South Australian iNaturalists's Journal

May 10, 2021

City Nature Challenge Worldwide Results


Click through to see the City Nature Challenge Worldwide Results on the main CNC2021 Project page.



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SA iNaturalists - April 2021 Update



This month saw a significant boost in both observations and observers due the first day of the City Nature Challenge falling in April and a new Uni of Adelaide project.


This April saw 10,295 observations covering 1,843 species from a new record of 529 observers. There were 139 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month there was a record 199 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 556 identifiers contributed a total of 17,122 identifications.


Uploads for SA at the end of April stand at 198,116 observations of 7,634 species from 3,192 observers with, as of today, 3,735 identifiers providing 367,591 identifications.


On the final observation day of the City Nature Challenge we surpassed 200,000 verifiable observations in SA. The City Nature Challenge brought in 5,361 observations of 1,101 species from 157 observers. An amazing achievement where across the 4 challenge days an observation was uploaded on average every 64 seconds!


The addition of a Uni of Adelaide zoology class project this month also boosted the number of observers in SA reaching a new record of 199 new observers.


If you enjoyed the City Nature Challenge and are looking for more, check out the Backyard Bio event running all through May.


Do you have a particular expertise and are keen to help out with identifications in SA? Select your favourite taxa below to head to the Identify page:
Aves, Amphibia, Reptilia, Mammalia, Ray-Finned Fishes, Mollusca, Arachnida, Insecta, Plantae, Fungi, Protozoa, Unknowns


Top observers & species observed in April:








Top Identifiers of Observations in SA during April '21 (Excluding IDs on own observations)
Identifier Improving IDs Identifier Supporting IDs
cobaltducks 150 cobaltducks 828
vicfazio3 100 insiderelic 577
cesdamess 74 bwjone432155 552
alan_dandie 72 alan_dandie 466
insiderelic 72 louisb 334


(Data used for this post taken on the 10th of May. It excludes any observations and identifications from April that were uploaded after this date)

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May 07, 2021

200,000 Verifiable Observations!




On the last observation day of the City Nature Challenge we passed 200,000 verifiable observations uploaded in South Australia!


Congratulations to all who have contributed to this milestone. The first observations in SA were uploaded around mid-2011 and had only reached 4,500 by the end of 2017. Since then however the rate has increase dramatically reaching 23,500 by end of 2018, then 66,800 by end of 2019, and on to 162,400 by end of 2020.


We surpassed 100,000 observations in May 2020. It took 9 years to reach that milestone. The next 100,000 took just shy of 12 months. We are currently uploading approximately 290 new observations a day. That's a new observation in SA every 5 minutes!


If the trend continues, we'll be looking at reaching 300,000 observations around the end of October this year, in only 6 months. With the Great Southern Bioblitz in late October we may even reach it sooner.


Quick Stats:

  • 3,199 observers have uploaded records of 7,648 species across the state
  • Since the first 100k, we've had 1,263 new observers and 1,778 additional species identified.
  • 67.6% of all verifiable observations are Research Grade
  • 2,852 observations of 139 Threatened species
  • 14,378 observations of 543 Introduced species
  • 3,791 identifiers have made 366,000 identifications on observations from SA
  • Observations break down: 29.2% Vertebrates, 36.7% Plants, 18.1% Insects, 12.4% Other Animals, 3.1% Fungi, 0.5% Chromista
  • Species break down: 11.6% Vertebrates, 35.8% Plants, 29.7% Insects, 17.3% Other Animals, 4.9% Fungi, 0.7% Chromista


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April 29, 2021

City Nature Challenge 2021 is only hours away!


The City Nature Challenge 2021 is upon us. The observation window begins midnight tonight and runs for four days. Get out there this weekend and see what you can discover. You'll have up until May 9th to upload your observations. Follow the steps below to watch the observations come in as the challenge progresses.


Upload any observation this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from the Greater Adelaide area, and your observation is automatically included in the challenge. You can join the City Nature Challenge 2021: Greater Adelaide project to receive notification of any journal posts. Bookmark and revisit the page across the challenge to see new observations coming in.


If you're outside the Greater Adelaide area, you can still participate by joining this City Nature Challenge: Global Project.


Also join and bookmark the City Nature Challenge 2021 Umbrella Project. Here you can see all results from the hundreds of cities involved.


Get involved with the #5onFri Challenge by spending your Friday lunchtime making 5 observations and sharing on social media.


Last year South Australia had the highest participation rate (202 observers) and most observations (6,700) of any participating city in Australia. Let's see if we can break our own records.



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April 06, 2021

SA iNaturalists - March 2021 Update



This March saw 7,280 observations covering 1,771 species from 400 observers. There were 88 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. This month there were 93 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 447 identifiers contributed a total of 12,409 identifications.


Uploads for SA at the end of March stand at 186,287 observations of 7,490 species from 2,937 observers with, as of today, 3,566 identifiers providing 340,265 identifications. It's beginning to look like we'll push past 200,000 observations sometime during May. The first 100k observations in SA took 9 years. The next 100k has taken around 12 months!


Woodland Birds across the Mounty Lofty Ranges are on the decline. That which has been anecdotally apparent is supported by a recently published study demonstrating 38 of 65 monitored species have declined over the last 20 years. So if you're out with your camera, keep an eye out for some of these small woodland species and upload your observations, so that future generations have a sound understanding of exactly where these species used to reside. A summary of the findings, including a list of which species are in decline, can be found HERE on the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia website.


Top contributors & species observed in March:








(Data used for this post taken on the 5th of April. It excludes any observations and identifications from March that were uploaded after this date)

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March 30, 2021

City Nature Challenge: Australia's 2nd Year


The City Nature Challenge  is back for 2021, with Australian cities back for their second year. The City Nature Challenge has been running since 2016 when it was started as a competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco to record urban biodiversity using the iNaturalist platform. During a 7-day period, over 20,000 observations were made of 2500 species by over 1,000 participants. In 2017 the number of cities involved grew to 16, in 2018 it grew to 68 cities from various countries. 159 cities participated in 2019 and last year 244 cities around the world took part. The result was 41,000 participants contributing 815,000 observations from over 32,000 species around the world. It was expect that over 1 million observations would be uploaded in 2020, but the pandemic put a damper on that. This year however, that goal is back on the table.


This year 5 Australian cities are participating in the challenge using the iNaturalist platform.


The challenge will run for 4 days from Friday April 30th through to Monday May 3rd inclusive. Any observation taken during this time will be included in the challenge results. Following this, from May 4th through to May 9th is the identification period. This time is provided to allow participants to identify as many species as possible from the 4 day challenge period. The challenge is to see which cities can make the most observations, record the most species and engage the most people.


For South Australian residents in and around Greater Adelaide, the City Nature Challenge 2021: Greater Adelaide is the project to join. The area included is the same as for 2020 and extends (following local government area boundaries) from the Murray River mouth, across Lake Alexandrina, up the river, around Murray Bridge, across toward Mount Torrens, up past Kapunda, across to the north of Thompson Beach and along the coast back to the Murray River mouth. This year there is also a specific project for those who wish to make observations outside the registered city areas, the City Nature Challenge 2021: Global Project.


200108 - CNC Greater Adelaide Map


April has been the challenge month since the City Nature Challenge began as this coincides with the Northern Hemisphere Spring. Unfortunately for us this means the challenge will occur in Autumn and we will miss out of recording the tremendous emergence of life in our Spring. (We'll need to wait for the Great Southern Bioblitz for that). However this shouldn't dissuade us, as Cape Town, South Africa frequently takes out top spot in the challenge, showing that it doesn't need to be Springtime to discover your local biodiversity.


So get started by signing up to the Greater Adelaide or Global projects, and join the City Nature Challenge Umbrella Project to see how each city fares as the challenge progresses.

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March 08, 2021

SA iNaturalists - February 2021 Update



This month wrapped up the coolest Summer in SA since 2001/02. A welcome reprieve from the heat waves of the previous Summer.


This February saw 6,430 observations covering 1,587 species from 342 observers. Although this is roughly same number of observations as last month, this actually represents a 10% increase in observation per day, due to the shorter month. There were only 87 species receiving their first iNat record in SA, the lowest number since February last year. It continues to get more difficult to locate species that haven't been previously recorded. So far this year there has been 64.3 observations recorded for every new species added. This is up from an average of 51.1 in 2020. This month the were 75 new observers contributing their first observations in SA. Upon this months observations, 486 identifiers contributed a total of 11,264 identifications.


Uploads for SA at the end of February stand at 178,005 observations of 7,376 species from 2,809 observers with, as of today, 3,479 identifiers providing 325,387 identifications.


The City Nature Challenge is returning for 2021 with observation days April 30th to May 3rd. Last year was the first year Australian cities participated with 4 entries. This year there are at least 18 cities around Australia already signed up. See the full list of participating cities here. The Greater Adelaide area will be participating again. Sign up to the Greater Adelaide project to stay informed.


Top contributors & species observed in February:








(Data used for this post taken on the 8th of March. It excludes any observations from February that were uploaded after this date)

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February 08, 2021

SA iNaturalists - January 2021 Update



The start of 2021 brought relatively mild weather for much of January, with a single rain event resulting in higher than average rainfall for much of Greater Adelaide, and a short hot spell sparking an extensive bushfire in the hills.


This January saw a 64% increase in observations from January 2020 with 6,354 observations covering 1,671 species from 320 observers. There were 116 species receiving their first iNat record in SA, and 55 new observers contributing their first observations to iNat. Upon those observations, 487 identifiers contributed a total of 11,106 identifications.


Uploads for SA now stand at 170,603 observations of 7,264 species from 2,707 observers, with 3,374 identifiers providing 311,703 identifications.


February is 'Mozzie Month'. Starting this month Mozzie Monitors is running a 6 week monitoring program. If you spot any mosquitoes, take a photo and upload it to iNat. The observation will automatically be included in the Mozzie Monitors project. Further info here.


A Collection Project has been setup to track observations around the section of the St Kilda Mangroves and Saltmarsh experiencing die-off. To keep up with what's going on, head over to the Save St Kilda Mangroves website.


On Jan 24th a bushfire sparked near Cherry Gardens in the Adelaide Hills took off on the 40+ degree day and raced across Scott Creek Conservation Park and through the woodland surrounding Mount Bold Reservoir. Along the same lines as several bushfire recovery projects set up last year, I've set up a Collections Project to track observations from the burnt sections of Scott Creek CP. The project Bushfire Recovery - Scott Creek CP (2021-2024) is set to run over 3 years and will automatically collect any observations recorded within the area. Currently the park is closed for safety reasons.


The City Nature Challenge is returning for 2021 with observation days April 30th to May 3rd. The Greater Adelaide area will be participating again, along with at least six other cities around Australia. Sign up to the Greater Adelaide project to stay informed.


Top contributors & species observed in January:







(Data used for this post taken on the 8th of February. It excludes any observations from January that were uploaded after this date)

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January 11, 2021

SA iNaturalists - December 2020 Update

This December update wraps up a year that won't soon be forgotten. Wandering through a forest, along a beach, following a creek or just around your neighbourhood, and sharing what you've discovered with the iNat community, is a great way to take a break from it all.

December is often a quieter month for uploads in SA, with the Summer heat beginning to limit some daytime adventuring. In SA this December we recorded 5,532 observations covering 1,559 species from 302 observers. There were 84 species receiving their first iNat record in SA, and 45 new observers contributing their first observations to iNat. Upon those observations, 447 identifiers contributed a total of 9,437 identifications.

Uploads for SA now stand at 163,325 observations of 7,129 species from 2,621 observers, with 3,176 identifiers providing 299,576 identifications.

If you're interested in summary stats for 2020, check out the full iNat summary for 2020 and the summary stats for Australia. The 'Most Comments and Faves' sections have some truly spectacular photos.

Personal Year in Review pages can also be created by pasting the following URL into your browser, and adding your username in place of "username". If you have not generated this page before, you will need to click "Generate Stats". If you have created it before, you may need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Regenerate Stats" to ensure the page is up to date.

Personal Year in Review Page URL: "https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2020/username". Feel free to share your Year in Review page in the comments section below.


Top contributors & species observed in December:








(Data used for this post taken on the 11th of January. It excludes any observations from December that were uploaded after this date)

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December 09, 2020

SA iNaturalists - November 2020 Update

Summer in SA was trying to start early this year with the warmest and driest November in some time.

In SA this November we recorded 7,756 observations covering 1,877 species from 353 observers. There were 171 species receiving their first iNat record in SA, and 66 new observers contributing their first observations to iNat. Upon those observations, 478 identifiers contributed a total of 13,088 identifications.

Uploads for SA now stand at 156,708 observations of 7,037 species from 2,556 observers, with 3,176 identifiers providing 285,857 identifications.

An interesting seasonal visitor to the more populated areas in SA, the Caper White (Belenois java), has appeared in large numbers and has taken the top spot this month for the most observed species with 103 observations. This is all the more interesting as only 6 observations of this species were uploaded to iNat from SA in all of 2019.

A couple of new graphs have been added this month. One for total Observers by Month in SA showing a record of 434 observers in September 2020, the same month as the Great Southern Bioblitz. And one for Identifiers of Observations from SA by Month. It's worth noting that the number of observers and observations are increasing quite a lot faster than the number of identifiers.


Top contributors & species observed in November:








(Data used for this post taken on the 7th of December. It excludes any observations from November that were uploaded after this date)

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