Journal Entry (Leran Wang)

Some adapations of some of my observation.

  1. Asparagus Fern: When people raise a “Wen Zhu” at home, they will find that the “Wen Zhu” will grow to the side of the light. Although “Wen Zhu” should be planted in the shade, a small amount of sunlight is essential for its growth. In order to adapt to the surrounding environment, its branches will naturally look for light to meet its own needs.
  2. Jujube: In order to survive in cold winter, the jujube tree has a characteristic-----Winter dormancy. This allows them to withstand temperatures below zero in winter. A wide range of temperature that the jujube tree can withstand make their distribution is extremely wide (Southern to Northern China).
  3. Panicle Hydrangea: Panicle Hydrangea is a kind of angiosperms. Its speed from pollination to fertilization is faster than that of gymnosperms. That provide Panicle Hydrangea with an evolutionary advantage.
  4. Petunias: Its roots are very long and widely distributed, which help it absorb water under deeper ground. That characteristic makes the petunias more drought-resistant. Let it grow in more environments.

According to “One zoom”: Lotus belongs to plant domain, Magnoliopsida, Nymphaeales, Nymphaeaceae, Nuphar.
I cannot find common adaptions for all of my observations, since they are not same kind of plant. Some of them from desert, some of them from rainforest. I do find common adaptions for water pennyworts and lotus. Their roots and root hair are absent because they both live in water.
Additionally, Leaves of succulent plants(Jellybeans, Stongfigs) are very large, so they can store plenty of water in order to survive in the desert.

Posted on September 18, 2020 06:32 by leranwang leranwang | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Observations we discussed at WMS's first Zoom meeting on 9/17

I just sent this list out to everyone in messages, and only then realized it would make a good first Journal post for our project! So, once again, here is a list made from my notes of what we looked at & talked about at our first virtual meeting:

With this list, unlike the one I sent you all in messages, I should be able to make edits to reflect any I may have missed or errors I may have made writing this up! So if you see anything that should be different, you can send a message or comment here.

The meeting was a lot of fun and I especially enjoyed the parts where we were collaborating on getting some of these IDs done or just appreciating a specimen for its points of scientific interest or for how nicely it was photographed. I learned a lot more than was even listed here, and a meeting summary should go out to the full WMS email list sometime tomorrow with those points & highlights of other topics discussed.

Thank you to everyone participating, both in the meeting and by joining & contributing to this project!

Posted on September 18, 2020 06:31 by mkremedios mkremedios | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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New meadowhawk for the SC

Arnold Skei spends a lot of time in the field. Once again it has paid off with the first sighting of a Black Meadowhawk (Sympetrum danae), found on the power line above the Sechelt Airport 2 days ago, and we saw it again today in the same area.

Posted on September 18, 2020 06:26 by hmbbirder hmbbirder | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Various forms in Lemon Migrant/Lemon Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona) butterfly

Lemon Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona) belongs to Coliadinae subfamily, which is commonly known as, the sulphurs or yellows, which belongs to Pieridae family of butterflies. There are around 300 species described from this subfamily all over the world.
There are 6 Catopsilia species: gorgophone from Australia, thauruma from Madagascar; pyranthe and scylla from the Oriental region; florella which is found across Africa and most of the Oriental region; and pomona, which is distributed from Sikkim to Malaysia, east to the Philippines and south through the islands of the South Pacific to Australia.

Lemon Emigrant comes in several forms for both sexes, but generally they are moderately large with wing upperside appearing in either white or yellow and black-bordered on the costa and termen of the forewing. Early entomologists considered Catopsilia pomona and Catopsilia crocale to be separate species, but it is now scientifically proven that both are forms of the same subspecies - C. pomona. There are in fact at least 6 different colour forms or 'morphs' divided in 2 groups; namely the 'crocale' group and the 'pomona' group.

The 'crocale' group is characterized by having the upperside of antennae black, and the absence of silvery spots at cell-ends on the underside. The 'pomona' group is characterized by having the upperside of antennae red and the presence of red-ringed silvery spots at cell-ends on the underside. These characterists are mainly applicable for males as most of the females are either share one form or the other or appear mostly common to naked eyes.

Crocale group forms –

  1. -f alcmeone – mostly white above but yellow in the basal third of the wings and thinly bordered at the forewing apex.
  2. -f Jugurtha - creamy white above with yellow wing base and black border on the forewing costa and termen of both wings. It has a series of black submarginal markings and a black spot at cell-end on the forewing.
  3. -f crocale - broad black distal border with a series of whitish spots embedded on both wings. (widely spread)

Pomona group forms –

  1. -f Hilaria – similar upperside to that of -f alcmeone but with lesser extent of basal yellow area.
  2. -f nivescens - whitish wings with reduced black border and markings
  3. -f catilla – has large reddish patches on the underside. (widely spread)

Posted on September 18, 2020 05:24 by kedartambe kedartambe | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Family Papilionidae - Swallowtail Butterflies

The swallowtails are generally easily identified in the field by their large size, prominent markings, colour, patterns and variable wing and tail shape. The forked appearance of the swallowtail like hind wings, which can be seen when the butterfly is resting with its wings spread, gave rise to the common name swallowtail.
They are generally black bodied or red bodied and many species are toxic, unpalatable to predators. Males have scent brushes and they gather in large numbers for mudpuddling.

This family of large and beautiful butterflies is well represented with 89 species found within Indian borders with around 550 species overall in the world. Two of the three papilionid subfamilies are represented in India, namely, the Parnassiinae or Apollos, with 19 species, and the Papilioninae or swallowtails, with 70 species.

Posted on September 18, 2020 05:17 by kedartambe kedartambe | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Family Pieridae (Whites and Sulphurs)

The Pieridae are members of the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies, known for their mass migrations. Adults have medium to small wings that are white, yellow, or orange, with some black or red, and many have hidden ultraviolet patterns that are used in courtship. Species with more than one generation usually have distinct seasonal variation in appearance. Adults of all species visit flowers for nectar, and adults of both sexes have three pairs of walking legs. Males patrol in search of receptive mates, and females lay columnar eggs on leaves, buds, and stems.

All Pieridae species have six legs fully developed and functional. Many of the species usually have their legs concolourous with the butterflies' abdomen or wings. There is usually a darker longitudinal stripe throughout the length of the leg. The femur is usually covered with short and soft hairs. As with the other species, the Pierids have tarsal claws and fine hairs on the tarsal area of the leg to help it hold on to its perch whilst it stops to rest or when feeding. They usually utilise all six legs to grasp the perch or balance on a flower.

Antennae are half the length of the forewing and are slender, with a small and straight club. Eyes are smooth and the labial palps are larger than the head, projecting outward or slightly upward. Eggs are characteristic in being tall, bottle-shaped and strongly ribbed. Larvae are usually green and are relatively smooth, without spines and only short insignificant hair. The pupa typically has a pointed head and is secured in an upright position, supported by a silken thoracic girdle and also by the cremaster to a silken pad.

Posted on September 18, 2020 05:14 by kedartambe kedartambe | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Indian Jezebel - Delias eucharis

There are about 225 described species in the genus Delias. The butterflies are popularly known as Jezebels. Most species are gaudily patterned in red, yellow, black and white - the colours serving to advertise their unpalatable nature to would-be predators.

Indian Jezebel is nomadic in behavior and can be found in a wide variety of habitats including temperate hill forest, tropical rainforest, dry open woodland and beach hinterlands. This species is one of the contenders and only representative from Pieridae family for National Butterfly India Polls 2020

It is a common species in flowery gardens, and commonly visits flowering bushes in towns. The butterfly can be found at altitudes between sea level and at least 1500m. It has a wingspan 70-80 mm and can be found flying from tree to tree on sunny mornings. Their food plants are usually parasites from Loranthaceae family known as mistletoes and hence spend much of their lives high in the treetops of variety of tree species. Their nectaring plants are usually Lantana ( Verbenaceae ), Mentha ( Lamiaceae ), and other flowers and often can be seen fluttering swiftly from garden to garden, pausing here and there for a moment to sip the nectar

Posted on September 18, 2020 05:11 by kedartambe kedartambe | 0 comments | Leave a comment

My BioBlitz at Pike Lake

A Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) email popped up: "Backyard BioBlitz"! That sounded both appealing and doable without risk of COVID-19 exposure. I checked my calendar and saw that I had limited commitments for three days that week while at a cabin by Pike Lake. I would have a late start and an early finish to the assigned week so I would have to get at it!

Day 1: NCC had an incentive (entry in a draw) for those who made thirty observations so that seemed like a good goal for my project. I downloaded iNaturalist on my cell phone and stepped outdoors. The first two observations were plants that had been identified for me and that I thought I knew...not so fast! They still remain unconfirmed among my observations posted to iNaturalist!

I thought I would do a circuit of the yard but then I needed to go to the dock and so took some photos while I was there, then some more along my return path. Now, did I take a photo of that plant already or not? By the end of the first afternoon, I already had 28 observations just in our yard including a Giant Mayfly that landed on my hand. Doesn’t it know it is almost fall not spring?

Day 2: The next morning I was paddling on the lake by 7:30 am because I needed to be in the city for an afternoon commitment. I didn't get far from our dock! I managed to explore the lake front of only five lots. The first two lined with rocks were not so compelling but the third yielded delight after delight including plants, insects and snails. I discovered a Common Green Darner attached to the blade of Broadleaf Arrowhead with its wings not yet unfurled. There were numerous remnants of its cousin nymphs’ molts as they transitioned from larvae to adult dragonfly and left their empty shells behind. There were two fuzzy caterpillars but with different colouring that are soon to be Tiger Moths. I watched a Bladder Snail stretch out of its shell then retreat into its shell and turn a complete circle with only its tail/foot exposed from time to time. There were Marsh Ramshorn snails and a Giant Pond snail too. A Water Lily Leaf Beetle crawled up onto a lily pad. It caught up to a strider but they seemed to get along. I saw a small roll of material possibly created by the movement of the water but after watching awhile, it did move and did appear to be choosing its direction so I took a photo. The iNaturalist site suggested shrimp as an identity but an identifier soon suggested a caddisfly. That title helped me identify another light brown winged insect that at first I thought according to the iNaturlaist site suggestions could be a grass veneer. A desire for more breakfast than fruit drove me inside eventually where I discovered it was time for lunch not breakfast!

On the way back from the city I stopped by the Silver Buffaloberry bushes edging the neighbouring farm. As I photographed the bright red berries clustered around thorns hidden by the silvery leaves, I remembered that our family after the first frosts in the fall and on a windy weekend, took heavy gloves, a stick, blanket and big pail to what I then knew as Bullberry bushes along the creek bed. (We also took a thermos of tea with milk and a bag of Mom’s cookies!) My Dad would put on the gloves while we spread a blanket under the bushes. Then he would hold a branch carefully avoiding its spines. He hit the branch with a stick causing the berries and leaves, insects and debris to fall into the blanket. This he repeated with several branches. We took the blanket and holding it as high as we could poured its contents slowly into the pail letting the wind blow away most of the leaves, insects and debris. Mom made a tart jelly, straining the juice and pulp through cheesecloth leaving the berry pits and debris in the cloth. Mom served the tart peach-coloured jelly with meats as well as with our breakfast toast. Yum!

