Hunting for Rhododendron macrophyllum in Skamania County, Washington.

In the Mount Hood region of the northern Oregon Cascades the Pacific Rhododendron (R macrophyllum) commonly forms impenetrable thickets, and scattered plants, in the understory of mixed conifer forests. I have gone on hikes in Skamania County, especially at Siouxon Creek and around Mt St Helens, and do not recall having seen it growing there. I have been finding R menziesii and R albiflorum however. R menziesii, which I was not familiar with until earlier this year is fairly widespread, while R albiflorum is present about 3,900' elevation on the west side of Mt St Helens in suitable habitat in Cowlitz County, east of Elk Pass, and in Indian Heaven Wilderness along the Thomas Lake Trail. I had heard that R macrophyllum was found in the vicinity of Big Huckleberry Mountain. On an early winter hike along the Pacific Crest Trail south of BHM we failed to find it, but then a late start, and early sunset curtailed getting to the area where they are found.
A search of the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria website yielded three specimens from Skamania County. Two collected by Wilhelm Suksdorf in 1896 along Moss Creek, and a more recent speciment collected in July 1965 by James R Slater west of the "Hemlock Rager Station." This is believed to be the Wind River Ranger station. see:

Question is, why is R macrophyllum so uncommon on the north side of the Columbia River when it is so common on the south side? One factor could be the 1902 Yacolt Burn which burnt 90,000 acres of Skamania and Clark Counties. And who knows, it just might be common in areas I haven't yet spent much time in.

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Coastal Ambassador Programme

A few weeks ago, I submitted an application to be accepted for the Coastal Ambassador Program 'Class of 2020' - see

Today I was advised that my application was successful!

The Program Coordinator is none other than Mike Bossley ... I figure he will play an active role in the various training sessions that I'll have the privilege of attending during January and February next year.

Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to it. I might even be able to do a few more of my own IDs with the knowledge gained.


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Grassy Banks Campground, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio County, TX (Nov. 26 - 27, 2019)

We came here after our two nights at Chinati Hot Springs, and we only stayed here one night, but it was a nice night. We found out after we got back to Austin that my friend and colleague John Williamson and his wife Rachel Thompson also camped there that night, but we didn't see them there that night.

At sunset we headed west on SH 170 to the Big Hill to try to get a good view of the sunset. This was the high point of this trip. It was here that we met a new friend, Praveen Gunaseelan. (

Engelmann's prickly pear (Opuntia engelmannii) on the Big Hill.

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Puerto Rico Fungi Post Maria

After another long day of hiking and hunting for mushrooms, I finally found a good assortment of gilled. Some foresters I met with on the way spoke on how the tree canopy was ripped off by Hurricane Maria and so much sunlight is getting to the forest floor that it has turned much of the forest into jungle. It is the same story told to me at El Yunque National Forest last week. But El Yunque was really bad, forest floor visibility was less that 5% and I could only find polypores on wood above the matte of jungle on the floor.

The big mystery today was a orange cup fungus of some kind, not Orange Peel fungi but something more convoluted and less shiny.

The biggest mushroom was a gilled one with a umbrial ring.

The biggest surprise was being buzzed by a hummingbird, too bad I didn't get a photo in time.

In conclusion, it is my theory that in the Forest where light is reaching the floor, vegetation is so intense that there is too much competition for terrestrial fungi to spring up. Second, with all the Maria felled trees, the polypore decayers had a population surge.

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Move over Christmas shopping, it’s birding time.

It isn’t a snow field, but rather a field of snow geese.

It’s travel time in the Pacific Flyway, and Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties are smack in the middle of the migrating waterfowl highway. Like holiday travelers, the bird migrate from colder to warmer climates, settling in waterways and empty fields to feed.

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What Oak Trees Mean to the Health of Vineyards.

There’s something iconic about driving through California’s Central Coast and seeing giant oak trees scattered across the landscape. Throughout history, however, not all Californians have appreciated the majesty and value of these trees. During the first half of the 1900s, many oak trees were removed to make way for agriculture and urban development. This, together with poor regeneration, contributed to declining populations of some of California’s 20 native oak species, most notably the valley oak.

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Counting Birds At Sequoia National Park.

With the year-end holidays drawing near, it's time to count bird species at Sequoia National Park in California.

Each year, tens of thousands of volunteers across North America take part in the Christmas Bird Count, a massive citizen-science project. The data collected in this wildlife census is used to assess the health of bird populations and help guide conservation action.

