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May 08, 2021

April 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 5,821 (5430 in Australia)
Species 1,922
Identifiers 450
Observers 43 ( 17 with more than 50 observations)

@gregtasney @natashataylor @stephen169 @ludwig_muller @anthonypaul @hatwise @pam275 @timothyshields @mary-a-crawf @rwl @nyoni-pete @rich_fuller @donnamareetomkinson @luis615 @adel_plainsgirl @bigpete @leithallb

for more infromation check out the April Challenge-Updated Stats
This while only 42 observers contributed this month an increase on the previous month, together our observations accounted for around 7 % of all observations within Australia (76, 770) over the month of April (at time of writing). While the 36 observers constituted only <1% of all active observers iNaturalists within Australia.

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

Check out how this compares to
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

Early in the month enthusiastic birder @sandy_horne made a trip to 'Gluepot' a famous birding spot in South Australia. While not a prolific uploader to iNaturalist Sandy is a diversity hound and the images are always of exceptional quality, I could learn a thing or three from her. Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata (top left) and Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus (top right) White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos (bottom left), Gluepot SA
bottom left to demonstrate she is not all about Birds (just mostly) a Genus Camponotus from Spring Gully SA ©SandyHorne.

iNaturalist is undergoing a giant leap forward?

You know Citizen Science and iNaturalist is undergoing a giant leap forward when you are recognized at night in the pouring rain by your iNaturalist profile picture.
The amazing Greg (AKA @gregtasney, and yes that Greg) ran into a lovely trio in the pouring rain at Boronia bushland reserve south of Brisbane on the weekend. Greg saw the flashlights and thought great a fellow spotlighter, so Greg said g'day. The spotlighter instantly asked if he was Greg Tasney from iNat. Then upon hearing the other person's name Zach, I instantly recognised them as Zach's observations (AKA @zachmalcomson ) were part of the reason Greg was at this location on that night. We stood talking in the pouring rain for two minutes before the weather became too much.

Northern Banjo Frog Limnodynastes terraereginae © Zach Malcomson, all rights reserved observed at Boronia Bushland Reserve, QLD.
After sitting in my car for 30 minutes to see out the rain the ever keen Greg had a good hour to check out this nice little parcel of bushland. Zach and Co.s torch beam may also have been seen again as Greg left.

The endangered Bristly Helmet Orchid Corybas hispidus observed by @gregtasney in Queensland

Want some more Moth Action? Have a look at these special guys!
The Orange-hooded Crest-moth (Fisera eribola), yeah ok, fits, but it's just not inspiring enough to do it justice.

@ellurasanctuary suggests Centurion-helmet Moth ... now that gives it a bit more of the pomp & ceremony it deserves 😉
This is a male, females have filiform antennae and are ~17mm long, with ~46mm wingspan.

Observer @sarinozi was fortunate to observe a group of 7 Hooded Plover's Thinornis cucullatus, including 2 juvenile and 1 tagged adult. This post for the tagged adult, below left, they kept being disturbed by passing dogs and left (this one missed when the rest took off, must've been watching the dog too closely. followed them, a minute later, after some stressed? upward, head bobbing). A reminder of the reason why dogs, although I love them should be kept ona leash around wildlife (or better not taken to such places)

Hooded Plover's Thinornis cucullatus ©sarinozi

I also note we have had some observations from South Africa by new member @ludwig_muller, a keen young iNaturalist, check out some of the amazing observations like these below Stapelia hirsuta (below left) and a Myrrhleaf Storksbill Pelargonium myrrhifolium (below right)

with the City Nature Challenge held over the first weekend of May this month it will be amazing to see what we find!

Thank you to all those that contributed this month, I hope you will continue to be involved.
@sarinozi @chrisseager @streglystendec @owen65 @aavankampen @melbo @dragonette @jeannie_bartram @carl_ramirez @nswanson @verna29 @ellurasanctuary @larissabrazsousa @sandy_horne @heathwallum @seamus-doherty @mickey63 @rubbery @natrydd @fairypossum
@gagars @bbrice @diondior @elfir @marionmackenzie @strawberry15

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May 18, 2021

Greg in Caloundra

I owe Stephen Fricker a post after all the work he does so here it is:
The adventure is had, the records have now been uploaded, but I want more!
I drove up from Caloundra on Saturday morning to find a busy hall full of people.
The plan was to join a botany field team. I am more familiar with flora than fauna mostly because plants are present and easy to photograph. I finally met my Facebook friend Gemma who got us into Marc Russell’s team, and we headed out to the open forest and beach ridges of Inskip point. There we met our team full of lovely people including Ann, Joolie, and more.
We hit the jackpot with Marc. He knew all but one or two species in this entire system and spent hours sharing knowledge on the local ecology.
We went through the flora and ticked a list Marc had created as well as build our survey through iNaturalist observations. We paid the most attention to plants but also took photos of anything else we saw.
After the excursion, we came back to HQ to upload our observations, but found the Wi-Fi was a little slow. I heard that Marc was taking a team to the rainforest at Poona Lake the next day and I become very jealous knowing that I had to go home that night. So I decided to upload later and just get out in the field.
The rainforest around Poona lake has a huge diversity diversity of flora. I spent a good 3 hours walking up and then down the road making observations of every different plant, fungus, and invertebrate I could find. The highlights here were the scorpion (Lychas species), the Skyblue pinkgill (Entoloma virescens complex), and the rare Archidendron lovelliae — Bacon Wood. Bacon wood is listed as Vulnerable and has a very restricted range north of Gympie and Fraser Island.

Skyblue Pinkgill Entoloma virescens Lychas spp. (right) © Greg Tasney (left),

Bacon Wood Archidendron lovelliae VN
Out of the rainforest I came at 7:30 with one last stop in mind – Camp Milo Road. Here I found a different habitat once again. On the side of the road was the most interesting and hard-to-find plant of all, a Genoplesium/Corunastylis psammophilum. A very uncommon Midge orchid. There are only 29 records on ALA and this species has restricted distribution from Moreton Island to Rainbow Beach.
I am already looking forward to next year where I will make sure that I stay for the whole weekend, get to more sites, talk to more people and improve my macro photography.
A big thank you to the organisers who hosted a wonderful event.

Post by @gregtasney

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May 29, 2021

Looking forward to June 2021

The weather is cooling, particularly down in southern Australia. This does not mean our outdoor adventure should stop. Hopefully, with a bit of rain, the mushrooms will become more prevalent in the southern hemisphere (@thbata1 ). Did you know the most observed mushroom in our network during June is the introduced Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria?

The introduced Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria observed by
@owen65 (left) @streglystendec (right)
I wonder how many species we will find this month?
Let me know what is your favourite species in the comments below!

Feature project Queensland

Tamborine National Park
there seems to be a lack of projects centred on national parks, if you know of any please let me know below. This month I will feature on of my Favourites Tamborine National Park check it out !
the area only has one project that I am aware of so check that out as well. If you make it to the park during June please share some of your observations below.
Project prepared and managed by Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association (TMNHA). We are a not-for-profit group. TMNHA looks to discover, collect and communicate knowledge about the natural history of Tamborine Mountain.

Park of the Month (In SA)

June – Mount Remarkable National Park
In South Australia, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, South Australia features a Park of the Month is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of our special natural places and to find new ways to enjoy them.
This park has its own project on iNaturalist, so check it out before heading out, and please add to our knowledge of this parks Biodiversity Mount Remarkable National Park, South Australia, and If you make it to the park during June please share some of your observations below.

Dwarf Greenhood Pterostylis nana from Narrow Gorge Trail #ownpic

Events that are on.

WEA Ramblers Bushwalking Club – Willowie Forest 7km Walk

Monday 14 June, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Willow Forest Trailhead, Mount Remarkable National Park
Cost: This event is FREE
Call Trevor Mead on 0413 433 725 to book

Ranger-guided sunset wildlife walk

5, 12, 13, 19 & 26 June, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Mambray Creek Day Visitor Area, Mount Remarkable National Park
Cost: This event is FREE
View more information and book
@bigpete @corovilla @craig_williams @elfir @fossil1513 @ian_ke113 @larissabrazsousa @mandyshepherd @mary-a-crawf @moira_new38 @pam275 @plo_osborne @stekmer @verna29@wayneshore
@emmarooksby @fairypossum @jeannie_bartram @leonardocoelho @reef_scientist @tinaberghella

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