Washington County Explorers's Journal

August 10, 2020

27k observations

We just broke 27k. Can we get a thousand more observations by the end of the month.

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August 01, 2020

July review

Wow, it’s August. Kinda snuck up on me, and with the clouds today it feels like September or October. July was a good month though, even with our heat wave.

Overall stats
Observations: 26,492
Species: 2,540

New observations: 1567
Observations per day : 52

New species: 81
New species per day: 2.7
New species per observation: 1/20

New species:
Plants: 36
Birds: 2
Mammals: 3
Amphibians: 0
Reptiles: 0
Insects: 29
Fungi: 4
Arachnids: 4
Fishes: 2
Other: 1
Mollusks: 0
Chromista: 0
Protozoans: 0

81 new species for July. I am always surprised at how many species call this county home. Thank you to everyone who participates and happy exploring.

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July 01, 2020

June review

It is officially July, the 7th month of the year. Usually this means warmer weather, but with that brings flurries of life as bay animals learn to move and fi d their place in the world. Plants continue to flower and produce fruits and nuts and grains. Shorebirds and other migrants make their way south once more, stopping to rest in wetlands and mashes. So lets have a great July.

Overall June was another great month for this project.

Overall stats
Observations: 24,925
Species: 2,459

New observations: 1,891
Observations per day : 63

New species: 99
New species per day: 3.3
New species per observation: 1/20

New species:
Plants: 47
Birds: 1
Mammals: 2
Amphibians: 0
Reptiles: 0
Insects: 39
Fungi: 3
Arachnids: 3
Fishes: 0
Other: 0
Mollusks: 4
Chromista: 0
Protozoans: 1

Lets see if we can get 2000 new observations for July.

Happy exploring

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June 24, 2020

Red crossbill

@susankirkbride found and photographed 2 Red Crossbills today on Round Top Road out in Gales Creek. This was one of the missing birds for the county.


Happy exploring everyone.

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June 02, 2020

May review

Well its June. May went by as a mix of sunny and wet days, which were great for all sorts of species. I want to give a special shoutout to @insectology and @susankirkbride for going out and bringing back great photos of numerous genera across the tree of life. On to the stats

Overall stats
Observations: 23,034
Species: 2,360

New observations: 2,262
Observations per day : 72.96

New species: 174
New species per day: 5.61
New species per observation: 1/13

New species:
Plants: 81
Birds: 17
Mammals: 2
Amphibians: 1
Reptiles: 0
Insects: 49
Fungi: 17
Arachnids: 4
Fishes: 1
Other: 2
Mollusks: 1
Chromista: 0
Protozoans: 0

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May 15, 2020

Marbled Murrelet

Today a lone Marbled Murrelet was found by longtime birder Stefan Schlick, at Henry Hagg Lake, outside Forest Grove. Among the birders who flocked to the lake hoping to spot the bird were @insectology and @susankirkbride both of whom were able to successfully photograph the bird. For those unfamiliar with the species, it nests in old growth forest, usually along the coast. Other vagrants have been found before, farther inland, but this was a first for Washington County.

For more on Marbled Murrelets

Happy exploring in these wet and somewhat cloudy days

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May 10, 2020

Townsends Big-eared Bat

Recently I posted the list of missing mammals. I am happy to report we now have out first sighting of a Townsend’s Big-eared Bat. The sighting was made May 9th by @eedrin


The bats have returned to the county. Lets get out there and find them, explorers.

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April 30, 2020

April Review

I started this project because I felt that Washington County was underrepresented in the biology community and especially here on iNaturalist. There are so many projects in California, but so few here in beautiful Oregon. I wanted to change that. This project was inspired by a similar project conducted in parts of California. I did not know what to expect, but I am delighted the results of this first Month. This project started with 19186 observations and 2067 species. It is now at 20628 observations and 2173 species. In just 24 days, 106 species were discovered in the county. With 1442 new observations, that means 1 in every 13 observations was a new species. I don’t expect this to keep going at this rate, but it shows there are a lot of species missing from this project. I have no proof, but I feel this could one day have 3,000 species, or more. Below are the new species by category, with specific species in a few categories that I enjoy.

