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Surf Coast

Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 -Surf Coast

Although the GSB is only in its second year, the Surf Coast region in Victoria, Australia, has been bioblitzing each spring since 2018, with our previous events taking place over the whole month of September. We will be looking to improve on our previous numbers of observations and species recorded, which has steadily increased every year.
Looking forward to being part of this amazing bioblitz of the southern hemisphere!

Thick-lipped Spider-Orchid Caladenia cardiochila observed by
@destino, Aireys Inlet VIC, Australia ©destino
Personally, I would like to top 1000 observations of several hundred different species. On paper, it really shouldn’t be a problem - the Surf Coast is such a biodiversity hotspot, with the incredibly rich heathlands due to be in spectacular flower. The tall forests, dunes and other woodland areas each have their own unique floral ecosystems.

There is the small line of habitat where the land meets the ocean. Here we can observe the rich biodiversity of molluscs, seaweeds, crabs and echinoderms, protected inside one of our marine parks and reserves. These rockpool intertidal zones are always exciting to explore both day and night, it just has to be low tide!

Smooth Shore Crab - Brachyura observed by
@possumpete, Aireys Inlet VIC, Australia

Fingers crossed for clear water, the underwater camera might even get a chance to observe some of the many different species of fish that inhabit the shallow underwater reefs.

Although, the most likely source for massive numbers of species comes at night, when shining a light onto a white sheet can attract hundreds of different species of moths straight to your home.

Emerald Moth Chlorocoma sp. observed by
@possumpete, Anglesea, VIC, Australia

Share on social media #GSBioblitz #GSB2021

Not in the Surf Coast ? Have a lookat the communities that have joined via the Great Southern Bioblitz 2021 Umbrella from across the global south!

To find out more information about this event, check out our website at Great Southern Bioblitz

Previous events:
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020 Umbrella
Check out this summary blog about the 2020 Great Southern Bioblitz 'Great Southern Bioblitz - Amazing First Year!' by Pete Crowcroft (AKA @possumpete )

Follow the Great Southern BioBlitz on social media
The Great Southern Bioblitz team have a Facebook page Great Southern Bioblitz
We are also on Twitter GSBioblitz
and Instagram gsbioblitz
Contact us through social media or via greatsouthernbioblitz@gmail.com

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Open call for Greg Lasley video tributes

Each October, Travis Audubon Society honors an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to promoting environmental conservation, education, or advocacy at the annual Conservation Award Celebration, named after legendary birder and conservationist Victor Emanuel.

The Board of Directors of Travis Audubon is honored to announce that the 2021 Conservation Hero is Greg Lasley of Dripping Springs, Texas. The Board unanimously agreed that no one is more qualified for this award than Lasley, who accepted the honor before his death on January 30, 2021. Lasley will be honored posthumously at the virtual 12th annual Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Celebration on October 8, 2021.

As part of the virtual program, we would like to showcase Greg's impact on friends and fellow naturalists all over the world with personal stories.

If you are interested in sharing a tribute to Greg, please use this Google Form to upload a less-than-one-minute video file using one of these prompts:

  • A lesson Greg taught me is…
  • My favorite memory of Greg is…
  • Greg’s legacy to conservation is…
    Submissions will close on Friday, August 20, 2021.

If you have questions about the event or video submissions, please email Development Manager Kelsey McKenna at Kelsey@travisaudubon.org

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Preliminary results from the BioDiverCity challenge

Thanks everyone for uploading observations and making identifications in this bioblitz. A total of 176 people submitted 3324 observations on 3 platforms - iNaturalist, NatureLynx, and Edmonton Nature Club (written observations of bird sightings), for a total of 854 species. Here on iNaturalist, we had 1957 observations by 138 observers, of 562 species, identified by 183 iNaturalists. That's the official tally as of midnight June 20, a week after the bioblitz.
For those of you who may still be refining IDs of some of the more cryptic species, or waiting for other experts to do so for you, we'll do another unofficial tally in a month or so, at least here on iNaturalist. I know I've got some tiny moths and a few beetles that I hadn't gotten around to identifying yet; maybe we can get a few more lichens, mosses, flies, and other less conspicuous microfauna/flora as well.
Last year, the first year of this bioblitz, we had 1904 observations and 513 species total (1053 obs/368 species on iNat). I haven't tallied up a list of species common to both years. More interesting to me would be a list of what we missed this year - I bet there were some common things (sowbugs!) that almost anyone could have seen, but nobody got. Maybe we'll develop a list of "must-see" species for next year, to make sure we don't all miss something common and obvious.
Finally, in case any of you haven't had enough bioblitzing yet, there's a Canada Day bioblitz running at the provincial and national level on July 1. We've been challenged to try to observe 154 species each for Canada's 154th birthday. That's a pretty tall order for one day, but it's do-able!
happy iNatting,
Greg Pohl
volunteer bioblitz coordinator

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Invitation à participer au Défi Canada 154 le 1 juillet

Ceci est la traduction d'un message de Colin Jones (colin.jones@ontario.ca)

Salut tout le monde,

Comme beaucoup/la plupart d'entre vous le savent (certains trop bien), j'ai coordonné un défi de la biodiversité de la fête du Canada sur iNaturalist au cours des quatre dernières années. Cette année marque le 5e anniversaire de cet événement !!!

Quelques-uns d'entre nous ont concocté l'idée lors d'un événement social chez Bruce Bennett au Yukon en 2017 - le concept étant de sortir et d'explorer la biodiversité du Canada à l'occasion du 150e anniversaire du Canada et de documenter autant d'espèces que possible via iNaturalist (https:/ /inaturaliste.ca). L'objectif personnel en 2017 était d'essayer de documenter au moins 150 espèces différentes - mais toutes les contributions ont été encouragées car il s'agissait également d'un effort collectif.

Les résultats étaient impressionnants !
54 personnes ont rejoint le projet et ont fait collectivement 4862 observations de 1667 espèces de tout le pays.

Nous avons poursuivi l'idée en 2018
Cette année-là, moins de personnes ont rejoint le projet (39) et il y a eu moins d'observations (3672) et d'espèces (1423) à travers le pays.

En 2019, j'ai changé le type de projet d'un projet « traditionnel » à un projet « collecteur » qui présente les avantages suivants…

Le projet récupère automatiquement toutes les observations faites au Canada le 1er juillet - il n'est donc plus nécessaire que des personnes se joignent au projet
Les projets de collection vous permettent d'avoir des sous-projets sous un projet-cadre – j'ai donc mis en place un sous-projet pour chaque province et territoire. À partir du projet principal, cliquez simplement sur le lien sous la bannière principale pour voir le sous-projet pour chaque juridiction.
Les résultats en 2019 étaient en effet impressionnants – 1367 observateurs, 11 681 observations et 2975 espèces !
En 2020, mon espoir était d'atteindre collectivement 3000 espèces collectivement. Nous avons largement dépassé cela avec 2815 observateurs soumettant 26 307 observations de 4338 espèces !!! https://inaturalist.ca/projects/canada-153-bioblitz-canada-day-biodiversity-challenge-2020

Cette année, je répéterai les projets en tant que projets de collection. L'URL du projet principal est ici…

Nous continuerons avec l'objectif personnel initial - qui est d'essayer d'enregistrer 154 espèces différentes (l'anniversaire du Canada) le jour de la fête du Canada (seules celles avec des photos ou des sons comptent) mais comme il s'agit d'un effort collectif, toutes les observations seront encouragées - même si vous ne pouvez en faire qu'un. Peu de gens auront l'occasion de documenter un bœuf musqué, mais pour tous ceux qui le peuvent, c'est une espèce de plus à notre total collectif !!!

J'adorerais nous voir collectivement toucher 5 000 espèces cette année – ou plus !!!

Il y a trois ans, mon objectif personnel était d'enregistrer au moins 151 espèces sur la propriété du chalet de mes amis sur une île de Stoney Lake, en Ontario – j'ai touché 171 espèces. Il y a deux ans, je me suis mis au défi d'atteindre l'objectif à distance de marche et/ou de vélo de ma maison à Peterborough (je suppose que j'étais en avance sur la situation COVID). J'ai touché 208 espèces cette année-là. L'année dernière, j'ai surtout concentré mes efforts le long des pistes du Kawartha Nordic Ski Club au cours desquelles j'ai enregistré 385 espèces.

Alors, chargez vos appareils photo et vos téléphones portables, choisissez certaines de vos zones naturelles préférées et sortez et aidez à documenter autant d'espèces que possible à l'occasion de la fête du Canada 2021.

Bonne chance à tous, hâte de voir les résultats.

p.s. s'il vous plaît faites circuler ce large et large!!!

Colin Jones
Peterborough, Ohio

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Hybrids in flower - Plan your summer search!

Hello intrepid hybrid hunters!

The hybrid plants currently living at my experimental site in Newport have started to flower! That means the next few weeks are the PERFECT time to get out on the beach and try to identify new patches of the hybrid.

