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Coming soon!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for checking out our iNaturalist project! We're just getting launched... more information coming soon to share how you can participate to help us grow more diverse, resilient urban forests in Montreal.


Bonjour à tous,

Merci de vous intéresser à notre projet iNaturalist ! Nous venons tout juste d'être lancés... plus d'informations à venir !

Posted on June 14, 2021 13:50 by cziter cziter | 0 comments | Leave a comment

I make lots of mistakes; maybe you should, too?

I was pleased to notice yesterday that I have contributed over 17,000 observations to iNaturalist - and then I was rather shocked to notice that over 100 people follow me on iNat! I'm shocked because, while I know I post lots of observations of all sorts of species (OK, I admit it, I'm obsessed), I don't think of myself as an expert, so why are you all following me?

Yeah, I have a biology degree and, yeah, I worked for MassWildlife for twenty years, but I'm not an expert in anything. I can never keep Yellow-rumped and Magnolia Warblers straight. Female Common Whitetail and Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonflies: one has a solid yellow line down the side of her abdomen, one has a series of slanted yellow dashes, but do you think I can remember which is which? No, I cannot. Red and White Baneberry: something about the thickness of the pedicels separates those, but it took me till last week to come up with the mnemonic that wiiiide pedicels means Whiiiiite Baneberry. (Boy, I hope that's correct.)

In short, I don't know everything, and those of you who follow me should remember that I might not always be correct in my IDs. But it gives me so much joy to observe and learn something new almost every week - really, almost every day in the summer - and that is all due to iNaturalist. A couple of days ago, a friend and I were walking in a Black Tupelo swamp nearby and I noticed that some of the tupelo leaves had ruffled edges. (Here's the iNat observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82815564.) While I was sorting and uploading that batch of photos to iNat, I happened to notice that billmac had seen and posted something called the Tupelo Leaf Edge Gall Mite (here's his observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/80658794). Lo, that's what I had seen! That's a species I didn't even know existed and I got to see it in the town next to mine. Who needs to go to the tropics when you can go to Petersham? (Well, I do WANT to go to the tropics....)

I've been starting to learn lichens and moths over the past year and I have really appreciated it when other iNaturalists correct my clumsy attempts at IDing a lichen or a moth. And that's why I titled this post what I did: it's only by making mistake after mistake that I learn, and I encourage you to get out there and do the same. Plus, it's FUN!

Posted on June 14, 2021 13:28 by lynnharper lynnharper | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Hong Kong Firefly Survey Team 2020-21 - A Brief Summary Report

香港螢火蟲調查隊 Hong Kong Firefly Survey Team 2020-21
A Brief Summary Report

Posted on June 14, 2021 13:14 by wkcheng71 wkcheng71 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Stay in the loop for CNC 2022: Chicago Metro

The most-faved observation of the 2021 event, a neat form of prairie trillium by @adriansydor.

Previously: in case you missed it, see our CNC 2021 project summary and other journal posts.

Check out our May 18th wrap-up planning meeting notes here.

Regional organizers will be meeting on January 18th, 2022 at 10AM to start planning for the 2022 City Nature Challenge. To be added to our email list, drop your contact info into this form.

Finally, because why not, I already made the 2022 project. Note: the actual dates of the 2022 event are still to be determined! Join up here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2022-chicago-metro

Posted on June 14, 2021 12:19 by bouteloua bouteloua | 0 comments | Leave a comment

The Weekend Update - Leaders, Cicadas, and Let's Caption This

As we enter a new week, let's check out some community highlights from our current BioBlitz.

On the leader board with the MOST OBSERVATIONS and MOST SPECIES is @owensscience That would be 48 observations with 34 different species. Currently we have a total of nine (9) observers in the group and 116 species total.

Just over a quarter of our observations are research grade. See which ones here Research Grade. So go ahead and visit the community and agree with identifications you see or suggest some.

Our first cicada showed up

For fun, let's try a caption this with this Eastern Gray Squirrel seen by @maryford
Share a comment with how you would caption (or a statement on a meme you might use)

PS - If you haven't joined the BioBlitz yet, we are at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nat-geo-explorer-mindset-community-bioblitz

Posted on June 14, 2021 12:11 by robincmclean robincmclean | 1 comment | Leave a comment

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Posted on June 14, 2021 06:41 by neilhenson neilhenson

For The Annals of Dubious Achievements

According to iNaturalist Streak (https://mapsandapps.github.io/inat-streak/), today is the 3000th day I've posted at least one observation to iNaturalist.

No doubt tomorrow will be 3001.


Posted on June 14, 2021 05:59 by jmaughn jmaughn | 4 observations | 2 comments | Leave a comment

Puffy lil Hummer

Seen on May 5th.

Posted on June 14, 2021 04:40 by mtroots mtroots | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Big Pine Key / Marathon 2021.05.30

My friend @scottsimmons and I decided to take a biotour of the Florida Keys. This series of journal posts chronicles the expedition.

7:30AM Blue Hole and Jack Watson Trail

Scott had been told that a vagrant Black-Faced Grassquit had been hanging out at a street corner just outside of Blue Hole. Naturally, we needed to see it. A patient wait yielded ... nothing. That is, no Grassquit. However, we did see

Florida Duskywing
Cassius Blue
Fulvous Hairstreak
Zebra Longwing
Large Orange Sulphur
A large white -- are they all Great Southern this time of year?
And a Faithful Beauty moth, which fooled me into thinking it was a Florida Purplewing for a bit.

One of the more unusual sight / sounds was a Red-Bellied Woodpecker vigorously attacking a metal power pole!

The adjacent Jack Watson and Fred Manillo trails advertise themselves as a site for Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak, but we found none. It was likely too early, so only Florida Duskywings were out.

9:30 AM Bahaia Honda State Park

This is the reputed site to find Miami Blue and Nickerbean (Acacia) Blue. It also advertises itself as a location for Bartram's SH.

Honestly, it was a bit of a disappointment. We saw Cassius Blue, Large Orange Sulphur, Gulf Fritillary, a White, and Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak ... and that was it. Much of the park is still under post-hurricane repairs, so that might be the issue.

11:15 AM Fred Manillo Trail

Back to Big Pine Key to hunt in earnest for Bartram's SH. Nope. And ... though there were a couple of look-alike plants, I didn't see any of its hostplant Pineland Croton.

We did however see our first White Peacock of the week, and finally got good shots of a Large Orange Sulphur that set down in a palm during a bit of cloud cover.

Lunch at Islamorada yielded lots of chickens and a Common Myna.

2:30PM Monroe County Government Building, Marathon

This is a reputed site for Roseate Tern. I had pictured something like a building with a little walk down to the beach to see Terns and shorebirds. It was nothing like that. Terns have taken up residence on top of the building, where apparently the gravel is good for nesting. So we drove up, waited for ROTE to fly off the building, and took pictures. It was definitely one of the more surreal birding experiences I've had!

4PM Curry Hammock State Park

The entrance to this park has several Seven-Year Apple trees, which turn out to be the only reliable attractor for Large Orange Sulphur that we could find. It also drew in at least one Hammock Skipper. Kayaking was not possible for us, so we stayed to trails and the Nature Trail a couple of miles up the road.

Leps seen:

Cassius Blue
Julia Longwing
Southern Broken-Dash
Mangrove Skipper
Gulf Fritillary
Large Orange Sulphur
Monk Skipper
White Checkered-Skipper

Gray Kingbird
Prairie Warbler -- the call was unmistakable
Northern Cardinal
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-Bellied Woodpecker

After this we had an evening with Scott's relatives and called it a night.

See the whole gallery from 2021.05.30 here (Scott) and here (me).

Posted on June 14, 2021 04:03 by jrcagle jrcagle | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Late Afternoon Scoot Through Alley Pond Park

Alley Pond Park is the 9th largest park in New York City, just a hundred acres or so behind Central Park itself. Although it can get crowded, much of the park is hidden away--distanced from the path by thick brush and foliage. Though usually I am here with friends and family, today, I whizzed around on my scooter by myself looking from opportunities to make some observations. The weather today was partly cloudy, leaning a bit more towards cloudy. Although it was not raining (I wish it had, it would have made spotting fungi easier), the day was cool and the forest had a sort of dampness associated with it. I came with my scooter because I expected to have to travel a decent bit before I noticed something worth taking a photo of, however not more than 5 minutes into my nature "walk" a branch on the side of the path caught my eye. Fungi are key decomposers, and that is obviously what they are known for--in anticipation of finding some rot, I inspected the branch. There I found what appeared to be a mold of sorts, observation one, and a lichen that I tentatively recorded as "Trichoderma," observation number two. I was about to leave the site when I spotted another lichen, one that was particularly familiar to me, which iNaturalist labeled as "Powdery Axil-bristle Lichen."