New species

Plants 61

Insects 21

Mollusks 3

Fungi 2

Arachnids 2

Reptiles 1
Western Skink

Amphibians 0

Mammals 1
Camas Pocket Gopher

Birds 11
Blue Grosbeak
Yellow Warbler
Common Tern
Red-necked Phalarope
Cliff Swallow
Sabine’s Gull
Pacific Loon
Mute Swan
Wilson’s Phalarope
Glaucous Gull
Sandhill Crane

Fishes 1
Redside Shiner

Other 7
Western Brook Lamprey

Thank you to everyone for going out and exploring. There is so much this county has to offer.

See you in May,

Happy Exploring

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April 29, 2020

Missing birds

There are 118 “96 as of 5/17/20” species of birds that are missing from iNaturalist in Washington County that have been observed through ebird. I know some may never be seen, but we can still whittle this list down.

Ebird link


Mute Swan “Phil kahler”
Ruddy Shelduck
Tufted Duck “Susankirkbride”
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White winged scoter
Black scoter
Red-breasted Merganser “Susankirkbride”

Indian Peafowl Domestic
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey

Red-necked Grebe “Susankirkbride”

Common Nighthawk

Black Swift

Costas Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird

Sandhill Crane “Phil kahler”

Black-necked Stilt “Susankirkbride”
American Avocet “Susankirkbride”
Black-bellied Plover “Susankirkbride”
American Golden-plover
Pacific Golden-plover
Long-billed Curlew
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper “Phil kahler”
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Wilson’s Phalarope “Phil kahler”
Red-necked Phalarope “Phil kahler”
Red Phalarope

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers
Sabine’s Gull “Phil kahler”
Franklin’s Gull
Heermann’s Gull
California Gull “Susankirkbride”
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull “Phil kahler”
Least Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern “Phil kahler”
Forster’s Tern
Marbled Murrelet “Insectology/Susankirkbride”

Red-Throated Loon
Pacific Loon “Phil kahler”
Common Loon “Susankirkbride”

Leach’s Storm-Petrel

Brown Pelican

Herons, Ibis, Allies
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
White-faced Ibis

Vultures, Hawks, Allies
White-tailed Kite
Golden Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk “Susankirkbride”

Snowy Owl
Spotted Owl
Long-Eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Prairie Falcon

Monk Parakeet

Tyrant Flycatchers
Least Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird “Susankirkbride”
Eastern Kingbird

Cassin’s Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo

Loggerhead Shrike

Blue Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Clark’s Nutcracker

Mountain Chickadee

Horned Lark “Susankirkbride”

Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow “Phil kahler”

Pygmy Nuthatch

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Rock Wren

Bohemian Waxwing

American Pipit “Susankirkbride”

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Common Redpoll
Red Crossbill “Susankirkbride”

Longspurs and Snow Bunting
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting

New World Sparrows
Grasshopper Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow “Susankirkbride”
Clay-colored Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow “Susankirkbride”
American Tree Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow

Yellow-headed Blackbird “Susankirkbride”
Hooded Oriole
Tricolored Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle

American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler “Phil kahler”
Palm Warbler
Yellow throated warbler “Phil kahler”

Summer tanager
Rose breasted grosbeak “hallela”
Blue grosbeak “Phil kahler”
Lazuli bunting “Phil kahler”

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April 21, 2020

Socially Distant Bioblitz

On May 3rd, join Antioch University's ES Department for the second Socially Distant Bioblitz in our new tri-weekly series of self-paced days of natural exploration that adhere to the World Health Organization's guidelines for social distancing. Observations can be submitted from home or wherever you find yourself on May 3rd, and can be uploaded via phone or computer. To participate, simply click the "JOIN" button in the top-right of the project page. On the day of the bioblitz, any observation you take from 12:00am - 11:59 pm will be automatically added to the project.

What is a "bioblitz"? A bioblitz is a way of documenting the biodiversity of a property, town, or region by recording all of the species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms within a designated time period and location. It could be a meal moth in your pantry, the amphibians calling from afar, the spiders in your house, the plants in the pavement, the doves flying by your apartment porch...any living organism you see or hear! Feel free to submit observations of plants inside your house or in your garden - just make sure to mark anything that was planted as "Cultivated."

The April Socially Distant Bioblitz was a huge success! We had an amazing turnout; nearly 350 participants submitted over 12,500 observations of over 3,000 species, representing 6 continents and 27 countries across the world. Please join us for our next worldwide event May 3rd and invite all your friends, family, and community members! We look forward to bioblitz-ing with you soon!"


Link to series:


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