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Есть 600 наблюдателей!

В подмосковном проекте большой день - сегодня к нам добавился 600-й наблюдатель!

Это отличная новость. Отрыв Москвы от Подмосковья составляет всего три человека. Впрочем, это всё очень умозрительно, поскольку большинство участников сделало хотя бы одно подтвержденное наблюдение и в столице, и в области.

Posted on August 23, 2019 17:50 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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John Muir Trail in September

I'm walking the JMT in September and taking my camera.
Any requests for species to watch for?
Taking a fly rod also, hoping to "collect" a few fish.

Posted on August 23, 2019 15:18 by chauncey chauncey | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Analysing iNat data

While I haven’t done it with iNaturalist data, if you are trying to start doing data analysis on large datasets I suggest learning some python. Packages in python such as Numpy, Pandas, Scipy, Scikit-learn and Matplotlib go awfully far for data analysis.

I suspect it is possible to use pyinaturalist 3 and the API reference 1 for getting data out of iNaturalist as well, but it seems like you were already able to extract to excel already. https://pypi.org/project/pyinaturalist/ https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/api+reference Data analysis and visualization is really a field of its own. There are many different software applications, like R, python, etc, but you really need to have a working knowledge of these programming languages. If you’re only familiar with Excel, that might be the best place to start. There are not any programs specifically for easily working with iNat data.

https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/analysing-inat-data/6001/3

https://pypi.org/project/pyinaturalist/

https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/api+reference

Posted on August 23, 2019 14:55 by ahospers ahospers | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Project updates and new banner image!

We've had a very successful mothing season, with lots of new species seen in the state and several new members who are submitting observations on a regular basis!

iNaturalist has two different types of projects and I decided to convert this project from a "traditional" to a "collective" project. What this means for you is that you no longer have to add each of your observations to the Moths of Oklahoma project; they will automatically be collected if they are seen in Oklahoma and fall within the moth taxonomy. This also means that we're not missing any observations. It does make the project look a little different, if you're used to viewing it in a web browser.

I've also taken this opportunity to institute a new idea for the banner image of the project. Each month I will change out the banner image with a new moth photo from one of our observations over the last month. Due to the layout, I will look for photos that are wide, or that could be rotated to fit the space nicely. For consistency, I will keep the icon image for the project the same, but the banner image will get a makeover every month.

Our first new banner image is a Deep Yellow Euchlaena (Euchlaena amoenaria) photographed by Anna Bennett (@annainok). This is an excellent photo, capturing fine details of a really beautiful moth. This species is found in eastern Oklahoma and has been observed several times this year in the state. Anna's photo will be the banner image for the next month. In the last week of September we'll select a new image from recent observations.

Posted on August 23, 2019 14:29 by zdufran zdufran | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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El INABIO lanza la plataforma iNaturalistEC que promoverá la cultura de la observación, registro y divulgación de la biodiversidad en Ecuador

El Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO) lanzó este 22 de agosto la plataforma iNaturalistEC, parte de la red iNaturalist, un proyecto de ciencia ciudadana y red social online de naturalistas, científicos y ciudadanos en general basada en el concepto de mapeo e intercambio de observaciones de biodiversidad a través del mundo. Se puede acceder al proyecto a través de su sitio web ecuador.inaturalist.org o directamente desde sus aplicaciones móviles.

iNaturalistEc promoverá en el Ecuador la cultura de la observación, registro y divulgación de la biodiversidad. Con esta plataforma se podrá conocer más acerca de las plantas, animales, hongos y otros organismos que existen en nuestro país.

Diego Inclán, Director Ejecutivo del INABIO, señaló que todo aquel interesado amante de la naturaleza puede utilizar esta herramienta de ciencia ciudadana y además contribuir al fortalecimiento de la investigación científica.

“La ciencia ciudadana es una nueva forma de cultura que permite unir la participación de la sociedad con la actividad científica. iNaturalistEc nos permitirá tener información suficiente para entrar en la meta de conservación, alimentar bases de datos, hacer monitoreo y saber cómo cambia el estado de la biodiversidad”, dijo.

De su lado, Tony Iwane, representante de iNaturalist, señaló que cada observación puede contribuir a la biodiversidad de la ciencia. “Compartimos las observaciones con repositorios de datos científicos como el Global Biodiversity Information Facility para ayudar a los científicos a encontrar y utilizar esos datos. Todo lo que hay que hacer es observar”, expresó.

En este sentido, Tony Iwane entregó a Diego Inclán el Acuerdo firmado entre la Academia de Ciencias de California, National Geographic e INABIO, en el que se detalla que el INABIO acepta convertirse en miembro de la Red iNaturalist y operar su Puerto de enlace de Ecuador.

Además, con este Acuerdo se le otorga al INABIO el acceso a la infraestructura compartida de la Red y participación en el Comité de Miembros de la Red iNaturalist; acceso a datos de ubicación privada a restringida; y el acceso a la información de contacto del usuario del Nodo de Enlace en Ecuador, únicamente para los fines de las comunicaciones relacionadas con el Nodo de Enlace de Ecuador.

iNaturalistEc, que es parte de la red de iNaturalist.org, ha registrado en el Ecuador aproximadamente 182 mil observaciones representando cerca de 11500 especies, confirmando el crecimiento exponencial de la actividad que empezó a finales de 2018 con proyectos como el #RetoNaturalista2018 y el #RetoNaturalistaUrbanoTena2019.

El lanzamiento de iNaturalistEc coincide con la conmemoración del Día Internacional de los Parques Nacionales, fecha en la que el INABIO y el Ministerio de Ambiente, con el apoyo del “Programa Cooperación entre Ecuador y Alemania para la investigación orientada a la aplicación sobre Biodiversidad y cambio climático – CoCiBio” y GIZ, desarrollarán la “Maratón de la Biodiversidad, Vamos a los Parques Nacionales” que se desarrollará el 24 y 25 de agosto, en los 13 Parques Nacionales del Ecuador.

Fuente de la noticia: http://inabio.biodiversidad.gob.ec/2019/08/22/el-inabio-lanza-la-plataforma-inaturalistec-que-promovera-la-cultura-de-la-observacion-registro-y-divulgacion-de-la-biodiversidad-en-ecuador/

Posted on August 23, 2019 13:24 by panchoprieto panchoprieto | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Anacostia River BioBlitz at Kingman Island

Hi all!

Our third AWS-run bioblitz will be on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Kingman and Heritage Islands Park in northeast, Washington, DC.

More information here: https://anacostiaws.salsalabs.org/92819anacostiariverbioblitzkingmanisland/index.html

Hope to see you there (and/or your observations/identifications): @jmgconsult, @belyykit, @hholbrook, @mellis, @treichard, @carrieseltzer, @stephen220, @treegrow, @woodcut55, @mstrecker, @abookb, @tminatbe, @tsn, @erininmd, @lotteryd, @maxallen, @mmn_noriko, and all the great naturalists out there!

Aloha,

Jorge

Posted on August 23, 2019 13:17 by anacostiabiota anacostiabiota | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Observing For Our Project

High Quality Observations

Examples Of High Quality Observations

What does a high quality observation look like? Here are a few observations that meet all of the requirements we ask for:
Example Observation 1) Polycera hummi
Example Observation 2) Ipomoea pes-caprae



Observation Requirements For This Project

This is what we require for observations submitted to this project:
1) Appropriate Identification: You need to make an identification that is to (at minimum) the Kingdom level. If you have a general idea of what you're posting, go ahead and include it. That could be as broad as "bird" or "plant." Many people helping identify observations on iNaturalist will filter the observations by the group of species they know how to ID (like birds or plants), so observations with a blank ID or incorrect ID will be excluded from those filtered searches. Putting in a general ID helps funnel your observation to someone who might know what they're looking at so that it can get identified more quickly. Also, please don't add joke or otherwise false identifications on iNaturalist.
2) Accurate Date and Time: Contains an exact date and time when the observation was made. Note that your observations must be made after the start of the semester. Older observations will not be accepted.
3) Multiple, Clear Photos: An observation should have multiple photographs (if possible) of the organism that are high quality, and show key characteristics such as coloration, texture, and (if present) reproductive structures.
4) Accurate Location: Contains a precise location with coordinates that are within Florida and are not private. If you are concerned about revealing the location of a sensitive organism (or where your house is), you can hide the exact location from the public by changing the "geoprivacy" of the observation to "obscured", but please do not make your observation "private".
5) Detailed Description: Each observation must include a description for the observation that includes a visual description of organism, the habitat in which the observation was made, and a reference. The visual description should include shape, size, color(s), behavior, and (if present) reproductive structures. At least one reference (such as a website or field book) is provided that contains a description of the organism.
6) Wild Organism: Observations for this project cannot be cultivated, captive, domesticated, feral, dead, and / or a specimen. iNaturalist is primarily about observing wild organisms.

Low Quality Observations

Multiple Observations For One Organism

One organism = One observation. Avoid adding multiple observations of the same organism. Also avoid adding an observation with photos of many different organisms. Each observation should be about a single species.

This is the same alligator, but the photos are spread out over two observations. These observations need to be combined into one.

What Is Being Observed Here???

If your photo is too zoomed out, it may be unclear what you are observing. Here the user is observing a lichen, but which lichen? There are multiple lichens in the photo, but it is unclear which lichen they would like identified. It's helpful if you can crop the photo more closely to the subject. Cropping usually makes it easier to get an identification too.

There are multiple lichens in this photo! iNaturalist could not identify an organism beyond the Kingdom level because it was not clear what organism the observation was about.

Captive, Cultivated, Domesticated, Dead, Feral, and Specimens

For this project you must avoid observing captive, cultivated, domesticated, dead, feral, and specimen organisms.

Cultivated

This is cultivated plant. Signs of a cultivated plant include maintenance on and around the plant, such as pruning, sprinkler systems, and mulch. We are not interested in cultivated organisms for this project.

Dead
Anyone home? If the answer is no, then this organism cannot be submitted to our project. We are only interested in organisms that are still contributing to the biodiversity of Florida.

Captive, Domesticated, and/or Feral
For our project we are not interested in organisms that are not wild, which includes those that are captive, domesticated, and/or feral. This is a Domestic Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata var. domestica). It is domesticated, so it is not an acceptable observation for our project.

Specimen

Did you observe the organism in our lab? Then it was probably a lab specimen. These organisms are cultivated and cannot be submitted to our project.

Questions?

Are you not sure if your observation meets the requirements for this project? Please leave a comment on this journal post or contact your professor.

Posted on August 23, 2019 13:13 by marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Common Habitat Types Found In Florida

Coastal

Located along the coastline, this habitat is dominated by communities adapted to life along the sea where wind and salt spray shape the environment.

Marine and Esturaine

These ecosystems occur along coastlines and include subtidal, intertidal, and supratidal zones.
Estuarine communities may temporarily exhibit freshwater conditions during periods of heavy rainfall or upland runoff or marine conditions when rainfall and upland runoff are low, but generally are areas within which seawater is significantly diluted with freshwater inflow from the land. Marine habitats are those areas without significant freshwater inflow. Common marine and estuarine wetlands are:
- Salt Marsh
- Salt Flat Mangrove Swamp
- Buttonwood Forest Keys Tidal Rock Barren

Freshwater

These ecosystems are characterized by aquatic ecosystems containing freshwater. Freshwater habitats come in many different forms in Florida. Common freshwater habitats are:
- Rivers and Streams
- Ponds and Lakes
- Non-Forested and Forested Wetlands
These freshwater habitat types can be broken down even further into many sub-types. More information and photo examples of these habitat types and sub-types can be found on the Florida Natural Areas Inventory.

Forests

This is an ecosystem whose flora is characterized by a large number of trees. Forests come in many different forms in Florida. Common forest types are:
- Hardwood Forested Uplands
- High Pine
- Pine Flatwoods
These forest types can be broken down even further into many sub-types. More information and photo examples of these forest types and sub-types can be found on the catalog of UF Forest Ecosystems and the Florida Natural Areas Inventory.

Prairies

Prairies are treeless, open grasslands, many of which are seasonally inundated with water. These prairies contain communities of low shrubs and grasses occupying vast, level expanses in three major areas north and west of Lake Okeechobee in south-central Florida. Common prairie species in Florida are saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), dwarf live oak (Quercus minima), dwarf wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera var. pumila), and dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia dumosa; Carr 2007).

Scrub and Sandhill

These are dry, sandy habitats found away from Florida's coastline.
Scrub is a community composed of evergreen shrubs, with or without a canopy of pines, and is found on dry, infertile, sandy ridges. These are Florida's desert and possess well-drained, loose “sugar sand”. Common scrub species are shrubby oaks like Florida rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides) and sand pine (Pinus clausa).
Sandhill is characterized by widely spaced pine trees with a sparse midstory of deciduous oaks and a moderate to dense groundcover of grasses, herbs, and low shrubs. Sandhill occurs on the rolling topography and deep sands of the Southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain. Indicator species of sandhill habitats are longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), turkey oak (Quercus laevis), and wiregrass (Aristida stricta var. beyrichiana).

Urban

Primarily absent of any natural habitats and are often dominated by manmade habitats (such as manmade planters).

Disturbed

A location that was impacted by human activity in the past, but may be in a state of remission. Natural succession in these locations are interrupted regularly or frequently. Disturbed habitats around USF include roadsides and vacant lots.

More Information

More information on the habitats of Florida can be found on the Florida Natural Areas Inventory: https://www.fnai.org/natcom_accounts.cfm. Note that many of the descriptions here come from Florida Natural Areas Inventory.
Note that this is not a full list of the many habitats found in Florida, but is instead an introduction to common habitats you may encounter.
Please keep in mind that a growth form is not the same as a habitat. A lichen may be epiphytic and grow on the side of a tree, however, for this project the tree is not considered its habitat. To determine the habitat, observe the other organisms that dominate the community in which you found the organism.


Posted on August 23, 2019 13:12 by marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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How to add and observation to our project

Add an Observation Using the iNaturalist App

Using the IOS App (iPhone)
https://youtu.be/X0DZmhd-1no

Using the Android App

Video coming soon!

Add an Observation Using the iNaturalist Website

https://youtu.be/tNJCuLYRpOU

Posted on August 23, 2019 13:10 by marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Observing Wildlife for iNaturalist

Welcome to our class project!
If you are new to iNaturalist, please be sure to check out the Getting Started Guide and the Help pages. These will walk you through some of the main features of the site and answer many of your questions. Be sure to also check out the iNaturalist Community Guidelines for information on what iNaturalist considers acceptable behavior on their site.
If you are ready to start observing, please keep the following guidelines in mind:


Being a Good Naturalist

It is very important that you do not disturb any wildlife. For your own safety and the safety of the organism, do not touch the organism you are observing. Be aware that some organism, such as threatened species, may be legally protected against harassment (including touching and picking up the organism). Other organism may harm you if touched (such as plants that can cause skin reactions like poison ivy). Some organisms may be provoked if you approach them or their offspring. Keep a safe distance from the organisms you are observing and be aware of your surroundings. Safety is a priority.
Do you recognize this plant? It is poison ivy!


Public

iNaturalist is a public site. Do not upload images that break iNaturalist Terms and Services or violate Copyright Laws. Do not take identifiable photos of yourself. It is ok to include your hands, feet, and clothing in your photos, but please do not include full photos of yourself or others in observations.
For example, it is ok to include your hand in a photograph. In this photo the naturalist carefully lifted up this sea grass for a better photo of the sea slug eggs.


Observe Wildlife

For this project avoid taking a photo of a captive, cultivated, domesticated, dead, and feral organism. Also, only observations within the state of Florida made since the beginning of this semester can be added to this project.
Take multiple, clear photos at different angles. The photo quality needs to be high enough that the organism can be identified.
Document key information including the time and date at which the observation was taken, the habitat in which your observation was made, visual characteristics of organism, and other important information (behavior, presence of a symbiont, etc.).

Wild sea slug Elysia papillosa from multiple angles.

Posted on August 23, 2019 13:07 by marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Online ID Guides

Before Making An Identification

Before you make an identification for your observation, be sure to do two things:
1) Check out the "Identifying Organisms" tab on the Getting Started Page
2) Do some research on what you think you saw using the free online guides below.


Free Online Guides

Having trouble identifying an organism? Think you have the correct ID but need some resources to verify it? These free online ID guides can help you!

All Life

Encyclopedia of Life
Catalogue of Life
Integrated Taxonomic Information System
NCBI

Plants

General Plant Guides
Atlas of Florida Plants
The Plant List
Florida Invasive Plant Species
USDA
Florida Native Plant Society
Discover Life Plant ID
Vascular Plants
General Vascular Plants
Plants of the World Online
What Tree Is That? Online
UF Trees of Florida
Ferns
UF - An Overview and Informal Key of the Ferns of Florida (PDF)
Florida Native Ferns: Ptropical Pteridophytes (PDF)
Discover Life - Ferns
Gymnosperms
Common Pines of Florida (PDF)
Angiosperms
Southeastern Flora ID
Nonvascular Plants
Bryophyte Flora of North America
Guide to the Identification of North American Mosses


Fungi and Lichen

Fungi
Mushroom Observer
USF species project - Florida Fungi
Mushroom Expert
MycoBank Database
Field Guide to Common macro-fungi in Eastern Forests (PDF)
Species Fungorum
Index Fungorum
Lichens
Ways of Enlichenment
Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria
Key for Florida Lichens (PDF)

Animals: Radiata, Porifera, Protostomes

General Animal Guides
Animal Diversity Web
General Marine Guides
World Register of Marine Species
Reef Guide
FWC Marine Invertebrate Guide
Picture Guide to Gulf of Mexico Invertebrate (PDF)
Sponges
Reef Guide-Sponges
Corals
Reef Guide – Soft Corals
Reef Guide – Stony Corals
Mollusks
MolluscaBase
Florida Reef Mollusks
Applesnails
Terrestrial Mollusc Tool
Insects
General Insect Guides
Bug Guide
Insect Identification - Florida
Bug Identification Key
Ants
AntWeb
Mantids
Mantodea Species File Online
Stick and Leaf Insects
Phasmid Species File Online
Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids
Orthoptera Species File Online
Caterpillar, Butterfly, and Moth
A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada
Discover Life Caterpillar ID
Spiders
World Spider Catalog
Spider ID
Project Noah-Arachnids
Myriapoda
ChiloBase
MilliBase

Animals: Deuterostomes

Echinoderms
Reef Guide-Sea stars
Reef Guide-Sea Urchins/Cucumbers
Marine Fish
FishBase
FWC Freshwater Fish Guide
FWC Saltwater Fish Guide
Space Coast Saltwater Fish ID guide
Sharks, Skates, and Rays
Skates and Rays
Florida Museum Skates and Rays Species Profiles
Sharks and Rays
Reef Guide–Sharks and Rays
Sharks
Florida Museum Field Key to Atlantic Shark Species
Amphibians
Amphibian Species of the World
Florida Museum Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles
Reptiles
General Reptiles
The Reptile Database
Snakes
Florida Museum Snakes Identification Guide
Birds
The Clements Checklist
Florida Ornithological Society-Official Florida State Bird List
FWC Bird ID Guide
Central Florida Backyard Identification
Mammals
General Mammals
IUCN Red List
FWC Florida Mammal Guide
Marine Mammals
Reef Guide

Protist

Diatoms
Diatoms of North America
Amoebozoa
International Society for Testate Amoeba Research
Discover Life - Slime Molds
Algae
Reef Guide – Algae
Florida Gulf Coast University Algae ID guide (PDF)


Become An Even Better Identifier

Want to become an even better identifier? Here is where you can find tips to become a better identifier: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/lets_id_some_arthropods

Posted on August 23, 2019 13:03 by marymangiapia marymangiapia | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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17 место

Костромская область не спеша, но уверенно продолжает продвигаться вверх по рейтингу.
21 августа выйдя на 17 место, опередив Калужскую область.
На утро 23 августа для территории Костромской области есть 2678 (+137) находок 466 (+10) видов, сделанных общими усилиями 22 (+1 !) натуралистов и определенных 172 экспертами.

Posted on August 23, 2019 04:47 by max_carabus max_carabus | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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White-cheeked rosella confirmed as vector of Elaeagnus

Caught with a berry in its beak, the lone bird perched on an Elaeagnus branch amidst impenetrable honeysuckle was unperturbed by our proximity, and continued to quietly select berries to eat:
https://inaturalist.nz/observations/31043948

Posted on August 23, 2019 01:19 by kaipatiki_naturewatch kaipatiki_naturewatch | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Watch: Great White Sharks Swim Close to Oblivious Surfers.

Matt Larmand shot the video off Capistrano State Beach in Dana Point, California, on Wednesday, For The Win reported. According to Larmand, the drone-cam viewfinder detected about five sharks during the film session between 12 p.m. PDT and 5 p.m. PDT.

https://www.geek.com/news/watch-great-white-sharks-swim-close-to-oblivious-surfers-1801211/

Posted on August 23, 2019 01:14 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Nature News: Lounging With Lizards.

There are many different types of reptiles living in the warm climate of Southern California, but some of the most common are the lizards that share our area, such as the Western fence lizard.

http://ramonajournal.com/nature-news-lounging-with-lizards-p10187-88.htm

Posted on August 23, 2019 01:02 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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news

lets see our plant I will be looking for the best plant so check for your best plants. I will be looking.

Posted on August 23, 2019 00:07 by gabriel11s gabriel11s | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Stumps removed

This is the time of year to clean up the orchard and care for the health of the trees before fall leaf drop. Our orchardist, Phil Doetsch, is removing the stumps from trees that were identified as dead this year.

We are not sure about the reason for this tree mortality and are interested in hearing your thoughts. There have been challenges in getting enough water to the trees at the right time. The spray irrigation system is outdated and is in need of replacement with a drip irrigation system.

If fungal pathogens are affecting the root systems, it is possible to deliver appropriate treatments through a drip irrigation system. We will be exploring the possibility that ring nematodes and a bacterial canker are a problem. These pathogens were highlighted as a problem in the Los Altos Apricot Orchard Management and Guidelines written in 2006.

The orchard (2.84 acres) has room for 144 trees. In 2006, 41% of the trees were over 5 years old and 135 new trees were planted in 2005. In 2019, 100 new trees were planted. We need to do another inventory to get a snapshot of the current age structure of the trees.

One hundred new trees have been ordered for planting in the winter (January). The Blenheim variety have been grafted on a hardy rootstock (Nemagard) and will arrive in bare root form.

Posted on August 22, 2019 23:21 by jmpackard jmpackard | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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BioBlitz Results- 112 species!

At the Apricot STEM Fair at the Los Altos History Museum, expert and budding naturalists identified 112 species in and around the apricot orchard on June 30, 2019. Here is a link to the iNaturalist project page:

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/apricot-stem-fair-bioblitz?tab=observations

Posted on August 22, 2019 22:55 by jmpackard jmpackard | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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What’s Killing Sea Otters? Scientists Pinpoint Parasite Strain.

Genetic Link Found Between Deadly Pathogen and Wild and Feral Cats on Land.

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/whats-killing-sea-otters-scientists-pinpoint-parasite-strain/

Posted on August 22, 2019 22:53 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome!

In response to the heartwarming support for our Heritage Orchard, I will start posting here exciting news as the year unfolds. Together, we will learn about the care of the apricots and all who live in the green space of the Los Altos Civic Center and Los Altos History Museum gardens.

Signs announcing our civic pride and explaining the history of this Los Altos Landmark were posted recently. Over 80 citizens joined our mayor, Lynnette Lee Eng in celebration of support for the orchard.

Here is a link to an article written by Robin Chapman:

https://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/community/177-features/60416-santa-clara-valley-lives-an-apricot-orchard-serves-as-a-sign-of-the-times

Posted on August 22, 2019 22:46 by jmpackard jmpackard | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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October 4-6 Bioblitz at Timberlake Biological Field Station

The spring 2019 bioblitz at Timberlake was tons of fun. Between May 17-20, 18 observers made 5,379 observations of 1,103 species! https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2019-05-17&d2=2019-05-20&place_id=118103

Several folks attending the spring bioblitz asked for a fall get-together, so we have one scheduled for October 4-6. All the details are here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cmBB7JuZvEu1iIWFNmWKAQrf2Mj6itnSRUGIte03-nw/edit?usp=sharing

Timberlake Biological Field Station is in Mills County, between Lampasas and Brownwood, on the Colorado River.

Highlights from the spring bioblitz: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LoKVe3raOSmtJXrrswuohVzQdgHieuUd

Posted on August 22, 2019 22:37 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 14 comments | Leave a comment
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5 Mile Radius Birding (3.1 km)

My 5 MR Circle, mapped: CFS 2019 5MR map

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Project Masterlist

In this journal post I will be collecting every project that I think people should consider joining into one masterpost. I tried to get only world-wide projects, but unfortunately, a few of them are restricted to North America.

Evidence Type Projects


These projects deal with the type of evidence presented in an observation.


Bites and Stings collects observations that have come along with a bite or a sting from the subject of observation.
Dead Animals is an umbrella project for observations of deceased animals. It's composed of four other projects: Dead Birds, Dead Fish, Dead Herps, and Dead Mammals
Eggs and Nests is for eggs, nests, or nests with eggs in them. It is not restricted to birds.
Found Feathers is a project for observations of feathers
Galls of North America is a project for observations of galls, deformed masses made in plants by some arthropods
Lone Cones is a project for observations of cones without photos of the plant that produced them.
North American Leafminers is an umbrella project consisting of several location-restricted leafminer projects. Leafminers are insects whose larvae make lines and blotches in leaves. With the host plant, these can often be identified.
Skulls and Bones is for skulls, bones, and skeletons as a whole

Behaviour and Interaction Projects


These projects showcase an organism's unique behaviours, or the interesting interactions between organisms


Common Dandelion Visitors is for observations of animals interacting with dandelions. This can be as a fly on the dandelion's flower, or it could be a deer pulling up and eating the whole plant.
Flower-Visiting Wasps of the US and Canada is for observations of wasps visiting flowers. Unfortunately, it's restricted to the two aforementioned countries.
Hand Feeding is a project for observations of nonhuman animals eating out of a human's hand.
Mating Behaviour is for observations of animal courtship or mating
Molluscan Mycophagy is for observations of terrestrial gastropods (slugs and snails) eating fungi (mostly mushrooms)
Pollinator Associations is for any observation of an animal visiting a flower.
Salticidae Meals is for observations of salticids (jumping spiders) eating other arthropods.

Location and Habitat Related Projects


These projects are about where something was seen. I'm purposely not adding region-based projects to this section. Instead, these are moreso about habitat or interaction with human development.


Animals in Swimming Pools is for animals in swimming pools. They can be dead or alive.
Animals in the Backyard is for animals in backyards.
Animals in Urbania is for animals in "highly human-dominated landscapes".
Beach Finds and Washashore is for observations of things found in wrack lines.
Bird Feeders is for visitors of bird feeders. This is not restricted to birds. (Additionally, check out the Humans Feeding Animals umbrella project)
Freshwater Habitat is for anything found in freshwater, excluding wetlands. So far, it's mostly only been used in New Zealand, but there's no rule against adding outside observations.
Intertidal Zone is for animals and algae between the areas of high and low tide. So far, it's mostly only been used in New Zealand, but there's no rule against adding outside observations.
Never Home Alone: the Wild Life of Homes is for observations of non-human animals living in human households.
Project PorchLight is for animals visiting porch lights during the nighttime.
WildMart is for observations of animals found in walmart and other large stores. The goal is to spot newly introduced species as they're imported into the country, hidden within products such as exotic fruit and plants.

