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Clarification of Project and Additional Terms and Rules

First off, I would like to thank all of those who have joined this project and I really appreciate the time you've taken to join the project and save me some time to add your observations. I would've never expected my project to be this big a week after its creation. So once again, I thank you for your time.

Unfortunately, after a week, I've already encounter some problems with the project and I want to address the issue before it becomes such a big problem, I can't fix it. I had to remove a bunch of observations this morning because they fell short of project requirements. The first example being, I received a bunch of reptile eggs like turtles and snakes. And if you go to the About section of Active Nests, the first statement I made in regards to the project is, "This project is to compile all "active" nest observations of birds across the world."

So the clarification here is, this project is only for bird nests or eggs and nothing else. All nests or eggs that are not birds, such as reptiles, amphibians or insects, will be removed from the project.

Second problem I've encounter is well... there's no nice way to say it. I've also been seeing eggshells or nest-less eggs being added to the project. So here's the clarification. This is a project for active nests, not evidence of nesting. Adding these observations muck up data because we're trying to understand when birds breed. So if you add an eggshell or even an old nest in October when the species May-August breeder, that messes with the data. So once again, I plead with the fact this is only for active nests. If you have eggshells, old nests or anything else, there are plenty of other nest projects to submit them to. All sightings of inactive nests, eggshells or nest-less (unless its a species that normally does not build a nest like shorebirds) eggs will be removed from the project.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/eggs-nests-n-america
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/eggs-and-nests
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/bird-nests-of-north-america

Third and last problem I've encountered. Inviable eggs does not count as an "active" nest. So if you make an observation of an inviable (dead or unhatched) egg, such as Tree Swallow, in a Minnesota December, it does not meet project requirements because it's not active. That's because Tree Swallows appear to be a very strict May-July breeder and eggs hatch in about 14-17 days. They'll migrate out of Minnesota in September, so if that egg in December was going to hatch, it would've hatched long before then. Any observations that show probable inviable eggs will be removed from the project.

That's all the problems I've encountered and all of these observations that fail to meet project requirements will affect the data I'm trying to collect. Your diligence in following these requests are greatly appreciated. For those who haven't joined the project yet will now have additional "Terms and Rules" to agree to when they join. Before now, I only had the rule that you agree to follow the Code of Conduct in watching bird nests. The terms are now as followed:

"By joining this project, you agree to follow the protocols presented in the "Code of Conduct" presented by Cornell's NestWatch project, to maximize the chances of a successful nesting attempt. To read the Code of Conduct:

https://nestwatch.org/learn/how-to-nestwatch/code-of-conduct/

All observations added must be Aves (Birds) and be an active nest. Meaning parents building/fixing nest, eggs or young in nest. Inviable (dead) eggs or deceased young do not meet project requirements."

Once again, I thank you for joining the project and I hope my attitude in this post hasn't deterred you from your contributions to the project. I just want to make sure the project continues down the course it was meant to follow, otherwise it would be no different than the projects I've listed above. Thank you for understanding.

Posted on February 20, 2020 17:09 by birdwhisperer birdwhisperer | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Coleptera Melirydae (Astylus)

SINÓNIMOS:: gusano de la semilla de maíz, mosca de la cebolla, mosca de los sembrados y mosca de la col
MORFOLOGÍA: Sus larvas miden menos de 3 mm de longitud, tienen un cuerpo algo aplanado, presentan finos pelos o setas dorsalmente son muy pigmentadas y esclerotizadas y generalmente viven en material vegetal en descomposición, madera podrida y debajo de la corteza, se cree que algunos son depredadores y/o carroñeros Los adultos tienen antenas filiformes con 10 u 11 segmentos, su fórmula tarsal es 5-5-5, presentan un cuerpo blando y pubescente frecuentemente con setas rígidas y largas, además son fáciles de reconocer porque suelen tener colores llamativos en sus élitros negros y tienen tamaños que van desde 1 a 12mm
HABITAT: Se encuentran en flores de varios cultivos como: alfalfa, quinua, chocho, haba, frutales, también en flores de arvenses como nabo silvestre, diente de león, etcDAÑO: Se comen las semillas recién sembradas, a menudo dejando cáscaras de semillas vacías y evitando la germinación. Ocasionalmente, los gusanos de la semilla de maíz hacen un túnel dentro de los tallos de las plántulas y las semillas en germinación (Funderburk et al., 1984). con un ataque severo hay pérdidas del 30% al 60% en el campo.

DAÑO QUE CAUSA: Dañan las flores del chocho, las marchitan y luego están mueren

Posted on February 20, 2020 16:53 by diego475 diego475 | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Есть 250 000 наблюдений !!!

Дорогие друзья, коллеги, соратники, ценители и исследователи природы России!
Сегодня знаменательный день - мы набрали 250 000 наблюдений! Четверть от миллиона. На очередные 5 000 наблюдений в этот раз потребовалось ровно 9 дней (в прошлый раз мы ждали этого 11 суток). За эти дни число наблюдателей флоры России увеличилось всего на 8 новичков, а вот число выявленных и подтверждённых видов увеличилось на 39 штук. Как и прежде, пополнение проекта "Флора России" новыми фотоданными шло благодаря нашей общей командной работе!
Сразу 42 наблюдателя за последние 9 дней делали наблюдения в природе и успели загрузить их на iNaturalist. По-видимому, наступил момент, когда доля свежих полевых наблюдений постепенно начинает расти после зимней паузы, хотя, конечно, фотографии из архивов численно преобладают.
Другая интереснейшая статистика. С 1.01.2020 по 20.02.2020 в поле сделано 3590 наблюдений. В эти же дни, но годом ранее (1.01.2019 по 20.02.2019) было опубликовано только 238 наблюдений. Неужели нас ждёт 15-кратный рост данных в 2020-м году?!
У любых данных есть так называемая ошибка отбора данных. Где люди чаще всего фотографируют растения или животных? Очевидно, что в тех местах, которые наиболее доступны. Надеемся, что нашим участникам удастся в 2020 году побывать в интересных малодоступных местах или, например, в соседнем районе, откуда данных совсем нет.
Давайте зафиксируем статистику для истории.
Итак, 250 000 наблюдений наш проект достиг 20 февраля 2020 г. в 17:31 MSK.
The project reached 250,000 observations in 20 Feb 2020 at 17:31 MSK.
Статистика проекта / Project stats:
250,096 observations - 5,974 species - 2,057 identifiers - 3,953 observers
Статистика антипроекта / Anti-project stats:
29,084 observations - 3,090 species - 668 Identifiers - 2,098 Observers
С прошлого замера проект вырос на 4,6 тыс. наблюдений, антипроект подрос на 0,2 тыс. наблюдений.
Из вновь загруженных за 9 дней наблюдений больше всего лайков получило наблюдение воронежского ботаника Дмитрия Владимирова (@dimavladimirov), сделанное в Семилукском районе к югу от Воронежа. Это эндемик Средне-Русской возвышенности проломник Козо-Полянского. Не стесняйтесь ставить лайки другим интересным наблюдениям и самым удачным фотографиям. Это развивает чувство взаимного интереса и товарищеской конкуренции.

