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Station Profile Module

3.1. General Rules

3.1.1. What is the purpose of the Station Profile Module?

The Station Profile Module allows you to capture information exclusive to your station that will facilitate data entry in the other Modules. Information about the species your station works with, the management plans worked under, and the partners and friends groups you collaborate with are captured to form "customized" drop down lists to make data entry easier and more efficient. 


You should fill out your Station Profile before using any other FIS Modules. This will make it easier and more efficient to work in the other Modules since you will then be working from drop-down lists that are customized for your station.  You may update the information in the Station Profile Module at any time.  At a minimum, it is recommended that information in the Station Profile Module be reviewed annually. 

3.2. Station Partner List Page

3.2.1. Why does FIS collect information about my partners and friends groups?

3.2.3. Does FIS distinguish between Partners and Friends Groups?

Yes. Even though Friends Groups and Partners appear in the same field and drop-down lists, a Friends Group is a unique type of partner with a distinct designation. Friends Group information rolls up separately in certain reports and performance measures. (See Glossary)

Partner - Any individual, organization, or agency working with another to meet common objectives by contributing capital towards shared activities. "Capital" includes funds, people, equipment, land/property access, and authority (Fisheries Strategic Plan Glossary).  Note:  Do not include other FAC facilities as partners.  These facilities are also expected to report the work they do in FIS.

Friends Group - Friends are private, independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (under Title 26, Internal Revenue Code, Subtitle A, Chapter 1, Subchapter F, Part I), formed and managed primarily by private citizen volunteers who support the mission and purposes of the site they serve (i.e., national wildlife refuges or fish hatcheries). We consider cooperating/interpretive associations to be a type of Friends organization. Friends organizations support our mission by providing many vital services to the sites they serve, including community outreach, education and interpretive programming, habitat restoration, special events support, volunteer staffing, and fundraising (Director's Order #183).

3.3. Station Species List Page

3.4. Station Distribution Site List Page

Decimal degrees (DD) express latitude and longitude geographic coordinates as decimal fractions and are used in many Geographic Information Systems (GIS), web mapping applications such as Google Maps, and GPS devices. Positive latitudes are north of the equator, negative latitudes are south of the equator. Negative longitudes are west of the Prime Meridian, so all longitudes for FIS data will be negative.

DD = (Seconds/3600) + (Minutes/60) + Degrees

Example: United States Capitol 38.889722 )latitude), -77.008889 (longitude)

3.5. Station Profile Fact Sheets and Reports

For single-page fact sheets, no. The web-based Station Fact Sheet template was designed to comply with the Service's Graphic Standards ( , which govern design, logo use, and typography (e.g font, title/header size) of Service informational materials to ensure both a professional display and agency-wide consistency. FIS Users do have the ability within certain edit fields to bold, underline, or italicize text, make bulleted or numbered lists, or indent paragraphs.

For multi-page fact sheets, yes, in part. To maintain consistency with Service Graphic Standards, the Microsoft Word Fact Sheet Template has pre-formatted headers and footers, and requires the use of certain fonts and styles depending on the text type. These styles are pre-created in the template. Users do have the capability of changing the columnar layout of the fact sheet template and determining where to site images along with text

IMPORTANT! Text fields in the single-page fact sheet's three columns are pre-programmed to display a cumulative length of five inches. Any text that extends beyond this length will be cut off by the lower (main) picture and station map, which will require managing the amount of text embedded into a fact sheet. If you have concerns about not having enough space to present multiple topics/issues, consider creating multiple fact sheets that focus on one to three related, key items, activities, or priorities.

3.6. Station Profile Images

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