Projects for Observations of Peculiar Things


This is for observations that have some peculiar attribute to them that make them worth paying attention to


Amazing Aberrants is for observations of an individual that has different colouration than the majority of its species.
Banded Birds is for observations of birds that are banded, tagged, ringed, or tracked in some other way.
Fascinating Fasciation is for plants that are fasciated - they've grown in an atypical manner. The project has great examples of what fasciation is.
Observations With a Good View is for observations with a pleasant scene behind the subject.
Peculiar Petals is for plants whose flowers have an amount of petals atypical for the species.
Pink Common Yarrow Observations is for wild common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) with pink flowers instead of the more typical white.
Wild Hybrid and Integrade Birds of North America is a North America-restricted project for observations of birds that are hybrid or integrade (cross between subspecies of the same species).

Projects About How an Observation was Observed


These projects are about the how of the observation. How was this particular observation made?


Animated Observations is for observations that use .gif files, instead of just the typical .png and .jpg files.
Audio Observations From Around the World is for observations that use .mp3, .wav, or similar audio files instead of just image files.
Ethaning is for observations with photos that were taken from within a moving vehicle. The name originated from an iNat user who often creates such observations. Any vehicle is allowed, be it car, boat, gondola, helicopter, or anything else.
Nature Drawing and Journaling is for observations that use a drawing or sketch of an organism, instead of or along with a photo of the organism itself.

Humorous Projects


These lighthearted projects are for fun observations


Debatably an Organism is for observations that are such low quality that you can barely tell that it's a living thing, yet can still attain research grade.
Geralds of the World is for any observation that makes you laugh, or just any observation that you want to add to the project. It's inspired by Gerald, the beaver with over 100 IDs
Observational comedy is for any comedic observation.
Organisms On or Near Appropriate Signs is for organisms that are on, or near, appropriate signs.
The Butt End of Nature is for observations where you can only successfully photograph your subject from behind.

Other Projects


These are projects that I couldn't fit into any of the above categories. Many of them are for organisms of species that fit into a somewhat arbitrary category.


Ant Mimics is for organisms that mimic ants.
Flowering Fugitives is for plants that have escaped from the horticultural trade.
Megafauna of the World is an umbrella project for species that get above 40kg.
Non-Apid Bees is a collection project for bees that are not in the family Apidae. This project is most useful as a search filter on the explore page.
Moths of the World is a collection project for moths (lepidopterans that aren't butterflies). This project is most useful as a search filter on the explore page.

I'm always willing to add new projects to this page. If you have an interesting one, send it to me!

Posted on August 22, 2019 20:41 by mws mws | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome, iNaturalist Ecuador!

We are pleased to officially announce the launch of iNaturalist Ecuador! Ecuador’s Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO) is the newest partner in the international iNaturalist Network. INABIO played a key role in organizing the Amazonian city of Tena’s participation in the City Nature Challenge earlier this year (Reto Naturalista Urbano Tena 2019). The overall participation in Ecuador has increased substantially already with INABIO’s encouragement of the community, which is evident in the iNaturalist World Tour post for Ecuador.

Ecuador is home to astounding biodiversity that ranks it easily in the top 10 most biodiverse countries. This is especially impressive considering that there are 72 countries in the world with greater land area. Many species remain undescribed or poorly known, so there is great potential and need to broadly cultivate the skills of biodiversity observation and identification. Thanks to INABIO’s leadership, iNaturalist Ecuador is well positioned to foster the next generation of talented Ecuadorian biologists.

The iNaturalist Network has seven nationally-focused sites that are fully connected and interoperable with the global iNaturalist site. Roughly in the order that they joined, the other sites are: NaturaLista Mexico, iNaturalist NZ — Mātaki Taiao (formerly NatureWatch NZ), iNaturalist Canada, Naturalista Colombia, Biodiversity4All (Portugal), and iNaturalist Panamá. Any iNaturalist user can log in on any of the sites using their same credentials and will see the same notifications.

The iNaturalist Network model allows for localizing the iNaturalist experience to better support communities on a national scale and local leadership in the movement, without splitting the community into isolated, national sites. The iNaturalist team is grateful to the outreach, training, translations, and user support carried out through the efforts of the iNaturalist Network member institutions. You can read more about Network here.

