Fire Poppy Cup

-May Bracket Challenge-

Details:
The Fire Poppy Cup is a tournament-style challenge of the top 4 fires from each of the 4 regions in California: Northwest, Big East, Central, and Southwest. The first 2 rounds are consolation rounds--so Regional Round 1 winners play each other in Round 2, and Regional Round 1 losers play each other in a consolation tournament (details below). Elimination rounds will begin in Round 3 of the tournament.

Dates:
Hot 16: May 3 - 9 Winner: Most species
Quarter-Final: May 10 - 16 Winner: Highest % observations at Research Grade
Semi-Final: May 17 - 23 Winner: Most identifiers+observers+faves
Final: May 24 - May 30 Winner: Most observations

Fire Poppy Cup Tournament Bracket Seed List - 2021
These seeds were ranked based off of the five categories from 4/14/21 which included, observations, species, identifications, identifiers and observers.
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Fire Poppy Cup:
As stated before, the Fire Poppy Cup will be single elimination, however, the first two rounds will be consolation rounds and losers will move down to the Whispering Bell Cup to compete for a consolation championship.

Each round is shown below and the Champion will hold bragging rights over other regions! Be sure to support your Burn Zone throughout the competition, but most importantly, show some love to your Region!
-Tournament detail along with dates are shown above-
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After the Hot 16 of the Fire Poppy Cup is over, if your Burn Zone is lost, be sure to keep tabs on the consolation bracket as they will continue to compete in the Whispering Bell Cup!
Details of this consolation challenge follow the same rules and structure as the Fire Poppy Cup

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Be sure to tune in and show your support throughout the month! Good luck!

Posted by jaesparza11 jaesparza11, April 30, 2021 23:26

Comments

Can we get a map showing those four regions?

Posted by arboretum_amy 5 months ago (Flag)

Hello @arboretum_amy, it is a bit difficult to get a map of the four regions since the Single Fires are spread all over CA and like any sport with conferences, it is a bit geographically inaccurate. However, above you can find the particular Burn Sites and their corresponding regions. Then in the main page of our project, you can see the map that includes the fire you are looking for. Hope this helps!

Posted by jaesparza11 5 months ago (Flag)

CA Fire Poppy Cup: Hot 16 Recap

Monday, May 10:
As the first round of the Fire Poppy Cup comes to an end and we look towards the Quarter Finals, we will be breaking down the scores and results from the Hot 16 as well as some memorable highlights to glance over.

Updated Scores
This week had a mix of expected results and surprising outcomes.
Starting with Games 1-4 with the two powerhouse regions, Northwest and Central, the top seeded teams advanced without much struggle, however, #6 seeded wildcard Burn Zone, Single Fires, has an astonishing 79 species, which outperformed #3 seed CZU Lightning Complex.

Games 5-8 with the Southwest and Big East regions showed that those burn zones that came up on top are as strong competitors as other regions. Most notably, the Valley Fire passed double digits in number of species observed and the Creek Fire has a surprising 94. The Creek Fire actually observed 40% of its species this week! Also important to note that the SCU Lightning Complex observed the most number of species with 73 fewer observations than the Glass Fire.
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Updated Brackets

Fire Poppy Cup
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Whispering Bells Cup
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Upcoming games with dates and rules
May 10-16:
Starting today, we will be holding the next round of the Fire Poppy Cup. This week's scoring method will be by the percent of observations at Research Grade. This means that aside from making observations, Naturalists will need to work together and identify observations made this week to get them to Research Grade (RG). Reminder that RG is achieved when a verifiable observation has been reviewed and the community is in agreement (⅔ or more of identifiers agree).

Additionally, those knocked out in the first round will be moving on to the Whispering Bell Cup (Consolation Bracket) and will follow the same rules.

Goodluck!

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

Highlights: Top 10 Favorites of the Week
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77134855 Superstar blazing
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77037113 Summer is coming, farewell to spring
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77249734 A parliament of owl’s clover
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77152883 Golden.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77521800 “Butterfly mariposa” sporting that “Rio Grande River” redundancy
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78084927 Powerful and delicate
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77674874 Leopard lilies don’t change their spots
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77533304 The round mound of pounding out fire recovery
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77961053 Small but mighty endangered
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77534136 A troop of monkeyflowers
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77696331 1 The shot and 2. The setup

Honorable Mentions: Tournament Warm-ups
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77196721 Observation #30k
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77863805 What a wild plant!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77208746 Newcomer on the scene--locally rare
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/76429362 The phacelia only kind of like a phacelia
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/76422990 Perfect capture--flower, fire, observatory on the hill
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/76414428 Whoever heard of a white-flowered blue-eyed grass?
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/76833879 The staying power of this buckeye, trunk-sprouting a flush of leaves
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/76363622 Amazing plant!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/76398233 California classic shot

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

CA Fire Poppy Cup: Quarter Final Recap

Monday, May 17:

Let's glance over some of the results from our week two competition to see who moves on to the Semi-Finals of the Fire Poppy Cup. Below will be the highlight reel as well our top 10 observations of the week.

Updated Scores
This week provided an opportunity for our smaller fires to take charge as we scored on percentage of observations at Research Grade. Quick reminder, RG is achieved when a verifiable observation has been reviewed and the community is in agreement (⅔ or more of identifiers agree).

Starting out with the Northwest region, the Glass Fire continues to stroll through the competition with an outstanding win over the LNU Lightning Complex. With ease, the Glass Fire will be representing their region throughout the competition with 49.2% observations at RG while LNU received 37.6%. This was our most impressive matchup as both these burn zones had the most observations made.

In our Central region is where we began to spot some upsets. Last week, SCU Lightning Complex had the best performance, even over our top seeded Glass Fire, however, this week it was not able to keep up. CZU Lightning Complex was barely able to go through and represent their region with 41.6% of observations at RG while SCU had 41.2% and 11 more observations.

Our Southwest region will be represented by the Silverado Fire as they triumphed over the Valley Fire with 10% more than their competition.

Finally our Big East region will be represented by the with the lowest-scoring win in this round of the tournament. The North Complex was able to defeat the Creek Fire with an outstanding 50% of their observations at RG (on par with the Glass Fire) however, there were only a total of 20 observations made.

Updated Bracket
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Highlights:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78671700 Bobcat (responsible whispering bells)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78748719 Creek (fanciest jewelflowers)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78528949 Valley (artistic peony)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78532530 July (velvety gooseberry)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78640904 July (prettiest plant)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78198169 Silverado (best layup)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77985878 Single (captivating clover)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78659243- Glass (linda mariposa)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78549557 - CZU (couple of lanterns)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78279494 LNU (blue oak survivor)

Upcoming games with dates and rules
May 17-23
Starting today, we will be holding the next round of the Fire Poppy Cup. This week's scoring method will be by the number of observers + number of identifiers + number of faves! Aside from getting as many people involved as possible in identifying and observing in the participating burn zones, we will also be adding the number of “faves” given. Be sure to look through the observations made throughout the week and “fave” an observation that you particularly like, similar to liking a picture on social media!

Good luck!

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

Whispering Bell Consolation Cup: Updates
Aside from our main event, we are also holding our consolation tournament. Reminder that the same rules apply here! Here are the updated scores from this week:

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Updated Score and Brackets

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Upcoming games with dates and rules
May 17-23

Next will be the Semi-Finals of the Consolation Championship! Rules of the Whispering Bell Cup are the same as the Fire Poppy Cup above!

Good luck!

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

What method will you be using to count faves?

Posted by arboretum_amy 4 months ago (Flag)

Hello @arboretum_amy great question! When I look up the observations for that week for each burn zone, I will filter out the date and taxa. After that, on the top left of the filter menu there is an option to filter "popular" or any observation with 1 or more "faves". Then I would sort by observations with most faves and count them: Here is an example from last week so you can see exactly what I filter out. Quick note this is from the entire project and not a specific burn site: There were 22 last week here:

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

Thank you. That's how I would have done it as well. I was simply wondering if you had any fancy tricks I didn't know about ;)

Posted by arboretum_amy 4 months ago (Flag)

Since a lot of people observe on the weekends, it would be better for the identifiers if the week didn't start on Monday--we're not always done identifying Sunday's uploads.

Posted by arboretum_amy 4 months ago (Flag)

Hi @arboretum_amy , thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately since this month, the challenge only fit if we set the dates as we planned them. Although, I will be extending the dates for the final round! I'll post the details soon!

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

CA Fire Poppy Cup: Semi-Final Recap

Monday, May 17:

It is that time of the week again where we look over the results from our tournament bracket! Although this week was possibly one of the most uneventful rounds so far racking up only half the numbers as previous weeks, there were still some really close games as we decided our two finalists going into the Championship of the Fire Poppy Cup. Who will come out on top next week? But first, below will be the highlight reel as well our top 10 observations of the week.

Updated Scores
As previously mentioned, this was not the strongest round of our tournament, however, the games came close and delivered some great favorites that could be featured in this week’s top 10 highlights. Again, this week was our people week, meaning that we were scoring based off of the number of observers + number of identifiers + number of “faves”.

One of our finalists will be from the Northwest region as the Glass Fire comes on top, defeating the CZU Lighting Complex in a 52-49 narrow victory. This was our most exciting faceoff this round! Although the favorite to win was the Glass Fire, we did not anticipate it to be this close!

Our second finalist comes from the Southwest region. This week, the Silverado Fire defeated the North Complex 37-22. Although this does not seem as close, both fires had basically the same number of observers and identifiers, however, the Silverado Fire had an impressive number of “faves” collecting over 51% of the total number of “faves” from the entire competition!

