Journal archives for April 2019

April 01, 2019

Whew -- loads of new observations.... Thanks to those that ID!

So, spring has sprung, and the observations are a'coming in numbers... The trend will continue into April, and the city nature challenge is going to be bonkers with new observations!

Just this past week, in TX alone, there were 19,000 observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?created_d1=2019-03-24&created_d2=2019-03-30&place_id=18&subview=grid

Lots of new observers too! It's a good thing overall, but some of the observations (particularly from the students being forced to make them) are a bit lacking...

Anyways, a shout out to all of the folks adding in ID's for others! Thank you big time. Just as an encouragement, know that when you add an ID to an observation, it welcomes the observer to the naturalist community. So, please, keep it up!

I've decided to focus a bit more at a region than at a particular taxon or group. Be sure to use the identify screen with a filter for the place -- you can filter by county or by general region (if there's a place created).
I usually use the "cross timbers and blackland prairies ecoregion" place:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=128161&subview=grid

Now that more and more observations are coming in, I'll narrow it down to the "DFW metroplex:"
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=57484&subview=grid

Filter by county, filter by state, or filter by taxon -- each and every ID welcomes new observers! :)

Posted on April 01, 2019 02:23 by sambiology sambiology | 5 comments | Leave a comment

April 24, 2019

City Nature Challenge this weekend! Friday - Monday -- ready?!? We need you!

The weather should be nice. The critters and plants are gonna be out. Let's document EVERYTHING! City Nature Challenge - April 26-29... Any observation made within DFW (10 counties around DFW: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise) will automatically count... Must be uploaded before May 5th. WE (Nature in DFW) NEED YOU!

Lots of events going on, although you don't have to attend any of these to participate:
Friday, 26 April:
Tarleton State University Fort Worth Campus Bioblitz: 9 am – 5 pm *
Coyote Loop in Burleson: noon – 3 PM *
UT Dallas Monarch Waystation (meet at gazebo): 11 am - 1 pm
Windmill Garden at Brookhaven College: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
LLELA bioblitz: 2 pm - 8:30 pm
Mothing at Mockingbird Nature Park, Midlothian: 8 pm - 10 pm *
Bat BioBlitz in Parr Park, Grapevine: 7:30 pm - 9 pm

Saturday, 27 April:
Elise Walker Outdoor Learning Center, Irving: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Parr Park, Grapevine, how to use iNat and bioblitz: 9 am - 11 am
Dogwood Canyon bioblitz at Cedar Ridge Preserve: 9 am – noon
Dallas Parks and Rec BioBlitz at Gatewark Park on Jim Miller Road: 9 am – noon *
Blackland Prairie Conservatory and Atelier in Dallas: 10 am - noon
SouthWest Nature Preserve: 2 pm - 5 pm
LLELA bioblitz and mothing: 7:30 am - midnight *
Fort Worth Nature Center NatureCon: 9 am – 3 pm
Coppell Nature Park: 10 am - noon

Sunday, 28 April:
Twelve Hills, Dallas: 10 am - noon
Heard Museum, McKinney: 1 pm – 3 pm
Meadowmere Park in Grapevine bioblitz: 1 pm - 4 pm
Lakewood Outdoor Learning Area, Dallas: 1 pm – 3 pm
Chisholm Trail Community Park in Fort Worth: 2 pm – 5 pm

Monday, 29 April:
Frisco Commons Park :8:15 am - 9:15 am

I hope hope hope that you will participate. It'll be great fun!

Also, very important here: this data is going to be used. We can monitor the biodiversity around DFW, we can see where and when species exist, we can see which areas have high/low amounts of natural variety. I promise that we also use it to show the policy makers and public land managers this biodiversity AND the people that care about it. They recognize a constituency. So, yes, we need you big time. I hope you'll participate! :)

Feel free to reach out to me @sambiology, sam.kieschnick@tpwd.texas.gov, sambiology@gmail.com, or my cell: 214 215 5605

Posted on April 24, 2019 15:32 by sambiology sambiology | 32 comments | Leave a comment