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Cifras al 28 de octubre de 2020

Amigos participantes en el proyecto de Aves endémicas de México (y semi y cuasi-endémicas), al día de hoy contamos con 1414 observaciones, totalizando 135 especies, por parte de 62 naturalistas.

En cuanto a especies, esto representa un incremento de 25 por ciento desde el último recuento, que fue en septiembre de 2018.

Gracias por su apoyo y esfuerzo!

Posted on October 29, 2020 01:02 by rolas101 rolas101 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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2020 is bats! Here's where to see some creepy nocturnal animals in the Bay Area this fall.

Did you know the Bay Area is home to more than 16 species of bats? That makes our slice of Northern California one of the most diverse areas in the country for bat watching.

https://www.7x7.com/amp/where-to-go-bat-watching-in-the-bay-area-2096256783

Posted on October 28, 2020 23:20 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Western Honey Bee

10/25/20 (once again from notes)
Lots of bees flying around in the air but not going in any direction because the wind was probably messing with their ability to fly straight. Was kind of scary walking outside and having bees fly into me.

Posted on October 28, 2020 22:45 by rachel1326 rachel1326 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Western Honey Bee

10/27/20 (I am uploading these from my notes)
Only saw three bees but was unable to take a clear picture. They were flying around a lavender bush.

Posted on October 28, 2020 22:21 by rachel1326 rachel1326 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Western Honey Bee

10/28/20, not many bees flying around but I did find this one on this tree, seemed to be taking its time flying from each flowering bud to the next.

Posted on October 28, 2020 22:20 by rachel1326 rachel1326 | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar - Wizzie Brown- October 30 2020 (Friday) 10AM

ARACHNIDS other than spiders!
You MUST pre-resgister to get a link to the webinar!!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 30, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucu2srD8tEtdxL6nYrYxxbqzjbiSw8Fyx

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Posted on October 28, 2020 22:02 by lswift lswift | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome to the City Nature Challenge 2021: Chicago Metro!

What is the City Nature Challenge?

The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is an annual, friendly, bioblitz-style competition between urban areas all around the world. It began in 2016 between just Los Angeles and San Francisco and has since expanded worldwide, with hundreds of cites expected to participate in 2021. The Challenge aims to engage city residents and visitors in learning about their local nature and to help all of us better understand urban biodiversity. Anyone can take part. Just upload observations of animals, plants, fungi, and other creatures to iNaturalist using the mobile app or website. It’s a fun and easy way to learn about nature in your neighborhood while simultaneously adding your observations of nature to iNaturalist's global biodiversity database. The official website is citynaturechallenge.org.

When?

Everyone makes their nature observations between Friday, April 30th and Monday, May 3rd, 2021 (midnight to midnight). Then, everyone has until day's end on May 9th to upload those observations and add IDs to each other's observations. Results are announced on Monday, May 10th.

Since April 2021 is eons away, join this project and you'll get dashboard notifications on iNat when there are project updates.

Where?

The following counties are included:

  • Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will
  • Indiana: Jasper, Lake, Newton, Porter
  • Wisconsin: Kenosha

In previous years we've used the boundary of just Cook County, or just Cook + a few collar counties, or the entire Chicago Wilderness region. We do like the idea of not using political boundaries and following the hydrologic regions defined in the Chicago Wilderness boundary, but it's far easier to understand if your area falls within the project if we use county boundaries, and calculating some stats like observations made per capita are easier too. So we've gone with a slight modification of the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

How can I participate?

There are a lot of ways!

  • log observations on iNaturalist using the app or website between April 30th-May 1st, 2021
  • help other folks identify their observations
  • attend an event during the CNC
  • organize an event before, during, or after the CNC - we'll have a big list of events that are planned all around the region
  • incorporate the use of iNaturalist into your existing activities, whether as an educator, during a habitat restoration workday, or when your aunt tells you about the flying squirrels visiting her bird feeder
  • promote the CNC/iNaturalist among your audiences
  • ?

Would you like to join our regional organizing team, promote your Chicago area CNC events, or just learn more about the City Nature Challenge 2021: Chicago Metro? Contact cassi.saari [at] chicagoparkdistrict.com for more information.

Posted on October 28, 2020 20:38 by bouteloua bouteloua | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome to the Oregon Wildlife Conservation iNaturalist Project!

Have you ever taken a picture of wildlife in Oregon and wondered if anyone might want to know where you saw it? We do!

The Oregon Wildlife Conservation project is an iNaturalist project that allows you to share your wildlife observation data directly with biologists. Participation in this project helps to enhance our understanding of wildlife in our state, and your data can help improve wildlife conservation efforts in Oregon.

There are 109 wildlife Strategy Species included in the Oregon Conservation Strategy, including 17 amphibians, 58 birds, 29 mammals, and 5 reptiles. There are an additional 27 wildlife species identified as Strategy Data Gap Species that we are missing key information for that is needed to accurately determine their conservation status. It isn’t possible for ODFW to survey all of these species, so we need your help documenting where they occur throughout the state. If you see wildlife in Oregon, take a picture and share it with us! Even if you can’t identify what species you are looking at, odds are that someone in the iNaturalist community may be able to help narrow it down.

Thank you for joining the Oregon Wildlife Conservation iNaturalist project! We appreciate your contribution to understanding the presence and distribution of wildlife species across Oregon, and we look forward to seeing your pictures. For more information on this project, please refer to the “About” Section.

Posted on October 28, 2020 20:04 by oregonconservationstrategy oregonconservationstrategy | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Winter is coming!

It won't be too long before it's winter again!
I definitely see very different moths this time of year. Lots and LOTS of Bicolor Sallow this year!
I hope to keep seeing them for a couple more weeks before it starts snowing!
Was super excited to see a Giant Water Scavenger Beetle that had flown in to Walmart's lights as well. It was a cool first for me!
Hope everyone is well.
Ash

Posted on October 28, 2020 19:26 by dreadhorn dreadhorn | 55 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Важные обновления и первая подробная статистика!

С момента регистрации проекта прошло две недели и уже появились первые значимые обновления.

Мы решили запустить дополнительный проект для отслеживания других видов рода Heracleum, а также просто интересных (и спорных) находок - "Разнообразие борщевиков в России": https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/raznoobrazie-borschevikov-v-rossii

Зачем такой подпроект нужен? Приведу несколько примеров.
Во-первых, отличительные признаки борщевика сибирского и отличия от борщевика Сосновского - один из самых распространенных вопросов в соцсетях. У нас подготовлены подробные статьи на эту тему, записи вебинаров и т.д. Но такие запросы было бы удобно иллюстрировать и наблюдениями в iNaturalist. Тем более, возможность вести и отслеживать наблюдения борщевика сибирского может являться дополнительным стимулом для аудитории "борщеборцев".

Во-вторых, каждое лето появляется множество панических сообщений о находках "якобы борщевика Сосновского" на территории Дальнего Востока и Сибири. Чаще всего, такие странные экземпляры оказываются местными и вполне безобидными видами (борщевик шерстистый и прочие). Летом 2020 наблюдались почти анекдотичные случаи с крымским борщевиком Стевена (хотя вид полностью безопасен, более того, эндемичный и подлежит охране). Подобные примеры можно продолжать, т.е. обычные пользователи не всегда учитывают многообразие рода и географический фактор!

Во-третьих, есть и научный запрос в рамках планирующейся в ГБС программы "ГЕНО" (подробнее об этих исследованиях - @marinashaykina ) Так, Мариной Шайкиной в ГБС этим летом был найден гербарный лист, который был определен как гибрид борщевика Сосновского и борщевика сибирского, в тоже время, корректность подобных находок пока вызывает сомнение. Еще один пример: в РЖБИ публиковалась работа о находке популяции борщевика понтийского в Ленинградской области: http://www.sevin.ru/invasjour/issues/2019_2/Tkachenko_19_2.pdf
Словом, причин более чем достаточно! Про самые интересные и необычные находки мы будем сообщать.

Хотелось бы упомянуть некоторые из уже существующих региональных проектов по борщевику в iNaturalist:

"Курская область против борщевика" - очень крутой проект, осуществляемый в 2020 году по гранту РГО: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/kurskaya-oblast-protiv-borschevika

"Борщевик Сосновского в Железногорском районе" - районный проект тоже в Курской области: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/borschevik-sosnovskogo-v-zheleznogorskom-rayone

Пара проектов в Татарстане. "Борщевик Сосновского в Татарстане": https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/giant-hogweed-in-tatarstan
"Черная книга Татарстана": https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/47c376c9-610f-49cc-b05d-ce42e2ae3287

"Черная книга Чувашии. Борщевик": https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/chernaya-kniga-chuvashii-borschevik

Надеемся, что в будущем подобных проектов появится больше!

В ближайшее время мы переключимся на разбор и загрузку наших обширных архивов наблюдений, поэтому ожидайте изменения в их количестве ;) Тем не менее, приведем подробную статистику лидеров по количеству загрузок на текущий момент - с числом наблюдений более 10. Спасибо @ev_sklyar за советы по ведению журнала!