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Tweaking the approach to save the desert tortoise.

“Increase the size, increase the survival” is the premise behind head-starting—raising an at-risk species in captivity until it is large enough to be less vulnerable to predators after release into the wild. But research conducted by University of Georgia scientists in California’s Mojave Desert reveals larger size alone is not enough to save the desert tortoise from predator attacks.

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El problema del proyecto era el lugar, estaba abierto a todo el mundo. Ya creado el lugar ahora nada más edité el proyecto y puse el lugar creado en la clase. Y sorpresa: ya tenemos observaciones. También lo voy a acotar a las plantas nada más. Para que ya esté el proyecto listo. Mañana nada más subir las observaciones de las plantas. No importa que sean las mismas especies.

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Bush katydid pets

I had two female bush-type katydids over the summer of 2019. Curious and deliberate, they enjoyed slowly walking out of their enclosure, having a groom, and exploring. They liked to eat tree buds as well as their usual Romaine lettuce. If they were hungry, they‘d nibble on my skin. Didn’t hurt, but surprised me at first.

I had to be careful to keep the top on the enclosure secure or they found a way to worm out of it. They could and would fly. But they weren’t really flighty, like other Phaneropterans. Um, there’s nothing like having a Giant Katydid decide your face was a great place to fly.

On Dec. 9, I found three potentially bush-type katydid nymphs. They are probably Mediterranean Katydids (Phaneroptera nana). Wonder if my summer ladies were the same species. Waiting to find out.

I also have a Giant Katydid and a Florida Oblong-Winged Katydid. Rescued the Giant from Publix. Found the FOWK in Lakeland as a tiny nymph. FOWK sings all the time--enjoying his jaunty raspy rhythm now. Publix sings occasionally late at night--a rather explosive and loud ZEET! Glad my son isn't home. He expressed a little good-humored annoyance at the summer cacophony of greater meadow and conehead katydids.

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Nicotiana Glauca

This is not a blog post. It is a summary of a theory that I have researched and found to be a phenomenon.
Nicotiana glauca is extremely similar to tobacco and is very likely growing alongside Nicotiana tobacum in the wild, as has been related to me.
Very likely over 100 years ago smoking tobacco has grown on crude plantations in south America.
Unfinished cigarettes, aka cigarette butts, containing small seeds of both plants, had been thrown out, spreading the plants throughout the world.
The harshness of the pre-20-th century smoking tobacco was also compounded by the presence of the N. Glauca that grew interspersed with N. tabacum.
Interesting to note that the most indigenous growth of N. Glauca is in Bolivia, and is bountiful as confirmed by many iNaturalist observations.
According to some sources in USA that related this to me directly, the invasive spread of N. Glauca in California and Arizona is supported by the continuous influx of tobacco imported as cigarettes or cut leaves from Mexico and Bolivia.
The similar spread of the plant in the Mediterranean basin started in 17-th century with the introduction of smoking tobacco by the Spanish into their country. The appearance in Israel may have been low-frequency up until 21-th century, and has increased greatly. According to the model of cigarette litter mentioned above, the N. Glauca is spread by smokers of the low-cost, generic brand cigarettes that contain opportunistic blends from low-cost sources. These are open to N. Tabacum harvests containing companion N. Glauca. Nearly 100% of construction workforce in Israel is Arabs, who enjoy the freedom of purchasing from the unregulated cigarette vendors. Indeed, nearly 99% of my own N. Glauca observations are found in the area of past construction.
Next on the wish list is enough time to do a microscopic analysis of tobacco seeds found in disposed cigarette butts, and direct observation of the seeds from both species.

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Editing Profiles

Today doesn’t feel as much like “walking in a winter wonderland” as it does “slogging through an early mud season”. If you live outside the Upper Valley on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, I hope you’ve had better luck maintaining snow cover. I realize that I often begin a post by commenting on the weather. Monitoring patterns in the natural world, including paying attention to factors such as precipitation and temperature, are important because they drive a species’ ability to persist in an area. As weather patterns get increasingly erratic, plants, animals, and fungi that we’ve long accepted as common in our area may shift farther north in an attempt to keep pace with cooler temperatures or disappear completely. By paying attention to the weather and monitoring biodiversity, we are staying connected with the rhythms of nature and alert to potential problems.

