Keeping good logs and records on your research goes a long way to ensure that all aspects of the search are covered, and that time and resources are not wasted by covering the same area twice (without cause).
This goes for "in the field" research also. Nothing is worse than using part of your vacation to look for a place that was already ruled out through other means. Keep all your old maps and notes in a dead file of your own. This way, you can go back and retrace your steps, looking for other directions to move into.
Once your ready for field searching, don't make the mistake of just strapping on a rucksack and taking off. Field searching takes planning and organization.
What permits are needed?
Is the area private land?
What about water?
What about food?
What about terrain conditions?
What about the weather?
What about dangerous wildlife?
How about time, vehicle prep, field gear, etc.
Can you land navigate with a map and compass?
Do you have a GPS and if so, do you know how to correctly use it?
The field time is the most rewarding, but can be miserable or even dangerous if not properly planned and prepared for. This is where the value of clubs and other organizations come in. They will have members who have experience planning and organizing field trips to make sure you are prepared. You might also find a buddy to go with. Two or three can cover a whole lot more turf than one. And that goes for the research part, too.
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