На данный момент (28 октября) в проекте 3133 наблюдения. За две недели было добавлено 81 наблюдение.

Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @apseregin 347 1
2 @arepieva 243 1
3 @denis_tishin 232 1
4 @vadim_prokhorov 215 1
5 @max_carabus 78 1
6 @panasenkonn 75 1
7 @dni_catipo 68 1
8 @melodi_96 63 1
9 @a-lapin 61 1
10 @dryomys 59 1
11 @eduard_garin 39 1
12 @maximova2020 36 1
13 @pushai 28 1
14 @npz 27 1
15 @naturalist16000 26 1
16 @svetlanakutueva 25 1
17 @velibortravoved 25 1
18 @fedascheva 24 1
19 @maxim_ismaylov 22 1
20 @alzov 20 1
21 @kosienkov_konstantin 20 1
22 @phlomis_2019 20 1
23 @sokolkov2002 20 1
24 @zbsgroup1 19 1
25 @convallaria1128 18 1
26 @roman_romanov 18 1
27 @borisbolshakov 17 1
28 @julia_shner 17 1
29 @ikskyrskobl 16 1
30 @prokhozhyj 16 1
31 @taimyr 16 1
32 @tatiana_moscow 15 1
33 @alina_kondratieva 13 1
34 @ledum 13 1
35 @sansan_94 13 1
36 @vladimir_korotkov 13 1
37 @borovicheveugene 12 1
38 @lilia_rakitianskaia 12 1
39 @marinashaykina 12 1
40 @ninacourlee 12 1
41 @mashat 11 1
42 @plrays 11 1
43 @tatyanazarubo 11 1
44 @v199rus 11 1
45 @antennaria 10 1
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Posted on October 28, 2020 19:06 by myles678 myles678 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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November 2020 EcoQuest: Broom Bloom

Join the November EcoQuest: Broom Bloom.
Find and map as many desert broom (Baccharis sarothroides) as possible. As a bonus, see if you can also find great purple hairstreak butterflies (Atlides halesus).

It’s that time of year, when desert broom starts to bloom, followed by the fuzzy fluff of seeds in the air. Often met with contempt and considered invasive, desert broom is a native plant with a variety of benefits.


Join the EcoQuest here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/broom-bloom
See this plant on SEINet:
https://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/taxa/index.php?taxon=1364&clid=3116


This EcoQuest is focused on desert broom (Baccharis sarothroides)
Desert broom often attracts attention for its abundance of fluffy seeds that float through the air around this time of year and coat the ground like a dusting of snow. The masses of floating fluff are often blamed for allergy problems, but the seeds do not actually carry pollen. There is also debate if desert broom pollen triggers allergies at all. Some sources state the pollen is “sticky” and relies on pollinators to transfer pollen. Others say the plant relies on wind pollination, with airborne pollen. This airborne pollen could trigger allergies while the plants are blooming, before the onset of seed fluff.
This plant is also known for its ability to multiply efficiently, thanks to the multitude of those floating seeds and is often labeled a “weed” or invasive. It is these characteristics that also make it beneficial. Desert broom is a pioneer plant, meaning it is one of the first plants to move in after a disturbance to the land. It can help stabilize soil, control erosion and help other plants get started. When established, their deep taproot helps break up hard soils and brings nutrients closer to the surface. It is extremely tolerant to heat, drought and poor soil. This plant can also be a great privacy hedge and wind screen.
Desert broom is a very important plant for pollinators, wildlife and people. The blooming time provides many pollinators with a much-needed nectar source in the fall, to survive into the next season or for migration fuel. A notable nectar seeker is the great purple hairstreak butterfly (Atlides halesus), which there are very few observations of in metro Phoenix. This plant attracts so many different species of insects that entomologists are said to look to desert broom to find what insects may be in the area. It isn’t just entomologists that are attracted to these insects, but birds and predatory insects like praying mantis as well. Birds and small mammals have also been reported to use this plant for nesting materials and eat the seeds. Many Indigenous peoples of the Southwest use desert broom for making infusions, teas, arrows and brooms.
To get the best of this plant without the seed fluff and unwanted volunteers (plants that grow on their own), you can plant male plants. The female plants produce the masses of airborne seeds. To control what plants may pop up in unwanted areas, pull plants (roots and all) while young before the taproot develops.

Fun Fact:
The specific epithet, “sarothoides,” means broom-like, referring to the branching structure that resembles a broom.