As humans, we are wired for connection, both to other humans and our surrounding environment. Today, these connections help us tackle some of the biggest threats facing our species and our planet. They allow us to identify what’s normal and what isn’t, and come together as a community to learn and problem-solve. Nowadays, there are countless ways for people to connect with each other. While this is a double-edged sword in some ways, many examples of technology improving connections exist.

This Week on Tech Tip Tuesday

iNaturalist is one such example of how modern technology can help us connect to nature and each other. While there are many ways to connect through iNaturalist, today we’re talking about profiles. I know, profiles may not seem like the most pressing issue to address when it comes it iNaturalist use, however they are surprisingly important. Besides individual observations, your profile is how you will make a first impression on other users. Ultimately, iNaturalist is a social media site – it’s a way to connect and communicate with other nature-enthusiasts. Your profile is how you can display your skills and interests to others so that they know who is sharing observations and who is providing identifications.

I realize that profiles are very personal, so feel free to take whatever tips resonate with you and leave others behind.

1. Your name. There’s a space where you can add your real name (not just your username). I recommend doing this because it makes it easier for others to cite your photographs (if your copyright settings allow) and makes your profile feel more personal.

2. Profile picture. Similar to providing your real name, having a profile picture makes your account seem more personal. It puts a face to the observations and identifications. It’s also a great excuse to show off one of your fantastic naturalist adventures.

3. Provide context. One of the most important components is providing some information about who you are and why you use iNaturalist. This could include what you do/did professionally, how you got started on iNaturalist, what you like most about using it, etc. In general, these are any details that illustrate you as a naturalist.

4. Talk about taxa. It’s always good to list what taxa most interest you and/or which one(s) you would consider yourself proficient in identifying. This is helpful for those who like to identify other’s observations because knowing that you’re well-versed in the taxon you’re identifying will help other users gain confidence in your identifications. A fun bonus is adding a “Favorite Taxa” list to your profile. To add “Favorite Taxa”, go to your lists (found in dropdown menu under profile icon in the top right corner) and create a new list titled “Favorite Taxa”. Whatever taxa you add to that list will automatically appear on your profile.

5. Add resources. It’s also great to list resources that you find helpful when identifying plants, animals, and fungi. These could be the names of books, online guides, or any other source that is accurate and informative. If you have other naturalist resources that are not specifically for identification but that you find helpful for better understanding the natural world, definitely include those as well!

6. Professional links. Besides the resources listed above, your profile is also a great place to provide links to your nature photography website, the nature-focused organizations you work for, projects that you’re involved with, or important publications you authored. However, your profile shouldn’t be your CV, so just pick links that you feel are most important for others to check out.

7. Keep your profile nature focused and professional. Really, you can provide whatever information you want in your profile, however providing details that are relevant to your experiences as a naturalist will help you make the best connections with other users.

If you’re curious about what some example profiles that follow these guidelines might look like, check out these iNaturalist users:

Greg Lasley
Cedric Lee
Denis Doucet
Jason Michael Crockwell

At this point, you might be thinking “This is all great, but how do I even edit my profile?”. The good news is that it’s quite simple. Go to the dropdown menu under profile icon in the top right corner and click on “Profile”. Once on that page, click on “Edit Account Settings & Profile” under your picture. Once you are on the “Edit” page, you can change many different parts of your profile. For today, I recommend sticking with your name, profile icon, and the “Tell everyone a little about yourself” textbox, but feel free to explore other possible settings.

TTT Task of the Week

Start out by exploring the profiles listed above. Think about what you like and may want to incorporate in your own profile. Then go edit your own profile, including at least one of the suggestions made above. Take a look at the other areas you can edit, but for now focus on your name, picture, and description.

As always, thank you for helping us map Vermont’s biodiversity and happy observing!

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Study finds California could triple southern sea otter population by recolonizing San Francisco Bay.

The picture of sea otters frolicking among kelp beds and rocky shoals has become an iconic image of the California coastline. But it may be drawing attention away from the value of other habitat that could truly help the endangered species in its recovery - estuaries.

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Viral Image Shows Grey Seal Pup Lounging With A Starbucks Bottle.

An amateur photographer has captured an image of a young pup lounging next to a glass Starbucks bottle in the midst of the UK grey pup season in what some say highlights the pervasiveness of human rubbish problems around the world.

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Understanding color at a nanoscale.