1. Самые активные участники (число наблюдений) | Top-observers (number of observations)

Место | Rank Пользователь | User Наблюдений | Observations Видов | Species
1 @apseregin 16852 1569
2 @snv2 10957 779
3 @velibortravoved 10147 670
4 @panasenkonn 9746 1006
5 @convallaria1128 4864 1339
6 @eduard_garin 4574 756
7 @melodi_96 4497 761
8 @vladimir_teplouhov 4332 422
9 @julia_shner 4006 581
10 @npz 3835 494
11 @pavel_golyakov 3711 781
12 @dryomys 3477 654
13 @olga2019kuryakova 3125 489
14 @phlomis_2019 3093 1084
15 @taimyr 2876 493
16 @sokolkov2002 2811 635
17 @vvolkotrub 2811 1259
18 @svetlanakutueva 2605 458
19 @dni_catipo 2557 510
20 @max_carabus 2548 433
21 @borisbolshakov 2445 509
22 @katerina_kashirina 2388 730
23 @olegdavydov 2230 341
24 @ramazan_murtazaliev 2199 1431
25 @prokhozhyj 2163 470
26 @alzov 2147 568
27 @vadim_prokhorov 2097 790
28 @mallaliev 2044 889
29 @evgenyboginsky 1893 355
30 @aleksandrebel 1887 706
31 @naturalist16000 1781 558
32 @divitre 1697 366
33 @alexeiebel 1681 526
34 @smsergey 1642 426
35 @beerolha 1602 483
36 @birdchuvashia 1584 543
37 @denis_tishin 1571 398
38 @sesquicentennial 1518 498
39 @ledum 1503 722
40 @lenatara 1490 726

2. Самые активные участники (число видов) | Top-observers (number of species)

Место | Rank Пользователь | User Наблюдений | Observations Видов | Species
1 @apseregin 16852 1569
2 @ramazan_murtazaliev 2199 1431
3 @convallaria1128 4864 1339
4 @vvolkotrub 2811 1259
5 @phlomis_2019 3093 1084
6 @panasenkonn 9746 1006
7 @mallaliev 2044 889
8 @svdudov 1437 868
9 @vadim_prokhorov 2097 790
10 @pavel_golyakov 3711 781
11 @snv2 10957 779
12 @melodi_96 4497 761
13 @eduard_garin 4574 756
14 @katerina_kashirina 2388 730
15 @lenatara 1490 726
16 @ledum 1503 722
17 @aleksandrebel 1887 706
18 @ggularijants 1184 673
19 @velibortravoved 10147 670
20 @dryomys 3477 654
21 @sokolkov2002 2811 635
22 @julia_shner 4006 581
23 @alzov 2147 568
24 @naturalist16000 1781 558
25 @birdchuvashia 1584 543
26 @alexeiebel 1681 526
27 @kildor 1490 520
28 @dni_catipo 2557 510
29 @borisbolshakov 2445 509
30 @sesquicentennial 1518 498
31 @npz 3835 494
32 @taimyr 2876 493
33 @olga2019kuryakova 3125 489
34 @tomegatherion 1333 487
35 @beerolha 1602 483
36 @antennaria 961 474
37 @prokhozhyj 2163 470
38 @dakileno 1123 466
39 @dinanesterkova 971 465
40 @svetlanakutueva 2605 458

3. Статистика региональных проектов (наблюдения) | Regional projects' stats (observations)

Место | Rank Проект | Project Наблюдений | Observations
1 Флора Москвы | Flora of Moscow 25503
2 Флора Подмосковья | Moscow Oblast Flora 17536
3 Флора Приморского края | Primorsky Krai Flora 16411
4 Флора Брянской области | Bryansk Oblast Flora 13442
5 Флора Алтайского края | Altai Krai Flora 13092
6 Флора Чувашии | Chuvash Republic Flora 11680
7 Флора Нижегородской области | Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Flora 10527
8 Флора Ярославской области | Yaroslavl Oblast Flora 9309
9 Флора Омской области | Omsk Oblast Flora 8177
10 Флора Камчатки | Kamchatka Flora 7558
11 Флора Татарстана | Tatarstan Flora 6062
12 Флора Крыма | Flora of the Crimea 5420
13 Флора Новосибирской области | Novosibirsk Oblast Flora 5316
14 Флора Калининградской области | Kaliningrad Oblast Flora 4841
15 Флора Дагестана | Dagestan Flora 4410
16 Флора Курской области | Kursk Oblast Flora 4369
17 Флора Воронежской области | Voronezh Oblast Flora 4273
18 Флора Костромской области | Kostroma Oblast Flora 4210
19 Флора Владимирской области | Vladimir Oblast Flora 4000
20 Флора Краснодарского края | Krasnodar Krai Flora 3490
21 Флора Красноярского края | Krasnoyarsk Krai Flora 3406
22 Флора Севастополя | Sevastopol Flora 3306
23 Флора Башкирии | Bashkortostan Flora 3094
24 Флора Иркутской области | Irkutsk Oblast Flora 3013
25 Флора Самарской области | Samara Oblast Flora 2988
26 Флора Калужской области | Kaluga Oblast Flora 2908
27 Флора Санкт-Петербурга | St Petersburg Flora 2653
28 Флора Тверской области | Tver Oblast Flora 2634
29 Флора Свердловской области | Sverdlovsk Oblast Flora 2340
30 Флора Ростовской области | Rostov Oblast Flora 2237
31 Флора Тульской области | Tula Oblast Flora 2220
32 Флора Томской области | Tomsk Oblast Flora 2041
33 Флора Белгородской области | Belgorod Oblast Flora 1910
34 Флора Республики Алтай | Altai Republic Flora 1908
35 Флора Ленинградской области | Leningrad Oblast Flora 1893
36 Флора Волгоградской области | Volgograd Oblast Flora 1888
37 Флора Карачаево-Черкесии | Flora of Karachay-Cherkessia 1828
38 Флора Кемеровской области | Kemerovo Oblast Flora 1493
39 Флора Кировской области | Kirov Oblast Flora 1443
40 Флора Мурманской области | Murmansk Oblast Flora 1431
41 Флора Саратовской области | Saratov Oblast Flora 1338
42 Флора Амурской области | Amur Oblast Flora 1233
43 Флора Липецкой области | Lipetsk Oblast Flora 1231
44 Флора Тюменской области | Tyumen Oblast Flora 1208
45 Флора Сахалинской области | Sakhalin Oblast Flora 1077
46 Флора Ульяновской области | Ulyanovsk Oblast Flora 1068
47 Флора Югры | Flora of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug 1068
48 Флора Челябинской области | Chelyabinsk Oblast Flora 993
49 Флора Ямало-Ненецкого АО | Flora of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug 979
50 Флора Архангельской области | Arkhangelsk Oblast Flora 932
51 Флора Карелии | Flora of Karelia 928
52 Флора Удмуртии | Udmurt Republic Flora 874
53 Флора Рязанской области | Ryazan Oblast Flora 704
54 Флора Бурятии | Buryat Republic Flora 699
55 Флора Мордовии | Flora of Mordovia 697
56 Флора Хакасии | Flora of Khakassia 690
57 Флора Новгородской области | Novgorod Oblast Flora 673
58 Флора Пермского края | Perm Krai Flora 642
59 Флора Псковской области | Pskov Oblast Flora 637
60 Флора Чукотки | Flora of Chukotka 613
61 Флора Тамбовской области | Tambov Oblast Flora 586
62 Флора Адыгеи | Flora of Adygea 554
63 Флора Ставрополья | Stavropol Krai Flora 502
64 Флора Пензенской области | Penza Oblast Flora 454
65 Флора Вологодской области | Vologda Oblast Flora 447
66 Флора Курганской области | Kurgan Oblast Flora 353
67 Флора Кабардино-Балкарии | Flora of Kabardino-Balkaria 327
68 Флора Ивановской области | Ivanovo Oblast Flora 321
69 Флора Забайкальского края | Zabaykalsky Krai Flora 305
70 Флора Смоленской области | Smolensk Oblast Flora 283
71 Флора Якутии | Flora of Yakutia 255
72 Флора Коми | Komi Republic Flora 246
73 Флора Оренбургской области | Orenburg Oblast Flora 238
74 Флора Марий Эл | Mari El Flora 144
75 Флора Астраханской области | Astrakhan Oblast Flora 127
76 Флора Чечни | Chechen Republic Flora 88
77 Флора Магаданской области | Magadan Oblast Flora 84
78 Флора Орловской области | Oryol Oblast Flora 66
79 Флора Хабаровского края | Khabarovsk Krai Flora 58
80 Флора Ненецкого АО | Flora of Nenets Autonomous Okrug 56
81 Флора Северной Осетии | Flora of North Ossetia 54
82 Флора Тувы | Tyva Republic Flora 54
83 Флора Ингушетии | Flora of Ingushetia 27
84 Флора Калмыкии | Flora of Kalmykia 24
85 Флора Еврейской АО | Flora of Jewish Autonomous Oblast 1

4. Статистика региональных проектов (виды) | Regional projects' stats (species)

Место | Rank Проект | Project Видов | Species
1 Флора Дагестана | Dagestan Flora 1576
2 Флора Приморского края | Primorsky Krai Flora 1395
3 Флора Крыма | Flora of the Crimea 1141
4 Флора Алтайского края | Altai Krai Flora 1057
5 Флора Брянской области | Bryansk Oblast Flora 1049
6 Флора Подмосковья | Moscow Oblast Flora 1004
7 Флора Москвы | Flora of Moscow 995
8 Флора Краснодарского края | Krasnodar Krai Flora 968
9 Флора Нижегородской области | Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Flora 906
10 Флора Татарстана | Tatarstan Flora 906
11 Флора Воронежской области | Voronezh Oblast Flora 903
12 Флора Курской области | Kursk Oblast Flora 817
13 Флора Камчатки | Kamchatka Flora 799
14 Флора Ярославской области | Yaroslavl Oblast Flora 781
15 Флора Владимирской области | Vladimir Oblast Flora 758
16 Флора Чувашии | Chuvash Republic Flora 744
17 Флора Красноярского края | Krasnoyarsk Krai Flora 711
18 Флора Ростовской области | Rostov Oblast Flora 705
19 Флора Новосибирской области | Novosibirsk Oblast Flora 704
20 Флора Костромской области | Kostroma Oblast Flora 703
21 Флора Севастополя | Sevastopol Flora 677
22 Флора Иркутской области | Irkutsk Oblast Flora 674
23 Флора Свердловской области | Sverdlovsk Oblast Flora 655
24 Флора Омской области | Omsk Oblast Flora 650
25 Флора Карачаево-Черкесии | Flora of Karachay-Cherkessia 647
26 Флора Волгоградской области | Volgograd Oblast Flora 603
27 Флора Калининградской области | Kaliningrad Oblast Flora 603
28 Флора Башкирии | Bashkortostan Flora 601
29 Флора Тверской области | Tver Oblast Flora 596
30 Флора Белгородской области | Belgorod Oblast Flora 567
31 Флора Республики Алтай | Altai Republic Flora 565
32 Флора Кемеровской области | Kemerovo Oblast Flora 557
33 Флора Калужской области | Kaluga Oblast Flora 554
34 Флора Тульской области | Tula Oblast Flora 550
35 Флора Томской области | Tomsk Oblast Flora 541
36 Флора Ленинградской области | Leningrad Oblast Flora 504
37 Флора Сахалинской области | Sakhalin Oblast Flora 495
38 Флора Самарской области | Samara Oblast Flora 485
39 Флора Санкт-Петербурга | St Petersburg Flora 474
40 Флора Амурской области | Amur Oblast Flora 453
41 Флора Кировской области | Kirov Oblast Flora 441
42 Флора Бурятии | Buryat Republic Flora 418
43 Флора Липецкой области | Lipetsk Oblast Flora 411
44 Флора Тюменской области | Tyumen Oblast Flora 398
45 Флора Югры | Flora of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug 387
46 Флора Саратовской области | Saratov Oblast Flora 375
47 Флора Удмуртии | Udmurt Republic Flora 366
48 Флора Ульяновской области | Ulyanovsk Oblast Flora 363
49 Флора Челябинской области | Chelyabinsk Oblast Flora 344
50 Флора Мордовии | Flora of Mordovia 336
51 Флора Адыгеи | Flora of Adygea 330
52 Флора Псковской области | Pskov Oblast Flora 326
53 Флора Новгородской области | Novgorod Oblast Flora 314
54 Флора Мурманской области | Murmansk Oblast Flora 311
55 Флора Пермского края | Perm Krai Flora 303
56 Флора Хакасии | Flora of Khakassia 298
57 Флора Архангельской области | Arkhangelsk Oblast Flora 295
58 Флора Рязанской области | Ryazan Oblast Flora 295
59 Флора Карелии | Flora of Karelia 294
60 Флора Ставрополья | Stavropol Krai Flora 288
61 Флора Тамбовской области | Tambov Oblast Flora 260
62 Флора Ямало-Ненецкого АО | Flora of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug 254
63 Флора Пензенской области | Penza Oblast Flora 243
64 Флора Вологодской области | Vologda Oblast Flora 238
65 Флора Забайкальского края | Zabaykalsky Krai Flora 231
66 Флора Ивановской области | Ivanovo Oblast Flora 215
67 Флора Чукотки | Flora of Chukotka 213
68 Флора Курганской области | Kurgan Oblast Flora 202
69 Флора Кабардино-Балкарии | Flora of Kabardino-Balkaria 201
70 Флора Смоленской области | Smolensk Oblast Flora 194
71 Флора Якутии | Flora of Yakutia 189
72 Флора Оренбургской области | Orenburg Oblast Flora 157
73 Флора Коми | Komi Republic Flora 115
74 Флора Марий Эл | Mari El Flora 112
75 Флора Астраханской области | Astrakhan Oblast Flora 90
76 Флора Чечни | Chechen Republic Flora 76
77 Флора Магаданской области | Magadan Oblast Flora 56
78 Флора Орловской области | Oryol Oblast Flora 56
79 Флора Хабаровского края | Khabarovsk Krai Flora 53
80 Флора Северной Осетии | Flora of North Ossetia 52
81 Флора Тувы | Tyva Republic Flora 46
82 Флора Ненецкого АО | Flora of Nenets Autonomous Okrug 38
83 Флора Ингушетии | Flora of Ingushetia 26
84 Флора Калмыкии | Flora of Kalmykia 16
85 Флора Еврейской АО | Flora of Jewish Autonomous Oblast 1

5. Топ-наблюдатели за 9 дней (наблюдения в поле) | 9-days top-observers (field observations)

Место | Rank Пользователь | User Наблюдений | Observations Видов | Species
1 @vladimir_teplouhov 184 45
2 @denis_tishin 53 14
3 @convallaria1128 33 33
4 @apseregin 30 30
5 @melodi_96 29 25
6 @prokhozhyj 26 22
7 @alzov 25 13
8 @ikskyrskobl 20 10
9 @olegdavydov 19 10
10 @lenatara 15 13
11 @npz 13 11
12 @sesquicentennial 13 12
13 @a-lapin 11 7
14 @naturalist16000 11 10
15 @katerina_kashirina 8 8
16 @divitre 6 6
17 @polinalikhacheva 6 4
18 @kildor 5 4
19 @daba 3 3
20 @ramazan_murtazaliev 2 2

6. Топ-поставщики наблюдений за 9 дней (поле + архив) | 9-days top-uploaders (field & archives)

Место | Rank Пользователь | User Наблюдений | Observations Видов | Species
1 @dni_catipo 1423 414
2 @taimyr 404 59
3 @dimavladimirov 365 215
4 @hapugin88 314 185
5 @vladimir_teplouhov 184 45
6 @ledum 174 132
7 @birdchuvashia 154 101
8 @igor_kuzmin 114 53
9 @zibzap 76 66
10 @mihail13 73 60
11 @aleksandrebel 59 54
12 @tatyanazarubo 54 42
13 @denis_tishin 52 14
14 @daba 38 36
15 @convallaria1128 34 34
16 @alzov 31 13
17 @apseregin 30 30
18 @melodi_96 30 25
19 @olegdavydov 30 14
20 @hln_m_t 29 27

7. Самые активные эксперты для наблюдений, загруженных за 9 дней (поле + архив) | Top-experts for the last 9 days uploads (field & archives)

Место | Rank Пользователь | User Определений | IDs
1 @madmanserg 2034
2 @phlomis_2019 1781
3 @convallaria1128 974
4 @julia_shner 889
5 @svg52 713
6 @sesquicentennial 526
7 @aleks-khimin 523
8 @mercantour 448
9 @eduard_garin 445
10 @borisbolshakov 313
11 @igor_kuzmin 257
12 @taimyr 160
13 @dinanesterkova 147
14 @svdudov 78
15 @aleksandrebel 61
16 @prokhozhyj 53
17 @radekwalkowiak 43
18 @kastani 39
19 @melodi_96 36
20 @nicolayfadeev 32
Posted on February 20, 2020 16:10 by apseregin apseregin | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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What is a bioblitz?

Hey all,

You may be wondering what exactly a bioblitz is now that we're getting closer to the event! To be precise, a bioblitz is a period of intense biological surveying that attempts to record all living species within a certain area. These blitzes often involve collaboration with as many people as possible, which means connecting with the public and inviting everyone! Everyone benefits from nature, and every contribution that a person makes to bioblitzes across the globe helps scientists understand the diversity and abundance of species we have on our beautiful blue and green planet.

This project is specifically targeting wild animals, so I challenge you all to visit one new natural area and find one species you've never identified before during the event! Will you rise to the occasion?

Posted on February 20, 2020 15:50 by a2naturalareapreservation a2naturalareapreservation | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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South/Aldercroft side - 2/19/2020

2/19/2020, 10:15am - 12:06pm
Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to second stop sign.

87 (?TBD - see below) dead newts, 0 live newts
Other roadkill: 1 large millilpede

Weather: Sunny, clear, in the low 60sF, very dry for too long now!
Rainfall: MTD 0.02in, YTD 15.21in (per http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php?year=2020)

Vehicles: 20
Bikes: 3
Pedestrians: 1

I'm swamped with life right now, so just posting this so everyone knows that section got done, but it's possible that the final numbers and observations won't get posted for a week or two.

Like @merav, I'll only include ones that looked not super old, and like @sea-kangaroo I also started flinging the easily-detachable newt crackers off the road to make things less confusing next time.

Still, there were some in a middle state that may have been recorded already, so before I commit my observations, I'll compare them against the previous week or so and try not to post duplicates.

Also, I did see the request to remove my previous identified duplicates from the project, and will do so as soon as I have time. If it's somehow time-critical to remove them soon, let me know.

Posted on February 20, 2020 15:31 by newtpatrol newtpatrol | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Ya estamos casi listos

Hola a todos.

Estamos felices de ver que esta convocatoria de personas apasionadas por la biodiversidad ha tenido tanta acogida. Ya somos alrededor de 150 personas capacitadas. Ayer también terminamos la segunda presalida y estamos ajustando los detalles logísticos del BioBlitz.

Les estaremos avisando novedades y la zona donde cada uno hará el ejercicio en los próximos días.

Posted on February 20, 2020 13:23 by jimebohe jimebohe | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Городов-участники CNC в категории "вне зачёта"

В комментариях пишите ссылки на проекты, которые нужно добавить

Posted on February 20, 2020 12:34 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Lista comentada de la ictiofauna del Canal Beagle, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Hugo L. López, Mirta L. García y Nemesio A. San Román

Lista comentada de la
ictiofauna del Canal Beagle,
Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Hugo L. López*, Mirta L. García* y Nemesio A. San Román**

Se puede descargar en PDF

http://sedici.unlp.edu.ar/bitstream/handle/10915/50289/Documento_completo.pdf?sequence=1&fbclid=IwAR1byAp6TJnzqypXdqErMxUyHIau4Rp-ZaHWF_urBJ9dWftPqjuYjdd2NwA

Posted on February 20, 2020 10:37 by giramone giramone | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Finally Got a New Phone!

I got an LG G5 H830 phone which is a good, inexpensive phone with a 16MP camera and removable battery. It seems to be doing a good job of taking close-up shots of flowers, better than the Galaxy Note 4 which died last month.

I recommend the LG G5 to anyone on a budget who is looking for a phone that takes good pictures.

I'm noticing the updated iNaturalist Android app doesn't open my default gallery - which is set to QuickPic - by default. I wish it did because it would make it easier to upload pics into observations. QuickPic is better than the default Android gallery app because it remembers your last position so when you re-open it to upload consecutive pics taken for an observation, you don't lose your place.

Looking forward to making more observations and here we are in Spring!

Posted on February 20, 2020 09:29 by fpacifica fpacifica | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Oakledge Park Excursion

On February 17th, between the times of 1500-1630 hours I observed a few birds while sitting at Oakledge Park in South Burlington, Vermont. It was a sunny day with no clouds, around 24 degrees Fahrenheit. I walked into a small wooded corridor that boarders Lake Champlain. I believe there were mostly small hemlock or cedar trees with a few large Oak trees. It was not densely forested with multiple feet between each tree. It was very quiet on this day with only the sounds of the Lake and the few people roaming the area.
The fist pair of birds I observed were two Canadian Geese flying over the water and then off into the distance. They were rapidly flapping their wings with no observable rests between each stroke. Their wings were somewhat long and narrow but also had width. Since these birds migrate they need this shape of wing to enable them to fly long distances, with good speed, at a time.
The second bird I witnessed was an American Crow. I only caught a quick glimpse and was not able to make out wing shape or flight patterns. I confirmed it was this species based off of its distinct call, which was heard periodically throughout the 90 minutes.
Next I was able to hear the song of a Black-capped Chickadee. I didn't hear or see them right away, it wasn't until I had been sitting for a little while. Once I heard the song I was able to spot one of the three total I observed. After a few minutes of searching I was able to locate the other two. They were calling back and forth to one another (or at least it seemed as so). They were hopping around from branch to branch and mostly flew when moving to another tree. I was able to catch the flight of one bird as it soared over my head to another tree. It flapped its wings quickly and then tucked them in to dive downwards then flapped quickly again to gain height. I was not able to see their wing shape due to their small size, my lack of binoculars, and the speed at which they were flying. I would assume they would be short and wide wings since they mostly stay local to one area.
Lastly, towards the middle/end of my excursion I moved up a slight hill in hopes to see more birds on the other side. To my luck I happened to hear a woodpecker pecking at a tree. This was a Downy Woodpecker who seemed to be solo. I didn't witness much flight, apparently these birds can hop greater distances than I was expecting without opening their wings. From what I did see, it flapped its wings in up and down without much rotation. It had medium length wings with wide feathers. To stop abruptly it pushed its wings forward, spreading out all the feathers.
I did not see many birds on this excursion most likely due to the fact that it was a narrow corridor of trees, with water on one side and an open park on the other. It was rather cold this day so it could be possible some birds were less active to stay warm and save energy. To witness more birds next time I will choose and area that has a larger and more dense forest covering.