Desert broom is a beneficial plant for both people and wildlife. Data for these plants is lacking in metro Phoenix, especially in dense urban areas (Please see maps in the “Where to Observe” section).


Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) observed by iNaturalist user @tomhorton.
Observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38874123

Observing and mapping desert broom in metro Phoenix can provide information about occurrences, population size and density. This observation data can help explore possible wildlife and pollinator corridors. Bonus if you can find great purple hairstreak butterflies.

WHAT TO OBSERVE:
Scientific Name: (Baccharis sarothroides)
Common Names: Desert broom, rosin bush, broom baccharis
Spanish: Romerillo, hierba del pasmo, escoba amarga
Seri: Cascol caaco
O’oodham: Ṣu:ṣk Wakck
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

DESCRIPTION:
Duration: Perennial
Nativity: Native
Lifeform: Shrub
General: 3-12 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide, upright rounded broomlike habit, moderate to fast growth, evergreen, winter flowering, narrow, sharply angular, nearly leafless, green stems
Leaves: Alternate, sessile, few, and quickly deciduous; blades linear to linear-lanceolate, up to 2 cm long; larger leaves often minutely toothed, but most leaves are much smaller or reduced to scales
Flowers: Flower heads discoid and solitary on branch tips or arranged in dense panicles; male and female flowers on separate plants; pistillate florets white, and staminate flowers yellowish
Fruits: Achenes 10-ribbed, 2 mm long, with a pappus of bristles, 1 cm long, attached to the top
Ecology: Found in sandy-gravelly washes, watercourses, shallow drainages, flats, low hills, and roadsides, sometimes in saline soil from 1,000-5,500 ft (305-1676 m); flowers September-December
Distribution: s CA, s NV, AZ, s NM, sw TX; south to c MEX
Ethnobotany: Infusions used for coughs and stomach aches; stems were used to make arrows or tied together in bundles to make brooms
Uses: Erosion control, hedge and butterfly, bee and bird gardens

WHERE TO OBSERVE:
Anywhere within the project boundary, with a preference for dense urban areas where data is lacking. The dots on these maps are existing observations of desert broom. Observations made anywhere there is not currently a group of observations are the most helpful!




Sources:SEINet: https://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/taxa/index.php?taxon=1364&clid=3116
California Native Plant Society: Calscape
https://calscape.org/Baccharis-sarothroides-()
Southwest Desert Flora
http://southwestdesertflora.com/WebsiteFolders/All_Species/Asteraceae/Baccharis%20sarothroides,%20Desertbroom.html
Spadefoot Nursery
https://www.spadefootnursery.com/blog/2018/12/12/pull-this-plant-that-fountain-grass-vs-desert-broom
Arizonensis
http://www.arizonensis.org/news/sonorandesertedition/news10_18.html
Cochise County Master Gardeners
https://cals.arizona.edu/cochise/mg/plant-profile-weed-or-beneficial
North American Butterfly Association
http://www.nababutterfly.com/NABA%20Butterfly%20Garden%20and%20Habitat%20Program/Garden%20brochure%20pdfs/az_southeastern.pdf
Felger, R. S. and M. B. Moser, 1985, People of the Desert and Sea. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ






EcoQuests are month-long challenges that are part of the larger Metro Phoenix EcoFlora project.
You can learn more and join the Metro Phoenix EcoFlora here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/metro-phoenix-ecoflora

Sign up for the newsletter at ecofloraphx@dbg.org.
Let's be social @ecofloraphx

PLEASE observe COVID-19 guidelines/recommendations.
This a great opportunity to get outdoors close to home as we all navigate the complications of COVID-19. However, it is imperative that you follow the guidelines/recommendations of your local governments and institutions (wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands). Do what’s best for you and your community.

Arizona Office of Tourism: Responsible Recreation in AZ
https://tourism.az.gov/responsible-recreation-across-arizona

Please do not observe indoor houseplants or pets.
For your own safety and the protection of plants and wildlife, do not trespass when making observations. Please follow all posted rules and guidelines in parks/preserves and do not enter private property.
Do not remove or move natural materials (plants, animals, rocks).
Respect wildlife (do not touch, feed, or disturb animals and keep a safe distance).

