observer details
• Weather details including estimates of wind speed and direction,
visibility, precipitation
• Sea state, tide, and water temperature (if possible)


Observation Detail Data
• Species or environmental phenomena observed (or best estimate).
Note: do not attempt to overstate your reliability on species
identification (i.e. if not sure always say so)
• Number of fish or wildlife (or best estimate), including age and sex class
if possible to identify reliably
• Behavior of animals: general categories are usually best (e.g. active,
resting/inactive) unless they are doing something specific and
identifiable (e.g. fighting, nursing, foraging)
• Condition of animals: (e.g. entangled, branded, dead)
• Interactions with other species. The interaction field can also be used to
record prey species identified in the stomachs of fish caught


Photo Documentation
• Whenever possible, take photos or video
• Take as many photos as needed to document the observation including
context


4. How do I use the app generally?

Use the right and left arrows at the top or the middle menu bar to navigate throughout the app.

Enter all observations into the ISN Skipper Science App and remember to hit “SAVE” in the Database Actions tab.

Observations that are not saved before exiting the app are often lost forever – don’t let that happen to you!

Recording Observations using the ISN Sentinel App
• Open the ISN Sentinel App and log in using the Username and Password
provided for your account
• Press the “+ New Observations” button.
• Enter the General (Context) Information in the appropriate fields.
Note that the fields marked with a * are required fields. Next, go to the “Database Actions” section and press the “Save” button to continue with your observation.
• From the main landing page press the +Add Observation Details button
to enter the Observation Details of the species or environmental
phenomena you are recording. Note that multiple Observation Detail
entries can be made for a single observation period or context data section.
• When all the Observation Detail data has been added go to Database “Actions” and press the “Save” button. Your observation will be saved to your phone regardless of internet access.
• When all data has been entered go to the main landing page of the ISN
Sentinel App and press the “Upload now” button. The upload time will vary depending
on the number of images being uploaded. Note that your device must be connected to the Internet to upload data.
• Contact your program coordinator to verify that all data is uploaded if
there is any doubt.


Uploading Photos
• Photos taken with mobile devices (e.g. iPads or Android tablets) can be
uploaded directly with an observation by going to the Images section of
the App:

→ Use the “Add picture” function to take a photo directly from
within the App. This will open the device’s camera
and the photo will automatically be included and uploaded with
the observation.

→ Use the “Select from gallery” function to add a photo from the
image gallery of the device.


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