The next few observations happened in even quicker succession. On my scooter, I noticed a huge pile of decomposing leaves underneath the shade of a thick selection of trees. I know that leaf cover creates ideal habitats for all sorts of microbial life form, as well as other bugs and critters. Hoping not to damage to much of it, I lifted up some of the leaves to find observations 4, 5, 6 and 7. These molds were far more mature and seemed to be doing better in this moist damp spot than the mold on the branch I had found laying in the open.

The next few observations, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 I found exploring one of the park's nooks, a damp area near a portion of the park where park managers store mulch. Piles of slowly decomposing vegetation often contain enough microbial activity within their heart to generate substantial amounts of heat, so I figured the area in and around this spot would be a good place to encounter some fungi. The mushrooms and molds I found are all testaments to this.

Posted on June 14, 2021 03:54 by abdullahsayed abdullahsayed | 12 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

When the lake is dry!

This year, 2021, marks the 4th or 5th serious drought I've experienced on Lake Shasta. Each time our dock has gone dry for the season, it's nudged me to go exploring the many other beautiful areas within and around the Shasta-Trinity NF.

This past few weeks I've explored to Lassen NP, Scott Valley and Kangaroo Lake on the Klamath NF, Castle Crags, and Castle Lake/Heart Lake, and Mt Shasta Bunny Flats to the Old Ski Bowl where I learned to ski many, many years ago. Every turn has been nothing short of breathtaking. Returning from King Creek Falls to have a beautiful big cinnamon American Black Bear cross our path; the Shasta Alligator Lizard I almost missed while taking another picture on the Upper Sacramento River Trail at Castle Crags; volunteering with the Mt Shasta Trail Association on their wonderful efforts to create a defined trail from Castle Lake to Heart Lake and then returning for a group hike the very next day; and, taking the scenic route - always!! Yesterday that was take FS26 and FS25 from Castle Lake back down around Castle Crags rather than I5.

There are many, many tough issues and hardships during drought years, but there are also silver linings. Go explore - there's still so much beauty out there to behold.

Posted on June 14, 2021 03:15 by lattedray lattedray | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

PA iMapInvasives - Additions

Thanks to the generosity of @ajewitt I've added a number of PA iMapInvasives tracked species to my Project filters. Thanks so much Amy for sharing your list with me--it's been fascinating learning which species are currently being tracked by your iMapInvasive project -- I am particularly surprised by the number of garden escapees!

After updating the filters in this project iNat collected an additional 10,000+ invasive plant observations in the Lower Susquehanna region -- WOW.

Learn more about the PA iMapInvasives project HERE.

Posted on June 14, 2021 02:10 by catttailsandcobwebs catttailsandcobwebs | 0 comments | Leave a comment

400+ species!

Great going everyone! We've got 6 more hours to make observations, but then we've got a week to get them all in here, and for everyone to assist with IDs.

Posted on June 14, 2021 00:14 by gpohl gpohl | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Recovery after 9 months

It has now been nine months since the devastating CZU Complex fire and despite a very dry rainy season, there is encouraging recovery in some areas. On a recent bike ride along the length of the affected area along Gazos Creek Road, we saw lush new growth popping up in the burn area. There was very little difference in the species composition of flowers along the road compared to a similar ride one year earlier. Shrubs such as Coyote Brush were coming back strong. The canyon was filled with bird song. One big difference, and this also seems to be the case in areas not affected by fire, is that there were almost no butterflies, whereas last year, there was an abundance of butterflies in the canyon.

Here is a link to a series of photos taken along the length of the road. It shows not only stump sprouting from the redwoods, but also sprouting from the upper trunks. Bigleaf Maple was sprouting all over from the ground and from stumps, but Red Alder was not rebounding as fast. Time will tell what happens to the Douglas Fir trees, but they do not usually fare as well after fire.


Posted on June 13, 2021 23:17 by dpom dpom | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Can Hobart make 1500 species in the GSB?

Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 -Hobart

SciPubTas will be hosting a BioBlitz event,Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 -Hobart as part of Science in the Park 2021! A BioBlitz is a survey of biodiversity within a specified area time frame. During this period, participants aim to find and record as many species as possible within the time frame. BioBlitz' are a great way to learn more about the biodiversity of an area, including discovering new species and recording species range extensions.