Step 1: Go to a stretch of sandy beach between Pacific City, OR and Moclips, WA.
Step 2: Look at which grasses are already flowering on the dune. The ones with the flowers already up, open and popped out of their leafy sheaths are A. arenaria! They probably look like this.
Step 3: Walk along the beach or dune looking for any patches of grass where the flowers are earlier in their season than the A. arenaria ones you just stared at. Maybe you find some that are just starting to pop up with no fluttery stamens poking out. Maybe they look more like this.
Step 4: Check those ligules! Check the ligules of any plants with "earlier looking" (aka less mature than A. arenaria) flowers. These are likely to be hybrids! Forgot what a ligule is? No problem, check out the ID guide again!
Step 5: Post whichever beachgrasses you see to iNaturalist and enjoy the beautiful beach!!!

Happy hunting!


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The year of trees - simple list of trees noted (to be updated as I make new observations)

Basswood / American Linden
Tilia americana
(Linden Family, Mallow Family)

Bebb's Willow
Salix bebbiana (willow family)


Blue Spruce

Common Buckthorn
Rhamnus cathartica
(Buckthorn family)

Common Juniper
Juniperus communis L.
(Juniper or cypress family)

Populus delotides
(Willow family)

Eastern Hop Hornbeam / Ironwood
Ostrya virginiana (birch family)

Eastern Red Cedar
Juniperus virginiana
(Cypress Family)

Eastern White Cedar
Thuja occidentalis
(Cypress family)

Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus
(Pine family)



Flowering Raspberry
Rubus odoratus
(Rose family)

Highbush Crtanberry/ Crampbark
Viburnum trilobum Marshall
(Honeysuckle family)
Questionably Native!


Viburnum lentago
(Muskroot / Honeysuckle family)

Physocarpus opulifolius
(Rose family)

Prickly Wild Rose
Rosa acicularis
(Rose family)

Pussy Willow
Salix discolor
(Willow family)
(planted 2021)

Red Oak
Quercus rubra L.
(beech family)

Red Osier Dogwood
Cornus stolonifera
(Dogwood family)
Red Pine

Red-berried Elderberry
Sambucus racemosa
(Muskroot family/ Honeysuckle family)

Amelanchier Canadensis
(Rose family)

Shagbark hickory/ Shellbark Hickory
Carya ovata
(Walnut Family)

Showy Mountain Ash
Sorbus decora
(Rose family)

Silky Dogwood
Cornus obliqua
(Dogwood family)

Lindera benzoin
(Laurel family)

Staghorn Sumach
Rhus typhina
(Sumac family)

Weeping Willow
Salix babylonica
(Willow family)

White Ash
Fraxinus americana (olive family)

Ilex verticillata
(Holly family)

(List also at https://canada.bearne.com/rural-life/trees-and-shrubs-at-the-house-at-turtle-pond/)

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De tips van Dick voor de zomerbijen van 2022

De tip van Dick: Wormkruidbij - Colletes daviesanus op boerenwormkruid. Dikpootbijen en klokjesbijen in klokjes en op kattenstaart de kattenstaart dikpootbij. Op latrthyrus de Lathyrusbij - Megachile ericetorum. Op bloeiende ui en prei de lookmaskerbij. Als je reseda of wouw ziet kijken naar de reseda maskerbij.

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June gloom, June heat

June 4: I had a relatively short hike in lower Ladd Canyon, and I climbed a south-facing ridge. Everything was very dry on the ridge. It was pretty horrible for collecting, but I did find Bebbia juncea in flower, a new plant to me, and got a look at a new corner of the area. There are some small, permanent pools in the lower canyon, and I spotted some Western pond turtles again.

June 7: A much better day collecting. This hike started on Main Divide, headed down the east fork of East Fork Ladd Canyon, where I had never been, and ended up back on Main Divide on the north side of Bedford Peak by climbing a ravine. The sun only came out for maybe an hour all day. New collections included Madia gracilis, Rosa californica, and Allium peninsulara. Opening the newspaper on the rose at home perfumed my living room/botany lab. The onion has some of the prettiest flowers. Is that magenta? It's quite the color, anyway. The ravine where the onion was growing has some of the richest soil in the area. It drops to the northwest and is very shady. Dropping down the ravine halfway on an early exploration had turned up some woodland-star, Lithophragma affine. It's a neat spot. One regret for the day is that I thought I had collected Daucus pusillus in the area already and took only pictures, but it turns out I have never collected it. I always forget how bad my memory is.

June 16: I spent much of the day along Main Divide. Here's another story about learning by doing and making mistakes: One main goal was to collect some wavy-leafed soap plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, which I had noticed before and had been checking for blooms. When I checked June 7, there were lots of buds and some spent flowers, so I didn't collect it, figuring the buds would bloom and I'd have a better specimen. On this day, there were a few buds and lots of spent flowers, and I did collect it. Had a done a little research, I would have known that the plant is a night-bloomer! I should have made a plan to be around in the late afternoon/evening just after the buds open. I ended up dissecting some buds before pressing. I dropped down into the main fork of Ladd Canyon for a little bit, and found not too much in bloom. The Pycnanthemum californicum there was growing well but had no buds yet. The highlight of the day was the flower show in the area's largest Lepechinia cardiophylla population. There were plenty of pollinators, including Osmia bees and syrphid flies. Opening the field press at home was another sweet experience. I sat breathing in the minty smell for a good minute before getting to work. The day was extremely hot, upper 90s, and I never strayed too far from the truck's AC. In fact, when I was taking pollinator pictures at the end of the day, including some video, my phone had a heat stroke and shut down. I took it back to the truck and held it up to the vent as I blasted the AC, and it was able to return to life and take a few more shots. Sheesh.