Posted on August 22, 2019 20:21 by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer | 15 comments | Leave a comment
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Ireland - iNaturalist World Tour

We're in Ireland to celebrate the big 60 on the iNaturalist World Tour! The top observer is @alflinn329 who has made multiple trips all around Ireland. The second top observer, @formicacid, has activity centered around Carlow. Just to the northwest @koos1 has many observations in the Kilamuck Bog. @deirdrecape is based at the very southwestern tip of Ireland including quite a few from Dursey Island. @rmcmind, currently based in France, is one of the top observers in Ireland. @ahospers, @tiwane, @qgroom, @deboas, & @greglasley are other visitors high up in the observations leaderboard. @shawnodonnell, a Palaeoecologist at Queen's University in Belfast, has many observations in Northern Ireland and elsewhere around the world from around the world but also has quite a few observations from Ireland, particularly County Claire. The same can be said for @bernardpicton, a curator at the National Museum of Northern Ireland in Cultra who focuses on marine invertebrates. Quite a few top observers such as @munstermad are clustered around the capital of Dublin. Just to the north, @adventuresinwoowoo is based near Dundalk. @danielor is a marine biologist at the Marine Institute in Oranmore. While @emilytoner not among the top 50 observers, her research as a National Geographic Explorer is on the cultural and biological significance of Irish peat bogs.


Observations ramped up in the summer of 2018 to around 1,000 observations per month. This summer of 2019 this has since doubled to around 2,000 observations per month.


The top identifier is @alanhorstmann, who in addition to being an expert in South African Succulents and a huge presence on iNaturalist in southern africa, spends several months a year in County Cork, Ireland. Most of the top identifiers are based elsewhere in Europe, such as @ldacosta (leading in birds), @tiggrx (leading in plants), and @amzamz (leading in insects). I should note that there are more mollusk observations than usual in Ireland, probably since Ireland is an Island with lots of nearby coastline. @pierrenoel, a marine biologist from France, is the top mollusk identifier. Many thanks to other top identifiers such as @alexis_orion, @jhbratton and (top observer) @shawnodonnell.


What can we do to get more people in Ireland using iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@alflinn329, @formicacid, @deirdrecape, @rmcminds, @koos1, @alanhorstmann, @ldacosta, @tiggrx, @alexis_orion, @jhbratton

We’ll be back tomorrow in Croatia!

Posted on August 22, 2019 18:32 by loarie loarie | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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YWTMP needs your moose and caribou samples!

Calling all moose and caribou hunters - Yukon Winter Tick Monitoring Project needs your help!

In addition to keeping us up to date with your photos here on iNaturalist, this season, we are asking hunters to bring us a smaller sample of hide so we can carry out a winter tick check. Just a 20cm x 40cm sample, taken from the neck and shoulder region of the animal's right side is needed for us to look for winter ticks.

Pick up your free hide sample kit at Environment Yukon (10 Burns Rd, Whitehorse) which contains instructions and a hide sample template to cut around (or download from our Hide Submissions photos on Facebook 😊). If you want to keep a hide whole, then we can still carry out a winter tick check and return it to you completely undamaged.

Note it's unlikely you'll be able to see winter tick larvae on your kill, as they are super tiny at this time of year (the size of a grain of sand, or a poppyseed)! But we have ways of looking for them in the lab - every sample helps.

And to say thank-you for helping with this research, for every moose or caribou hide or sample submitted you will receive your choice of a top quality thermos or 2 deluxe game bags.

Posted on August 22, 2019 16:58 by emilychenery emilychenery | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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We have hit 100 sample packages received!

You all have done it!! We have received our 100th package of leaves. Thank you to all you wonderful citizen scientists and Ginkgo lovers that have engaged so generously with our project.
Next up - our 200th sample! Many of the packages we are receiving have multiple samples in them, so we are already well on our way!

Posted on August 22, 2019 14:04 by fossilatmospheres fossilatmospheres | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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We have hit 100 sample packages received!

You all have done it!! We have received our 100th package of leaves. Thank you to all you wonderful citizen scientists and Ginkgo lovers that have engaged so generously with our project.

Next up - our 200th sample! Many of the packages we are receiving have multiple samples in them, so we are well on our way!

Posted on August 22, 2019 13:37 by fossilatmospheres fossilatmospheres | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Visit to Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary: August 18, 2019

Went for a walk through this wonder Mass Audubon site over boardwalks and through the woods. There were more turtles than could be counted, many sunning themselves in neat lines along branches sticking out of the water. In addition to these observations we saw geese as well as a hawk. It was shady and very humid. There were also quite a lot of fungi along the trail, but I was on parent duty and wasn't able to make as many observations as I would have like to. This is a great place for woods walks with little ones, as well as a great place to see both aquatic and forest critters in close proximity.

Posted on August 22, 2019 13:31 by heatherolins heatherolins | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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