Some of the most vibrantly colored creatures in the animal kingdom don't owe their amazing colors to pigment. Instead, they cover themselves with microscopic structures that fine tune the way they reflect light.

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Coyote Behavior in Winter (November - March)

It is not uncommon for coyote sightings to increase during the winter months in Wisconsin. In parks and natural areas, foliage is sparse so it may be easier to see coyotes moving throughout their environment. Although urban coyotes are primarily active during dawn and dusk in order to avoid human interactions, the winter season presents challenges to a coyote’s typical routine. Because their main food sources such as rodents and wild vegetation are harder to come by in winter, coyotes may expend extra energy to locate food sources elsewhere. Sometimes, the search for food leads a normally wary coyote to try their luck in our neighborhoods. As we prepare our yards for the winter season, it is a great opportunity to “coyote-proof” the perimeter of our homes. Discourage coyote activity by securing the lids on all garbage bins and replacing any carts that are easily accessible to wildlife. Never leave food scraps outdoors for wildlife, and do not feed your pets outdoors. Keep the ground below bird feeders clean from debris that attract squirrels and rodents, which in turn may attract coyotes. Especially at night, it may be best to accompany your pets when they need to go outdoors.

Winter can also be a time of new pack formations for some coyotes, although this is dependent on available resources and populations in a territory. Transient coyotes from previous litters may seek out a mate and become established in a new space. Mated pairs typically display courtship behavior and may become defensive of their mate, particularly during the height of mating season in January and February. Though they will not use a den until a litter is born, coyotes may begin to select or create new dens and may monitor these areas closely as pup season nears. When visiting parks and other natural areas, exercise regular caution especially in an area with known coyote activity. If you come across a pair of coyotes at a comfortable distance, give them their space and leave the area. If a coyote comes too close, haze the coyote to keep their natural fear of humans intact. It is especially important to make sure that dogs are always on leash so that they do not chase wildlife or investigate a coyote’s space during this time of protectiveness.

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Обновлена фотография обложки

Автор фото (licensed under CC-NY-NC) - @sentyabrr

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Обновлена фотография обложки

Автор фото (licensed under CC-BY) is Ralf Rudland (@hmbbirder).

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Forum 4-6/12/19 “Agroecology: Multiple Transitions of Territories” a Lausanne: la bestiolina ha successo

qui il link della mia presentazione condivisa con tutti i partecipanti al forum
dopo la mia breve presentazione (che era nel workshop 6, coordinato da Stephane Bellon dell'INRA, e con ricercatori importanti che vi partecipavano)
Franck Eyhorn, dello Swiss National FAO Committee, che ha fatto un importante intervento iniziale in plenaria, mi avvicina durante il caffé e mi ringrazia: "finalmente ho scoperto che cimice invadeva la mia casa!!!"
È stata veramente una grande soddisfazione, come anche vedere dei cenni di approvazione da parte di Mathieu, di Agronome sans Frontière perché probabilmente perché la mia relazione era su un lavoro pratico in campo, e prima di partire dal Forum Stéphane Bellon mi sorride e mi "ah la bestiole!"

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FUTURPERA FERRARA Sabato 30 Novembre - Come affrontare le nuove sfide: l’esempio della cimice asiatica

Il 30 novembre io (Enrico Gabrielli) e Adriano Cazzuoli partecipiamo al convegno al World Pear forum (all'interno di Futurpera, in fiera a Ferrara) dal titolo "Come affrontare le nuove sfide: l’esempio della cimice asiatica".
Facciamo la conoscenza con Francesco Tortorici, l'identificatore ed esperto di Scelionidae, ovvero vespe samurai: simpatico e disponibile, e ci ha raccontato alcune abitudini interessanti di queste bestioline!
Nella presentazione di Luca Casoli, direttore del consorzio fitosanitario di Modena e Reggio Emilia, alla slide con la mappa del monitoraggio in Emilia-Romagna risalta la presenza di pochi punti in provincia di Bologna, tra cui i tanti puntini di Arvaia, e abbiamo avuto l'onore di vedere il logo di ARVAIA tra gli altri!:
A parte la nostra gioia arvaiola e entomologica la situazione è disastrosa: il comparto delle pere è in grande crisi per l'attacco della cimice asiatica, e rischia di scomparire!

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The Number Of Sea Creatures Choking On Plastic Will Put You Off Ever Buying Another Bottled Drink.

If we keep going at this rate, it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.