The event will be run by local experts as part of the Great Southern BioBlitz. The Great Southern BioBlitz is an opportunity for all Southern Hemisphere countries to record organisms during Spring and showcase our beautiful biodiversity to the world. The event is run by a grassroots network of keen citizen scientists from across the globe. Come join in the Hobart event!
Hobart in spring is a wonderful sight. Did you know the most commonly observed species over spring in Hobart is the Tasmanian Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius ssp. diemenensis seen below observed by ©di1975, some rights reserved (@di1975 ) with only 15 observations narrowly beating out the silver gull.

While everyone deserves a challenge I would like to set Tassie one, there have only been 1050 species observed in spring in the combined Glenorchy & Hobart area. are you up for the challenge of rearanging these numbers to 1500 species? There are plenty of amazing species including this one Maratus pavonis check them out, apparently they are really friendly and love to say 'Hi"

Maratus pavonis © Keith Martin-Smith, some rights reserved
Share on social media #GSBioblitz #GSB2021

Not in Tasmainia ? Have a lookat the communities that have joined via the Great Southern Bioblitz 2021 Umbrella from across the global south!

To find out more information about this event, check out our website at Great Southern Bioblitz

Previous events:
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020 Umbrella
Check out this summary blog about the 2020 Great Southern Bioblitz 'Great Southern Bioblitz - Amazing First Year!' by Pete Crowcroft (AKA @possumpete )

Follow the Great Southern BioBlitz on social media
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Contact us through social media or via greatsouthernbioblitz@gmail.com

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Posted on June 13, 2021 22:34 by stephen169 stephen169 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Amanitas and Boletes!

Congratulations to Jon (@notdog ) for locating our first Amanita of the season (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82456616).

Friday I found my first Boletus subvelutipes (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82591114) and posted a Journal entry about it (https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/pcpalmer3/53247-notes-on-my-first-boletus-subvelutipes).

I'm hoping we can record more B. subvelutipes as part of the project. One of the project goals is to map out the colonies of certain key mycorrhizals which should allow us to track the timing and conditions of their appearances over time. Ideally we will taxonomically ground each colony with DNA sequencing. The project has received grants from FunDiS for sequencing sample to support that effort. It is even possible that we will develop the capability of generating our own DIY sequences -- more to come.

Posted on June 13, 2021 20:38 by pcpalmer3 pcpalmer3 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Recording observations of newt roadkill other than Lexington

@merav, @newtpatrol, @anudibranchmom, @sea-kangaroo, @joescience1, @karangattu, @tyap:

Merav suggested that we have a project for recording newt roadkill other than those at Lexington. Robin posted ~120 observations from Henry Coe State Park this season - they are included in this project.

Merav, do you want to include the Chileno Valley newt roadkill too?

Right now I have the project boundaries set to San Francisco Bay Area. Merav, is this OK with you? If you join the project, I can make you a curator and then you can change the boundaries, if you want.

Posted on June 13, 2021 20:08 by truthseqr truthseqr | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Утка у дачного берега

Утка у дачного берега с пятью утятами

Posted on June 13, 2021 20:01 by alexfamilyteam alexfamilyteam | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Thanks for the great push everyone!!

We have moved up to 7th place out of 20 clubs for number of observations, but even more exciting we're in 4th place for the number of people on our project! If everyone who has joined posts at least one observation, we will be number 2 just behind Purdue! (In order for a project member to count as an observer, you must have posted at least one observation).

Keep going!!


Posted on June 13, 2021 19:48 by danielgillies danielgillies | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Coexistence and adaptive shifts in gazelles

Gazelles are antilopin bovids belonging to the genera Gazella, Eudorcas, Nanger, Litocranius, Ammodorcas, Antidorcas, Antilope and Procapra. In general, only one species of gazelle occurs in any given habitat. Where coexistence is achieved, this tends to be by means of regional shifts in body-size and -shape which correspond partly to differentiation into subspecies.

The best-known example is in the Serengeti ecosystem. Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsoni nasalis) and Grant's gazelle (Nanger granti granti) coexist here by means of divergent body masses, adults of the former subspecies weighing less than half the average for the latter subspecies in the case of females, and about a third in the case of males. The local form of Thomson's gazelle is the smallest of its genus while the local form of Grant's gazelle is the largest of its species. There is also divergence in water-dependence and movement patterns, with the larger form sedentary and the smaller form migratory and dependent on drinking.

The dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas) and the dama gazelle (Nanger dama) coexisted until recently on the southern and western fringes of the Sahara. This was achieved mainly by means of an extreme difference in body sizes and the maximum height of foraging. The former species is the smallest gazelle In Africa while the latter is the largest of all antilopin bovids. In Arabia, the particularly diminutive local form of the dorcas gazelle (Gazella saudiya) has been hunted to extinction while the Arabian sand gazelle (Gazella marica) has survived. These forms differ little in body sizes, suggesting that the Saudi gazelle was more restricted in substrate type and vegetation type than was the case in North Africa, limiting its population even before persecution by humans.

Bearing these patterns in mind, it is interesting to consider how coexistence has been achieved among certain poorly-known gazelles on the Horn of Africa. The gerenuk (Litocranius walleri) coexists as a large northern subspecies with Soemmerring's gazelle (Nanger soemmerringi) and as a small southern subspecies with Grant's gazelle (see https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/44453752). Notwithstanding the greater specialisation of the gerenuk for bipedal foraging, it is puzzling that, in e.g. Tsavo National Park, Peter's subspecies of Grant's gazelle (Nanger granti petersi) has similar body mass (a possible average of 30-35 kg for adult females) to the local form of the gerenuk. A similar puzzle, at larger body sizes, may apply to Soemmerring's gazelle and the gerenuk in Somaliland, a destination for adventurous naturalists.

Posted on June 13, 2021 19:09 by milewski milewski | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Сегодня отмечаем круглое число - 300 наблюдателей проекта «Виртуальный ботаник»!
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Posted on June 13, 2021 18:13 by valentinaborodulina valentinaborodulina | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Notes on my first Boletus subvelutipes

I’ve spent the morning researching this lovely bolete I ran into on Friday (6/11). I'm also experimenting with this iNaturalist feature I just discovered that allows journal entries associated with a specific observation. Crazy!

Setting the scene: I was traversing the cemetery with a friend and decided to swing by a Dell Water area I don’t check frequently but, because it was on the way and because @sigridjakob had mentioned some fine mycorrhizal finds, I wandered through.

A remote rise above the pond, this area is dominated by two mature hardwoods: a large Quercus rubra (northern red oak) and a veteran Fagus sylvatica ( European beech). The F. sylvatica hosts a couple of saprobes (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63532429 -- Ganoderma sessile and https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/19790070 -- Pleurotus ostreatus). The Q. rubra supports a lively variety of amanitas, boletes, and russulas. This is clearly one of the mycorrhizal hotspots of the cemetery and deserves special treatment and attention for the Fungi Phenology project.

There are a couple of rabbit holes I've explored based on this observation that I might as well share, since I have the space and the inclination.

First, this flush of B. subvelutipes is clearly associated with the Fagus, not the Quercus. Maybe there is root overlap, but it doesn't look like it to me. The bolete is on the north side of the Fagus which is opposite the Quercus. Michael Kuo describes this bolete under a variety of hardwoods, but not beech. (https://www.mushroomexpert.com/boletus_subvelutipes.html). The Bolete Filter, a very cool synoptic key that @tombigelow referenced in the NYMS Advanced ID session, shows that B. subvelutipes is only associated with conifers (https://boletes.wpamushroomclub.org/product/boletus-subvelutipes/#lightbox/5/). That is wrong and deserves correction.

Second, B. subvelutipes has a strong history in Green-Wood. Check out https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=123662&subview=map&taxon_id=125367 for a mapping of all the documented finds. My favorite is https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/53541293 -- thanks @novapatch!

Third, in the article referenced above Michael Kuo makes an argument for focusing attention on this beautiful and taxonomically complex bolete. Calling all project members -- let's document other colonies of B. subvelutipes within GW. I have my sample currently drying in the dehydrator and plan to submit for sequencing using our FunDiS grant. Anyone with specimens from other parts of GW, collect and contact me so we can begin mapping the distribution and ecology.

Posted on June 13, 2021 17:12 by pcpalmer3 pcpalmer3 | 1 observation | 1 comment | Leave a comment

June Goals (Notes)

Looking for:

Want to Identify:
  • more small spiders
  • slugs

Posted on June 13, 2021 14:50 by audreykatamari audreykatamari | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Weekly statistics between June 6, 2021 and June 12, 2021

This week 226 observers made 1289 observations between Sunday, June 5, 2021 to Saturday, June 12, 2021. Among the top five observers, @jorbogmont observed 127 examples of life in the Anacostia watershed; @stephen220 contributed102; @dtread1 contributed 79; @epic2112 contributed 75; and @ronwertz contributed 61. Rounding out the top 10, @hholbrook contributed 54; @droidwrestler contributed 40; @elliotgreiner contributed 35; and @haleppler and @vwiest contributed 33. 119 people contributed one observation, 37 people contributed two observations, and 16 people contributed 3 observations. Insects stayed in first place (632 observations), followed by Plants (326 observations). Protozoa had 5 observations, same as last week.

A few highlights of observations are provided below, to celebrate the wide variety of life found in the Anacostia watershed.
@droidwrestler Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82113835
@epic2112 Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/81974117
@epic2112 Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82226971
@epic2112 Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82498230
@ikumi Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82418958
@margaritanoir Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82781274
@mpaoletti Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82575995
@stephen220 Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82108532
@stephen220 Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82108533
@stephen220 Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82108534
@tomatotreebeer Cassin's 17-year Cicada https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82315451

Observations this week, by Taxon:
Actinopterygii 9
Amphibia 31
Animalia 7
Arachnida 54
Aves 93
Fungi 30
Insecta 632
Mammalia 17
Mollusca 14
Plantae 326
Protozoa 5
Reptilia 53
(blank) 18

Posted on June 13, 2021 14:48 by jmgconsult jmgconsult | 1 comment | Leave a comment

Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas Square Summary (14PA45) 2010-2014

breeding possible probable confirmed total
# of species 37 23 20 80
Target number of point counts in this square: 15 road side. Approximate time allocation for general atlassing: Young broadleaf forest: 1%, Mature broadleaf forest: 2%, Open Wetland: 1%, Agriculture / open country: 77%, Urban / unclassified: 16%.

confirmed breeding probable breeding possible breeding unconfirmed

Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow

Gray Partridge
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Pileated Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Marsh Wren
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Clay-colored Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
American Goldfinch