June 21: A good day collecting in lower Ladd Canyon, with a good side trip up to a rock outcrop on the south side of the canyon. New collections for the checklist included several riparian plants: Erythranthe cardinalis (scarlet monkeyflower), Hoita macrostachya, Datisca glomerata, and Rumex conglomeratus. The Rumex (aka clustered dock) is a nonnative that doesn't seem to be terribly common in the mountains. Before turning around, I ventured south up a side canyon that seems relatively long and manageable, but I soon got distracted by a scree slope below a stone outcrop. It looked like an interesting change from riparian habitat, and it was. I had spotted some Weed's intermediate mariposa lily early in the day, a species of concern. There were only five plants, so I had no collection. Here, I found more than 45 plants among the scree and spikemoss. All the lilies are nice, and this batch made a pleasant scene. I made a few other collections here, including some Eriogonum fasciculatum (buckwheat) that was blooming like crazy. I haven't paid enough attention to it since it is super common, but I want to make sure to get all subspecies in the area. These seemed to be ssp. polifolium. I'll have to look more closely.

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Where can I learn more about Mushrooms?

There are several recommended sources to learn more. Some are online and some are not. Instead of trying to reproduce the list of online resources here, below is a link to a living Google document that attempts to get as many resources into one place as possible:


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Canada Day Bioblitz Challenge

Consider joining the iNaturalist community in documenting the biodiversity of Ontario by submitting observations on July 1st. A project has been created called “Canada 154 Bioblitz - Ontario” that will collect all observations from the province on Canada Day. So, by contributing sightings to the Otty Lake project on the holiday, you automatically will be adding to the province wide bioblitz. Last year they logged over 26,300 observations more than 4300 species!

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Más mariposas...

Hace pocos días fotografié unas orugas de Eunica monima en los árboles de Bursera simaruba, parecen estar en segundo o tercer estadío (aunque nunca les atino a los estadíos pero bueno)...
Eso quiere decir que se están reproduciendo. Eso lo tengo en esta observación abajo de esta nota.
Pero últimamente, ya no he visto casi nada de mariposas, pero que supongo que tienen que volver a salir ya cuando las orugas terminen la metamorfosis. Este fin de semana las iré a checar otra vez, a ver cómo van, si han crecido y más que nada si han sobrevivido la mayoría. Por favor, si ven esta nota comenten algo...

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July EcoQuest - Milkweeds and Monarchs

Milkweeds (Asclepias sp.) are one of the most common, showy flowers now blooming in the greater metro area. Milkweeds are easily identifiable – they have sepals and petals, but they also have an elaborate corona, usually comprised of a “horn” and “hood.” Milkweeds also have opposite leaves and a milky sap. There are 10 species of Asclepias found in the greater metro area, but Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed) is our most common species.

Milkweeds are the sole food source for monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillars. Although milkweeds are toxic to most insects, monarch caterpillars can eat the leaves and store the toxins in their bodies, in turn making them toxic as well. Once these caterpillars have developed into butterflies, they then drink the nectar from the milkweed flowers for food. And in drinking this nectar, the butterfly’s foot sometimes slips into a structure of the corona called the stigmatic slit, within which lies a ball of sticky pollen called pollinia. This pollinia then becomes attached to the butterfly, traveling with it as it moves on to the next flower, where it is again deposited into another stigmatic slit, thus completing the act of pollination. And pollination ensures that the milkweed will produce fruit and seeds for the next generation. It’s a win-win for milkweed and monarchs!

Monarch butterflies migrate an astounding 6,000 miles each year, roundtrip from Mexico to Canada, through successive generations (it will take 3-4 generations before they reach Canada from Mexico). And as they migrate, monarchs lay eggs on milkweeds before dying. Migrating monarchs are divided into two populations – with the eastern one east of the Rocky Mountains and the western one west of the Rocky Mountains. In Colorado, our monarchs are part of the eastern population. Both populations have experienced recent severe declines in numbers – the eastern population has dropped by more than 80% in the past two years, and the western by 99.9% since 1980, bringing it near the brink of extinction.

One reason for the decline in monarchs is the loss of milkweeds across its range –loss of habitat and herbicide application have all led to a decrease in milkweed numbers. However, you can help the monarchs by planting a milkweed or two in your own garden!

Help Denver Botanic Gardens document monarchs and milkweed in the greater metro area by photographing as many plants and caterpillars (or even monarch butterflies!) as possible in the month of July. Post your findings to iNaturalist so they will automatically be added to the Denver EcoFlora Project and the July EcoQuest project.

Asclepias speciosa:

EcoQuests, part of the Denver EcoFlora project, challenge citizens to become citizen scientists and observe, study, and conserve the native plants of the City via iNaturalist, an easy-to-use mobile app.

Download the iNaturalist app or register online at iNaturalist.org
Take photos of the plants in bloom that you find on your daily neighborhood walk. It is ok if they are weeds! But avoid taking photos of cultivated plants in gardens or in your home.
If you are concerned about revealing the location of sensitive organisms or observations at your own house, you can hide the exact location from the public by changing the "geoprivacy" of the observation to "obscured."
Post your findings on iNaturalist via the app
Your observations will automatically be added to the Denver EcoFlora Project
You can add an identification to your photo when you post your findings on iNaturalist, or leave it blank for others to identify.

The EcoFlora project is designed to meaningfully connect citizens with biodiversity, and to assemble novel observations and data on the metro area’s flora to better inform policy decisions and conservation strategies.

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Welcome aboard!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the pilot edition of "Eyes on iNaturalist" in PANP!

I'll start by introducing myself. I'm Ffion, and I work in Resource Conservation (aka Res Con) as a Resource Management Officer. I'm mostly responsible for vegetation monitoring and restoration work, although I help out with other wildlife and aquatic work, as well as visitor safety and human wildlife conflict, as needed. I particularly love working in the park's grasslands and finding new grass species (it's a weird hobby, I know...).

I'm really keen for everyone (staff and visitors alike) to have the opportunity to learn about, experience, and appreciate the park. I've been an avid iNaturalist user for a few years, and I think it's the perfect tool for experienced naturalists, complete beginners, and everyone else in between. You might notice details you never have before, hone your photography skills, learn some new species and meet other staff with common interests.

Along the way, you will definitely contribute to our knowledge of biodiversity in the park, and you might even detect a new species, a species at risk, or an invasive species that we need to control.

If you would like to meet your fellow iNatters working in PANP, please introduce yourself in the comments below (keeping in mind this is a public forum).

See you soon!


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Black Swallow-Wort is Rampant

You all probably know about Black Swallow-Wort (BSW) but I didn't until this year. I have been told by some that it is invasive target #1 in Massachusetts, because it kills butterflies wherever it goes, whereas most other invasive species just crowd the native flora out and reduce their habitat. I have been pulling BSW from people's privets, and from the tree-lines in Robbins Farm Park and Wellington Park, and passing out flyers, since I can't do all that much myself.

Please help me spread the word! I have copied the text of the flyer below, but feel free to use your own words. Our town loves butterflies, evidenced by all of the milkweed patches in people's gardens, and I'm sure people will be eager to help if they know how bad BSW is for the monarchs.

The project admins, @ecrow and I, are working on organizing projects in Hill's Hill (BSW and garlic mustard) and Wellington Park (just BSW for now -- the parks dept/evironmental planner have big plans starting in July) so stay tuned for updates and opportunities to get involved in the next few weeks. We are also recruiting for other admins, so send me a message if you want in.

BSW Flyer: (partially plagiarized from a flyer found in Newton MA)
Poison Butterfly Trap
{pictures of the flowers, roots, and seed pods}
Dangerous to birds, butterflies and native plants.
Armed with seed pods that look like chili peppers, shiny green leaves in pairs, purple star-shaped flowers, and grappling spaghetti-like roots, this invasive (non-native) vine threatens monarch butterflies by tricking them into laying their eggs on this poisonous plant instead of milkweed. It kills birds, insects and other wildlife through its toxins and its ability to climb over entire forest glades, covering everything else.

Pulling this vine wherever you find it is the best way to help the local butterflies, and keep it from spreading to our parks and woodlands. The seeds spread far on the wind, and are viable in the soil for years, so the pods should be disposed of in the garbage, not yard waste or compost. Some people get contact dermatitis from the sap, so please pull with gloves. Try to dig the roots, or it will be back. It can be defeated with repeated pulling as well, if you don’t let it grow too many leaves.

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Fen Plants Identified

Yesterday plant ecologists Cathy Keddy and Eleanor Thomson, and field naturalists Greg Lutick and Jakob Mueller visited a 4.5 acre fen southwest of the Crazy Horse Trail to help document the plant community. At least four Regionally Significant plants were confirmed, one - Eriophorum tenellum - is Regionally Rare. Thank you to the team for helping to document the biodiversity of the Carp Hills.

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Kick-off of Biodiversity Inventory Project

We're excited to finally kick-off our iNaturalist Biodiversity Inventory Project.

Please join our project and add to our inventory next time you are at the Outdoor Lab.

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Welcome to the iNaturalist group!

Hey UBMS group of 2021! You'll be making and uploading observations directly to this project, but you don't have to be on this page to do so (just click the project name from the "Add to Project" section of the observation).

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Meet Navin Sasikumar, an iNaturalist Monthly Supporter

This is the first in a series of posts interviewing members of the iNaturalist community who are also Monthly Supporters. iNaturalist Monthly Supporters give automatic, recurring charitable donations and can be recognized on their profile pages, if they choose to from their account settings. Monthly Supporters are a critical part of our community and help ensure that iNaturalist is freely available to people all over the world. You can become a Monthly Supporter by giving your first recurring donation online. Thank you!

For the rest of 2021, we'll profile several different Monthly Supporters to highlight members of the community and why they support iNaturalist.

Navin Sasikumar is a software engineer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States and an amateur urban naturalist in his spare time. Although he started with birds and birding, his interests now include all urban nature in Philadelphia. In keeping with that urban biodiversity theme, he is also a volunteer organizer for Philadelphia’s participation in the City Nature Challenge (see what they found this year—Navin made over 1000 observations during the 4 days). He also enjoys cultivating wildlife-friendly gardens in city spaces.

How did you first get into iNaturalist?
I was just starting to get interested in things other than birds and keeping records of what I saw. eBird was great to keep track of my bird sightings and I used Odonata Central for dragonflies and eButterfly for butterflies, but beyond that I had an unwieldy spreadsheet of various other organisms. That’s when a friend mentioned iNaturalist to me. I think it might have been around the time the computer vision element was launched. I tried it out and was immediately hooked. I not only had a way to keep track of all my sightings, but I could easily narrow down organisms I knew nothing about through computer vision, and I had an expert community to further help where the AI wasn’t quite as successful. I could see what else people were seeing around me and that helped me learn more about the biodiversity around me.

What made you want to donate monthly, in addition to everything else you do with iNaturalist?
iNaturalist has given me so much. A community, knowledge, and countless hours of fun. And as a software engineer, I am well aware of the costs involved in running something like iNaturalist. And I am constantly amazed at how much the small team at iNat is able to accomplish. I want to see iNat continue forever, so that motivated me to contribute via monthly donations.

What keeps you motivated?
There’s a common misconception that there is no nature in cities, so I initially set out to see if I could find 1000 species in the city of Philadelphia. Once I reached that, I set myself new cumulative species goals each year. Sort of similar to a combination of a birder’s year and life lists. The goal was 1000 species total in the city by the end of 2019, 1200 by the end of 2020, and now I hope to get 1400 by the end of 2021. All in the city of Philadelphia. And there’s just so many species I have yet to see, it’s always exciting. I can go out to a park I’ve visited hundreds of times and still find new species. It’s not hard to be motivated, it’s hard to stop iNatting.

What’s something that you’d like more members of the iNaturalist community to know or do?
I would suggest donating to iNaturalist if you have the means to and don’t donate already. The cost of running servers and storage, I would assume, is huge and even more, we also want to support the incredible staff at iNaturalist. I would also suggest working with local organizations (not only those in the nature space) to see if there are ways to increase participant diversity on iNaturalist to something that is more representative of your community at-large. The more diversity of people we have using iNaturalist, the more biodiversity we can capture on iNat.

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Ingresado el 24 de junio de 2021 por carrieseltzer carrieseltzer | 6 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Upload multiple photos of same individual as single observation

Good Morning Pollinator Week Bioblitz Participants!

One important request for uploading observations: please make sure to upload multiple photos of the same individual pollinator as a single observations.

The problem with uploading multiple photos of the same individual (by dragging and dropping files) is that iNaturalist will create multiple observations, which inflates the number of observations. As researchers, we'd love to get some idea about relative abundances of our pollinators. So, if you take 10 photos of the same pollinator, that's great for identification purposes! But please make sure those photos are posted in a single observation -- otherwise it looks like there are 10 individuals, not 1.

I recommend uploading a single photo to make the observation, and then edit the observation to upload extra photos of the same individual. There's a little +image icon at the bottom of the primary photo and you can add multiple photos at a time this way for the same individual. If anyone knows an easier way to add multiple photos of a single individual, please feel free to comment!

If you've accidentally created multiple observations by uploading multiple photos of an individual pollinator, we'd greatly appreciate your help in curating data by removing duplicate photos and moving them into a single observation. I know that's a hassle, but it helps improve the quality of data tremendously!