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Mokslininkai dalinosi patirtimi su mokytojais ir moksleiviais

Neformaliojo švietimo centras kartu su dešimtmetį šiais metais mininčiu Valstybiniu mokslinių tyrimų institutu Gamtos tyrimų centru organizavo seminarą, kurio tikslas – supažindinti mokytojus su iNaturalist mobiliąja programėle, jos pritaikymo galimybėmis gamtos, biologijos ir geografijos pamokose ir suteikti daugiau žinių apie kerpes, grybus ir samanas. Seminaro metu buvo pristatytas LMNŠC tarptautinio projekto „Aš gamtininkas“ konkursas „Išmaniosios technologijos gamtoje“, kuris skatina kūrybiškai mokytis ir pažinti biologinę įvairovę naudojant šiuolaikines informacines technologijas ir mobiliąsias išmaniąsias programėles.
Seminaro pradžioje Lietuvos mokinių neformaliojo švietimo centro darbuotojai – Gamtinio ir ekologinio ugdymo skyriaus vedėjas Almantas Kulbis ir metodininkas Gediminas Petkus papasakojo, kuo ji naudinga mokymuisi mokykloje, kaip išmaniąsias technologijas mokytojai pritaiko ir kaip galima pritaikyti jas mokymosi procesuose, tiriant aplinką mokykloje ar už jos ribų. Mokytojai mokėsi fiksuoti ir pateikti pastebėtus organizmus gamtininkų ir mokslininkų bendruomenei.
Teorinėje dalyje Gamtos tyrimų centro mokslininkės dr. Jurga Motiejūnaitė, dr. Reda Iršėnaitė ir dr. Ilona Jukonienė supažindino su kerpėmis, grybais, samanomis, jų biologija ir svarba ekosistemai. Papasakojo kaip atskirti, kur randama didžiausia įvairovė ir į ką būtina atsižvelgti identifikuojant atskiras rūšis. Po šių pranešimų VDU Žemės ūkio akademijos (ASU) ekologas dr. Žydrūnas Preikša suteikė unikalią galimybę pažinti medžius iš dendrologinės, ekologinės ir aplinkosauginės pusės bei sužinoti, kodėl medis – tai ne tik atskiras organizmas, tačiau ir atskira ekosistema su savita biologine įvairove.
Seminaro pabaigoje buvo apdovanojami aktyviausi šalies mokiniai ir mokytojai, kurie programėlės pagalba dalyvavo konkurse „Išmaniosios technologijos gamtoje“.
2019 metais aktyviausiai dalyvavo Raseinių Viktoro Petkaus pagrindinės mokyklos, Raseinių r. Betygalos Maironio gimnazijos (kuratorė Rasa Vaišvilienė), Vilkaviškio vaikų ir jaunimo centro (kuratorė Aira Lažauninkienė), Anykščių r. Troškūnų Kazio Inčiūros gimnazijos (kuratorė Rasa Gaidienė) ir Mažeikių r. Sedos Vytauto Mačernio gimnazijos (kuratorė Virginija Katkuvienė) mokiniai. Taip pat jau keletą metų iš eilės konkurse aktyviai dalyvavo Vytauto Didžiojo gimnazijos mokinys Tadas Gružinskas.
Praktinėje dalyje dalyviai mokėsi atpažinti kerpes, grybus, samanas, augalus, paukščius, jų radavietes užfiksuoti mobiliais prietaisais, specialia mobiliąja programėle iNaturalist.
Seminaro metu buvo sukurtas specialus iNaturalist programėle projektas, kuriame dalyviai realiu laiku kėlė gyvųjų organizmų nuotraukas ir stebėjo rezultatus. Kaip sekėsi galima pasižiūrėti šioje nuorodoje:
Dėkojame Gamtos tyrimų centrui ir Lietuvos ornitologų draugijai už paramą jauniesiems tyrėjams.

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2 место!

Ура! Нижегородская область вышла на 2 место по видам среди регионов России.

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Россия vs. Мексика на вот так дела!

Дорогие друзья!

Не успели мы вчера написать про борьбу России и Мексики за четвертое место в GBIF-зачете iNaturalist по сосудистым растениям (, как статистика была обновлена и карты вновь перемешались.

Вот так выглядит массив, который заливается из iNaturalist в GBIF: . Напомним, что туда попадают не все наблюдения, а только те, что одновременно (1) достигли "Исследовательского уровня" и (2) имеют свободную лицензию - СС0, CC BY или CC BY-NC. Массив опубликован 10.12.2019, сами данные попали те, что были на iNat к 5.12.2019.