Back to the NCC observations. I spied a black and white spider (Genus Eris) clambering over a berry its size and a smaller green insect behind the branch for which I still have no identification. A Tri-coloured Bumblebee explored the Goldenrod near where I stood. Then I walked up the roadside chasing a Cabbage White hoping for a decent photo. I managed to photograph a Green-striped Grasshopper but not the big one showing purple when it flew.

That evening I paddled north in time to get photos of Broadleaf Cattails, Bulrushes, another Bladder Snail and a beaver. I took a short video of the beaver slapping its tail. It wasn’t too happy having company! I never did get a photo of the dragonflies flitting over the water, the fish who splashed nor the frogs who jumped across the water like rocks being skipped nor the Red-necked Grebe who dove before I found it in the camera lens. The squirrel and chipmunk that frequent our yard missed their sittings for a photo too! It wasn’t until after the BioBlitz that I was reminded that I could have added observations without evidence, that is without photos or sound recordings.

I collected some pollution while I was exploring the lakeshore: a deflated superhero beach ball and Molson beer cans. The evidence of our human carelessness is even more concerning now that I have met some of the smaller organisms trying to make their home in Pike Lake.

Day 3: With a warning of rain by noon, I headed out early along a path that follows the border between woods and grasses. This day it was harder to remember what plants I had already photographed. Sometimes, I just didn’t know it was the same plant because the plant had dried or there was no flower or other clear identifier. I found Blue Grama or what I knew as Eyebrow Grass but mostly Brome grass. I was lucky to spy and photograph another grasshopper and a Saffron-winged Meadowhawk.

It was quite exciting after I posted the meadowhawk to see the Libélulas migratorias curators add it and my photo of the Common Green Darner to their observations. Libélulas migratories curators is a Mexican based organization with international participation to track the migration of dragonflies! See Libélulas migratories. The Found Feathers curators also added two of my photos to their collection. See Found Feathers · iNaturalist. I also experienced to my delight, one photo being chosen as someone’s ‘fave’! Not sure that a Water Lily Leaf Beetle larvae would have been my choice as favourite but I was happy to have a decent photo from my cell phone camera!

I noted the option to play NCC bingo cards. In spite of getting carried away with my project and making 168 observations of which there are 104 verified species and possibly 126 different species, I never was able to make a line of five observations on any of the bingo cards. Quite the challenge! My work at home took considerable time as I added observations and tried to make identifications myself. These three days with time outdoors, camera in hand were well spent! I learned lots and had fun doing it!

You don’t have to wait for a BioBlitz invitation! Give another purpose to some of your walks or outings on the lake. Download iNaturalist at no cost and contribute to the record of wildlife at Pike Lake while you do some learning and have fun yourself!

Posted on September 18, 2020 03:52 by sasksurely sasksurely | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Update: More Places, More Projects

It's been a while since I've added an update to this project. I've created most of the "Places" with simpler boundaries. The remaining protected places take a little more time time map out. Nevertheless I've added projects for the protected places listed below since the last update. The full list now stands at 380 protected places, with another 50 or so yet to be added.

Many of these projects lack banner images. If you happen to have a suitably representative photo of any of these parks that would crop well to the 21:9 banner size, let me know and I can add it to the project.

Gawler Ranges National Park
Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Flinders Chase National Park
Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park
Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park
Coffin Bay National Park
Nullarbor National Park

Lake Gilles Conservation Park
Darke Range Conservation Park
Telowie Gorge Conservation Park
Sheoak Hill Conservation Park
Hopkins Creek Conservation Park
Cape Blanche Conservation Park
Lake Frome Conservation Park
Wanilla Conservation Park

Apara Makiri Punti Indigenous Protected Area
Watarru Indigenous Protected Area
Walalkara Indigenous Protected Area
Kalka - Pipalyatjara Indigenous Protected Area

Nullarbor Wilderness Protection Area


Posted on September 18, 2020 03:18 by cobaltducks cobaltducks | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Spider eats fish!

The image on the left is from an excellent observation posted by @wingspanner. It shows an Eastern Osprey holding a Yellowfin Bream in its talons. The right image shows a close-up view of the fish.
Seeing these observations prompted me to take stock of the observations that show fish as prey. I'm sure here are many! The list below shows a single observation of 6 different predator types 'in action'.
Thank you to the members who have uploaded observations that show fish predation. Please leave a comment if you find an observation that shows a different predator.
Posted on September 18, 2020 02:47 by markmcg markmcg | 1 comment | Leave a comment
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I have gone through the site and added a few thousand fern observations to this project, there are now forty four thousand observations! Of these less than ten percent are still waiting for a confirmed ID, you might like to review this list needs ID.

Posted on September 18, 2020 02:22 by tony_wills tony_wills | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 15, 2020 Malibu Lagoon and Legacy Park

I'm gradually catching up on my observations after the massive uploads from Arizona. I have been out exploring some since we returned more than a week ago but have been behind.

On this day I made my way to Malibu Lagoon and looked a bit for shorebirds (most were very far away) as well as any sea creatures that had washed up on the sand. The "beach" area is still quite small but I like it that way in some ways as it keeps the crowds down. I was lucky enough to see a harbor seal poking his head out of the water as I made my way to the beach but he went under as I got closer for a better photo. There were several spiny lobsters on the beach including a couple that were rolled up like the one I posted in my observations. Otherwise I found just a few shells and crabs.