Posted on October 28, 2020 19:04 by jenyonen jenyonen | 1 comment | Leave a comment
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Suggestions

Post your suggestions on the comments :)
You can only comment on the website on the website great :)
Need to get to the web? Vist https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/the-weekly/journal/43374-suggestions

Posted on October 28, 2020 18:58 by myles678 myles678 | 1 comment | Leave a comment
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Consejo Municipal de San Antonio manifiesta compromiso para declara Humedal Urbano las lagunas de Llolleo

El día de hoy (28-10-2020) el Consejo Municipal de la Ilustre Municipalidad de San Antonio votó de forma unánime comprometerse con la protección del Humedal de Llolleo (Ojos de Mar).
¡Es una gran noticia!
Reporte:
El proyecto Biodiversidad del humedal desembocadura río Maipo cuenta, al día de hoy con 795 observaciones con 232 especies (163 en el Humedal Ojos de Mar y 132 en la ribera sur del río Maipo).

Posted on October 28, 2020 18:52 by yecosdelinco yecosdelinco | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Consejo Municipal de San Antonio manifiesta compromiso para declara Humedal Urbano las lagunas de Llolleo

El día de hoy (28-10-2020) el Consejo Municipal de la Ilustre Municipalidad de San Antonio votó de forma unánime comprometerse con la protección del Humedal de Llolleo (Ojos de Mar).
¡Es una gran noticia!
Reporte:
El proyecto Biodiversidad del humedal desembocadura río Maipo cuenta, al día de hoy con 795 observaciones con 232 especies (163 en el Humedal Ojos de Mar y 132 en la ribera sur del río Maipo).

Posted on October 28, 2020 18:52 by yecosdelinco yecosdelinco | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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SPOOKIEST OBSERVATION WINS A PRIZE!

It's VA Bat Week and #nvctbioblitz is looking for bat observations!

Knowing this might be tough, we are open to other spooky creatures like spiders, moths, & critters that go bump in the night. Staff will judge & winner will be announced 11/2!

Check out these bat resources to learn more about bats and to support local bat populations:
https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/bats/
https://batweek.org/
https://www.batcon.org/

🦇

Posted on October 28, 2020 18:22 by nvct nvct | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Cifras al 28 de octubre de 2020

Estimados colaboradores del proyecto "Aves de Tabasco" queremos compartirles que al 28 de octubre de 2020 tenemos 5772 observaciones, de 411 especies, compartidas por 427 naturalistas.

En dos años hemos aumentado lo siguiente:

en número de observaciones de 1200 a 5770!
en observadores de 32 a 427 naturalistas!

Y en especies (qué es lo más importante) aumentamos un 18.45% al pasar de 347 a 411 especies registradas!

Felicidades a todos los que contribuimos a este proyecto.

Atte. Rolando Chávez

Posted on October 28, 2020 17:35 by rolas101 rolas101 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Don't Forget to Fav Photos for the October Winner!

Cast your votes and be counted! You can 'fav' any observation that you like to vote for the Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. Located to the right of the photographs and just below the location map is a star symbol. Click on this star and you've fav'ed an observation. At the end of each month, we'll see which photo-observation has the most favs and crown them the monthly winner. Check out awesome observations and click the star for those that shine for you. Vote early and often!

Check out who is in the lead and see a list of all of this month's photo-observations.

Posted on October 28, 2020 17:30 by kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Показ в проекте только наблюдений исследовательского уровня

Уважаемые участники проекта!
Мы выходим на финишную прямую, борьба обостряется. Поскольку при подведении итогов по номинациям будут рассматриваться наблюдения исследовательского уровня, с 1 ноября мы изменяем настройки проекта. Наблюдения имеющие статус "Обычное" больше не будут показываться на его странице и не будут учитываться в общей статистике по наблюдениям/видам.

Posted on October 28, 2020 17:24 by forestru forestru | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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If there's anyone reading this posts, you might've noticed there was no post last Wednesday. Well, I was watching Pelagic Cormorants and Harbor Porpoises on the coast. But I'll give justice to the time lost and this week, I'll cover the past fourteen days and there will be "two" Observations of the Week.

During the week of Oct 15-21, we gained 27 observations from ten different species. That put us over my goal to acquire 500 observations, which is great and I hope we keep up the good work. The observation of the week will go to @gentilcore for an excellent capture of two adult Bald Eagles at Dog Lake, Lake Co, OR. I will go on a guess and see this is a breeding pair as eagles mate for life and they generally don't leave each other. When I was in Salem last week in Ankeny NWR, I saw a pair of adult eagles that were sitting by each other on their nest, though it being long after their chicks fledged. You can see the observation here:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63179965