Updated Bracket

Glass Fire vs Silverado Fire
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Highlights:
This weeks top 10:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79730112 Live oak beats Doug-fir (Single Fire)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79560995 Coast redwood comes back fresh (CZU)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79575397 Blazingstar living up to its name (SCU)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79160483 Great technique (Creek)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79696134 When we say fire-dependent… (Creek)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79697811 So showy! (Creek)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79901984 A fruitful photo (North)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79460883 Pollination party (LNU)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79832193 A clinic on textures (Silverado)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79230428 Look, but don’t touch (Silverado)

Upcoming games with dates and rules
May 24-31

Be sure to upload your observations by 5/31/21, winner will be announced 6/1 [Extended Dates]

Starting today, we will be holding the Final round of the Fire Poppy Cup. This week's scoring method will be by number of observations! We’re excited to see our Regional top-seeded fires go head-to-head where it counts: observations! Get out and rack up those numbers, make some identifications, and stay tuned to see who will be crowned the Champion of the Fire Poppy Cup

Best of luck!

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

Whispering Bell Consolation Cup: Updates
Monday, May 17:

Aside from our main event, we are also holding our consolation tournament. Reminder that the same rules apply here! Here are the updated scores from this week:

Updated Scores
Single Fires easily defeated the August Complex 28-5! Our wildcarded fire has really made a name for itself during this whole tournament while staying consistent.

Bobcat Fire also had an easy victory over the SQF Complex 19-0! SQF Complex has had a difficult time during this tournament while the Bobcat Fire has shown up when needed.

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Upcoming games with dates and rules
May 24-30

Starting today, we will be holding the Final round of our Consolation Tournament Whispering Bell Cup. Rules of the Whispering Bell Cup are the same as the Fire Poppy Cup above! This matchup is one to watch closely, with the single smaller fires statewide competing against its close competitor.

Good luck!

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

I am not sure I'll have a chance to get out observing this week. As of right now, Silverado 0 and Glass 140. @ekoberle and @silversea_starsong you are our only hope!

Posted by arboretum_amy 4 months ago (Flag)

0 and 140 what? I wasn't even aware of this competition.

Posted by silversea_starsong 4 months ago (Flag)

@arboretum_amy I won't be able to observe this week either, looks like a blowout in the final haha

Posted by ekoberle 4 months ago (Flag)

CA Fire Poppy Cup: Championship Game Recap

Tuesday, June 1:

After a thrilling 4 weeks of challenges, our competition finally comes to an end. Memorial Day weekend allowed for some last minute observations to squeeze into the score count. Now, let’s dive into this week's highlights as we reveal our first ever Fire Poppy Cup champions.

Championship Results
This week, our two finalists are representatives of our two big regions; the Glass Fire from the Northwest and the Silverado Fire from the Southwest region. Throughout this entire competition, there have been some close games, however, each finalist dominated and stayed consistent on their side of the bracket.

This week’s competition was scored by the total number of observations from 5/24/21 - 6/1/2. Looking at each fire zone's individual stats, it was clear that the Silverado Fire would have a tough opponent ahead being that the Glass Fire has 90% more observations in total than their opponent and make up approximately 34% of the project observations. This week could have been a fairytale ending if the Silverado Fire pulled an upset, however, the Glass Fire was able to crown itself the champion, winning 225-30.

Updated Bracket

Glass Fire Wins by a blowout: 225-30
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Whispering Bell Consolation Cup: Final Game
Tuesday, June 1:

Aside from our main event, we also had the opportunity to crown our consolation champs. This week, the Single Fires faced off against the Bobcat Fire in a very close match. This consolation final turned out to be closer than imagined, however, the Single Fires came out victorious and are the first Whispering Bell Cup winners. The game came down to the last first few days of the competition as the Single Fires was able to gain a lead and maintain it. With a final score of 103-94, Single Fires is our consolation champion.

Updated Bracket

Single Fires Win by a Slight Margin: 104-93
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Highlights:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/80551015 (Single Fire) Unbeatable bay
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/80993672 (Glass) Farewell to spring!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/80280412 (Bobcat) Geometric botany
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/81103820 (Silverado) Royal purple

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed this past month. Keep a lookout for more challenges coming up very soon!

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

@jaesparza11 Thanks for the fun time and for saving a little of Silverado's dignity by making many of those 30 observations yourself. I think Glass is the worthy winner--even if Eric and I had been out in force last week we would have been hard pressed to make 200+ observations.

Posted by arboretum_amy 4 months ago (Flag)

Thanks @arboretum_amy! I really enjoyed going down there and making some observations! 2nd place is still amazing especially since Silverado performed very well the last three weeks and was one of the best performing last week! The Glass Fire was definitely a tough one to beat. It was 27 observers against 5 but hopefully we get it on the next bracket tournament!

Posted by jaesparza11 4 months ago (Flag)

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