Safety Check - Important

Okay Teachers and Students, time to pay attention!

We love hearing about how much fun you're having playing Ranger Vision - even how much you're getting addicted to it. It's great to be outdoors and learning about the environment. 

But if you're playing Ranger Vision, it's MANDATORY that you follow this safety advisory.

 

FIRST, SAFETY FOR YOU

(a) THE TWO MOST DANGEROUS CREATURES - CARS AND SUNSHINE

Cars - Avoid playing Ranger Vision near roads or any habitats in which cars like to roam. 

Sunshine - If the UV is high, you also need to wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat.

(b) PREPARATION AND SUPPLIES

Water - Drink plenty of water. If you go hiking, carry water with you to avoid dehydration. 

Communications - If you go exploring, make sure someone knows where you are. Bring a phone. Make sure it's charged. If you're out of mobile range, best to be with a buddy at all times.

First aid kits - if you're out in the wild, good to have a first aid kit.

Planning - make sure you know where you're going, the sort of terrain you'll be in, any fire dangers, the right shoes/clothes to wear. Check weather reports and plan ahead.

(c) WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING AND WHAT YOU TOUCH

If you're looking at your phone or tablet, you should not be moving. You should be standing still.

Best not to touch wildlife (see below: "Capture only with Photos"). Give dangerous animals plenty of space. Never put anything in your mouth and avoid handling dead animals.

Remember, if you decide to rescue an animal - from a busy road, say - your safety comes first. There's much more you can do to help conserve wildlife when you're alive and healthy than when you're injured or dead. So be safe!

(d) YOUR PRIVACY

Teachers have the option to share Ranger Vision sightings data with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, for environmental research and conservation.There are several features in place to protect your privacy. For example, precise location data is not shared with the general public; nor are all locations for a student available in real-time. 

That said, if you are concerned about your privacy, we strongly recommend using a made-up name of students for their Ranger Vision character.

NOW FOR THE SAFETY OF THE WILDLIFE AROUND YOU

CAPTURE ONLY WITH PHOTOS

-   Ranger Vision is about documenting, not touching. Sure, it's fun to have some insects crawl on you - stick insects, for example - but generally avoid handling creatures in the wild, especially frogs and other creatures that are tempting to pick up or touch. Teachers may reject photos that include students holding specimens.

-  Never feed or lure wildlife with food eaten by humans. 

-  Do not trap wildlife.

LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS

-   Be careful not to disturb the wildlife - avoid stressing the animals or exposing them to danger.

-   Be careful not to disturb wildlife habitats - stay away from nests and breeding areas (especially on the beach) and leave no trace of your activity. 

-   Ranger Vision does not accept photos of birds on nests.

THREATENED OR VULNERABLE SPECIES

If you wish to find and record the occurrence of a threatened species, seek expert advice beforehand. 

Okay, that's it. Now you can go back to having fun and enjoying the wonders of biodiversity!

Thank you for paying attention.

- Team Ranger Vision