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**It is recommended that you use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your internet browser when working in HabITS V5. Other internet browsers may not work properly.** 


Adding New Partners: Due to ongoing partners list standardization, please reach out to Sherri Mosley (Sherri

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_Mosley@fws.gov) or Jeff Mattheiss (jeffrey_mattheiss@fws.gov) for assistance in adding a new partner. 



***FY2022 HabITS V5 Recorded Training Webinars***

***FY2022 HabITS Training Schedule***

HabITS V5 Recorded Training Webinars from Previous Years



HabITS V5 User GuideHelp Center Contents

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Getting Started with HabITS

This document is meant to be used as general guidance for using the HabITS application.  It provides a general introduction to the HabITS application in the first section with a focus on application access, navigation, and the data which may be found under separate modules within the application. 

ECOS Profile 

In order to access the HabITS application a user must first have an account with ECOS.

Login to Secure ECOS at https://ecos.fws.gov and supply the users AD credentials.  If the user has never established an account they will be asked to setup their profile at this time.  If they already have an ECOS account access the PROFILE page (under My Account) and verify their current profile.  If the user has switched stations recently it may not be accurate and they will need to submit a help desk ticket to have ECOS change their profile.Image Removed

Data Sharing Restrictions

HabITS is a robust database with quite a bit of data both historic and present.  There are many times that the programs work with other entities collaboratively.  The success of the Partners and Coastal Programs relies upon voluntary partnerships founded in trust.  As such, we cannot over emphasize the importance of protecting the privacy of our partners.  To the extent possible, any reports run or shared must have any landowner names and other sensitive information of private citizens and organizations removed.  Spatial data must be accompanied by a Data Sharing Agreement (Link to example agreement to be uploaded soon).

What's NEW in HabITS V5?

Release Notes (link also found at the top of the HabITS Dashboard)

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HabITS V5 Training Videos and Webinars

Recorded HabITS Training #1



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What's New in HabITS?

See the Release Notes. The link can also be found at the top of the HabITS Dashboard shown below.

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HabITS Tutorials and Walkthroughs

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HabITS Training Videos and Webinars

Recorded HabITS Training #1 - New Biologists Webinar given by Sherri Mosley - May 10, 2022

Intro Training 1st Offering Training Webinar Time Stamps Document - This shows the time stamps in the recorded webinar where certain tasks occurred.

Recorded HabITS Training 2nd Offering - New Biologists Webinar given by Sherri Mosley - May 1013, 2022

Intro Training 1st 2nd Offering Training Webinar Time Stamps Document - This shows the time stamps in the recorded webinar where certain tasks occurred.

Recorded HabITS Training 2nd Offering - New Biologists New Project Workflow; Species and Financials Webinar given by Sherri Mosley - May 13June 2, 2022

Intro Training 2nd Offering Training Webinar Time Stamps Document - This shows the time stamps in the recorded webinar where certain tasks occurred.

Recorded New Project Workflow; Species and Financials Webinar given by Sherri Mosley - June 2, 2022

Project Workflow Training Project Workflow Training Webinar Time Stamps Document - This shows the time stamps in the recorded webinar where certain tasks occurred.

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Running Reports Training Webinar Time Stamps Document - This shows the time stamps in the recorded webinar where certain tasks occurred.


Recorded HabITS Training #1 - These videos are older versions but still a good place to start if you have never really worked in HabITS V5.  They will familiarize you with the new V5.

Recorded HabITS Training #1 - New Biologists Webinar given by Sherri Mosley - May 27, 2021

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New Biologist Training Webinar Time Stamps Document - This shows the time stamps in the recorded webinar where certain tasks occurred.

R4 CP Training Presentation given by Bret Beasley - HabITS V5 update and training presentation - May 2017

These videos are older versions but still a good place to start if you have never really worked in HabITS V5.  They will familiarize you with the new V5.

Webinar given by Eric Rank - Basic work flow demonstration in the new HabITS V5 - July 2015

HabITS Tutorials and Walkthroughs

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How to Navigate HabITS V5

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How to use the Feature Search Tutorial

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How to Create a Mechanism

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How to Create a Project

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How to Create an Accomplishment

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How to Create a Focus Area

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How to Edit a Focus Area

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How to Create a New Strategic Plan Activity

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How to Create a New Technical Assistance Activity

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How to View/Edit Strategic Plan Targets and Progress

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How to Run a Basic Report

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How to Run an Advanced Filtering Report

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How to Run a Summary Report

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How to Run a Custom Data Export

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How to Create a Species List

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How to Edit a Species List

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How to View the Focus Area Progress Bar

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R4 CP Training Presentation given by Bret Beasley - HabITS V5 update and training presentation - May 2017

Webinar given by Eric Rank - Basic work flow demonstration in the new HabITS V5 - July 2015


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HabITS Tool Tips

More detailed definitions and domain values can be found by clicking the  icon within the HabITS V5 application.  Tool tips can be found anywhere a user would input data.  Anytime there are multiple choices for an entry the user can go to a domain value table for definitions on the possible selections.


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HabITS Data Entry and Narrative Guidance

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Adjacent to the wetland restoration at the Awesome Landowner Project Site, the Coastal Program also installed 20 acres of native warm season grassland to benefit grassland song birds including Grasshopper Sparrows and Dickcissels.  The project biologist designed the plan for the grassland including choosing the native seed mix and the density, and then supervised the site preparation and planting of the seeds.  A local University professor will be using the area as a research site for his field course “Cool Birds you see from far away with binoculars.” This supports the Department’s America’s Great Outdoors’ Youth Initiative. 

 

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Program Goals and Minimum Metrics

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GOAL 1 - Conserve Habitat

*-Habitat Improvement: Entered in HabITS

*-Technical Assistance:  Entered Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

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GOAL 2 - Broaden & Strengthen Partnerships

*-Annual Partnerships: Derived from HabITS entries

*-Annual Private Landowner Agreements: Derived from HabITS entries

*-Percent Leveraged for Projects: Derived from HabITS entries

*-Number of Other Activities to Strengthen Partnerships:  Entered Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

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GOAL 3 - Improve Info Sharing & Communications

*-Activities that Connect Youth to Nature:  Entered Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

*-Congressional Outreach Activities:  Entered Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

*-Number of Other Staff Hours spent on Communications Activities:  Entered Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

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GOAL 4 - Enhance our Workforce

*-Annual Number of Staff Hours spent on Professional Development or Training:  Entered Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

*-Number of Other Staff Hours spent on Enhancing the Workforce:  Entered Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

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GOAL 5 - Increase Accountability

*-100% of Projects have Completed Level 1 Monitoring: Implementation & Compliance: Derived from the Monitoring Tab at the Project Level

*-Number of Other Staff Hours spent on Accountability: Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

*-Produce or Publish an Annual Accomplishment Report:  Entered Entered as a Strategic Planning Activity, calculated from those activities.

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