Then I made my way to Legacy Park. I used to go to this place a lot, but a few years ago it suddenly stopped attracting many interesting birds. However, this day was better in terms of water birds (I still couldn't find any migrants in the trees). I was surprised to see some sandpipers, a dowitcher and a greater yellowlegs, the latter of which was the only one who conveniently posed (though I have much better photos than what is posted here). I was even more surprised to see two black-necked stilts as they are rarely even in Malibu. And not photographed but seen was a black crowned night heron.

I also looked for pollinators and did find a couple of non honeybees. Since Legacy Park is a "managed" park, it is watered and maintained by volunteers and the flowers tend to bloom much longer than those in the wild.

Posted on September 18, 2020 02:03 by naturephotosuze naturephotosuze | 4 observations | 2 comments | Leave a comment

Orquídea silvestre en Los Pinos

Se trata de Aa weddelliana, una pequeña hierba terrestre de flores blancas en espiga. Encontré una sola planta en la ladera con una mancha de vegetación natural de pajonal con Jarava ichu que hay camino al colegio Los Pinos

Posted on September 18, 2020 01:57 by alfredo_f_fuentes alfredo_f_fuentes | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Asma's Journal Entry - Lab 2

The species I chose to locate on OneZoom's phylogenetic tree is Melanoplus bivittatus, or Two-striped Grasshopper. It is in the kingdom Animalia, phylum Arthropodia, and class Insecta, the latter of which characterizes our project's theme. Further, it is in the order Orthoptera, family Acrididae, subfamily Melanoplini, which has 406 species, and genus Melanoplus, one of two "two-striped grasshopper" species in addition to the Round-winged Spur Throat Grasshopper.
One adaptation common to many observed species in our group project is bright coloration. This is seen from the Red-banded leafhopper, which is laden with neon yellow, blue, and red patterns, to the Goldenrod leaf beetle and Common Eastern Bumblebee, which display bold yellow and black vertical stripes, to the Spotted lanternfly, whose wings flash a bright red colour when fully opened, to the bright orange Monarch butterfly. The purpose of coloration in insects is to act as a warning to potential predators, namely birds, who may associate the unusually bright colours with toxicity and bad taste, thereby not eating the insect and allowing it to survive.
One unique adaptation seen within an observation is the development of markings resembling eyes, displayed in Gypsy moth larvae. These caterpillars are fitted with uniform red dots along the length of their bodies. These markings allow the larvae to survive not only because of their bright, cautionary colour, but because predators may mistake the markings for the eyes of a potentially dangerous organism (i.e. another predator) observing their every move and posing a threat.

Posted on September 18, 2020 00:28 by asmaaak asmaaak | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The Adaptations and Phylogeny Placement of Candelabra Aloe Compared to Other Species

Phylogeny placement of Candelabra Aloe

Candelabra aloe, also called Mountain Bush Aloe is in the species of aloe that falls within the family of aloes, which are part of monocotyledons, which are a branch of flowering plants. Flowering plants are a branch of seed plants, which are part of vascular plants, which then fall in the wider group of land plants that are part of green plants. Green plants are part of the wider plant classification, which are part of plants, alveolates, brown algae, and more, which are part of Eukaryotes. Eukaryotes fall under archea and eukaryotes, which then falls under all life.

Candelabra aloe < aloe < aloe family < monocotyledons < flowering plants < seed plants < vascular plants < land plants < green plants < plants < plants, alveolates, brown algae, and more < Eukaryotes < Archea and Eukaryotes < All life

Adaptations of Other Species

As of now, there are a great variety of adaptations in our group project, especially because we have chosen a wider topic due to the distances between us, and each specific species observed has different adaptations to best fit their environment. For example, while plants like the Ghostplant, a type of succulent, and the Cadelabra aloe both are adapted to drought climates, others, like roses and the California poppy, have adapted to attract pollinators with their bright colors.

One unique adaptation of the Candelabra Aloe

One unique adaptation of my obervarions os the ability to retain water that was developed by the Candelabra aloe. The leaves are thick and fleshy to retain water during periods of drought, and also have small spikes around the edges of the leaves to ward off predators. Furthermore, the leaves grow in rosettes to maximize the amount of sunlight it gets, which allows for photosynthesis. Lastly, the Candelabra can grow to great heights, though the average height is about 3 meters, further aiding in its ability to get sunlight.

Posted on September 18, 2020 00:05 by sabinabouda sabinabouda | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Northern Pike

A northern pike caught in Lake Itasca, it is a vertebrate in the ray finned fishes, closely related to trout. They are identified by being brackish, and their spotted sides.

Posted on September 17, 2020 23:57 by joleroux joleroux | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The Community Bioblitz has ended, but identifications go on!

Hi everyone,

Thank you for contributing so many great observations to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Community Bioblitz! There were over 700 observations made so far between September 5 and September 16 in the Laguna watershed, and I bet there are some still to be uploaded.

If you registered via Eventbrite for the Bioblitz, you will receive an email with the data and results coming your way soon. In the meantime, you can still contribute identifications to the Bioblitz to get more of our data up to "Research Grade"!

Here's a great reference for "identification etiquette" from iNaturalist:

I'm glad that we had at least a couple clear days to get out and make observations. Thank you all again for your participation and I'll be in touch!



Posted on September 17, 2020 23:31 by allisonbtitus allisonbtitus | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Contributing Observations from Your Property to the LfW Project - Tips and Tricks

Welcome to all our new members! It's great to see so many new observations and many that are reaching research grade! As the weather warms up we are likely to see more movement of wildlife through the landscape - a fantastic opportunity to record new species on your property.

To help you with your observations and to make sure you have a chance to win in our competition that runs until the end of October, we’ve put together a few tips…

  1. One species per observation (with multiple photos of that species)
  2. Take a range of photos from different angles for each observation e.g. for plants – take photos of flowers, fruit, leaves (top and underside), leaf arrangement, full plant, hairs, prickles, trunk etc.
  3. If there is something unique or different that stands out to you that can’t be captured in a photo, pop a note in your observation e.g. smells like mint, located on a stream bank, flying backwards(!)
  4. Finally…remember to check the observation is on your property and your location is obscured (for your privacy) and don’t forget to manually add your observation to our project before you hit submit to be in the draw to win!

Here are some very helpful tips in the iNaturalist ‘Getting Started’ guide as well as some handy video tutorials:

If you are still having trouble, you can also get in touch with Alan or Kylie.

Posted on September 17, 2020 23:21 by lfwscc lfwscc

Common Tree-Skirt Moss

Common tree-skirt moss, is found in North and South America, the Carribean, and Europe. It is a part of the Thuidiaceae family, and its most recent common ancestor is Anonomodon which is an ancestor to 22 other species. Common tree-skirt moss forms sprawling mats of growth characterized by green/yellow/brown stems. This moss is so cute.

Mosses are non-vascular plants, meaning that they have a few adaptations that make them unique and fit in their environment. Moss cells have a cell wall that provides the cell with support and protection. Also, moss cells have special storage areas for water and other nutrients. Moss is different from the other plants observed here because it is non-vascular, but its adaptations are similar (i.e. the presence of a cell wall and a central vacuole for storage).

Moss's non-vascular nature means that they are resistant to dehydration, however, they prefer a more moist environment compared to other vascular plants.

Posted on September 17, 2020 22:49 by oliviamarotta oliviamarotta | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Getting Started

I've just discovered iNaturalist, and I can tell it will be an important part of my naturalizing experience going forward. Besides recording my observations, it will give me a chance to try out and test some of the ideas I am developing in my book about the natural history of DuPage County.

Posted on September 17, 2020 22:29 by johncebula johncebula | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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New taxa added

I have now added all relevant families, subfamilies, tribes and genera to the allowed taxa list, plus some species complexes. That should now cover anything you might want to add to the project. If you cannot confidently id a moth to species, it is best to get at least to one of the higher taxa, up to superfamily. If you find a moth not on the list, either it is wrongly id'd, or it is a new species to the Massachusetts list. Please contact me if you think you have a new species (still plenty out there to find!). Thanks for joining the project! Steven
Posted on September 17, 2020 20:57 by swhitebread swhitebread | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Lab 2 Journal Entry

Most of the observed plants have small to large leaves, but a combined large surface area that is used to maximize photosynthesis. There is not one universal adaptation that applies to all the species observed, and this is mostly due to the large diversification of species within the plant kingdom, as well as the different climates/environments that the species are found in. One adaptation of Cenizo (one of my observations) is the presence of hundreds of tiny hairs found along the leaves of the plant. These hairs give the plant its gray appearance, and the hairs deflect the sun's rays to maximize water conservation by reducing the effects of evaporation, which is especially important in Texas. The phylogenic placement of Turk's cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) is really complex. It spirals deep into land plants, diverging into angiospermae, and into a family of flowering plants called Malvaceae.

Posted on September 17, 2020 20:33 by jeanninebradsby jeanninebradsby | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Faltam 8 dias para o Grande Bioblitz do Hemisfério Sul 2020: Brasil-Geral

Caras e caros Inaturalistas,
Faltam 8 dias para início do Bioblitz.
Reserve por dia 15 minutos para fazer observações em sua casa, no jardim, na quadra, no quarteirão, etc. mais 15 minutos para ver mensagens e sugestões de identificação no inaturalist.

Aproveite o último fim de semana antes do evento para fazer alguns testes em trilhas e parques, se isto for permitido em sua região.

Seguem algumas sugestões para atividades em casa no jardim, ou seja sem ter que ficar caminhando por parques e Unidades de conservação:

1) Mapeie em sua casa, no jardim ou no parque próximo as plantas e animais que você sabe onde ficam, em especial aquelas para as quais se chegou a uma identificação. Prepare um roteiro, para ir repetindo uma a uma as observações, aproveitando para registrar novas espécies. Busque gramíneas, ervas daninhas, florzinha, flores, frutinhas, frutos, plantas arbustos e árvores, assim como, aranhas, insetos, lagartos e lagartixas, aves, e tudo que for se apresentando a você;

2) Identifique plantas, flores, sementes e frutos que atraem insetos, aves ou outros animais. locais para banho também são interessantes. Faça listas de plantas que florescem e frutificam agora e são atrativas de diferentes animais.

3) Instale comedouros e bebedouros para aves e abasteça-os por uma semana.
Assim, as aves se acostumam, você já identifica a maioria durante o esquenta e elas estarão desfilando para você durante o BioBlitz.
Após o Bioblitz desmonte os comedouros e bebedouros, para evitar uma dependência das aves.
Mas se você estiver perto de uma área incendiada, deve manter (e talvez ampliar) os comedouros e bebedouros, buscando variar as frutas e sementes, até que a natureza volte a fornecer alimentos suficientes.