On the week of Oct 22-today, we went right back into the gutter. Only nine observations added and that is yet again a record low for the project as a whole since it started last year. When this season ends in January, I would like to end this project with 1000 observations but teen or single digit additions per week is going to put us well short of that goal. This week's observation goes to @cgates326 for a Sharp-shinned Hawk that's really putting on the adorable face. In all truthfulness, sometimes I think these little hawks are comparable to Baby Yoda and it's perhaps the reason I enjoy this species so much. With more migrating into the area, expect more Sharp-shinned to be around.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63530828

What can we expect for the next week. Well, October will end so I'll be writing the monthly post on Sunday. We, northeastern Oregon, got our first frost and snowfall two days ago but the forecast is suggesting warmer weather, which should be great for hawks. This Saturday, I will be owling (yes on Halloween night with a full moon) in the Elkhorn Mts in hopes of finding a Boreal Owl. It's an ambitious goal but I think it's dueable. If any of you want to try out your own luck for Boreal, just let me know and I can give your instructions to maximize your chances. Good luck birders!

Posted on October 28, 2020 17:22 by birdwhisperer birdwhisperer | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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iNaturalist Project Advertisement: World Wildlife Watch umbrella!

Get the chance to learn about exciting species! This new project will contain an assortment of collection projects that take observers across the globe. So far, the only project that I've added is Giant Panda Worldwide Search: Cub Watch, but there are lots more on the way. Good luck posting observations!

Posted on October 28, 2020 17:16 by imladris imladris | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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New life list feature!

So, I've been playing with the new life list feature. It's pretty cool! As with all new features, I'll have to play with it for a good while to get familiar with it.

One of the things I'm going to use the most is the "unobserved species" with the place filter. I can see the thousands of species that I've not yet seen, even in my home area!

Here are the nitty gritty details on the iNat blog:
https://www.inaturalist.org/blog/42454-a-new-kind-of-life-list

iNat gets better and better. :)

Posted on October 28, 2020 16:16 by sambiology sambiology | 5 comments | Leave a comment
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Как собирать трутовые грибы: инструкция

Я буду писать о наболевшем: о настоящем трутовике.

Об определении вида
Настоящий трутовик достаточно вариабельный по внешним характеристикам.
Его плодовые тела могут быть всех оттенков серого, иногда бежевого цвета, иногда зелеными из-за водорослей.
Размеры часто соотносятся с размерами дерева и могут варьировать от нескольких сантиметров до полуметра.
В 99,9% случаев он растет на лиственных деревьях, но встречается на хвойных. Такие находки единичны, но все же бывают.
Вообще при определении в природе в моменте важно руководствоваться принципами: лучше срезать, чем нет, и если рядом (радиусом 5-10 метров) есть тот, в котором вы уверены (а скорее всего он там будет), то лучше срезать его.

Вот он, что делать?
Часто на одном дереве растет несколько плодовых тел. Как выбрать?
Цвет принципиального значения не имеет, но в исследованиях используются только живые образцы, что легко определить по нижней части: если она коричневая, реже серая, то плодовое тело живое, оно подходит; если черная, то оно мертво и не подходит.

Размер также не имеет принципиального значения, но лучше не брать слишком уж мелкие образцы (до 5-10 сантиметров по высоте или длине), но больше не значит лучше.

Отделить тело от дерева часто сложно, здесь будет нужен нож или топор. За неимением инструмента всегда можно либо использовать свой вес и силу тяготения, либо наоборот тянуть за край вверх. Если вместе с телом отделилась часть коры, то так даже лучше, очищать не надо.

Плодовые тела для хранения на небольшие промежутки времени удобно складывать и хранить по одному в целлофановых пакетах. На них же удобно записать всю необходимую информацию: дату, координаты (лучше не округлять) и вид дерева, с которого плодовое тело было срезано.

Последнее – вид дерева – принципиальный момент и невероятно важная информация. Если есть сомнения в том, что перед вами, то всегда можно обратиться за помощью к iNaturalist (деревья в безлиственном состоянии тоже хорошо определяются), также сфотографировать отдельно ствол, ветви и листья (если есть в доступе), собрать их (немного, небольшой веточки с парой ветвлений хватит) – все это даст возможность определить дерево постфактум.

Крайне ценны образцы НЕ с березы, еще более ценные с хвойных. Если рядом есть два гриба: с березы и другого дерева, брать надо второй, с дерева другого вида.

Также важно соблюдать расстояния между сборами, оно должно составлять не менее 100 метров по прямой. Можно ориентироваться на глаз или пользоваться навигатором/картой в телефоне. Это относится как к сборам в городе, так и за городом.

