Diario del proyecto Great Southern Bioblitz 2022 - Overberg

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10 de agosto de 2022

FEEDBACK on iNat practice events for GSB Overberg

Crew Overberg had 3 events in July - Barrydale, Haarwegskloof Reserve (HWK) and Sandberg Fynbos Reserve. All events received positive feedback on social media but how did these events really do?

The numbers:

• 44 people joined the events - Barrydale (12), HWK (12), Sandberg (20)
• 14 were new iNat users - Barrydale (9), Sandberg (5)

• 17 people uploaded observations onto iNat - Barrydale (5), HWK (3), Sandberg (9)
• 4 newbies uploaded observations onto iNat - Barrydale (2), Sandberg (2)

• 65 Identifiers helped to identify species
• 39% of observations were identified to research grade

It was very much about creating opportunities for people to become more comfortable with using iNaturalist and also finding suitable venues for the upcoming GSB in October

• 16 JULY: Willemien de Wet organized the BARRYDALE event. The focus was on finding new people – 9 of the 12 participants had never used iNaturalist before and botanizing was also a new thing for them. Flora Cameron, however had many years of botanizing experience and took the group to a small patch of land that was brimming with diversity. There was much to be learnt about plants and iNat. Willemien followed up and assisted where possible. Everyone is now looking forward to the Swellendam BotSoc/GSB biolblitz day with Tony Rebelo 7-8 October (contact Willemien 082 564 5911)
• 23 JULY: Ina Georgala organized the HAARWEGSKLOOF event. The aim was to open a window into the workings of the reserve’s renowned research centre and herbarium. Afterwards, intern Nandé Notyalwa took the group to see special Renosterveld patches to make observations. This super cool reserve with its rich biodiversity was very much enjoyed by this group of iNaturalists.
• 28 JULY: Charleen Brunke organized the SANDBERG event. An interesting mix of people were included: 5 new iNat users, 15 experienced iNat users from Crew Overberg (7), Crew Cape Town (6) and visitors from Overstrand (2). Ismail Ebrahim (from CREW SANBI) gave helpful practical fieldwork tips and the newbies found themselves carried along by Crew members at this great venue. Afterwards, assistance was given to newbies with uploading observations.

How did these events do?

• All events gave ample opportunity to people to improve their iNat observation skills.
• Where possible, New iNat users were afterwards helped in person with uploads onto the platform.
• It is uncertain why most people did not upload observations. It could be that their iNat skills are already sufficient and are waiting for the real thing: GSB 28-31 October.

How can we improve?

• We need to get more observations to research grade. If you are an experienced iNat observer, confident and able to make identifications of species that you know well, then please take the next step and help with identifications.
• If you are a new iNat user, we encourage you to watch these helpful iNaturalist videos and tutorials https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials

Also read about Crew Overberg on our Facebook Group: Southern Overberg Citizen Scientists here https://www.facebook.com/groups/505495607943867

Big thanks to Crew Overberg for supporting GSB Overberg!!

Posted on 10 de agosto de 2022 by c_brunke c_brunke | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

14 de agosto de 2022

Important dates for Crew Overberg

Crew Overberg is organizing more practice outings as types of mini-bioblitzes ahead of the Great Southern Bioblitz (GSB): 28 to 31 October. The challenge will be to document as many as possible species during the 4 days of the GSB at the end of October on iNaturalist. These practice outings will help you get ready for GSB in a relaxed and fun but practical way using iNat. There will be iNat help and Crew members will start getting ready to identify species from different vegetation types ahead of the GSB.

Keep in mind the aim of the GSB - increasing data for conservation to measure change. If you want to become a member of Crew Overberg contact Ian Fortuin - 083 357 4132

PRACTICE MINI-BIOBLITZES:

20 AUG at 9h00, SWELLENDAM:
Botanical climb up Marloth, meet at NG Kerk in Voortrek street (RSVP Willemien 082 564 5911)

3 SEP GREYTON WALK at 9h30
Meet at Greyton Lodge. (RSVP Helen Smyth 072 134 1665)

7 SEP at 9h00, SUIDERSTRAND:
2km flat walk to the best flowers. Meet at beach parking (RSVP Geoff Nichols 083 628 3945)

10 SEP at 9h00, L’AGULHAS PRIVATE NR:
Limestone and Strandveld Fynbos flowers (Emm de Kock 072 601 6168)

17 SEP at 9h30, FYNVLEI TO CARRUTHERS HILL
Easy flat 4km walk in Sandstone Fynbos. (Limited numbers, RSVP Charleen 073 610 3824)

24-25 SEP KLIPFONTEIN, SWELLENDAM
Contact Willemien 082 564 5911

28 SEP SOETMUISBERG, NAPIER
Contact Ina 083 266 7652

CREW OVERBERG CONFERENCES:

19-20 AUG at Grootbos (s.coutriers@sanbi.org.za)
7-8 OCT at Aan die Eike, Swellendam (wilharst@gmail.com)

CREW OVERBERG IS INVITED BY:

26 & 27 AUG 9h00 - 16h00
Agulhas Heritage assoc to Soutbosch (More info dekockemma@gmail.com)

Posted on 14 de agosto de 2022 by c_brunke c_brunke | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario