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Documento de posición #LeydeHumedalesYA

Desde Humedales sin Fronteras (FARN, Casa Río, Taller Ecologista y Fundación Cauce) presentamos nuestro documento de posición #LeydeHumedalesYA - Por una ley que proteja a los humedales del territorio argentino. Informate, difundilo y adherí a nuestro pedido en https://www.leydehumedalesya.org/ ¡Queremos una ley por y para los humedales y su gente!
Los humedales son parte de los sistemas naturales que hacen posible la vida en la Tierra.
Almacenan más carbono que cualquier otro ecosistema, amortiguan los efectos de las inundaciones y previenen las sequías. Un 40% de las especies del mundo se cría o habita en humedales, pero en los últimos 300 años perdimos el 87% de estos ecosistemas clave a nivel global. La pandemia de la COVID-19 nos recuerda como nunca la importancia de las áreas naturales en las grandes urbes. Los humedales hacen que las ciudades sean “vivibles”. Cuanto más alteramos los humedales, más peligro corremos. ¿Cómo no protegerlos?
Más del 20% de la superficie de Argentina está cubierta por estos ecosistemas esenciales. Estos humedales nos protegen, pero no tenemos una ley nacional que los proteja. Queremos que Argentina cuente con una #LeyDeHumedalesYA! ¡SUMATE, ES AHORA! Este documento se ha construido sobre la base de años de trabajo en humedales, y más recientemente, tras dos años de labor territorial que permitieron recoger los aportes, ideas, estrategias, saberes, sentires, y objetivos de organizaciones de la sociedad civil formales y no formales, grupos locales, así como personas que habitan, trabajan, investigan, y toman decisiones en variados sectores de humedales de la cuenca del Plata, y que integran la diversidad de actores con los cuales interactúan las organizaciones firmantes en el marco del Programa Humedales sin Fronteras .

Posted on July 15, 2020 23:39 by giramone giramone | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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No more posts?

As you guys might’ve noticed I’ve not been posting but recently mrflytrap has and also some of my friends have been asking if I won’t post well I’m here to answer that question. I have been seeing many things at my house because the plants there are healthy but now because of this pandemic I don’t have much time, so I don’t have much stuff to put on my observations, so I don’t think I will post anymore but there’s still a high percent chance I will because I’m starting to actually work so if I post it’s a good thing.

Posted on July 15, 2020 23:21 by kcid-q kcid-q | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Scavenger Hunt

Find something soft and describe it.
Pick up a log or a rock and document what you find underneath
What is one species that looks orange or yellow?
Find something to make music with. What was it?
What are 3 things animals could eat?
Find something blue or purple.
Find 2 different things that can fly
Find something bigger or taller than you
Where could a burrow be?
What about a nest?

Posted on July 15, 2020 23:20 by pkrieg pkrieg | 1 comment | Leave a comment
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Final update on 2020 BiodiverCity Challenge

Thanks everyone, for participating in last month's bioblitz.
Observations were also submitted on NatureLynx, an app run by the AB Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), and some written records were gathered and submitted by the Edmonton Nature Club (ENC). Overall there were 2608 observations; 1058 here on iNat, 920 on NatureLynx, and 630 written by ENC members. Jordan Bell (of ABMI) and I compiled and compared these observations, and we figure there were at least 665 different species observed. We can't give an exact species count, because some observations were only done to genus or family level, and may be the same as other observations made to species level. For example, we don't know for sure if observations of "Viola" and "Violaceae" are different from the 5 violet species that were also observed, so I didn't count "Viola" or "Violaceae".
Here on iNat, our official count as of midnight June 28 (the formal deadline to submit records) was 1058 observations of 464 species, by 60 observers. Since then, a few more observations were submitted (including 2 new species), and identifications continue to be revised and improved, so we're sitting at 1080 observations and 471 species as our unofficial total, which will continue to change as more IDs are made. I figure that's not too shabby for our first-ever BiodiverCity event in Edmonton.
We're definitely going to do it again next year, and perhaps challenge other Alberta municipalities to do this too. I will leave this 2020 project up permanently, for comparison to future years. I've also created a new project that will compile observations across all time, not just for the 4-day bioblitz. It's called "Edmonton Biodiversity"; feel free to join that project too, to see what else lives here. As of today, the project summary tells me that over 7000 observations of 1415 species have been submitted to iNat, by 841 observers. Keep observing nature; hopefully you'll join us again next year!