После сбора
Стабильным состоянием плодовых тел является сухое. Переходы через 0 °С, неизбежные при нынешней погоде, пересылке, заморозке в морозильной камере или при хранении на балконе, разрушают клетки и ДНК, и делают невозможным дальнейшую работу. Поэтому важно их высушить. Делать это можно на тех же целлофановых пакетах, открыв их, проложив их бумагой и перевернув тело на верхнюю часть как показано на фотографии.

Зачем?
Во-первых, гриб еще жив, он оттает в тепле и начнет расти и дышать. Конденсирование воды в закрытом пакете приведет к развитию плесени. При отсутствии субстрата (дерева), гриб обратит внимание на бумагу (тоже древесина), она приклеится к нему, и испортит образец. Единственная его часть, которая не сможет этого сделать – верхняя, поэтому важно класть на бумагу именно этой стороной.
Если плодовое тело большое, то его можно периодически вертеть и проверять, чтобы взаимодействие с пакетом на него пагубно не влияло.
Не нужно класть грибы на отопительные приборы или непосредственно рядом с ними. Они хорошо сохнут при комнатной температуре, при этом не пахнут. В зависимости от размера нужно в среднем 2-3 дня для полного высыхания. Этот момент можно отследить по отсутствию капель воды на целлофане рядом, сухой бумаге, сухости всех поверхностей самого плодового тела и его возросшей твердости.
После полного высыхания плодовые тела можно хранить в завязанных вместе с бумагой целлофановых пакетах.

А если коротко?

  • определиться с плодовым телом (на лиственных, средних размеров, живое (снизу не черное); не на березе? Точно берем! Лучше срезать, чем нет);
  • отделить его от дерева, положить в пакет, подписать (координаты, дату, вид дерева. При сомнениях сфотографировать ствол, ветви, листья и взять с собой по возможности веточку и часть коры);
  • от одного плодового тела до другого 100 метров;
  • после разложить не на батарее, развязать мешки, положить на них бумагу, потом плодовое тело на верхнюю сторону.

Posted on October 28, 2020 15:50 by elena_zhuykova elena_zhuykova | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday! We are still waiting for all of the uploads from Saturday but I'll make another post with final stats once those come in!

Posted on October 28, 2020 15:35 by annasmith1 annasmith1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Halloween BioBlitz 2020

LMNGBR is participating in a bioblitz at Atelier de la Nature on All Hallows' Eve. Watch your e-mail and the LMNGBR private Facebook Group for information from Katherine Gividen. You can drop in for any amount of time and you also have the option to camp overnight.

Here is the iNaturalist project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/atelier-de-la-nature. Any iNaturalist observations made in St. Martin Parish will automatically be included in the project.

It should be a spooktacular event!

Posted on October 28, 2020 15:32 by amberenergy amberenergy | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Before School Chase

Hey guys,
Last night my friend Ben (@benthehen) found a Little Gull at Saganashkee Slough! I talked to my mom about going before school and she said that she didn't know if she wanted to get up super early to go look. This morning, we got up at about 6 and left! We got there when it was still dark and could see 1,500+ gull on the slough. I pulled a Common Tern which gave me a scare as an Arctic. That was my 270th species for Cook County this year! I made sure it wasn't an Arctic, and kept searching for the Little Gull. After a couple minutes, I found a tiny gull erratically flying around with a bold, black "M" on the wings! That was my 540th world bird and my 320th Illinois lifer. Then, I was trying to find it again when I saw another gull flying along the NE corner. The first thing that stood out to me was the "M" on the wings. I thought it was the Little Gull, but as it came closer I realized it was the size of the Ring-billed Gulls and it had a black collar! Ut was a Black-legged Kittiwake! Unbelievable! I put the birds out on the RBA group chats and soon enough 20+ people were sitting with scopes and cameras looking for the gulls. The Kittiwake seems to have flown off as well as the Common Tern, but many people have gotten to see the Little Gull. We drove over to the Central lot where we saw the Little Gull again, the pair of Red-necked Grebes, a Bunch of Bonaparte's Gulls and a few Bufflehead. Then we had to leave and make the drive through traffic home. Honestly this might've been top 5 birding experiences in Illinois for me!

That's all for now and stay safe,
Simon

Posted on October 28, 2020 14:45 by brdnrdr brdnrdr | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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American Witch Hazel: A Spooky Shrub

Hey there CVNP family! Hope you’ve all enjoyed yourselves during these cold and rainy days of late October. I would like to apologize for getting this week’s post out so late; I helped with another week-long tree planting event for Make a Difference Day!

