April 05, 2024

The City Nature Challenge 2024, Heart of Texas area!

Hello everyone! It's almost that time again!

The City Nature Challenge this year runs from April 26th to April 29th with uploading and IDs able to be done up until end of day on May 5th.

Many of us are experts by now, but all you've got to do is go out into one of the counties in our area and make observations during those dates in April. Then, try to help find IDs for everything after the observation period is over. Counties included this year are: Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, and Somervell. Limestone County is a new addition this year. Can't wait to see what we find there!
I'm trying to work on getting a bioblitz or two together and will post more information here later.

Here's how we did last year
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2023-heart-of-texas
And here's our project for this year
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2024-heart-of-texas
Help me spread the word to anyone you think might be interested!
Tagging folks who have participated in the past:

Posted on April 05, 2024 07:15 PM by bosqueaaron bosqueaaron | 7 comments | Leave a comment

June 29, 2023

National Moth Week Event July 30

Hey everyone! I just wanted to gauge interest on having a mothing/blacklighting event at the Lhoist Clifton limestone quarry where I run a biodiversity program. We are just south of Clifton, TX off of Hwy 6 and down FM 2602. https://goo.gl/maps/c65LFn7qgADKxWsj7
Project link https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/lhoist-clifton-biodiversity
Habitat types are upland prairie, limestone escarpments, wooded canyons, and shallow wetlands. There is a good place for parking and setting up lights along a gravel road. There are a couple of outlets, but no restrooms and nowhere to stay the night.

Set for July 30th!!

We'll meet at 5pm and stay till whenever.

Directions
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zhy01Xe15vWhH5NVf1BNT2byL_anbDxx7mxcA8uZ4QY/edit?usp=sharing

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May 22, 2023

Little L Ranch (Walker Ranch) Bioblitz and River Cleanup Info

Here is the latest update on this event. .
If anyone is interested in attending, please email Bob Walker (email found below) for the sign up sheet and liability release form.

AHOY RIVER MATES...Just over a month to the Memorial Day/Weekend Cleanup and Campout, so I want to bring everyone up to date! Since we have a few new names I will give a brief outline. Starting on:

Friday May 26: Bring your tents and campers and set up at Little L Ranch (directions below). First official event is meet and greet pot luck dinner.

Saturday May 27: River cleanup day (signup sheet below). Starts early and last until your section is complete (2-5 hours). Bring your own lunch as you may be on the river until 12-4pm. Free time from river recovery until lecture on dragonflies by Valerie Tabor (RB Chapter TMN) around 4:30. Dinner served by Friends of the Brazos around 6:30. Mothing lecture and demonstration by Urban Wildlife Biologist Sam Kieschnick from dark to...how late can you last!

Sunday May 28th: An amazing lineup of: teach-a-lot (VT) and learn-a-lot (AT). The schedule will be refined at the planning meeting (6PM May the 5th in Granbury). Contact me at the iliketennisrjw@gmail.com should you need more information.
7:30-8:30 Dave and Wendy Moore (RBMN) along with Richard Grayson (NTMN) will concoct a hardy Mountain Man Breakfast to fuel us up for a busy day.

9AM Justin Grimm (Brazos River Authority environmental department) will wake us up with a PowerPoint presentation on aquatic ecology.

10AM Justin will lead a “river exploration” for mussels and the illusive Brazos River Water Snake. Think water/tennis shoes and shorts!

11AM Ricky Linex (NRCS retired) will lead a field exploration class on riparian ecology and name that plant. Think hiking shoes and long pants!😵‍💫

12:30-1:15 light lunch (probably sandwiches) supplied.

1:30-3:00 Melody Holm (RB Chapter TMN) will lead a class on geology in the gravel pit.
3:30-5:00 Dave Moore (RB Chapter TMN) will present a class on birds, or a class and demonstration on orienteering (could be a treasure hunt involved).

5:30-7:00 Aaron Lincoln (HOTMN) will give a presentation and lead a walk concentrating on plants of North and Central Texas.