Posted on July 15, 2020 23:15 by gpohl gpohl | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome to Trees of Prospect Park

Welcome all to this fledgling project to notice the trees of our neighborhood in Minneapolis, MN. Though I'm organizing the project, I'm new to iNaturalist. So let's learn together online and offline to build our neighborhood tree guide, "Trees of Prospect Park."

-Sarah Nassif
sarahnassif.com

Posted on July 15, 2020 22:59 by sarahjnassif sarahjnassif | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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5000 наблюдений!!!

Дорогие друзья!
Наш проект "Биоразнообразие ООПТ Владимирской области" взял очередную высоту. Сегодня в нём появилось 5000-е наблюдение - Седмичник европейский (Lysimachia europaea). Наблюдение сделано пользователем @fedor_kondrachuk на территории государственного природного комплексного (ландшафтного) заказника регионального значения "Дюкинский".

Posted on July 15, 2020 22:07 by vist vist | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Species Identification in British Columbia

A few notes on good, accessible places for information on species found in British Columbia, Canada. I plan to continue editing and adding to this.

Canada-Wide

Province-Wide

Interior

  • Paul Handford, "A Seasonal Guide to the Flowering Plants of the Kamloops Area", 2016-2020. online
  • Rick Howie, "Birds of Kamloops, 2nd Ed.", 2003. online

Posted on July 15, 2020 21:56 by murphyslab murphyslab
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Lawther DPP Seed Collecting

Visiting this remnant prairie is never disappointing! The hunt for the meadowpink (viewed last time) wound up being a up-to-the-neck swim through tall grasses, rattlesnake master, and generally unmowed goodness. Insect diversity made it difficult to focus on the task at hand: collecting seed for Katy Prairie Conservancy.

It was hot. It was muggy. And the ticks were out (I picked off 5). I couldn't wait to come home and post-process the Canon photos ... several species had me stumped in the field. Thankfully, iNaturalist is always good for helping out this exuberant 'prairie fairy.'

PS - For some reason, the post-processed images didn't make the 'Lawther Deer Park Prairie' place list, even though I use the exact same address for all phone and camera observations (1222 E. Purdue Lane).

Posted on July 15, 2020 21:36 by dirtnkids dirtnkids | 21 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Raptorwatching July

The second week has passed for the project so I'll go over what happened over the week and announce the observation I enjoyed the most. Well, one slow week turns into two and this project officially only has 28 observations. I have come up with two theories that might explain the lack of raptors being spotted. One, raptors might be getting harder to find because it's the breeding season. I suspect that once August comes around, we'll see a spike in numbers. Theory number two is, July has been proven to be the least birding month by citizen science and nobody is going out to see birds. So I suggest if you happen to read this post, go out birding more often in July.

I will mention with pride though, three new species have been spotted during the week. These three species are the Cooper's Hawk, Barred Owl and Flammulated Owl. And I believe that's the cue for mentioning the observation of the week for the project. Five days ago, @stephstrag photographed a female Flammulated Owl that was sitting on two eggs. There's several reasons why I chose this as the observation for the week. One, these are put-in-the-field-guide-now kind of photos. Two, last year's project failed to obtain any observations of a Flammulated Owl so I think some recognition of a hard to find species is in order. You can find the observation here:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52620530

I now feel like talking about the Flammulated Owl. Though it's an incredibly hard species to find, it is believed to be much more common than most think. They prefer to breed in open pine forests, especially ponderosa forests, in dry areas. That makes pretty much all of eastern Oregon more than ideal habitat this species. I've heard Flammulated Owls only a hand full of times but I can't say they do justice for actually seeing them. My method of finding them, go at night in suitable habitat and listen. I generally do these owling trips between midnight and sunrise, so you mortal people might encounter seem issues. :) So long and good birding!