Вот, что было еще вчера в зачете по сосудистым растениям:

Место | Rank Страна | Country Находок | Occurrences
1 United States of America 2533927
2 Canada 348316
3 New Zealand 201291
4 Mexico 168700
5 Russian Federation 162599
6 South Africa 162279
7 United Kingdom 82996
8 Germany 59324
9 Taiwan 57679
10 Australia 53624

А вот какая картина имелась на сегодняшнее утро:

Место | Rank Страна | Country Находок | Occurrences
1 United States of America 2564349
2 Canada 358583
3 New Zealand 203718
4 Mexico 171616
5 South Africa 167608
6 Russian Federation 166707
7 United Kingdom 85497
8 Germany 60645
9 Taiwan 59296
10 Australia 57432

Для тех, кому лень сравнивать, вот такое короткое резюме:
- мы откатились с пятого места на шестое;
- мы опережали ЮАР на 300 наблюдений, а теперь отстаем на 900 - в ЮАР наступило долгожданное лето, а у нас зима;
- мы отставали от Мексики на 6100 наблюдений, теперь же отстаем на 4900 - кажется, Мексику мы съедим уже этой зимой;
- от Новой Зеландии отставание было 38700, теперь же 37000 - здесь, и это неожиданно, динамика даже лучше, чем с Мексикой!

Поиграть со статистикой можно тут:

Наблюдения из России, которые публикуются в iNaturalist, добавляются в GBIF тремя путями:
1) загрузка новых наблюдений (поле и архивы);
2) определение бэклога;
3) изменение пользователями настроек своих лицензий.

По противоположным причинам наблюдения могут быть автоматически отозваны из GBIF:
1) наблюдение удалено пользователем из iNaturalist;
2) наблюдение с исследовательским уровнем лишилось его (было переопределено);
3) пользователь поставил жёсткую лицензию для всех своих фотографий.

Отдельно отмечу, что у каждого в личном кабинете есть опция ставить отдельно лицензию на фотографии, а отдельно на сами данные. Вроде бы, при этом мигрирует только текстовая часть наблюдений с координатами, а сами фотографии не отображаются в GBIF (не проверял лично). По этой причине общее число наблюдений из iNaturalist в GBIF на 0,9 млн больше, чем число наблюдений с картинками (12,1 млн против 11,2 млн). Возможно, этой опцией воспользуются некоторые пользователи, которые не хотят делится своими фотографиями на внешних сайтах. Впрочем, отмечу, что сам GBIF не хостит картинки, а всегда отображает их именно с серверов iNaturalist.

В заключение традиционная статистика по странам по всем видам живых организмов:

1 United States of America 6,847,784
2 Canada 952,719
3 Mexico 669,080
4 Australia 396,540
5 New Zealand 370,920
6 South Africa 302,602
7 Russian Federation 258,654
8 United Kingdom 211,178
9 Germany 182,025
10 Italy 172,313

И здесь ЮАР показывает лучшую динамику в связи с низким сезоном в северном полушарии - ее отрыв от нас вырос с 42253 до 43948 наблюдений.

Всем спасибо за командную работу!

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Happy holidays from the VEGMAPhoto's (s Afr) team

Hello Naturalists

Thank you all for contributing to the VEGMAPhoto (s Afr) project thus far! Thanks to you, our number of observations are slowly increasing. As we are approaching the holiday season, a lot of us will be traveling through South Africa to wild and beautiful places. This is your chance to capture your surroundings of beautiful South African landscapes and upload them to the VEGMAPhoto (s Afr) project. We appreciate all your efforts to help increase our observations and we can’t wait to see what you will be posting next! We wish you safe travels and a happy holiday :)

Ingresado el 10 de diciembre de 2019 por amy_schroeder amy_schroeder | 1 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Brief Description to Popular Cities in Thailand

A stunning nation with an abundance of things to see and do, Thailand's urban areas offer guests an intriguing investigate its rich social legacy. Mind-blowing recorded destinations flourish and a large number of its urban communities are home to staggering sanctuaries just as clamoring night advertises as old and new consistently combine.