7:30 Another pot luck dinner served up by you, and your closest 50-60 new friends.
8:30 Star Party with a group of out of this world astronomers. In case of cloudy skies…a nature movie, or lawn games till you drop!

Monday May 29th: An early rise...brief breakfast, and off with Dave and Wendy in search of the ivory billed woodpecker.🤔

Alas, all things must come to an end… we break down, clean up, and say our final fair wells. That is, until we meet again on another TMN assignment to save the world.

If you plan to participate in the cleanup or campout, fill out the signup sheet. Please sign the Liability Release if you plan to camp at Little L Ranch.

Ahoy, Robert Walker iliketennisrjw@gmail.com 713-385-7623

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May 04, 2023

CNC 2023 Exceptional Observations

Please link to any exceptional observations you made or ran across during the Heart of Texas CNC. These may be featured in the state CNC presentation or on our area report once finalized.

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January 18, 2023

GCW Study

Hi everyone,

@oddfitz , @doug382 , @mangoverde , @lisasilas , @aggie05amberkay , @amynature , @animalzplantz , @badger8181 , @brentano , @fiddleman , @hannahwojo , @jaytee60 , @joseph92 , @lupe , @p57 , @pfau_tarleton

If you've been tagged, you have at least one Golden Cheeked Warbler observation from Bosque County.

I'm curious to know how many have been observed in places OUTSIDE of Meridian State Park. There's a gap of observations between Clifton and Gatesville, but it's hard to tell for sure since they're obscured. This is just to help me with predicting probable habitat in this area.

If anyone is willing, please just let me know general location either here or in a direct message.

Thanks
Aaron Lincoln
Heart of Texas Master Naturalists

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January 16, 2023

The City Nature Challenge 2023!

Hello again everyone! My name is Aaron Lincoln. I'm a Texas Master Naturalist from the Heart of Texas Chapter in Waco. Thank you to everyone who helped participate in our event last year! It was very successful! Here's a link in case you want to check out how we did:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2022-heart-of-texas

For anyone who isn't aware, the City Nature Challenge, is a wonderful time during April when cities across the world have a friendly competition to see who can make the most observations and find the most species. Apart from being a lot of fun, the challenge makes a real contribution to science and helps guide policy sometimes in bigger cities once decision makers see what kind of organisms are present in the area. You can find more info here:
http://citynaturechallenge.org/

Everything is done on iNaturalist, so you don't have to do anything different, just get out there and make observations. There's usually 4 days for observations followed by a week to upload and make identifications. I really think that our area with Hamilton, Hillsboro, Waco, Temple, Killeen, Belton, and outlying areas has something special to offer, especially as the area continues to grow and development replaces natural areas.

Last year's results were impressive, but I think we can do even better this year. Getting the word out to as many as possible and increasing our participants is key. Please feel free to tag anyone you can think of in this post and promote whenever possible.

It's still early in the planning phases, so I will continue to make updates as they come. Observation dates will be April 28th through May 1st with identifications being made the following week. Our area includes the following counties: Somervell, Bosque, Hamilton, Hill, Coryell, McLennan, Bell, Milam, and Falls. Here is the link to the project page for this year:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2023-heart-of-texas

Posted on January 16, 2023 10:01 PM by bosqueaaron bosqueaaron | 45 comments | Leave a comment

December 04, 2021

2022 City Nature Challenge! Heart of Texas Area

Hello again everyone! My name is Aaron Lincoln. I'm a Texas Master Naturalist from the Heart of Texas Chapter in Waco. Thank you to everyone who helped participate in our event last year! It was very successful! Here's a link in case you want to check out how we did:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-heart-of-texas

For anyone who isn't aware, the City Nature Challenge, is a wonderful time during April when cities across the world have a friendly competition to see who can make the most observations and find the most species. Apart from being a lot of fun, the challenge makes a real contribution to science and helps guide policy sometimes in bigger cities once decision makers see what kind of organisms are present in the area. You can find more info here:
http://citynaturechallenge.org/

Everything is done on iNaturalist, so you don't have to do anything different, just get out there and make observations. There's usually 4 days for observations followed by a week to upload and make identifications. I really think that our area with Hillsboro, Waco, Temple, Killeen, Belton, and outlying areas really have something to offer, especially as the area continues to grow and development replaces natural areas.

Last year's results were impressive, but I think we can do even better this year. Getting the word out to as many as possible and increasing our participants is key. Please feel free to tag anyone you can think of in this post and promote whenever possible. I'm also working with folks at NPAT to get access to several prairies in Falls County that I never knew existed.

It's still early in the planning phases, so I will continue to make updates as they come. Observation dates will be April 29th through May 2nd with identifications being made the following week. Our area includes the following counties: Somervell, Bosque, Hamilton, Hill, Coryell, McLennan, Bell, Milam, and Falls. Here is the link to the project page for this year:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2022-heart-of-texas

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October 30, 2019

2021 City Nature Challenge

Hello! My name is Aaron Lincoln. I'm a Texas Master Naturalist from the Heart of Texas Chapter in Waco. I'm also an iNaturalist addict. I've brought you all here because I'm in the process of creating a new "city" for the 2021 City Nature Challenge and you are active observers in the counties that will hopefully be approved as "Heart of Texas". If approved, the area I think would be included are the counties Hamilton, Somervell, Bosque, Hill, Coryell, Mclennan, Limestone, Falls and Bell. If you aren't aware of the City Nature Challenge, it was a wonderful time during April when cities across the world have a friendly competition to see who can make the most observations and find the most species. Apart from being a lot of fun, the challenge makes a real contribution to science and helps guide policy sometimes in bigger cities once decision makers see what kind of organisms are present in the area. You can find more info here:
http://citynaturechallenge.org/

Everything is done on iNaturalist, so you don't have to do anything different, just get out there and make observations. There's usually 4 days for observations followed by a week to upload and make identifications. I live in Bosque County, which currently isn't part of any "city", so I usually drive up to the southernmost county included in the DFW area. I really think that our area with Hillsboro, Waco, Temple, Killeen, Belton, and outlying areas really have something to offer, especially as the area continues to grow and development replaces natural areas.

Here's a link to the results of last year's challenge:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019
And here's how DFW did:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-dallas-fort-worth

It was a little too late to get on board for 2020, but 2021, here we come!
I hope to see you all out there, and by all means, help out another city this year and get in on the fun. Also, please tag anyone else you think might be interested.
@sambiology Am I missing anything? :)

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March 06, 2019

BIOBLITZ at the High Hope Ranch!! March 13 and 22.

Hello! It's late notice, but the owners of the 900 acre High Hope Ranch in Glen Rose asked me if I could get together a Bioblitz in March. I've got two dates, the 13th and the 22nd at 9 a.m. both days. I figure we'll pause for lunch in Glen Rose, then continue until everyone has had enough. :)
The High Hope Ranch sits right next to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose. Here's a link to their website:
https://www.highhoperanch.com/history

There's also a project that's just getting started:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/citizen-scientist-at-high-hope-ranch
They are really interested in restoring certain parts of the ranch that have been overgrazed and protecting other parts with unique hill country flora and fauna. These bioblitzes will help provide a baseline inventory.

In addition, I'm leading some birding walks at Meridian State Park focusing on the Golden-cheeked warbler.
The dates and times can be found here:

The owners would like us to sign a release form, so please contact me at aaronlincoln@hotmail.com if you will be going. Please tag anyone else who might be interested. Hope to see lots of you there!

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September 27, 2017

Lichens!

Hello fellow inatters. I have a really hard time identifying lichens, but they are so cool, I always feel inadequate slapping a fungi/lichen ID on them. Here's a few resources I discovered today that might help to get some clarification on these really interesting specimens.

For a pretty good question/answer type guide:
http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Lichens_USGA

and just some really good photos to look through for central Texas:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/366199013438962323/?lp=true

I hope this helps!

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