April 24, 2019

City Nature Challenge 2019

大家經常把"環保"掛在口邊, 究竟環保個意義係乜? 係咪將垃圾分類買少D用少D就等同環保? 而有咩咁值得去'保'? 我用了差不多八年去尋找答案, 從一個對自然一知半解的普通市民 到今天已超過11000筆生態紀錄的業餘自然愛好者, 好簡單咁話你知, 原來只要你細心觀察, 你便會發現我地的城中唔單只係人類居所,仲存在數以千萬計的其他生物, 只不過我地生活實在太過匆促,很少會細心留意佢地的存在,又或者見到都唔知係乜,事實上隨便街邊一棵樹,就可以係一個生態系統。佢地的存亡與人類活動息息相關,絕大部物種已經生活在危險線上但唔識同你求救,要保育第一件事就係要知佢地的存在... 
仲有兩日就係 城市自然生態挑戰賽 CNC 2019, 呢個係現時全球最龐大的物種普查(Bioblitz)活動, 參加的城市要係4/26-4/29三天內期間動員所有人力物力去紀錄物種。城市於城市間 鬥人多參與、鬥多觀察數據、鬥找到及辨認到最多物種,目的係以要多些人參與城市科學Citizen Science,重新認識自己的與大自然的關係。活動歡迎任何人參與。在2018年, 香港以773參與者之力(全球第七), 上載20562筆觀察紀錄(全球第八),在比賽時間內找到及認到2640種生物(全球第三, 後來追加辨認到2900多種), 是歐美國家以外參與度最高的城市, 以人均物種觀察量計(可惜大會唔咁計)我地更是名列前茅!
對個人而言,呢個活1動勝負唔重要, 重點係比各位重新發現你的鄰居生物的機會, 而你的鄰居肯定唔只有曱甴和老鼠!!! 最簡單的參與方法就係在下載適用你手機的iNaturalist Apps 或 到訪 www.inaturalist.org 網站, 並用Facebook或email開個account ,就可以將你在該三日拍到的自然(非被困或大量栽種的) 雀鳥、昆蟲、植物、菇菌或鳥獸蟲魚上載到iNaturalist資料庫,資料要求只有三項基本條件就係圖片、時間及座標, 如果大家係用手機拍, 在拍照前開啟GPS, 咁電話會係照片上包含時間和座標資料,不需人手再輸入,非常方便!! 就算你唔知道係乜,你只需按照上載系統建議選擇最基本的分類例如鳥類、昆蟲、植物等...系統有好多好多生態專家會在該三天真人在線上幫大家辨認。期待各位參與和支持!!!
https://www.facebook.com/events/2120153251628093/

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February 26, 2019

SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE A TRAPPED BUG. WELCOME TO SHARE.

Simple steps to save a bee, a beetle or a moth, which is accidentally trapped in your home. 下次有昆蟲飛/爬入你屋企,可以的話放佢地一條生路, 歡迎分享!!

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November 17, 2018

Mid-summer Symphony II – The Lantern Fly

Another poem I published in Kids First News a few months ago.

People call me Lantern Fly but I’ve no idea why!
I don’t glow or carry any battery!
All I love to do is hop from tree to tree.
And embrace my favorite long-an and ly-chee!

Someone said “Your fashion sense is lousy!”
I think they haven't seen the handsome big-nosed me!!
And just look at my technicolor wings, aren’t they pretty?
Now I have a date with the summer breeze.

A moth? Not me! My family belongs to the Cicadinea!
Please excuse me for I have to flee!
As I’m enrolled in the big symphony!
Will you stay and chirp with me?

The show goes on but I’m a little thirsty.
On this trunk is all we can drink for free!
Hey, look at that crazy creepy-crawly!
What it sips on is not nectar, but my pee!

by SunnetChan

PS :thousand thanks the magical touch from Karen Barretto and Nicola Newbay.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/16384381

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July 22, 2017

Hidden iNat Function - Text checklist by the taxonomy order

Thank you Scott for teaching me this! A useful function!

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/taxa?skip_order=true&user_id=sunnetchan

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July 06, 2016

iNaturalist 新的輸入/上載版面。

致各香港iNaturalist版友 :

近日iNaturalist更新了輸入畫面,原意是方便用戶同時輸入多個不同的Observation,增加輸入資料的效率,預設功能是當用戶鉤選兩幅圖片上‘載到系統,系統會視為兩個獨立的Observation。假如當中有些圖片同屬一個Observation,用戶需要在上載畫面同時Highlight該兩格,並在左上角的按鍵進行Combine合併,否則紀錄便重覆了。

iNaturalist系統其中一個功能是統計物種出現的頻率和地點,因此應盡量避免出現重覆資料。這情況在進行集體Bioblitz活動時容易發生,即是多人同時在同一地點拍同一生物,但都把資料上載到iNaturalist,那該物種的出然頻率便會錯誤地大量增加,以影響統計的準確性。

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June 15, 2016

Mid-summer Symphony

Mister Big Black, you hum for whom?
To my glossy first love who likes to zoom.
Let’s jump from here to another tree.
See if there's a good brew we can get for free!

Little Clearwings, you sing for whom?
My song dedicated to the beauty in the classroom.
Do you see her exuvae on the wall?
Do you think she will answer my romantic call?

Golden Romeo, what is your musical tone?
I am praising the tree that I call home.
Her roots has raised and sheltered me,
I beg you also keep my children safe please…

Has anyone see Grassy, with his stained glass wings?
Yes, he’s just emerged and help our choir sing.
We spent years to prepare and welcome this newcomer,
To perform the most wonderful symphony in this summer!

Big Black Cicada (Cryptotympana sp.) 蚱蟬屬 :
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1709343

Green Clearwing Cicada (Chremistica ochracea) 薄翅蟬 (安蟬) :
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/731518

Golden Cicada (Platypleura hilpa) 黃蟪蛄 :
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1709299

Grass Cicada (Mogannia hebes) 綠草蟬 :
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/786681

PS : Thank you Nicola Newbery and Patrick Kidd for your magical touch on this poem.

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June 10, 2016

Obsessed? :-p

I have been doing daily observation for more than 100 consecutive days !
\ (o_o)/

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June 18, 2015

iNaturalist 開始引入多種語言介面

當中包括中文, 然而為了資料的統一性, 如用戶沒有在設定中預設所在國家,顯示所有物種及國際搜尋時一律會以英文/學名為準。然而為照顧非英語國家用戶的需要, 他們會在用戶設定中加入語言選項。香港用戶請登入後去以下連結

http://www.inaturalist.org/users/edit

把Time Zone 改成 (GMT +08:00) Hongkong

把Locale : 改成 English (這個選項是介面上的語言,暫時繁體版翻譯比率仍然很低,因此中文介面都以簡體為主,我估計是因新加坡用戶比較多而他們是用簡體。然而個人來說並不習慣他們的翻譯,因此建議維持以English做介面語言。)

把Place : Hong kong

然後在頁底儲存以上更改。

按照以上更改後, 所有你們輸入的項目,如學名匹配,會以繁體中文名稱作物種的第一語言顯示,如沒有繁體的就會用英文替代,沒有英文的就會用學名。

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April 22, 2015

iNaturalist 資料輸入指引

1) 先登記一個iNaturalist戶口,或直接以FB登入。
2) 在”What did you see?”欄輸入物種學名,系統會自動配對後彈出其通用名字,通用名字會以英文為先,倘若該物種曾經有用戶加上中文通用名,例如”豹尺蛾”,那當你輸入”豹尺蛾”後按Look up亦可配對到學名豹尺蛾 (Dysphania militaris),但切記不要同時混合中英輸入”豹尺蛾 (Dysphania militaris)”,這樣反而配對不到。
如遇到系統資料庫未有的物種,那時你會看到”Search external name providers “功能出現,iNaturalist會搜尋其他生物名錄嘗試配對。
3) 如果該物種並非野生,請點選”Was it captive / cultivated?”, 因只有野生物種的觀察才可納入研究級別”Research Grade”資料。
4) 在右手面”Select one or more photos”挑選要上載照片或聲音片段。
5) 挑好後在該位置點選”Sync obs. w/ photo metadata?” 那系統就會採用圖片中的拍照時間,不必再於”When did you see it?”輸入。
6) 在中央左手邊的地圖上方打入你拍照的位置,例如Hongkong Wetland Park, Shatin, Kowloon Tong, 然後enter,地圖會顯示一個可縮放圓框。用戶可按喜好修正圓週的大小(位置準確度)。雖然iNaturalist系統亦會自動屏蔽所有Red List瀕危物種的位置,只有自己可看到,但如果你拍的是珍稀物種,在下建議採用大略位置便好,以免危及該物種安全。
7) Description 一欄是自由輸入的,你可提供有關這次發現的額外資訊及連結等。
8) More field可讓你追加一些額外參數資料, 如物種大小, 昆蟲處於那種狀態等。
9) 最後按Save 完成輸入,如你打算輸入同一地點的其他發現,可按”Save and Add Other”

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January 23, 2015

The spirits of Shui Lau Tin

Shui Lau Tin (水流田) is the area that I lived, the name can be literally translated as "Fields with flowing water"

It was a beautiful and relaxing countryside village with a lot of green when I moved in more than a decade ago. At that time, I could found many birds, buffalo, butterflies, fireflies, goats and stag beetles roaming around!! Unfortunately, all these became a memory as the nature of Shui Lau Tin is being destroyed. Only in the past years, 6 out of 10 of the abandoned field, bush forest or meadows were bulldozed. They were not stopping until every yard of land is covered by cement.

In the past 2 years, I have been racing with time and try to record any wildlife, mostly insects that I could find in the area. Many of them were found on a metal construction that near my home. This bug magnet was actually an environment indicator. I was happy at first as I almost lost counts of the species found. Then I was worried because they became rarer and rarer. Until recently, I have found none. I knew it's winter but it actually not that cold. There were still some bug record at the same time of last year but they were disappearing!!

The fact is local villagers have been overusing the so called "Small House Grant" right and try to build as many 3-stories village houses as they can apply. The building right was a policy to ensure the descendants of local had a house to live. Thanks to the outrageously high premise price in urban area, many non-villagers would consider to move in the rural area of New Territories. I must confess that I'm a non-villager as well. The demand of village houses is very high and they appear as quick as the fungus in spring. Thanks to the flaw in the law and poor enforcement, the policy became an unlimited money cow for premises developers and speculators. For years, villagers were tempted to sell their rights and farmlands in order to earn easy and quick money. We could not blame any of them as they could never grow that much of money by farming. A lot of farmers are getting old and they need money for their retirement. They didn't know or couldn't care much what they are about to sacrifice. We are not only losing our beautiful landscape but also our heritage. It was our next generation who paid for the cost.

All these reminded me the Japanese animation namely "Spirited Away" (千と千尋の神隠し) by Hayao Miyazaki, the spirit of Kohaku river (饒速水小白主) was trapped in the realm and controlled by a evil witch. It was because his real name was forgotten by himself as well as the people since the river got reclaimed during development. Today I'm listing the spirits of Shui Lau Tin here, I hope that they will never be forgotten!

Posted on January 23, 2015 03:31 by sunnetchan sunnetchan | 264 observations | 13 comments | Leave a comment