Posted on February 20, 2020 05:16 by aalderman aalderman | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Centennial Woods February 19th, 2020

I biked through a little snow squall and arrived at Centennial Woods at 8 am. Once I got settled the snow had stopped and the weather was mostly overcast. I found a nice fallen branch to sit on so the sound of my boots crunching on the snow-covered trails didn't scare away the birds. I don't own binoculars and didn't loan any out before I began this adventure so I relied mostly on my ears to try and ID any birds that came close. At the beginning of my watch, I heard a few 'yanks' of what I can only assume were White-breasted Nuthatches. I tried to spot them in the trees but there was limited light in the tree canopy to distinguish the birds from the tree bark. I heard another call that stumped me. In my notes, I described the call as "squeaks with an 'I see you' whistle". When I got to my laptop I googled this to try and figure out what bird was but nothing right popped up. After listening while sitting on my branch for around 40 more minutes the sun came out! I hoped that I would be able to see a few more birds with the added light. I could hear the loud 'HA HA' call of an American Crow so I tried to look for their black feathers against the light brown tree bark but couldn't spot it. After an hour had passed I decided to walk along some of the trails because I didn't have much luck at my original spot.

Crossing two footbridges over a slightly frozen stream I noticed a small amount of movement at the base of a tree. I thought it was some low-hanging branches swaying in the light breeze at first. Then I noticed a bird beginning to climb up the base of the tree. I quickly pulled out the camera on my phone to take a video so that I would have more time to try and ID the bird if it flew away. The video wasn't the highest quality but based on the bird's tree-climbing behavior, the Audubon phone app, and the help of the amazing Professor Strong I ascertained the bird was a Brown Creeper. After learning how to ID the brown creeper in class I wanted to see one in the field because I think their tree-climbing behavior is interesting. Declaring my trek into Centennial Woods a success I walked the trails back to my bike, leaving around 9:30 am. It was nice to start my day with a peaceful morning out in the woods. Even though it was around 30 degrees Fahrenheit and I'm not a fan of being cold I'm looking forward to going bird watching again.

Posted on February 20, 2020 04:20 by madilong madilong | 1 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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CNC - It's that time of year again....

Hi everyone and especially to my fellow HongKongers!

We've had a tough six months and there may be tougher months ahead. But I urge you to come together for 4 days at the end of April to celebrate our unique habitats and biodiversity and showcase them to the World.

You have been tagged as you are one of the most prolific iNaturalist observers and identifiers in Hong Kong and I would love for you to get involved in the City Nature Challenge this year!

As you know the CITY NATURE CHALLENGE is a FANTASTIC worldwide project to increase engagement with nature. Once again, Hong Kong has entered this competition with over 260 cities worldwide and all participants have to do is take photographs of nature (trees, plants, insects, birds, fungi, fish, reptiles, rocky shore/mangrove sps etc) and upload them onto iNaturalist. That's it!!!

Competition Dates: Friday 24th April - Monday 27th April
Identification Dates: Tuesday 28th April - Sunday 3rd May

Examples of involvement could include:

1) Incorporate the CNC 2020 in any activity (research, data collection, nature walk, mini-bioblitz, shopping trip!, etc) already planned between April 24-27th. (Or organise an activity specifically for the CNC 2020 on these dates)

2) Join any CNC activity happening on these dates. I shall be constantly updating such activities on the FB event page and the Connect With Nature website. (Details below).

3) Encourage students, colleagues, clients and friends to participate in the CNC 2020 through official channels or personal networks.

4) Assistance in identifying species on the iNaturalist project in the week following the CNC 2020.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask here or through email: smartin@wwf.org.hk
I'll be giving more updates as and when they come in. :)

Cheers!
Shaun

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1304887099698611
Connect With Nature: https://connectwithnature.hk/activities/city-nature-challenge-2020
Main CNC page: www.citynaturechallenge.org

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Posted on February 20, 2020 03:45 by shellfishgene shellfishgene | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Birding Expedition 1: Hurricane Mountain

Thomas Maron
Field Journal 1:

My first birding outing took place on Hurricane Mountain in Keene, NY in the Adirondack Park. The weather was 25 degrees and sunny with occasional gusts of wind up to 5 or 7 miles an hour. The overall outing was about four hours long with three dedicated half hour stops to observe the birds. The first of these was in a coniferous forest at lower elevation in close proximity to a small stream and several wetlands. The second stop was on the edge of a large wetland at slightly higher elevation with a more mixed canopy profile, the trees here were mainly younger saplings. The third stop was the highest in elevation and was in a mixed deciduous and coniferous forest with both older and younger trees. This third stop displayed the greatest diversity of species, as the two first observations yielded only Black-capped Chickadees sightings, though their characteristic call was on full display.
Since the bird observed most frequently was the Chickadee I was able to gain a better understanding of its’ patterns of flight than the two other species I saw. The Chickadee largely “flitted” around, flying rapidly from branch to branch. The individuals would flap frequently, rarely, if ever, gliding and would keep their wings extended out far from their body in flight. This was in stark contrast to the flight of the female Hairy Woodpecker I saw. Her flight was smooth and in flight she would flap, pull her wings in close to her body, and then extend her wings again to make another flap. This pattern made her individuals flaps noticeable and her flight patterned in this cyclic way. She flew in very direct, straight lines, whereas the Chickadee, busily buzzed to-and-fro frenetically. Along with this the Chickadee clearly flapped more frequently and could be seen throughout the vertical profile of the forest, while the Woodpecker flapped less often and was only observed in the higher canopy.
The contrasting features of flight displayed by these two species can be attributed to several factors that are all related. The differing morphology of these two species in wing and body size can explain some parts of these differences. Specifically, that the longer wings and larger body of the Woodpecker make it better suited for gliding and flying in straighter lines, while the smaller wings and body of the Chickadee ensure that it can swiftly change direction but is ill-suited to glide. The contrasting morphology ties directly into the habitat niches of these two species. The Chickadees were observed largely in denser brush flying quickly from branch to branch or branch to ground, while the Woodpecker flew only high in the canopy where there were larger spaces and clearer flight paths. These different niches require different patterns of flight which further requires a specific morphology to be best suited for this habitat. In this case, the smaller, shorter wings of the Chickadee make rapid flight in tight spaces easy, whereas the larger, longer wings of the Woodpecker predispose it to be suited for gliding in the open spaces of the canopy. The characteristics of both birds’ flight highlight the somewhat cyclic relationship between pattern of flight, habitat niche, and wing morphology. Habitat niche necessitates a certain style of flight which is best suited by a specific wing shape which ensures that the species is successful in that habitat. The contrasting methods of flight between these two species effectively illustrated the complex, yet fascinating relationship between morphological adaptions and physical habitat.

