San Mateo County Bio-Blitz's News

February 14, 2020

Statistical Update

Dear San Mateo County iNaturalist Users -

Well, there are now two of us crazy enough to have accumulated over 20,000 observations in San Mateo county - @dpom and me (@gyrrlfalcon ). Four people have over 1500 species observed in the county, and five species have over 1,000 total observations. We are doing precisely what a project like this can do - mapping out the county's biodiversity, at a level of specificity that was not attainable prior to citizen-science tools like iNaturalist,

Remember - no area of the county is too modest, no species too quotidian, no repetition too duplicative: Just Keep Documenting!

Onward! - Jennifer

Posted on February 14, 2020 23:15 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 1 comments | Leave a comment

February 10, 2020

Intensive BioBlitz at Sam McDonald on Saturday February 15

As part of Sequoia Audubon's Great Backyard Bird Count festivities this weekend, there will be a special new sort of BioBlitz at Sam McDonald. This one will not be as structured as ones we've held in the past, instead allowing users already familiar with iNaturalist to fill in the holes in the coverage of this park, most extensively in its elevated southern sections.

For regular readers of this page - YOU are the people we WANT and NEED for this blitz! It is an all-day, come-when-you-can---leave-when-you-must sort of deal.

Here are the requisite links

February 15 (Saturday, all day; Sunday if weathered out on Saturday) - Sam McDonald upper reaches south of Pescadero Creek Road - we are going to fill in the spaces that we were unable to do last year - you have to respond to participate, as this is a more strenuous and more protracted BioBlitz than most - check out the project map here and join!
Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2020-sam-mcdonald-park-bioblitz
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sam-mcdonald-county-park-2020-all-day-bioblitz-tickets-89437300373

Posted on February 10, 2020 16:43 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 1 comments | Leave a comment

January 15, 2020

New Year BioBlitzes and Activities

San Mateo County continues to be an iNaturalist leader, thanks to YOU! A quarter of a million observations, of 6,700 species by 8,800 observers! That's amazing - and we intend to keep extending this "ad astra"!

There are two scheduled BioBlitzes approaching, both of which have their projects set up here on iNaturalist. Please join these projects and register for them on Eventbrite

February 15 (Saturday, all day; Sunday if weathered out on Saturday) - Sam McDonald upper reaches south of Pescadero Creek Road - we are going to fill in the spaces that we were unable to do last year - you have to respond to participate, as this is a more strenuous and more protracted BioBlitz than most - check out the project map here and join!
Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2020-sam-mcdonald-park-bioblitz
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sam-mcdonald-county-park-2020-all-day-bioblitz-tickets-89437300373

April 25 (Saturday, hours tba) - Devil's Slide Trail Park Bioblitz - part of the City Nature Challenge. This is a short trail, but with a number of unique plants, and, from a birding perspective, Rock Wren (rare in San Mateo county) and nesting seabirds on Egg Rock.
Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/devil-s-slide-bioblitz-april-2020
Eventbrite: coming soon!

Posted on January 15, 2020 17:18 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 01, 2019

Christmas Bird Counts and BioBlitzes

A few upcoming county events

December 14 (Saturday, all day) - Crystal Springs Christmas Bird Count - takes in the bulk of the center of the county, Contact @leslie_flint for more information

December 16 (Monday, all day) - Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count - takes in most of the south-eastern sections of San Mateo county. You can respond to this message for contact info on this one.

December 27 (Friday, all day) - San Francisco Christmas Bird Count - includes much of the northern part of San Mateo county, including San Bruno Mountain. Respond to this message if you want contact information for this one.

January 4 (Saturday, all day) - Año Nuevo Christmas Bird County - includes much of the south-western sections of San Mateo county. @leslie_flint is the contact for this.

February 15 (Saturday, all day; Sunday if weathered out on Saturday) - Sam McDonald upper reaches south of Pescadero Creek Road - we are going to fill in the spaces that we were unable to do last year - you have to respond to participate, as this is a more strenuous and more protracted BioBlitz than most - check out the project map here and join! https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2020-sam-mcdonald-park-bioblitz

April 25 (Saturday, hours tba) - Devil's Slide Trail Park Bioblitz - part of the City Nature Challenge

Posted on December 01, 2019 20:18 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 21, 2019

EXCITEMENT! EVENTS UPCOMING!

First - BioBlitz on Saturday September 28 at Flood Park in Menlo Park - a small, manageable, urban Blitz. Great for introducing people to our favorite productive pastime. Here is a link to the journal for that project. Be there next Saturday for all the fun! ADA accessible, btw, since many pathways in the park are paved, and all are level.

P.S. Possible afternoon hike for iNaturalist addicts to follow.
https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/27618-an-urban-bioblitz#activity_comment_3473829

Second - The President of the American Birding Association, Jeffrey Gordon, will be speaking in Belmont on Friday October 11. This event is free to the public (donations accepted), ADA accessible.

Third - Sunday October 13 - Green Birding with the Big EASY Ride, and Stable Birding with the Big SIT! at Pescadero Marsh. I'll post again about this before the event.

Posted on September 21, 2019 18:56 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 1 comments | Leave a comment

August 28, 2019

Save the Dates: Upcoming Events!

The San Mateo County BioBlitz project keeps chugging along - approaching a quarter of a million observations. From the deepest seas (Orca) to the deepest recesses of the Redwood Forests (Leopard Lily), you've been seeing and documenting rarities. Let's all get together and do it again, OK?

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday September 28 - BioBlitz at Flood Park, 215 Bay Road, Menlo Park, CA. This small urban county park is a wonderland of oak habitat. There is also, in/appropriately enough, some water-log problems at the park, which have created a haven for ground squirrels and insects. Lots of edge habitat. This is the perfect BioBlitz to bring youngsters to, since there is no difficult walking involved, and there are other things to distract the easily distracted (like playgrounds). We'll be starting a tad before 9:00 am. More information to follow.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday October 13 for Sequoia Audubon's 9th Annual Big SIT! and Big (Easy) RIDE! This is one of our big fundraisers, but it is also a ton of fun. A group of birders sits all day atop the hill overlooking the North Pond at Pescadero State Beach and Marsh Natural Preserve, while another group bicycles from Gazos Creek Beach Access along Gazos Creek Road to Cloverdale, then down Pescadero Creek Road, stopping at numerous migratory hotspots. Contact @gyrrlfalcon for more information.

Posted on August 28, 2019 19:12 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 20, 2019

225,000 - You folks are amazing!

I go away for two weeks, and you GROW AWAY! 225,000 total observations as of this morning. San Mateo County BioBlitz project ROCKS! And our amazing @dpom (Donna Pomeroy) became the first individual to see more than 2000 species in the county. Awesome achievement, Donna!

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April 24, 2019

City Nature Challenge - Two BioBlitzes in the County this Weekend

Hey San Mateo County iNaturalists!

This weekend is the amazing CITY NATURE CHALLENGE! Please upload as many observations as possible from Friday through Monday. We are defending our Triple Crown from last year, when the San Francisco Bay Area was in first place for number of observers, number of observations, and number of species.

We will also need assistance with identifications after the Blitz is over. Help out where you feel secure.

The first BioBlitz is on Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm, at Stulsaft Park in Redwood City along Farm Hill Boulevard. Here's the project link - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/stulsaft-park-bioblitz-april-2019

The second BioBlitz is at Huddart Park, from 9:00 am to 2 pm, concentrating on the eastern network of trails. Here's the project link -
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2019-huddart-county-park-spring-bioblitz
From there you can go to the registration page.

Hope to see many of you out there.

Jennifer, a.k.a. gyrrlfalcon

Posted on April 24, 2019 04:51 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 18, 2019

The Second Huddart BioBlitz, and 200,000 observations in sight for San Mateo County!

Hope to see all of you at the Spring 2019 Huddart County Park BioBlitz, Saturday April 27. We'll be on the eastern side of the park this time. The trails are shorter, the habitats much more varied, and due to the winter rains, there are plenty of areas with running streams, moist logs, and flowering plants.

Sign up and join the project! https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2019-huddart-county-park-spring-bioblitz

Before the end of this month, this project will have reached 200,000 observations. Great work everyone!

Jennifer (a.k.a. gyrrlfalcon)

Posted on April 18, 2019 06:05 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 1 comments | Leave a comment

March 11, 2019

Conservation Roundtable at Sequoia Audubon General Meeting March 14

I want to invite all participants in the San Mateo County Bio-Blitz project to share their energies and ideas at the Sequoia meeting this week. It is my personal opinion that community-scientist groups have much to contribute to local conservation projects, from data collection to monitoring to activism. Plus, we have some iNaturalist participants on the panel - @marshalldinowitz , @papiliogal , @janekim1 , @shani , and @joseph103

Environmental Protection is one of the key political and moral issues of our time, from climate change, to development and resource depletion. Some predictive models warn of mass extinctions and population collapse for many species. Sequoia Audubon Society has played an important role in our first seventy years, protecting San Mateo county habitat along the shores and in the Santa Cruz mountains. But what can and should we be doing over the next few decades?

On Thursday March 14, our general meeting will feature a panel of local environmental activists, all with an abiding interest in local habitat protection and avian conservation. Sequoia Audubon’s Conservation Committee chair, Marshall Dinowitz, will be joined by award-winning Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City, renowned nature artist Jane Kim, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s highly successful Environmental Advocate, Shani Kleinhaus, and three of Sequoia Audubon’s finest advocates, each of whom has helped gain protection for birds and habitats in our county: Joe Morlan, Gary Deghi, and Kent Forward. They will share their successes, frustrations, and indicate ways for you (singly and collectively) to become involved, in big and small ways, in saving the planet.

Sequoia Audubon meets at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, just off the Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo. Meet-and-greet starts at 6:30, complete with delicious snacks and shade-grown coffee. The meeting proper starts at 7:00 PM. Free and open to all, accessible location, free parking. See you there - bring your energy, your curiosity, and your ideas.

Jennifer Rycenga

Posted on March 11, 2019 01:42 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comments | Leave a comment