4) Peque um lençol branco, e procure um local para estendê-lo entre árvores. Jogue uma forte fonte luminosa para atrair mariposas e insetos. Lembre-se que sugerimos participar da NOITE DAS MARIPOSAS no sábado, dia 26 de setembro a noite. É muito legal participar com a família e amigos de seu convívio diários, sem formar grupos grandes.

Convide pelo menos 1 a 2 amigos por dia, ou seja, 10 a 15 amigos a participarem do Grande Bioblitz do Hemisfério Sul 2020.

Não esqueça de divulgar o evento no Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegrama, por e-mail, etc...
Você deve fazer o "corpo a corpo virtual" e se tiver chance também o "presencial".
Neste último com máscaras, álcool e distanciamento seguro.

E se você tem dúvidas, não sabe ainda fazer observações com duas ou mais imagens ou sons, vá ao WhatsApp do grupo e pergunte. Meu celular é 61 9 8158-3754.
Vamos interagir e trocar experiências e ideias. Publique fotos e sons interessantes no WhatsApp e no Inaturalist.

Bora fazer registros!
Organização do Projeto Esquenta e do Projeto Brasil-Geral

Posted on September 17, 2020 20:04 by ericfischerrempe ericfischerrempe | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Anna's here!

We're excited to announce, introduce and boast about Anna, Anna Smith to be more precise, our new TerraCorp Service Member.

Anna's a roll-up-her-sleeves, put on the wetsuit, full immersion kind of person, perfect for our plans for Center Hill.

Watch as she climbs up the leader board of iNaturalist observations, specifically contributing to our catalogue of species found within the 'Natural Communities within the Center Hill Preserve' (a project of ours) and - at the same time - helps us keep our Center Hill HQ open Monday through Friday.

We're finally putting a little distance (while keeping the social distance protocols intact) between Covid and our hopes for the Center - starting up our Cooter Headstart program, initiating several family-friendly citizen science projects and working on our main mission of preserving, protecting, and hopefully expanding the second largest coastal pine barrens ecoregion in the world - the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens.

Anna will do all of that during her tenure at Center Hill with SEMPBA (don't laugh!) and more. Or at least she'll be a big part of the effort to move in that direction.

Sometimes its seems we are moving at a snail's pace but, when the year is over and we look back, we're usually pleasantly surprised at what we have accomplished.

Posted on September 17, 2020 19:21 by centerhillfrank centerhillfrank | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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В каком регионе больше всего подписчиков? | Members of the regional projects

Сегодня меряемся числом подписчиков региональных проектов. Статистику подбила @sesquicentennial по данным на 9-10 сентября.

Итак, здесь указано число членов (подписчиков) региональных проектов. В скобках дана доля подписчиков от общего числа наблюдателей, которые отметились в этом регионе. Самая плохая ситуация в Санкт-Петербурге, где доля наших подписчиков не превышает 3%. Самый высокий показатель в первой десятке по доле вовлеченности наблюдателей в наше сообщество в Брянской области, во второй десятке - на Камчатке.

Today we checked the number of subscribers to regional projects. The stats was mined by @sesquicentennial as of September 9-10.

Here is the number of members (subscribers) of regional projects. The proportion of subscribers from the total number of observers is given in brackets. The worst situation is in St. Petersburg, where the proportion of our subscribers does not exceed 3%. The highest proportion of mebers is in Bryansk Oblast (for top ten) and in Kamchatka (for top twenty).

Присоединяйтесь к своим региональным проектам, если вы считаете эти цифры несправедливыми.