This week, one of our rangers, Rebecca Jones, suggested that we talk about witch hazel, a fitting feature for spooky season! American witch hazel is not a wildflower in the definition of a wildflower being a forb. It’s a shrub or small tree that flowers middle-late autumn. Its native to the eastern half of the U.S. and has quite the history of folklore remedies and uses! Various American Indian groups used witch hazel for a wide variety of ailments; from sore throats and fevers to bruises and back pain. Even today, we might see witch hazel on the shelves of the first aid section at our local drug stores. Witch hazel was also once used in the practice of “well-witching” or “dowsing” in which a practitioner used a forked branch to locate underground water or valuable metals. The origin of dowsing is uncertain, for evidence from ancient groups from Europe, China, and even Egypt display accounts of this practice.

American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is an understory plant in our forests, growing as a stout bush or an abundantly branched small tree. Its gray branches give it a gnarled and mysterious look during middle to late autumn, when its blooms appear. Its blooms are a golden yellow with twisted, string-like petals that resemble a spider’s legs or a witch’s wild mane. The blooms will curl up when it gets too cold and unfurl in warmer temperatures (relative to the chilling temperatures of fall, that is). Witch hazel is pollinated, often at night, by owlet moths.

The blooms only appear once the shrub’s leaves have turned yellow and fallen for the season. Its leaves are an oval-obovate with wavily-toothed margins. Witch hazel seed capsules resemble a whittler or carpenter’s rustic representation of an acorn. After pollination, seed capsules enter a dormant stage until the following autumn, when the capsules forcibly (and sometimes audibly) expel their seeds up to 30 or 40 feet!

Left: gray bark of American witch hazel, Middle: golden blooms and woody seed pods of American witch hazel, Right: American witch hazel leaves
Photo Credit: John Hilty, courtesy of Illinois Wildflower Guide online


Left: American witch hazel with green leaves, Middle: with yellow leaves, Right: with blooms
Photo Credits: Great Plains Nursery, William Cullina, and Roland Boutwell

This week’s post has been informed by John Hilty’s Illinois Wildflower Guide online, Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Peterson’s Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs, Science World, and the United States Department of Agriculture. Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! Stay safe this Halloween!

Posted on October 28, 2020 14:22 by mklein1216 mklein1216 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Am I the only one that cannot access the iNat Forum?

For months I have been trying to access the iNat Forum. I was able to create an account whenever the forum was first released, but I have been unable to access it every since. I have sent an email to iNat help, but I haven't received a response yet. I've tried clicking the link under Community>Forum and the link that comes in the email digest that I get from the Forum. After clicking either way, I get a white screen and the tab keeps spinning, like it is trying to load, but it never does load. I have tried different computers, locations and web browsers to no avail. Is anyone else having or had this problem? If so, have you been able to resolve this issue and how? You're help would be greatly appreciated.

@sambiology @krancmm @gcwarbler @bosqueaaron @lulubelle @charley

Posted on October 28, 2020 13:19 by lovebirder lovebirder | 9 comments | Leave a comment
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Summary of Japanese Knotweed in2020

The map identifies 10 areas to be treated in 2021.

Posted on October 28, 2020 12:50 by riverlistener riverlistener | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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New Angolan Breviceps

A new rain frog, the Angolan Rain Frog (Breviceps ombelanonga) has just been described by Nielsen et al. 2020. The species can be distinguished from other species in the area based on the following characters:

"lacking a visible tympanum, males having a single, uniformly dark gular patch that is continuous with the mask extending from the eye, having generally smooth dorsal skin, lacking many small tubercles on the palmar surfaces (as in, e.g., B. branchi and B. sylvestris; FitzSimons 1930; Channing 2012), lacking pale spots along flanks and a pale patch above the vent (both present in B. poweri; Parker 1934; du Preez and Carruthers 2017), lacking short dark band below nares (as in B. poweri; du Preez and Carruthers 2017), lacking confluent inner and outer metatarsal tubercles, having a relatively narrower head, shorter thigh, and shorter manual digit III (Fig. 2; Table 4), and having an advertisement call with both a longer interval between consecutive calls and a higher average dominant frequency (Fig. 3)."


Colour variation in Breviceps ombelanonga


Map of Breviceps distribution record in Angola.

Read the full article here:
https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/56863/?fbclid=IwAR2iKYN6m0Dr5i0JGODLTecS5AwABlQZcUmiaeJyqTyFchzKadUfHnNVc48

Posted on October 28, 2020 05:42 by alexanderr alexanderr | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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