Posted on July 15, 2020 20:21 by birdwhisperer birdwhisperer | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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BackyardBio gets off the ground!

Hi everyone!

I'm Jesse Hildebrand from Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants and I'm really excited to announce the BackyardBio project today!

What began as a smattering of loose ideas turned into a really fun and engaging social media campaign as part of our Global Biodiversity Festival back in May (https://www.globalbiofest.com/ - #backyardbio) has turned into a much larger idea.

A huge part of that is thanks to four incredible teachers - Ms Hartman, Ms Michael, Ms Gordon and Ms. Erickson who brought together their students in observing and charting all the incredible wildlife in Ontario, Illinois, British Columbia and Connecticut respectively as part of our pilot project in June. You can check out the Youtube video where we showcased all their finds here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTp89AQWTc8&t=7s

As a result, all September longer we're inviting YOU to take part in a global bio blitz, bringing together all our partner organizations, their networks and most importantly classrooms around the world we've partnered with on our live broadcasts to get out in nature and explore! We're hoping for tens of thousands of submissions worldwide, all in support of learn more about the natural world and how people can better connect with it!

I can't wait to see what you'll share with us as the school year kicks off - and till then good luck and have fun!

-Jesse

Posted on July 15, 2020 19:30 by jessehildebrand jessehildebrand | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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An ordinary place

How many species can you find in an ordinary place? This depends mostly on how close you are willing to look and how much you are willing to learn. We are lucky to have our little piece of nature in this small town, but it isn't anything special. A pond, some woods, some lawns, a planted prairie, and a small stream. Much of the area is landscaped or disturbed; many of the common species are not even native.

And yet, after a hundred or so hours of looking closely at the plants, animals and fungi living here, I am still surprised by the new and interesting things I find. There are plants I never noticed before, insects I never knew about, new dimensions in the way they interact and live together. These 25 acres have become an infinite world, measured not by area, but by the variety they contain.

Today I have reached my first milestone in exploring this world—500 different kinds of life pictured, named, and listed—but I have only begun to discover what lives in this place. Finding the next 500 species will not be as easy. I will rely more on the tools of the naturalists' trade: my insect net, identification keys, and especially a microscope. Looking closer, there are new worlds to explore and new discoveries to be made.

With so much to see and know, I am reminded, after all, that there is no ordinary place.

Posted on July 15, 2020 17:52 by isaacwinkler isaacwinkler | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Статистика по группам живых организмов с территории Железногорского района

Зелёные водоросли - Chlorophyta: 2 вида
Харофитовые водоросли - Charophyta: 2 вида
Мхи - Bryophyta: 28 видов
Печёночные мхи - Marchantiophyta: 2 вида
Плауновые - Lycopodiopsida: 4 вида
Папоротниковые - Polypodiopsida: 18 видов
Хвощёвые - Equisetidae: 8 видов
Хвойные - Pinales: 8 видов
Цветковые растения - Angiospermae: 810 видов
Грибы - Fungi (не включая леканоромицеты): 232 вида
Леканоромицеты - Lecanoromycetes: 60 видов
Простейшие - Protozoa: 7 видов
Кольчатые черви - Annelida: 5 видов
Плоские черви - Platyhelminthes: 1 вид
Моллюски - Mollusca: 40 видов
Ракообразные - Crustacea: 7 видов
Клещи - Acari: 12
Пауки - Araneae: 68 видов
Сенокосцы - Opiliones: 2 вида
Многоножки - Myriapoda: 10 видов
Насекомые - 1 045 видов
Лучепёрые рыбы - Actinopterygii: 26
Земноводные - Amphibia: 9 видов
Пресмыкающиеся - Reptilia: 7 видов
Птицы - Aves: 191 вид
Млекопитающие - Mammalia: 30 видов

Posted on July 15, 2020 16:23 by dni_catipo dni_catipo | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Hotspot for Scutellaria minor Huds. (Lamiaceae)

The area adjacent to the upper Wark valley is the hotspot in Luxembourg for the small lamiaceae Scutellaria minor (Lesser Skullcap). Initially the species was known to grow in the Grosbous "Haarzebruch" and "Neiwiss" bogs. But recently, since 2017, the species has been found in several other reasonably wet areas as e.g. Grosbous "Säitert", Mertzig "Bill" and "Schwaarzebur" as well as Reimberg "Buchebësch". Other occurencies in the country are only known to exist in Derenbach and in Finsterthal. Historic occurencies in Eltersmuer (Beaufort) and in the Turelbaach valley near Mertzig have not been confirmed until now.
More information: https://www.snl.lu/publications/bulletin/SNL_2018_120_031_048.pdf

Posted on July 15, 2020 16:03 by wollef wollef | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Птицы

Более 100 видов орнитофауны обнаружено следующими участниками:

  1. michail_anurev03
  2. dni_catipo
  3. ev_sklyar
  4. yriysokolov73

Отдельно поздравляем лидера michail_anurev03 с его 162 видами!

Posted on July 15, 2020 15:25 by dni_catipo dni_catipo | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Новая планка

Поздравляем ikskyrskobl с его первой тысячей видов! Ждём новых находок!

Posted on July 15, 2020 15:04 by dni_catipo dni_catipo | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Заметка в "Вечерней Москве"

Газета "Вечерняя Москва" о нашем проекте на iNaturalist

https://vm.ru/ekologiya/814832-polmilliona-ekzemplyarov-dlya-cifrovogo-gerbariya

Posted on July 15, 2020 13:42 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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A bit about Lissachatina fulica

It turns out that Lissachatina fulica, the snail species I always encounter in fields, gardens, and even roadsides, is an African animal. True to its name, African giant snail become the only land snail species I often encounter, mostly on areas with high humidity level and lush vegetation. When I was little, I remember I took one home and fed it fish pellets. Crunch, crunch...

The species is widespread, as I saw them in areas outside Jakarta's urban area - Bogor, Legian, Yogyakarta, etc. They are so abundant that apparently, I mistook a native species (Amphidromus sp.) as a 'leucitic' variant of African giant snail.

This large snail is voracious, as I fed some of them quite recently with fresh salads, and breed like crazy (lots of hatchlings in my garden that I had to control their population to prevent them eating seedlings). But I think regardless what species, land snails remain a mild threat to my garden.

Posted on July 15, 2020 11:37 by vagabond46 vagabond46 | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Type Localities - Why They are Important

Every species described was first described from a specimen collected at a specific location - the Type Locality. This specimen is known as the Holotype. Over the years some Holotypes are lost and with them their collecting data, including the type location, or it was never recorded. But by and large this information is known. Just as the Holotype is the individual that represents the entire species, the Type Locality is the place where a scientist knows a specimen collected is in fact the species as originally described.

When doing a revision of a group, particularly a DNA-based phylogentic revision, having specimens from the Type Locality is incredibly important. It allows us to be sure that what we collected is in fact what we think it is and not a very similar individual. We have managed to collect a good number of specimens from type localities, which are referred to a Type Specimens. Others have come from the people at iNaturalist. By receiving specimens from people across the country we get material from areas we would never get to (or never get to at the right time).

Okanagana arboraria from Davis
O. catalina from Catalina Island (collected with a permit)
O. formosa (from Cedar Springs, Utah)
O. ornata (from Shasta, CA)
O. utahensis (from Cedar Springs, Utah)

All of these are from the type locality or very close. We have a number of others that are within 100km or less of the Type locality which is pretty darn good. It's virtually impossible to get type material for every species even when we target them, but what we have gotten is incredibly important for our research.

Posted on July 15, 2020 10:52 by willc-t willc-t | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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DO NOT FEED THE ALLIGATORS!!!

Throughout the Stephen C Foster campground in the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, there are signs warning against the feeding of wildlife. These warnings are no joke. The dangers of tossing food to wildlife should now be common sense (hopefully). Feeding of wildlife such as bears and alligators causes them to associate humans with food, and that can lead to future adversarial contacts. Typically, it is the animal that eventually loses out. They have to be drugged and relocated, or even killed.
Wildlife Feeding Strictly Prohibited sign
© Photographer: William Wise | Agency: Dreamstime.com
The Savannah River Ecology Lab writes, “Don't feed alligators. This is a most important rule as feeding alligators threatens the safety of both people and animals. Providing food for these wild animals (that are naturally afraid of humans) not only makes them bolder and encourages them to seek out people, it also alters their natural diet in an unhealthy way. Feeding alligators trains them to associate humans with foods. Feeding alligators is punishable by law with fines jail time.”

For all of those reasons, I take seriously the admonition to not feed the Okefenokee wildlife… except for a couple of species. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to not feed the mosquitoes and flies! No amount of repellent seems to keep these little bloodsucking critters from feeding on your flesh if you visit the Okefenokee in late spring and summer.


Do you love the Okefenokee? Join the iNat Okefenokee Photography Project and follow the Okefenokee Photography Wordpress blog at https://okefenokee.photography/. If you have an Okefenokee blog post or journal, message me the URL through my iNat profile page and I’ll post it in this project. Thanks for contributing and for be a lover of this great piece of earth, the Okefenokee Swamp! William

Posted on July 15, 2020 10:19 by williamwisephoto williamwisephoto | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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My Photo Hall of Fame

Sometimes I stumble over really extraordinary photos on iNat which apparently are hardly noticed, often they are not even IDd. This is my personal photo Hall of Fame.

1) "Good Morning, Good Mood Bug": https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/53023317 (photo by @felix_riegel).

Posted on July 15, 2020 07:25 by wormsy wormsy | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Colas de golondrina apareando

My brother saw this play out for about an hour or so. He had to get them out of the yard where there were 9 three month old german shepherd puppies! He said that they were able to finish as he later saw them fly by. I wish I had been there to witness this happen. I did not know that the mate for so long. This really makes them vulnerable.

Posted on July 15, 2020 05:03 by macrolorado macrolorado | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Mid-Summer 2020 Update

I've observed a grand total of 2 caterpillars. That's it. You read that right.

It's definitely hot and humid - which seems to be their favorite weather. We had a heat advisory over the weekend. I have triple the amount of leafy vine for them to eat, but where are the caterpillars?!

So, I have thought of 3 possibilities. One, the insect population has cycles that include "off" years in which the population is experiencing a decline after a previous population explosion. Cycles of nature at work. Two, there have been more birds frequenting my yard. Without a cat that is interested in frightening them off (my new cat would rather sleep all day on the cool retaining wall in the backyard), the Northern Mockingbirds have taken to landing on the trellis. There's also a tiny, brown bird who flits in and out of the bushes. He pays no attention to me in the yard and the mockingbirds could care less about my feeble attempts to scare them away. Very tolerant of human presence, these little guys are! I would guess that they fill their bellies with butterflies that attempt to lay eggs on the vines. Three, the overall population of pollinator insects is in decline all over the North American continent, and now I am seeing that here. Everywhere, people are clearing land, building houses and homesteads, putting down concrete parking lots and huge commercial buildings, and destroying the habitat that the insects rely on. People are growing lawns, which removes the flowering weeds that provide food year-round for insects. I had hoped that my home was far enough "in-the-middle-of-nowhere" (Pineywoods forest) that we would either not see this decline, or the survivors would come here for refuge.

My option of choice is number 2. A cycle of population explosions and sharp declines would mean that things are normal AND I could have the best of both worlds: caterpillars some years and delicious passionvine fruit other years.

For now, I'll tend the vines and my garden and see what happens. I suppose I could look at the interaction of stink bugs with caterpillars. The stink bugs have been attracted to the new garden plant that I am trying this year: tomatoes!

Oh! I should mention that March through June was the coronavirus/COVID-19 quarantine period. I spent an extra amount of time in the garden as a result of our voluntary lockdown. It has been expanded and includes a greater variety of edible plants. It was also a very wet spring, which allowed me to place more bamboo trellis poles in the soft ground. So, there has been an increased amount of human disturbance/presence near the vines and the new plant diversity may be attracting a greater diversity of insects and/or diseases - which could be predating on the butterflies, eggs, or larvae without my knowledge. I have to say that I have enjoyed my extra time outside in the spring weather. I am also researching local edible plants - "foraging" as it is called - as kind of a prepper hobby to go along with my "victory garden."

Posted on July 15, 2020 04:43 by redpenny redpenny | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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National Moth Week July 18 -26 2020

This is a great global event, though it happens near the middle of winter in Botswana.
Anyway we will do our best and find out what winter-active moths there are in windy, cold Botswana !

http://nationalmothweek.org
https://www.facebook.com/NationalMothWeek/
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/national-moth-week

If you are taking part please register an event for your location and make thisMoth Week truly International and put Botswana moths on the map.
@gihan @dewald2 @tuli @budbud @derekdlh @robert_taylor @modise @rianafourie @grant_reed_botswana

Botswanabugs

Posted on July 15, 2020 03:14 by botswanabugs botswanabugs | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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2020 City Nature Challenge Geelong

My apologies for not including this information in the offical project earlier. I did send out the note below via email and include in the June edition of Geelong Naturalist so may have missed some people.

So for completeness;

T he City Nature Challenge (CNC) concluded at midnight on Sunday 3 May. Geelong’s position in relation to the 244 participating cities is reported here with a summary showing ranking and totals for a variety of categories. This year the CNC rules were amended and the activity was no longer considered a competition due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organisers proceeded with the CNC on the basis that it would provide people with an opportunity to connect with nature. One of the prime objectives of the CNC is to foster observation and recording of nature using the iNaturalist system, and this remained the case in 2020.
Despite the difficulties, and much hardship experienced in some cities, the CNC organisers reported that thousands more people participated this year compared with 2019. The total species count was up, even though total observations were 150 000 fewer than last year.
For us in Geelong, the process was very new. I thought you might wish to see how we ranked against other cities as if it were still a competition. Table 1 shows various CNC categories and our corresponding ranking on the leader board.

CNC Categories - Geelong City Ranking

Total Observations (5949) - 40
Total Verifiable Observations (5496) - 37
Total Research Observations (3740) - 26
Total Species (1384) - 30
Total Verifiable Species (1292) - 28
Total Research Species (962) - 16
Total Observers (135)- 73
Total Identifiers (266) - 58

It is clear from these relative rankings that our standing in the CNC has been exemplary! Our performance is in the top 10 percentile of participating cities for Research Grade observations for any organisation—let alone a volunteer-based nature appreciation club. This is a rewarding outcome for all participants. It reinforces our already good reputation achieved over many years through involvement in other surveys and citizen science programs. The collected biodiversity and species information will be of benefit within the community and for use by relevant local and state government authorities.
Examining the CNC tables across the 67 cities with a population between 100 000 and one million shows that Geelong ranked fourth in total observations following Chiayi (Taiwan), Gainesville (Florida) and Christchurch (New Zealand). Christchurch had been identified as a benchmark city for us in planning for the event. It is pleasing to see that we achieved—in our first year—a comparable outcome to this New Zealand city which had participated in 2019.
Geelong ranked sixth for total observations for cities within our climate region (Warm Temperate Oceanic), comprising a subset of 37 cities, and third for total species in this category. In the total species count we were just behind Christchurch and Asheville (North Carolina). However, when looking at Geelong numbers for total verifiable and research grade species we achieved the No 1 ranking. The city nature challenge climate grouping is based on the Koppen Climate Classification.
Looking to individual contributions: The six top observers for Geelong were Helen Schofield, Rod Lowther, Trevor Prowd, Lachie Forbes, Naomi Wells and Jeff Dagg.
The six top local identifiers were Lorraine Phelan, Helen Schofield, Beth Ross, Graham Possingham, Marilyn Hewish and Naomi Wells.
Overall, it was a great effort from all our observers and identifiers. While the CNC was not a formal competition, I would nevertheless like to acknowledge the immense contribution Helen Schofield and Lorraine Phelan made to Geelong’s success, and feel it right and justifiable that they jointly share the title ‘Geelong CNC 2020 Champion Naturalist’.
Acknowledgements: 18 webinars were held prior to, and during, the CNC with more than 80 people attending at least one session giving a total of 242 attendees across all sessions. The webinars covered iNaturalist familiarisation, plus nature information presentations. These presentations were recorded and made available for viewing via our Facebook page. There were 94 viewings online as of Monday 18 May. Thanks to those involved in these information sessions.
Thanks to presenters Thomas Mesaglio for ‘Beachcombing for all occasions’; Guy Dutson for ‘Frogs and reptiles of the Geelong region’; Peter Crowcroft for his presentation and demonstration on ‘Mothing at home’; and Bernie and Barry Lingham for their excellent ‘Hints on photographing and identifying plants’ talk. These webinars were all very well attended and generated much interest and discussion in preparation for the CNC.
Thanks to Jenny Possingham in preparing and making available her informative guide on ‘Mobile phone photography’. The presentation was available for public viewing on the CNC Facebook page and received over 100 views.

Posted on July 15, 2020 02:55 by rover-rod rover-rod | 1 comment | Leave a comment
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More than Eight

The winner of our Week 4 challenge 'More than Eight' is Simon Ong (@simono). Simon is an entomologist living in Kununurra in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. His entry included a crab, shrimp and sea slater (below) that he photographed while on a trip to Cape Domett - a remote but popular fishing spot five hours from town, down a dirt track.


© simono

For the Week 6 challenge we're asking you to build a native bee hotel. Why not have a go? As well as helping our native bees, you will increase your chances of seeing them in your garden and will be in the running to win a $30 Snowgum voucher and Bush Blitz cap! Visit the Bush Blitz website for further details.

Posted on July 15, 2020 02:08 by bushblitz bushblitz | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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June 2020 EcoQuest Results

You all put forth an amazing effort to document Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)! You safely explored your neighborhoods and helped us see where this beautiful tree is living. The overall observations of Desert Willow in metro Phoenix increased from 30 to 161, and it was found in places it hadn't been observed before. Way to go!

Without further ado, here are the results! Drumroll...

Most Observations:
@laurasteger : 47
@thegardenhound : 23
@stevejones : 12
@rebeccaberry : 10
@joniward : 8

Final Counts:
Observations: 131
Observers: 22
Identifiers: 12

Great work citizen scientists!

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Thank You!

Wow! Everyone is doing an amazing job taking photos and collecting valuable data on what is out there. A big BIG thanks goes out to all those who have participated, whether you are taking photos, suggesting ID’s, or both, your effort is appreciated.

Thanks to all of you we have a total of 171 observations so far and we’ve documented 121 different species on our shorelines. All of you have helped in tremendous ways and we want to give a special thanks to some of our top observers!

Top Observers

  • mossytoes - 44 observations
  • stevenrcolson - 23 observations
  • lyleander - 18 observations

Another special thanks goes out to our top identifiers!

Top Identifiers

  • phelsumas4life
  • jimbreezely
  • estehr

Without help to identify some of the species’ iNaturalist can’t identify, and for some of the trickier ones, the project wouldn’t have the same success. So to all of you who are helping with identifications...thank you!

It’s been fun to see what everyone has observed. Below are just a few of the observations our community has posted.

Photos (left to right)

  1. lennea, Northern Kelp Crab
  2. dominicmoceri, sculpin sp.
  3. stevenrcolson, Nuttall's Cockle

We encourage you to also take a peek at the main project page to check out the rest of the observations, there is some pretty great stuff!

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Thank you!

