November 2021 Challenge - summary

Our Monthly Challenge continues with another splendid effort, in the last month we all contributed a massive effort. The numbers will only go up as people may upload observations in the next few weeks. As of writing, we have contributed
Observations 6480 (6387 in Australia)
Species 2146
Identifiers 525
Observers 60 (19 with more than 50 observations at the time of writing)

where have our observations been made?

For the latest stats check out the November Challenge-Updated Stats

The 58 Australian observers contributing this month was an increase on the previous month by 10 users. Together our observations accounted for around 6.2 % of all observations within Australia over the month of September (at time of writing). While the 58 observers constituted only around 1% of all iNaturalists observers active during the month Australia.
November was the third time observations exceeded 100,000 for a month, this follows on from September when it did this for the second time, exceeded the previous high by around 20, 000! it is fantastic to see such amazing engagement

exceeding 100K observations

In October 2021 Australian onsevations on iNaturalist exceeded 100K for only the Third time this follows on from September when Australian observations exceeded 100K for the second time

Red Triangle Slug Triboniophorus graeffei © Greg Tasney, some rights reserved (CC-BY-SA)

For the latest results of the current Month check the
December Challenge-Updated Stats

Check out how this compares to
October Challenge-Updated Stats
September Challenge-Updated Stats
August Challenge-Updated Stats
July Challenge-Updated Stats
June Challenge-Updated Stats
May Challenge-Updated Stats
April Challenge-Updated Stats
March Challenge-Updated Stats March summary
February Challenge-Updated Stats February summary
January Challenge-Updated Stats January summary
December Challenge-Updated Stats December summary

Some amazing flying Ducks

towards the end of the month, it appears that Mike (@streglystendec ) came across several Large Flying Duck Orchid Caleana major Near trail among native shrubs and eucalypt on sandy soil.

He also found some Small Duck Orchid Caleana minor

Great Southern BioBlitz 2021

The 'Great Southern BioBlitz', or 'GSB' for short, is an international period of intense biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within several designated areas across the Southern Hemisphere in Spring.

The purpose of this event is to highlight both the immense biodiversity spread across the Southern Hemisphere in the flourishing springtime, as well as to engage the public in science and nature learning using the citizen science platform iNaturalist. As we are international, in Spanish we are known as 'Gran Biobúsqueda del Sur', while in Portuguese we are known as 'Grande BioBlitz do Hemisfério Sul'. By the end of October, the natural world is on full throttle. Flowers are blooming, insects are emerging, birds are singing, and reptiles are coming out of their winter hibernation. It makes sense for the Southern Hemisphere to observe life at this time of year! The #GSB21 will be held from Friday the 22nd of October until the end of Monday on the 25th of October, incorporating different communities, areas and regions across the Southern Hemisphere.
How did we go?
Check out the review blog 'That's it! Thanks Everyone! GSB 2021 Overview' by Peter , and leave a comment if you like it!
For those more grapphicly minded check out the results page 2021 highlights by @larissabrazsousa

Check out the Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 umbrella project .

check out last years project here Great Southern Bioblitz Umbrella- 2020
The most observed species is the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog with 97 observations through the month

Just outside the #GSB2021, but a great observation A first for iNat recorded last weekend in October 'Acupalpa glossa' not the best photos but hey. Thanks, @shaun-winterton for the ID, and @phycus for tagging him.

sorry for the short post this month!

Greg Tasney
I got up early for a trip to Mt Edwards to complete the Moogerah Peaks trifecta. I mostly stuck to the path and found that Mt Edwards had less plant diversity than the other two peaks. The walk from start to end wasn't easy. Tough on the heart on the way up and tough on the knees on the way down. It was 30 degrees, very humid and the path is steep and heavily eroded. I saw not one person in 4 hours...excellent!

Posted on December 15, 2021 11:45 AM by saltmarshsteve saltmarshsteve


The Caleana orchid location was visited by the Native Orchid Society of South Australia a month ago. I missed out on the official field trip as numbers are limited to protect the sites from excessive foot traffic, but managed to go on a subsequent visit with 2 other NOSSA members. These endangered orchids are not easy to see in the bush unless you know where they grow.

Posted by streglystendec over 1 year ago (Flag)

Yes, i have been fortunate to have some people on the inside but to busy to take advantage :-(

Posted by saltmarshsteve over 1 year ago (Flag)

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