1. Surin

Regardless of its little stature, the city of Surin clearly punches over its weight with regard to things to see and do. Amazing Khmer ruins spot the district and Prasat Ta Megan is the best of the part with its staggering weather-beaten vestiges taking steps to be invaded by the wilderness around it. The yearly Elephant Gathering is the thing that it is basically known for; here, elephants rampage and play football and carry on fight reenactments in addition to other things.

2. Chanthaburi

The delightful open country and assorted scenes encompassing Chanthaburi make this city a well-known spot to visit with nature sweethearts. From here it is conceivable to embrace treks to the beautiful cascades and woodlands in its nearness and numerous individuals head to Namtokphlio National Park which has verdant fauna and verdure and uneven geology. The city is additionally a door for voyagers making a beeline for the shocking island of Koh Chang – one of the most delightful in the entire of Thailand.

3. Ubon Ratchathani

Lying on the banks of the Mun Waterway, Ubon has various decent sanctuaries that merit a visit, with the unmistakable Wat Nong Bua being a specific feature. The best season to visit is during July when the city holds its entrancing Light Celebration. Priests retreat to their sanctuaries for the three months before this and toward the finish of the period, there is a parade with monster candles to Thung Si Muang Park in the focal point of Ubon. It's truly cool to see and in October there is another celebration this time including pontoons with numerous candles on them!

4. Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is situated in the furthest north of the nation and is generally celebrated for the jaw-droppingly excellent White Sanctuary that sparkles so splendidly in the late morning sun. Mind-boggling to view, the sanctuary actually should be believed to be accepted with its special highlights and astonishing engineering. Numerous individuals utilize the city itself as a base to investigate the encompassing region which incorporates some staggering view and access to the Brilliant Triangle. Lying at the point where Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand meet, visiting the Brilliant Triangle is somewhat vexing if believe it or not as there isn't entirely much there, read more about major cities in Thailand.

5. Kanchanaburi

Situated on the banks of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai streams, the city is essentially known for the Extension over the Waterway Kwai – the Passing Railroad that horrendously moved such huge numbers of individuals to their demises in World War Two. While the going with historical centers are certainly justified regardless of a visit similar to the sanctuaries that speck the city, Kanchanaburi's wonderful environment and amazing view additionally make for some stunning climbing. The Sai Yok Noi Falls is incredible to visit as is Erawan Falls which is situated in close by Erawan National Park.

6. Nakhon Ratchasima

Regularly alluded to as Korat, this huge and exuberant city has far-reaching markets and road slows down to meander around yet little in the method for genuine vacation destinations. Thus, numerous guests to the city use it as a base from which to investigate sights, for example, the close by Khao Yai National Park. Home to Asian elephants, screen reptiles, gibbons and that's just the beginning, the staggering landscape, and broad climbing trails are superb and this by itself makes Korat worth a visit.

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Ruidosa Hot Springs (dba "Chinati Hot Springs"), Presidio County, TX (November 24 - 26, 2019)

In November 2002, Brenda and I went with some friends to Chinati Hot Springs (the name of the business operating at what is officially known as Ruidosa Hot Springs). On that trip, our friend Bill Corrigan proposed to Lucia Athens, and she said yes. So this November 2019 trip was kind of a return to the source. The source of the hot spring water and the source of Bill & Lucia's now 15-year marriage. May they have many more years!

To make the trip even more enjoyable, we ran into Myron Hess & Gail Rothe, who coincidentally arrived just after us on Sunday the 24th. Then by chance Janine Bergin & Bill Breaux came in on the next day with four of their friends, all from Austin. So we had a big gathering of Austin folks and a good time sharing the communal kitchen, hot springs, and campfire.

View of the Chinati Hot Springs oasis from the hill above.

We only put down a few birds, because we were doing lots of other things besides birding. The few that we saw on the trip and approximate numbers. (Posted on eBird at
White-winged dove - 10
Killdeer - 2 in Hot Springs Creek
Ladder-backed woodpecker - 2
Ruby-crowned kinglet - 2
Canyon wren - 1
Northern mockingbird - 2
Lesser goldfinch - 25
Northern cardinal - 2
Pyrrhuloxia - 1

From here, Bill & Lucia and Brenda & I headed over to Big Bend Ranch State Park and camped in the Grassy Banks campground.

Three favorites: sunburst diving beetle (Thermonectus marmoratus), a short-wing katydid (Dichopetala sp.), and a potter wasp (Eumenes bollii).

(Notes 146: 14-21)

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Whakaari erupts


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