Thanks so much for participating!

Ingresado el 24 de junio de 2021 por maryajamieson maryajamieson | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Genus Phyrdenus

Data on Genus Phyrdenus (tribe Cryptorhynchini, subtribe Cryptorhynchina)

Wikipedia states that there are 23 named species of Phyrdenus worldwide.

iNaturalist has 15 Observations for only 2 of those species worldwide, with 12 Observations of a single species occurring in North America (namely the US).

P. divergens

A dataset of 2 North American species is found in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) database - all 13 Observations & Museum-preserved specimens are from the US:

P. divergens
P. muriceus

The BugGuide platform (which only covers the US and Canada), has 28 Observations of a single species - all in the US:

P. divergens

Ingresado el 24 de junio de 2021 por kidneymoth kidneymoth | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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observation field: unusual leave colouring (variegation, etc.)

New observation field!

unusual leave colouring (variegation, etc.)

  • abiotic (nutrient deficiency, poison)
  • virus
  • no idea

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Suggested bird survey routes

In the early 1880s, a group of student naturalists compiled a list of 97 species found on Mount Desert Island during the summer months. In the case of warblers and other migratory songbirds, they were documenting breeding or nesting birds.

As part of the Landscape of Change project, we are asking people to help us re-visit these historic bird records to help answer the question, Are these same species breeding in the same locations 140 years later?

We've compiled a list of suggested routes in Acadia National Park and other conservation lands, and what birds to look (and listen) for in each location, found at this link:


Ingresado el 23 de junio de 2021 por schoodicscicomm schoodicscicomm | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Massachusetts Butterfly Big Year update 3

I seem to have picked a particularly bad year to try this. I've missed several species that are well known to be plentiful at certain times and locations, having to scramble to find alternate places for them. Everyone is commenting how few butterflies seem to be around this year. I just drove across the state and back today and struck out on all four target species. The only new one for the year that I got today was European Skipper, an invasive that is widely common, just now starting to fly. I was at the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts, and struck out on the high-altitude specialists there. I suspect they will be there on a second try, I'm just slightly early and the weather was cooler than expected.

My count is now at 60 species. Mid-June is always slow here, and hopefully things will pick up soon. Of course, the utility company doing transmission line work at one of my favorite spots isn't helping...

On the plus side, I'm getting out in the field more this year than I usually do, and seeing a lot of interesting things besides butterflies too. Today I had a bear cross the road in front of me (but too quickly for a photo). Bee-mimic robber flies yesterday. A family of Ruffed Grouse last week.

Ingresado el 23 de junio de 2021 por maractwin maractwin | 3 observaciones | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

A Trip to Tennessee

Ingresado el 23 de junio de 2021 por thebluejaynerd thebluejaynerd | 7 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

American Arachnological Society virtual bioblitz June 25-27 2021 - join their project to participate.....

Make arachnid observations from wherever you are over the weekend of their annual meeting, from Friday June 25 to Sunday June 27, 2021. There will be fun prizes for the most observations, the most identifications, and more! The project is for folks who want to participate in finding arachnids and having arachnologists looking at the ID's. So a chance to put a little extra effort into photographing your local spiders and see what some experts think.

project link: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/aas-2021-virtual-bioblitz-364cdd97-db65-4b71-95b7-9c05543bfb90

More about the annual meeting here...
https://www.americanarachnology.org/aas-meetings/aas-meeting-2021/ #Arachnids21

here's some notes on what helps to get a spider identified from tips and tricks...

Photograph the shape of the spider’s web and take note of its habitat. Use your macro lens to obtain close-ups of the top side and underside of the spider, as well as a shot of the face head-on to see the position of the eyes. Photographing the eye arrangement and dorsal pattern can help you identify the spider to family or genus.
How They Got The Shot
Thomas Barbin(https://inaturalist.ca/people/thomasbarbin)
“I like to encourage active spiders (especially jumping spiders) onto a stick, leaf or rock to make photographing them easier. I hold the object with the spider in my left hand while resting the end of my lens on the palm/wrist area of my left hand. This allows everything to move as one, making it easier to focus on the spider. As I track and photograph the spider,I move the object with my fingers to get all the key angles for ID. Once I have what I need for an ID, I like to get creative with different angles. By facing different directions, I can choose what I want the background to be (blue sky, green leaves, dark background, etc.). Jumping spiders can be especially tricky and like to jump. When they jump, they leave a dragline attached to the object they jumped from and repel down. Try to grab their dragline before they hit the ground and lift them back up to your stick/leaf/rock!”
Ingresado el 23 de junio de 2021 por marykrieger marykrieger | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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What is an umbrella project and what is this one's role?