Posted on February 20, 2020 03:25 by tmaronadk tmaronadk | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Bird Walk #1 Centennial Woods

It is indeed winter, it was a blistery day with clear gray skies. At around 12:30 pm I went out to our beloved centennial woods. I went all the way to the commuter lot and was going into the farthest entrance to be among the conifers. While I was on my way there, still in sight of the Doubletree, I heard the soft cawing of an American crow, it was rather far away flying through the air heading northeast.

My birds were all grouped up and while, not chatting they were chirping back and forth. There are many audio clues that were audible including danger calls and warnings to, me the potential predator. I saw a Black-capped Chickadee as well as a Northern Cardinal, they each have an advantage in different ways. The chickadee can blend into the environment and is better at surviving predators, while the cardinal's color helps it to attract mates and show dominance.

I didn't see many birds however I am not sure if centennial woods is the best bird habitat during the winter. There aren't too many places that have different age groups in the forest and very little under story. The birds I did see including the Black-capped Chickadee has a small aspect ratio and do not appear to be able to fly very far without stopping. While the Northern Cardinal had a higher aspect ration and seemed like it could fly for a while without landing.

Posted on February 20, 2020 03:20 by tdemouth tdemouth | 1 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Birding in MA in conifers, and near human community

On Sunday, while visiting family in Massachusetts, I took the chance of slightly warmer weather to do some observations. Which also turned out to offer me a bird species that is not commonly seen in Vermont this time of year, the Eastern Bluebird.

Although otherwise this was not a birding experience with the highest quantity of observations, it was high quality for the species that were observed. I was fascinated on how the species of birds that were observed, behaved with each other, and who had dominance over a feed source.
The woodpecker seemed to have a direct thought when coming in to the feeder, it would hop back and forth between the trunk of the tree and the suet feeder. Once it have had its fill it flew off. To me it looked like the downy had slotted wings, especially when coming in to the tree to land
The bluebirds flitted around quite a bit more. They went from tree to tree and down to the ground for quite a while. They seem to have classic elliptical wings, and would rarely glide when going from tree to tree. They would not spend much time settled on a branch before flitting off again.

I was expecting to see more birds than I did, I was trying not to include the feeder very much but that was definitely where the birds were congregating. This makes sense though as it is the middle of winter and may not have that many food options at this time of year. On the day of observations it was clear and comparatively warm, I was observing mid morning. If I get a chance to again go back to this general location, I would move further into the woods to see whether I see a difference between the two locations. I would expect to see more birds like chickadees back there.

Posted on February 20, 2020 02:40 by rrhender rrhender | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Birding 2.19

Went birding in Centennial Woods. Today I spent a lot of time observing crows. This time of year in Vermont always attracts large groups of crows. Even driving to Shelburne resulted in spotting a murder of about 15 crows along the roadside. In Centennial Woods my results were about the same. There are crows everywhere and black-capped chickadees sparingly (that I could see). I was hoping to spot a downy woodpecker but my luck did not prevail. Crow flight patterns are slow, deep, methodological flaps. I don't see them gliding very frequently (as you would with a red-tailed hawk) and often they are on the ground in the first place. In comparison to chickadees, whose flight pattern is sporadic and rapid. Chickadees have very small wings and bodies which makes it easier for them to fly in small spaces and crowded wooded areas.

Posted on February 20, 2020 02:26 by grace_patton grace_patton | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Bird Watching 2/19

Date: 2/19/2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Red Stone Lofts, UVM
Weather: Sunny, Windy, 10 degrees F
Habitat: Small wooded area (shagbark hickories, pines, basswoods, maples). Edged the country club so there was a lot of open space.

I wasn't able to find many birds, and I believe that was due to the location. I was at a small wooded area next to the country club. Since the country club has no trees on its golf course, the wind was able to pick up and rush right into the trees. Due to the large amount of wind I believe it wasn't suitable for many birds to be present because it would be too cold. I believe those woods would have been much more abundant with birds with the day wasn't so windy.

The two most prominent bird species that I saw today was the black-capped chickadee (spotted/heard 4) and the European starling (spotted five), so I will be comparing these two species during this journal.

Flight pattern (black-capped chickadee): the flight pattern for the black-capped chickadee was hard to identify mainly because it kept hopping from tree to tree. I wasn't able to see the black-capped chickadee fly for a distance. When it was hopping from tree to tree I able to see that it flapped its wings more frequently than other birds. The black-capped chickadee also seemed very agile during its time in the air. The bird would start going one way and then change direction very quickly.

Flight Pattern (European starling): I did not get a chance to see the European starlings up close, but they did fly overhead. When I saw them they were gliding between short burst of flapping. They were going in a relatively straight path, South to North. They were flying with the wind, which leads me to believe that they were not flapping their wings as much as they usually do; they let the wind aid them.

I was not able to get a good view at the birds wing shape because the European starlings were too far away, and the black-capped chickadee was too close and moving to fast. The one thing I can say about the European starling wing shape was that the feathers were in a very neat curve.

Identifying European starling: I would use its flight pattern AND the wing design because the flap, glide, flap pattern is a good indication of European starlings. The European starlings also have a very distinct body silhouette that helps to identify them.

Identifying black-capped chickadee: based on what I saw today, I would use site and sound. I was not able to find a good descriptor for their flight pattern because they move from tree to tree very quickly.

Posted on February 20, 2020 02:13 by dannybouwens dannybouwens | 8 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome Naturalists!

Hi everyone and welcome to the project! This project is to get an idea of the biodiversity in our canyons
PLEASE ID INVASIVE SPECIES!!! We hope to use this information in the future for habitat restoration!

My name is Daniel and I have been wilderness ranger with the U.S Forest Service for the past 2 years. I have a deep love for the place for the place where I grew up which is here in Chula Vista. Now that I live back here in Chula Vista I am hoping to get a nice database of the plants in our beautiful canyons!

Lets get some community going and leave a comment!

Posted on February 20, 2020 01:02 by sagebrushsafari sagebrushsafari | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Barnyard Bonus!

An unexpected sighting! At the barn on Monday evening, a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Red-Tailed Hawk spent the night. Both soared the high ceilings of the barn and took refuge on the gates between the pens of cows or on the horizontal siding of the walls. At one point, the Red-tailed Hawk must have ventured a little too close to the Sharp-shinned Hawk and the latter let out several high calls and swerved out of the larger bird’s way. Both of their I returned the several days later and they were gone; out of the tall barn doors in which they came. Once again, the barn was loud and full of the sounds of Sparrows, Rock Pigeons, and European Starlings.

Posted on February 20, 2020 00:54 by claudia-sacks claudia-sacks | 1 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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To the Intervale!

On Monday afternoon, it was sunny with little to no cloud cover, about 25 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind from the North about 10-15 mph. I began the walk from the Old North End toward the Intervale and continued on the trails next to the Winooski. On the way down the steep hill into the floodplains, there is a birdfeeder next to a house. There were several species of birds on or near the feeder on my way there including a Downy Woodpecker and two Black-capped Chickadees.

While on the trails, I heard the calls of what I believed to be White-throated Sparrows (but didn’t see them), American Crows, and Black-capped Chickadees. On the trail, I attempted to pish for some Black-capped Chickadees and while some seemed to respond, none came too close. While observing them fluttering between trees’ branches, they would flap their wings, glide for a while, and flap again when they began to drop toward the Earth. This is a consistent habit with their elliptical wing type. Continuing the walk, I watched as an American Crow skirted the edge of a field. The bird’s high lift wings correspond with his or her regular flapping of wings.

Back up to the apartment, I returned to the bird feeder, stopped and watched as a White-Breasted Nuthatch made his or her way to the feeder, snatched a seed, brought it to a nearby snag, and munched away. Two House Sparrows also enjoyed a snack from the feeder at the same time. Nearby, a Downy Woodpecker watched on.

Posted on February 20, 2020 00:53 by claudia-sacks claudia-sacks | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Field Journal 1

On Tuesday morning from 7-9 am February 18, I went on a field observation walk in Williston, Vermont at the location of a horse farm and the farm’s surrounding land. The weather was 15 degrees fahrenheit. There was overcast and mild snowfall throughout the observational walk. I began the walk and immediately heard the chirps and songs of Black-capped Chickadees. I then saw 6 of them in multiple trees in close proximity to each other. I took a moment to sketch the details of a Black-capped Chickadee in my notebook (attached in the observations). Then, continuing on my walk I spotted a Northern Cardinal perched at the top of a tree. On the property, there is a bird feeder. I took a moment to observe birds eating at the feeder. I saw a total of 5 House Sparrows eating at the feeder and flying around the feeder. Further along in my walk I spotted a group of 7 American Crows sitting in a tree. I took a moment to watch them. They were calling and after a few minutes flew off. I took this time to observe the flight of the crows.

I compared the American Crow flight pattern to that of the House Sparrow. House Sparrows are much smaller in size than American Crows. House Sparrows flights involve a lot of short and fast movements from branch to branch in trees, and in my observation they flew quickly on and off the bird feeder onto nearby trees. Often, it is easy to identify song birds based on their flight patterns as these types of birds tend to flap their wings more often. American Crows are fairly large birds with larger wing spans. The American Crows I observed were flying a much larger distance than the smaller hop-like flight of the House Sparrows. The primary feathers on the tips of the American Crow wings are also much more separated than those of the House Sparrow. This slotted wing type allows for more lift from flapping. The American Crows tend to flap their wings at a much slower rate than House Sparrows, and glide more. This is probably because American Crows tend to fly much further distances on a daily basis than House Sparrows, as they look for food over long distances rather than staying closer to one area like House Sparrows. House Sparrows habitats are often linked to human habitation. At the location in Williston, many House Sparrows live inside of the horse barn. Crows, on the other hand scavenge the open fields and forested areas on the property for food.

Overall, I did not see that many birds on my observational walk. This is likely due to the overcast weather and snowfall. In the future, I would like to try to return to this location on a clearer day. Also, I would like to venture deeper into the forested area towards a small pond. Observing near a body of water could lead to the discovery of more bird species, perhaps even water-dwelling birds, like Mallards or Canadian Geese.

Posted on February 20, 2020 00:42 by miahandtereinecker miahandtereinecker | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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February 17th, 2020 Braintree Mountain Forest in Braintree, VT

Today I drove south to Braintree Mountain Forest in Braintree, VT. Braintree Mountain Forest, a 1,547-acre plot of land, was donated in 2013 to the New England Forest Foundation and is now maintained as a glade. It is a beautiful sunny/ partly cloudy day today. There is no breeze here in the trees and the car thermometer read 30F. Due to the worry of getting cold, I decided to make this birding expedition mobile. A silent walk in the woods to see what I observe.

At 1:30 pm I began my walk. Shortly after entering the forest, at 1:36 pm, I spotted a Hairy Woodpecker. It was hopping and tapping on a rotten birch tree. As this area was still very close to the trailhead, I would count this as the woodpecker inhabiting edge habitat. I continued to move west along the trail. At 1:44 pm I heard a Blue Jay. I was not able to spot the jay but I was sure due to its distinctive call. The entire plot of land that I walked through was a young beech/birch forest. It seemed as if not too long ago most of the forested area could have been open. Every ten minutes or so I would stop and listen more intently for birdcalls, and sometimes I would make a “pushhch” sound to see if I could get any birds to respond. 1:50 pm I had three Black-capped Chickadee respond. They were together in a lone coniferous tree. I continued into the woods, crossing over a frozen creek but did not see or hear anything. At 2:30 pm the sun dropped below the east-facing slope. This made the temperature drop a bit, and I thought that I would have a more difficult time seeing birds, assuming that the colder temperatures would equate to less bird movement. Before starting to gain more elevation, I spotted three chickadees. I continued west and began to gain elevation as I made my way up the east-facing slope to Skidoo peak (2901ft). As I gained elevation, there were a couple more conifers but not enough to have a complete change in forest composition. As I made my way up there was an increase in the amount of snow on the trees. At 3:00 pm I noted two more chickadees. They were in a coniferous tree. It seemed as if they could potentially prefer the coniferous over the deciduous trees, maybe they are warmer, their needles providing more warmth. As I reached the top around 3:30 pm I heard two more chickadees and a Blue Jay. I think that the chilly temperatures and that the sun had gone behind the hill meant that I observed fewer birds. Another factor could be the time of day. If I had gone walking during sunrise or sunset there could have been more activity.

The Hairy Woodpecker seems to prefer dead trees, hopping from one another and only flitting occasionally. The Black-capped chickadee flew from tree to tree more often and seemed to prefer the coniferous trees. The Black-capped Chickadee has pointer wings than the Hairy Woodpecker. Overall it was pretty challenging to tell what the flight pattern was for these birds because they move so quickly and don’t fly for long before landing on a tree again.

Posted on February 20, 2020 00:38 by sgillie1 sgillie1 | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Trump Administration Announces New Plans to Slash Sage Grouse Protections in Seven Western States.

The Bureau of Land Management’s supplemental environmental impact statements ― covering millions of acres of public land in Colorado, northeastern California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming ― will still allow enormous new loopholes for fossil fuel development that conservation groups say will doom the bird to extinction.

https://yubanet.com/enviro/trump-administration-announces-new-plans-to-slash-sage-grouse-protections-in-seven-western-states/

Posted on February 20, 2020 00:04 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Nature up close: Marine biology at Monterey Bay.

The upwelling from the canyon, along with the mixing of cold ocean currents from the north and warmer currents from the south, provides nutrients for a vast variety of more than 525 fish species, 36 species of marine mammals (such as whales, dolphins, seals and sea otters), kelp and another 450+ species of algae, and thousands of invertebrates varieties.

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/nature-up-close-marine-biology-at-monterey-bay/

Posted on February 19, 2020 23:58 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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ID and Flight Physiology

Time: 3:30-5:00 PM
Date: 2/19/2020
Location: Centennial Woods Natural Area
Weather: 30 Fahrenheit, slightly overcast, slight wind
Habitat: Forest, forest-edge
If American Crows weren't easy enough to identify already, their flight pattern should immediately reveal what they are. Firstly, crows rarely fly alone, I believe I only observed 2 flying solo. Rather, they fly in small to intermediate sized groups, or "mobs." Additionally, American Crows have a very controlled, rhythmic flapping pattern, with the occasional burst of gliding. The rhythmic beat of their wings gives an impression that they are flying in a straight line. Black-capped chickadees, on the other hand, have a very different flight pattern; they rapidly flap their wings to quickly dart from tree to tree, with an almost undulating pattern.