Everyone is doing an amazing job taking photos and collecting valuable data on what is out there. A big BIG thanks goes out to all those who have participated, whether you are taking photos, suggesting ID’s, or both, your effort is appreciated.

We currently have a total of 31 observations, and we've documented 27 different species on our shorelines.

All of you have helped in tremendous ways and we want to give a special thanks to our top observer!

Top Observer

  • shoh with 25 observations

Another special thanks goes out to our top identifiers!

Top Identifiers

  • pointrond
  • resources
  • hazelgrouse4

Without help to identify some of the species iNaturalist can’t identify, and for some of the trickier ones, the project wouldn’t have the same success. So to all of you who are helping with identifications...thank you!

It’s been fun to see what everyone has observed. Below are just a few of the observations our community has posted.

Photos (left to right)

  1. kaylener, True Limipts
  2. pgypsy, Pale Swallowtail
  3. shoh, Japanese False Clam

We encourage you to also take a peek at the main project page to check out the rest of the observations, there is some pretty great stuff! And we would love many more observations, so please get out there and start observing!

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Observation of the Week 2015-09-29

Fyn Kynd’s close-up of a Calico Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis elisa) has been selected as iNaturalist’s Observation of the Week.

Fyn (@fyn_kynd), an eighth grader from Searsmont, Maine, found this female specimen along the edge of a swamp on Hog Island, located in Muscongus Bay, Maine. He made the picture during the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens Camp, sponsored by the Audubon Society.

When asked about his interests, the homeschooled 14-year-old said, “My favorite subjects are photography and anything in nature, whether it's mountain biking, swimming, or getting up at dawn to see migrating birds, I love it all.”

A birder at heart, Fyn says his “second loves” are butterflies and dragonflies. He’s been a nature photographer for about three years.

“I use a Canon 7D with a 400mm f/5.6 lens for my bird and dragonfly shots where I sometimes use an extension tube to let me get a little closer to my subjects,” said Fyn. “For macro I use a 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens with extension tubes.”

Celithemis elisa belongs to the order Odonata, which is divided into two suborders, Anisoptera (dragonflies) and Zygoptera (damselflies). There are approximately 407 odonate species represented in North America and >5000 worldwide.

Commonly called Pennants, Celithemis is a genus of 8 species, all native to eastern North America, where they primarily inhabit riparian ecosystems.

Because dragonflies depend on freshwater, a very at-risk ecosystem, they are often good environmental quality indicators. Dr. Viola Clausnitzer, a scientist with the IUCN’s Dragonfly Specialist Group studies dragonfly populations and their role in freshwater conservation efforts. She calls them “guardians of the watershed.”

Citizen Scientists: Keep exploring. Keep sharing.

Maybe your discovery will become an iNaturalist Observation of the Week!

By Matthew Monte


Hey, iNaturalists! See something that blows your mind? Click ‘Add to favorites’ so it can be considered for the Observation of the Week!
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Observation of the Week 2015-09-22

iNaturalist is pleased to announced the launch of our Observation of the Week program! Our first Observation of the Week comes from Pavel Kirilov (@pavelkirilov), a biology and chemistry teacher from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Kirilov, who is also a macrophotographer, made this picture of a Ladybird Beetle in Mexico City near the National Autonomous University of Mexico campus, where he found it in the grooved bark of an oak tree.
The Ladybird family, Coccinellidae, is a beetle family with over 5,000 described species found worldwide.
“Since childhood I've been fascinated with nature, especially with bugs, and always dreamed of tropical places,” said Kirilov. “Back when I was growing up, places like Borneo or Mexico seemed like different worlds. Not only were they far away, but travel outside the Soviet Union was restricted back then. Fortunately, that went away in the 1990s.”
Kirilov’s observation was made while out walking a pair of Tibetan Mastiffs that were straining against their leashes, which made stopping to photograph the <10 mm Ladybird specimen with his Nikon D90 and SB 900 flash all the more challenging.

Citizen Scientists: Keep exploring. Keep sharing.

Maybe your discovery will become an iNaturalist Observation of the Week!

By Matthew Monte

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