An umbrella project on iNaturalist is a project that encompasses at least one other standard project (in our case, we cull all observations from The projects: Fungi beyond NYC - New York Mycological Society and Fungi of NYC - New York Mycological Society. The main purpose of umbrella projects is described by iNaturalist:

If you want to collate, compare, or promote a set of existing projects, then an Umbrella project is what you should use. For example, the 2018 City Nature Challenge, which collated over 60 projects, made for a great landing page where anyone could compare and contrast each city’s observations. Both Collection and Traditional projects can be used in an Umbrella project, and up to 500 projects can be collated by an Umbrella project.

The specific purpose of this project is to facilitate data analysis and to choose images for social media.

Ingresado el 23 de junio de 2021 por tomzuckerscharff tomzuckerscharff

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 22Jun2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, two people checked on the amphibians.
Six amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, the slough by the playground, the main ponds, the ditch in the pecan orchard, and somewhere to the north and east of the main restrooms: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 2), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 2), Western Narrow-mouthed Toad (CI = 2), Green Tree Frog (CI = 2), and American Bullfrog (CI = 0). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for all species except the Gulf Coast Toad and American Bullfrog. We watched as a Green Tree Frog that had been calling from a 30-foot high pecan branch leaped out into thin air and landed safely in the grass at our feet - he was on his way to join the fun in the ditch. Amazing !
The puddle at the middle slough springhead about the same size as last month (no flow to the main ponds), and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 2.71 inches of rain the night before our monitoring.
A cute little armadillo was seen near the park entrance about half an hour before sunset. The monitoring period was 20:30 - 21:30.
Participants were Kathy and Christie.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 76.1 deg F
Water temperature = 68.4 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead, average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 69 %

Ingresado el 23 de junio de 2021 por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Online cursus Wilde Bijen


Online opleidingen bijen herkennen

Aculea, de Vlaamse club van bijen- en wespenliefhebbers, presenteert een
aantal online opleidingen voor het herkennen van wilde bijen in het
veld. Deze opleidingen zijn bedoeld voor de iets verder gevorderde
liefhebber, die al enige kennis heeft maar deze graag verder wil verdiepen.

De volgende opleidingen zijn nu beschikbaar:

·  herkenning alle Belgische en
Nederlandse soorten wol- en harsbijen (AnthidiumAnthidiellumPseudoanthidiumTrachusa)

·  herkenning alle Belgische en
Nederlandse soorten behangersbijen (MegachileChalicodoma)

·  herkenning alle Belgische en Nederlandse soorten
metselbijen (OsmiaHoplitis)

·  herkenning algemene Belgische en Nederlandse soorten
zandbijen (Andrena)

·  herkenning algemene Belgische en Nederlandse soorten
wespbijen (Nomada)


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Imagine Pristine Okefenokee

Cut cypress stumps from logging operations in the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia
© Photographer: William Wise | Stumps of Cypress trees remain throughout the Okefenokee Swamp from extensive logging operations and clearcuts from the Hebard Logging Company in the 1920s. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. Paddling north on the Suwannee River Middle Fork red trail.

As beautiful as the Okefenokee Swamp is today, I can only imagine the grandeur of the pristine beauty prior to the logging of the early 1900’s. It has been nearly 100 years since the logging took place, but the scars of wide scale timber removal remain to this day. Many of the cypress have been growing back since the saws were silenced, but I do not think we see what the early explorers and swampers saw in the 1800’s.

In his book Mammals of the Okefinokee Swamp published in 1927, naturalist Francis Harper wrote, “This was doubtless one of the most magnificent stands of cypress in the country, many of the trees towering to a height of about 100 feet, and having a diameter of more than a yard above the swollen base.”

If the post-exploitation Okefenokee can hold such magnificence today, one can only imagine what it would have been to step foot in the towering cypress cathedrals of yesterday. But as long as we continue to preserve this national treasure, future generations won’t have to use their imagination. Cypress grow slowly, but they do grow! One day.

Ingresado el 23 de junio de 2021 por williamwisephoto williamwisephoto | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

That's A Wrap/ Save the Date

Yesterday, our two week BioBlitz came to a close. Here are some of our stats

  • 355 Observations (with 25% research grade)
  • 266 different species (with 64% plants)
  • 12 observers
    *101 Identifiers (they don't need to be in the project but are others who might be connected to our members in the project)

From a contributor perspective, @owensscience had the most observations (169) and most species observed (88). We had observations from the United States, Italy, France, India, and Mauritius.

Save the Date
We're going to kick off another two week Bioblitz on Friday, July 16 (Word Snake Day). I would love someone to volunteer to serve as a co-administrator so you can see the BioBlitz back end and share the journey as well.

Ingresado el 23 de junio de 2021 por robincmclean robincmclean | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario