March 2022 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 6,722 (6,300 in Australia alone)
Species 2,213
Identifiers 576
Observers 67 (19 with more than 50 observations at the time of writing)

Where have our observations been made?

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

Together our 64 Australian observers accounted for around 6.7 % of all observations within Australia over the month of February (at the time of writing) while constituting only around 1.1% of all Australian iNaturalists observers active during the month.
This month the number of observations remained 100,000 Australian iNaturalist observations, the second time since September 2021 for the second time, the number of observations has dropped below 100K observations this may be due to the floods along Australias eastern seaboard and the lift on Covid 19 restrictions. This trend may continue in March as some of Australia's most prolific observers have been restricted to investigating their backyard Biodiversity. We look forward to the cooler months and many 'fungi forays', we would love to see you adventures over the coming months. For those in Australia we encourage you to join the " Fungimap Australia"

Orange Pore Fungus Favolaschia claudopus, © Reiner Richter, some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC-SA) East Warburton VIC, Australia
Fungimap records and maps fungi. Spreading the word about the ecological importance of fungi, they advocate for fungal conservation and investment in mycology.

For more information on Fungimap, please visit the main Fungimap web page

IDS: please only add identification to other people's records if you are absolutely certain. We are attempting to achieve the best data quality available, as it will appear in the Atlas of Living Australia. The best practice is to include the field guide or publication you have used to identify the species, to enable data checking to be as simple as possible.

The most observed species in March 2022

The most observed species in March is another Frog, the Green Tree Frog Ranoidea caerulea with 76 observations all from Queensland, you can check them all out here.

Green Tree Frog Ranoidea caerulea © Tony van Kampen, (
@aavankampen), some rights reserved (CC-BY-SA) Yengarie, Queensland, Australia

For the latest results of the current Month check the
March 2022 Challenge-Updated Stats

How does this compare with last year
March summary blog
March 2021 Challenge-Updated Stats

Highlights for the month

The orb weavers have been out in the parks, gardens and conservation areas across Australia with some fantastic observations being made like the one below.

Australian Golden Orbweaver Trichonephila edulis, observed by
@anthonypaul at Warren Conservation Park, SA ,

Orchids Orchids Orchids

In Southern Australia, Midge Orchids are budding and flowering (see observations below by @rwl ). Indeed, some are producing capsules. we would like to encourage people to make observations and start photographing and recording these orchids on iNaturalist so that we get a record phenology.

Rufous Midge-Orchid Genoplesium rufum,© Robert Lawrence (
@rwl), some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC), Williamstown, Australia.
Wild Orchid Watch AustraliaWILD ORCHID WATCH

There is amazing Biodiversity awaiting you, in the garden or in your nearby park so go for a walk this weekend and add to our knowledge of Adelaide's Biodiversity, and join for the CNC 2021 and the project!

Great Southern BioBlitz 2022

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.

Check out the Great Southern BioBlitz 2022 umbrella project, as it builds through the year

Check out how this compares to previous months

January Challenge-Updated Stats
December Challenge-Updated Stats
November Challenge-Updated Stats
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
@gregtasney @natashataylor @twan3253 @stephen169 @scottwgavins @ethan241 @hatwise @ludwig_muller @nyoni-pete @zachmalcomson @donnamareetomkinson @streglystendec @martin487 @donna391 @anthonypaul @joswan12 @fairypossum @rodolfosalinas @leithallb @rsmalley @karenweaving62 @luis615 @rwl @grisper1 @pam275 @rich_fuller @sarinozi @chrisseager @aavankampen @nswanson @mary-a-crawf @owen65 @ethan_yeoman @larissabrazsousa @thbata1 @timothyshields @jacksonnugent @archgully @dragonette @sandy_horne @carl_ramirez @jeannie_bartram @danielthelion @bigpete @ellurasanctuary @adel_plainsgirl @melbo @naturemum101 @benfish @mj_taylor @seamus-doherty @littlellama @the_spangled_drongo @nikonoid @t-zeke @verna29 @coletteh @jennifer512 @diondior @natrydd @heathwallum @sandyp09 @co2co @bbrice @rubbery @diannezchilds @stekmer @mnetting @ichigo_ @rossivdb @teynomi @sammybee @savurs @alazm @gagars @jjr_photography_and_media @tonyandreata @reef_scientist @elfir @nancy1911 @becstummer @cheshirevixen @kdankiw @mozziemike @cat80 @mickey63 @fossil1513 @marionmackenzie @ourbeaches @craig_williams @mandyshepherd @wayneshore @christinejunewhite @david_k @vinialota @evdchijs @adel_plainsgirl

Posted on April 10, 2022 01:42 PM by saltmarshsteve saltmarshsteve


Thanks Steve,

Nice name change or second account?

FYI - Orange Pore Fungus Favolaschia claudopus is an invasive species in Australia. it's spreading.


Posted by gregtasney about 2 years ago

Thanks for doing this every month! Looks like I got my March backlog in just in time. Good job on that T. edulis @anthonypaul, she's gorgeous!

Posted by natashataylor about 2 years ago

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