  1. Флора Москвы | Flora of Moscow: 122 (7,5%)
  2. Флора Подмосковья | Moscow Oblast Flora: 88 (4,6%)
  3. Флора Тульской области | Tula Oblast Flora: 64 (19,2%)
  4. Флора Крыма | Flora of the Crimea: 59 (13,8%)
  5. Флора Новосибирской области | Novosibirsk Oblast Flora: 45 (14,8%)
  6. Флора Брянской области | Bryansk Oblast Flora: 44 (25,1%)
  7. Флора Краснодарского края | Krasnodar Krai Flora: 42 (8,3%)
  8. Флора Алтайского края | Altai Krai Flora: 41 (20,6%)
  9. Флора Свердловской области | Sverdlovsk Oblast Flora: 41 (18,1%)
  10. Флора Севастополя | Sevastopol Flora: 41 (11,9%)
  11. Флора Камчатки | Kamchatka Flora: 36 (30,8%)
  12. Флора Владимирской области | Vladimir Oblast Flora: 30 (12,8%)
  13. Флора Калужской области | Kaluga Oblast Flora: 25 (21,7%)
  14. Флора Тверской области | Tver Oblast Flora: 25 (8,6%)
  15. Флора Чувашии | Chuvash Republic Flora: 25 (9,6%)
  16. Флора Челябинской области | Chelyabinsk Oblast Flora: 24 (11,2%)
  17. Флора Ленинградской области | Leningrad Oblast Flora: 23 (3,6%)
  18. Флора Самарской области | Samara Oblast Flora: 22 (8%)
  19. Флора Татарстана | Tatarstan Flora: 22 (12,9%)
  20. Флора Нижегородской области | Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Flora: 21 (5,7%)
  21. Флора Санкт-Петербурга | St Petersburg Flora: 20 (3%)
  22. Флора Башкирии | Bashkortostan Flora: 19 (6,1%)
  23. Флора Иркутской области | Irkutsk Oblast Flora: 19 (6,3%)
  24. Флора Белгородской области | Belgorod Oblast Flora: 18 (18,6%)
  25. Флора Югры | Flora of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug: 18 (14,3%)
  26. Флора Мордовии | Flora of Mordovia: 17 (13,6%)
  27. Флора Ямало-Ненецкого АО | Flora of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug: 17 (23,9%)
  28. Флора Бурятии | Buryat Republic Flora: 16 (6,7%)
  29. Флора Воронежской области | Voronezh Oblast Flora: 16 (11,4%)
  30. Флора Красноярского края | Krasnoyarsk Krai Flora: 16 (14%)
  31. Флора Пермского края | Perm Krai Flora: 16 (13,2%)
  32. Флора Республики Алтай | Altai Republic Flora: 16 (10,5%)
  33. Флора Мурманской области | Murmansk Oblast Flora: 15 (11,6%)
  34. Флора Рязанской области | Ryazan Oblast Flora: 15 (10,6%)
  35. Флора Костромской области | Kostroma Oblast Flora: 14 (27,5%)
  36. Флора Омской области | Omsk Oblast Flora: 14 (24,6%)
  37. Флора Приморского края | Primorsky Krai Flora: 14 (8%)
  38. Флора Томской области | Tomsk Oblast Flora: 14 (16,1%)
  39. Флора Ярославской области | Yaroslavl Oblast Flora: 14 (10,1%)
  40. Флора Кемеровской области | Kemerovo Oblast Flora: 13 (17,3%)
  41. Флора Кировской области | Kirov Oblast Flora: 13 (14,9%)
  42. Флора Саратовской области | Saratov Oblast Flora: 13 (12,9%)
  43. Флора Волгоградской области | Volgograd Oblast Flora: 12 (15,6%)
  44. Флора Калининградской области | Kaliningrad Oblast Flora: 12 (41,4%)
  45. Флора Курганской области | Kurgan Oblast Flora: 12 (7,4%)
  46. Флора Курской области | Kursk Oblast Flora: 12 (11,2%)
  47. Флора Пензенской области | Penza Oblast Flora: 12 (18,8%)
  48. Флора Вологодской области | Vologda Oblast Flora: 11 (19%)
  49. Флора Карелии | Flora of Karelia: 11 (17,5%)
  50. Флора Сахалинской области | Sakhalin Oblast Flora: 11 (19%)
  51. Флора Ульяновской области | Ulyanovsk Oblast Flora: 11 (26,8%)
  52. Флора Хакасии | Flora of Khakassia: 11 (5,2%)
  53. Флора Адыгеи | Flora of Adygea: 10 (8,5%)
  54. Флора Астраханской области | Astrakhan Oblast Flora: 10 (9,7%)
  55. Флора Ивановской области | Ivanovo Oblast Flora: 10 (14,3%)
  56. Флора Ростовской области | Rostov Oblast Flora: 10 (24,4%)
  57. Флора Якутии | Flora of Yakutia: 10 (19,6%)
  58. Флора Амурской области | Amur Oblast Flora: 9 (17,3%)
  59. Флора Дагестана | Dagestan Flora: 9 (13%)
  60. Флора Новгородской области | Novgorod Oblast Flora: 9 (30%)
  61. Флора Псковской области | Pskov Oblast Flora: 9 (9,4%)
  62. Флора Тюменской области | Tyumen Oblast Flora: 9 (10,3%)
  63. Флора Архангельской области | Arkhangelsk Oblast Flora: 8 (12,5%)
  64. Флора Забайкальского края | Zabaykalsky Krai Flora: 8 (50%)
  65. Флора Оренбургской области | Orenburg Oblast Flora: 8 (10,3%)
  66. Флора Ставрополья | Stavropol Krai Flora: 8 (24,2%)
  67. Флора Удмуртии | Udmurt Republic Flora: 8 (12,3%)
  68. Флора Чукотки | Flora of Chukotka: 8 (7,3%)
  69. Флора Кабардино-Балкарии | Flora of Kabardino-Balkaria: 7 (14,6%)
  70. Флора Марий Эл | Mari El Flora: 7 (12,5%)
  71. Флора Карачаево-Черкесии | Flora of Karachay-Cherkessia: 6 (7,8%)
  72. Флора Смоленской области | Smolensk Oblast Flora: 6 (9%)
  73. Флора Тувы | Tyva Republic Flora: 6 (12,5%)
  74. Флора Хабаровского края | Khabarovsk Krai Flora: 6 (33,3%)
  75. Флора Ингушетии | Flora of Ingushetia: 5 (11,9%)
  76. Флора Магаданской области | Magadan Oblast Flora: 5 (29,4%)
  77. Флора Северной Осетии | Flora of North Ossetia: 5 (100%)
  78. Флора Тамбовской области | Tambov Oblast Flora: 5 (20%)
  79. Флора Еврейской АО | Flora of Jewish Autonomous Oblast: 4 (5,4%)
  80. Флора Липецкой области | Lipetsk Oblast Flora: 4 (44,4%)
  81. Флора Ненецкого АО | Flora of Nenets Autonomous Okrug: 4 (57,1%)
  82. Флора Орловской области | Oryol Oblast Flora: 4 (7,7%)
  83. Флора Чечни | Chechen Republic Flora: 4 (33,3%)
  84. Флора Коми | Komi Republic Flora: 3 (4,8%)
  85. Флора Калмыкии | Flora of Kalmykia: 2 (14,3%)

Posted on September 17, 2020 18:22 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Our Project is this coming weekend!

Hello iNaturalists! This weekend - Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 - is our BioBlitz weekend! Once you're signed on to our project, all of your Michigan observations this weekend count toward our tally. There is no plant too plain, no bird too far, to bug too small - they all count! No matter where you are in Michigan, get out there and BioBlitz!

Posted on September 17, 2020 15:29 by sevenponds sevenponds | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Great Black Hawk in Portland, ME -- 2018: notes on the age, plumage, sex, and subspecies of

Feeding on an Eastern Gray Squirrel on the ground under a cedar (northern white?) in the park when we arrived. When feeding back was arched somewhat cat-like, with its head down.
After carefully studying photos, I have concluded that it appears to be molting into 2nd cy, or basic II (probably meaning this individual is at least nine months old, likely a few months older), with scapulars and wing coverts uneven and with brown and black mottling, plumage on face and in tail also appear darker than when first reported in Biddeford in August 2018 and the secondaries were messy-looking with uneven lengths and black coloration. Short primary projection, not extending much beyond the secondaries,, about to the base of the visible portion of the rectrices.. Long, unfeathered, yellow tarsi were quite obvious, as well as the long tibia feathered with the same pattern as the underparts and slight barring on the rear. Rectrices were, be the looks of it, in the process of being molted, with the rectrices on the left (when viewing the bird from the rear) being mostly brown with thin, closely spaced dark barring and a wide dark band across the ends of some of the feathers. The rectrices on the left had an adult-like pattern, with wide, crisp black and white bands running across them, three white bands and two black bands visible. Very tip of feathers white. Primaries more of a chocolaty brown than the rest of the wing with darker barring. Heavy hooked bill slaty gray, with a dull grayish-yellow cere. Irides appeared reddish-brown in sunlight, surrounded by a dark teardrop shape of feathers. Underparts buffy orange with dark streaking along the vein of the breast feathers, undertail coverts cleaner with only light streaking/speckling. Face covered in dark brown/black streaking, concentrated mostly on crown, nape, and behind the auriculars. Appeared slightly larger than a RTHA.
Scared from the ground by someone running through the park, apparently oblivious to what was going on, and it flew to a tree right next to where I was standing and was perched there until we left. Cleaned bill by rubbing against the branch of the spruce that it was in.
This individual is presumed to be of the subspecies (race) ridgwayi, from Mexico and central america based on plumage details (Maine Bird Records Committee, Eighth Report).
This bird succumbed to frostbite during January of 2019, and was later euthanized at Avian Haven because there was no chance of recovery. I believe I heard somewhere that this bird was discovered to be a male during the process of taxidermying it, but I can’t be sure and don’t remember the source.

A huge crowd was assembled to watch the hawk, and reporters and news cameras were seemingly everywhere. I even made it on TV.

Posted on September 17, 2020 14:22 by wbarker26 wbarker26 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Zambia joins the Great Southern BioBlitz

The Great Southern BioBlitz is based on the same format as the worldwide City Nature Challenge (CNC) held earlier in the year. The CNC is held each year in April with over 250 participating cities to observe and record nature in their area. The event organised by Los Angeles Natural history Museum and the Californian Science Academy. In 2020, four Australian cities, Adelaide, Geelong, Redlands and Sydney were involved in the four days BioBlitz with Australians recorded almost 25,000 animal, fungi, and plant observations.
Following the success of the CNC, the Australian cities involved have combined to organise the Great Southern BioBlitz to highlight the biodiversity of our country in the flourishing springtime when flowering plants and many creatures are more evident in rural and city environments.
The GSB organising committee is also eager to have as more many people from Zambia involved in this event where people participating at each location are striving to find and photograph as many species as possible within the event time frame. We are very happy to have received confirmation by Madam Musonda, that Zambia is keen, it will be amazing to have them on board. As at present, we have over 3,110 species recorded in Zambia (

The event has proven to be a great way to engage people about nature and to learn about the animals and plant in their area.
The event will be held from Friday 25 September till the end of Monday 28 September including the whole of Zambia.

We look forward to your area being involved and please free to contact us by email.
our website is
And follow us on Facebook and twitter @GSBioblitz

I hope you join us,
@nicovr @glynlewis @william6 @claremateke @mikc @russbackcountryafrica @lindapreston @jkinghorn @roy122 @kombekapasa

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El mapa está terminado / The map is complete

Después de mucho trabajo, el mapa está terminado! Las brañas que han sidos incluidos en el mapa del Territorio Vaqueiro han sidos recogidos de autores incluyendo Juan Uría Ríu, Adolfo García Martínez, Julio Concepción Suárez, María Cátedra y Luís Ángel Sánchez Gómez y del trabajo de campo propio en La Falguera (Somiedo) y Brañallonga. Los límites no son demandas legales a la tierra ni representan todo el Territorio Vaqueiro. Se basan en los datos de IGN y el catastro de España, sin embargo, el catastro no representa bien la tierra ancestral vaqueira ni el uso de esta tierra hoy en día, así que los límites se basan más en la geografía natural, las carreteras y el uso de la tierra de estas brañas hoy. Muchas gracias!


After a long while of work, the map is complete! The brañas that have been included in the Vaqueiro Territory map have been gathered from authors including Juan Uría Ríu, Adolfo García Martínez, Julio Concepción Suárez, María Cátedra, and Luís Ángel Sánchez Gómez and from fieldwork around La Falguera (Somiedo) and Brañallonga. The borders are not meant to be a legal claim to land nor do they represent all of Vaqueiro Territory. They are based off of data from IGN and the cadastre, however, the cadastre does not do a great job at representing ancestral Vaqueiro land or land-use today, so the borders are more frequently based on natural features, roads, and land usage of these brañas today. Thanks so much!

Posted on September 17, 2020 04:14 by xinxane xinxane | 0 comments | Leave a comment