Despite the fact that both American Crows and Black-capped Chickadees have elliptical wings, their differences in flight make sense. Considering the Crows relatively large size and their tendency to mob they don't need to fly fast to escape predation; they have even been observed chasing larger predatory birds. Additionally, their tendency to forage on the ground makes it so that flying fast isn't necessary. The Black-capped chickadees makes faster flight necessary. Their preference for forest-edge habitats combined with their tiny size makes darting rapidly between trees necessary, most black-capped chickadees fly for less then 15 meters (Cornell Lab of Ornithology). Additionally, the rapid wing beats allow for stabilization while they forage for insects along a branch, particularly when they do it inverted. Although rare, black-capped chickadees have been observed hovering and mid-flight catching to consume insects, both of which require rapid wing beats.

Although the American Crows were more then abundant this observation was relatively devoid of birds. The weather was prefect for winter birding, not too cold and just ever so slightly overcast, leading me to believe the time of day and where I was searching is to blame for the lack of diversity. Given Crows propensity for flocking around dusk, I would make my next observation before noon, possibly even in the morning when birds are most active. Additionally, I spent a majority of my time looking near Centennial Brook, where the habitat type is more forest-edge. Next time in Centennial Woods I will avoid forest-edges and strictly observe in overstory forests.

Posted on February 19, 2020 23:03 by benjaminrosen benjaminrosen | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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250e observation

Les ballades du côté de Bluffy dimanche et à Poisy aujourd'hui et me voilà à 250 observations. Au jardin les violettes sont déjà en fleurs.

Posted on February 19, 2020 23:02 by alainc alainc | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Bird Outing, Late Winter at UVM 2020

This outing was conducted in the later part of the day during which time it was quite cold. This may have played a role in the number of birds seen. Of the birds observed the crow and the pigeon had differing wings and flight patterns. The wings of the crow taper at the tips less than those of the pigeon and have larger slots between the primary feathers. It being winter the cold weather is likely limiting the number of birds in the area. Better observations would occur during mid-day and on a warmer spell than the one of current.

Posted on February 19, 2020 21:33 by wfinegar wfinegar | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Field Observation: ID and Flight Physiology

The site I visited for my first field observation was near the meadow in Centennial Woods. I went on February 17th and arrived at Centennial around 3:30pm and was on the field until 5 pm. It was cloudy and the temperature was 37°F. The ground was covered in a thick layer of snow from last weeks snow storm and it was windy.

As I approached the meadow, I made my first observation. Right above the open canopy there was a flock of American Crows flying around the area, I heard their cawing call before observing them. There were about 15-20 of them making it easier to observe their flight patterns. While they were in flight, I noticed that only 2 of the crows flapped their wings in a rowing motion 10-15 times before gliding for a couple of seconds. I didn't observe many of the other crows in the flock gliding during flight. After flying around, many of them perched up on branches towards the canopy and rested there for a couple of minutes before going into flight again. I was able to identify this bird as the American crow mainly because of the call and their black plumage. I could use flight patterns to identify the American crow because they incorporate little to no gliding when in flight and are constituently flapping their wings in a a rowing motion. On my way to the meadow I also spotted a Brown creeper climbing up a tree. I was able to identify it because of its bill length and shape and its long tail. I wasn't able to observe its flight patterns but it observed its behavioral patterns, like the way it spirals up the tree trunk using its tail for support. Knowing this information helped me identify the species.

After arriving at a trail close to the meadow, I had a view of the open canopy above the meadow and the northern hardwood forest the began on the other side of the trail. I began to hear the calls of the Black-capped Chickadee but they were not easily visible because of their small size. I stayed in the area for a while to observe the forest midstory and canopy layer for the chickadee(s). I eventually caught a glance of one and was able to confirm that it was a black capped chickadee because of their plumage and distinctive black capped head. Once I spotted one, I observed it fly from branch to branch. The chickadee made very quick movements, hops and limited wing flaps when it moved in between branches. In contrast to the American crow, the chickadee moves relatively quickly and consistently moved between branches. The American crow didn't move their wings as rapidly or move between branches as much.

If I were to visit this site again I would go at a different time of day like early in the morning, which could increase the number and types of species I found. I would also make sure to visit various other habitat types like areas with high snag densities, edge habitats, or areas with factors that may be appealing to birds.

Posted on February 19, 2020 20:59 by jsuquila jsuquila | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Primera observación en iNat (y foto conocida) del escarabajo Atalasis sagroides

Nota del editor: Agradecemos por esta noticia a @gmalonso, quien escribió la mayor parte de este texto y es administrador de varios proyectos, notablemente Artrópodos Argentinos.

En una nueva sección de noticias inaugurada (?), del proyecto Artrópodos Argentinos, pretende destacar aquellas observaciones que por uno u otro motivo son dignas de una mención particular.

En esta ocasión es el caso de la observación y registro realizado por @soolquipildor en Salta. Se trata ni más ni menos que de un ejemplar de Atalasis sagroides.

¿Cuál es la particularidad? Que dicha especie es la única representante de la subfamilia Sagrinae en el país, y probablemente en toda América. Sagrinae es un grupo que se distribuye en las zonas tropicales del viejo mundo... a excepción claro de esta especie. Se asocia con plantas como Sphaeralcea sp., hinojo y planta de algodón, de las cuales se alimenta.

Se le suma a la ya mencionada particularidad que es además la única foto (conocida) de un ejemplar vivo de esta especie, y no solo eso, sino que la primer foto de un ejemplar en general, puesto que la literatura acerca de la especie solo presenta ilustraciones. Y por supuesto, es también el primer y único registro en ArgentiNat (y en toda la red de iNaturalist). ¡Felicitaciones Sol!

La especie fue identificada correctamente por @borisb, el experto en coleópteros de iNat, y @lrubio7, nuestro referente local en insectos. Así que a estar atentos, observar con atención, y subir a ArgentiNat lo que observemos que puede ser muy bueno y útil para la comunidad.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/37265402

Posted on February 19, 2020 20:25 by roget roget | 3 comments | Leave a comment
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Red Rocks Park 2/16/20

I arrived at Red Rocks Park at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 16th, and walked the trails until 2:45 pm. I arrived later in the day than I usually want to when birding, but since it was a cold day, this may have been a good time to let the birds warm up and become active. It was a sunny day with calm conditions in the forest, but a strong breeze coming off of the lake. This park provided a great diversity of habitats including northern hardwood forests, mixed hardwood and coniferous forests, conifer stands, and Lake Champlain.
I saw a total of nine species, but got especially good looks at a few Black-Capped Chickadees and a Downy Woodpecker. The Black-capped Chickadees tended to move in groups, frantically hopping and flying throughout the trees. They seemed to only make short flights, within a tree’s canopy or to a nearby tree. The Black-capped Chickadees looked like they had relatively short and broad elliptical wings, which would be good for this type of flight.
The Downy Woodpecker, however, made fewer flights, but went greater distances during those flights. Additionally, opposed to the chickadees continuous wing beats, the Downy Woodpecker flapped in bursts and then tucked its wings for a second or two. This created an undulating flight path. From my previous birding experiences, I have found this undulating flight path to be a great way to identify woodpeckers, along with a few other species, from a distance. The wings of the Downy Woodpecker seemed similar to that of the Black-capped Chickadee, but a little bit longer in proportion. This slightly greater aspect ratio may help them in longer flights compared to the Black-capped Chickadees.
This was my first time at Red Rocks Park, and I was pretty happy with the number of birds I saw. It really felt like spring when I first started walking in with the song of a Tufted Titmouse and a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Now I am excited to check it out during spring migration!

Posted on February 19, 2020 19:40 by phil_stoll phil_stoll | 9 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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