Blue-winged Teal
American Bittern
Northern Harrier
Broad-winged Hawk
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail
Spotted Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Wilson's Snipe
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Black-billed Cuckoo
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Alder Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Sedge Wren
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Cape May Warbler
American Redstart
Le Conte's Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Great Horned Owl (59%)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (55%)
Upland Sandpiper (50%)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (49%)
Eastern Bluebird (47%)
Northern Shoveler (46%)
Wood Duck (44%)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (38%)
Yellow-throated Vireo (38%)
Hooded Merganser (37%)
Sandhill Crane (37%)
Belted Kingfisher (36%)
Bald Eagle (35%)
Bank Swallow (35%)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (35%)
Cooper's Hawk (33%)
Red-headed Woodpecker (33%)
American Coot (32%)
Green-winged Teal (31%)
Sharp-tailed Grouse (30%)
Swainson's Hawk (28%)
Pied-billed Grebe (26%)
Black-and-white Warbler (26%)
Ovenbird (26%)
White-throated Sparrow (25%)
House Finch (25%)
Gadwall (23%)
Ring-necked Duck (23%)
Turkey Vulture (23%)
Great Blue Heron (22%)
Nelson's Sparrow (22%)
Redhead (20%)
Lesser Scaup (20%)
Ruffed Grouse (20%)
American Woodcock (20%)
Northern Pintail (19%)
Wilson's Phalarope (18%)
Black Tern (18%)
Ruddy Duck (17%)
Wild Turkey (17%)
Willet (15%)
Long-eared Owl (15%)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (15%)
Canvasback (14%)
Forster's Tern (13%)
Indigo Bunting (13%)
American Wigeon (12%)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (12%)
Yellow Rail (12%)
Hermit Thrush (12%)
Red-necked Grebe (10%)
Short-eared Owl (10%)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (10%)
Whip-poor-will (10%)
Nashville Warbler (10%)
Chimney Swift (9%)
Philadelphia Vireo (9%)
Eastern Towhee (9%)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (8%)
Scarlet Tanager (8%)
Eared Grebe (7%)
Western Grebe (7%)
Osprey (7%)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (7%)
American Avocet (7%)
Barred Owl (7%)
Lincoln's Sparrow (6%)
Common Goldeneye (5%)
American White Pelican (5%)
Double-crested Cormorant (5%)
Great Egret (5%)
Herring Gull (5%)
Common Tern (5%)
Northern Waterthrush (5%)
Mourning Warbler (5%)
Horned Grebe (4%)
Peregrine Falcon (4%)
Eastern Screech-Owl (4%)
Common Nighthawk (4%)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (4%)
Swainson's Thrush (4%)
Dark-eyed Junco (4%)
Red Crossbill (4%)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (3%)
Bufflehead (2%)
Common Loon (2%)
Least Bittern (2%)
Great Gray Owl (2%)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (2%)
Loggerhead Shrike (2%)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2%)
Sprague's Pipit (2%)
Orange-crowned Warbler (2%)
Grasshopper Sparrow (2%)
Evening Grosbeak (2%)
Willow Flycatcher (1%)
Brown Creeper (1%)
Golden-winged Warbler (1%)
Connecticut Warbler (1%)
White-winged Crossbill (1%)
Common Merganser (0.5%)
Cattle Egret (0.5%)
White-faced Ibis (0.5%)
Solitary Sandpiper (0.5%)
Greater Yellowlegs (0.5%)
Caspian Tern (0.5%)
Blue-headed Vireo (0.5%)
Canada Jay aka Gray Jay (0.5%)
Winter Wren (0.5%)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (0.5%)
Ring-necked Pheasant (0%)
Clark's Grebe (0%)
Northern Goshawk (0%)
Ferruginous Hawk (0%)
Rough-legged Hawk (0%)
Piping Plover (0%)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (0%)
Bonaparte's Gull (0%)
Northern Hawk Owl (0%)
Burrowing Owl (0%)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (0%)
Black-backed Woodpecker (0%)
Say's Phoebe (0%)
Mountain Bluebird (0%)
Baird's Sparrow (0%)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (0%)
Fox Sparrow
Common Redpoll
Northern Cardinal
Townsend's Solitaire
Bohemian Waxwing
Northern Shrike
Lesser Yellowlegs
Tundra Swan
White-crowned Sparrow
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Blue-headed Vireo
American Tree Sparrow
Bay-breasted Warbler
Canada Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Hoary Redpoll

the map
the summary results 2010-2014

Posted on June 13, 2021 12:36 by marykrieger marykrieger | 0 comments | Leave a comment

I created a test on animals !!!!

Yesterday I created a quiz on animals so I haven't put all the questions yet but you can already do it if you want.
If you do not speak French nor read it when you click on the link at the top left, there is a symbol to change the language.

If you want you can tell me your results or if I made a mistake in the quiz which is probable.

Posted on June 13, 2021 07:49 by natael51 natael51 | 4 comments | Leave a comment

June 9-10, 2021 Mojave Desert Region

I love the desert and it's partly because so many unique species dwell there. It is also a great place for nature lovers as there are fewer people and more chances to encounter wildlife. That being said, it is also a very harsh environment and as things get drier, it will be a challenge for wildlife to survive, much less thrive.

Since we are entering into the hottest part of the year, I thought I'd make one more quick trip out to the desert to see what I could find. The weather was actually quite cool for this time of year--only in the 80's and actually still cool at night so that it wasn't until at least 10 AM when the temperature reached the low 70's.

The trip started off with a really great surprise. I stopped at a random place in the Antelope Valley, just off Highway 14. I actually found a couple of very tiny flowers blooming. (I'm not sure what the plants are so if any of you reading this know, let me know.) Anyway, as I was observing a small insect on one of the flowers, I turned around and there sat a long nosed leopard lizard! It was fantastic as they are one of my favorite lizards and I never expected to see one here. Finding this encourages me to make more random stops on my travels through the Antelope Valley.

And this sighting confirms my thinking that the Antelope Valley is way under-observed for wildlife. I can see why. It is not the most aesthetically pleasing area. It is also a dumping ground for human trash. I have decided I need to bring trash bags, gloves and a grabber when out there; the challenge will be, how much trash can I fit in my car? Because the volume is tremendous. I actually felt sorry for the lizard as there was so much trash spread about. And much of it is large--parts of furniture, toys, tires, etc. But that's a whole different post...so on to the trip...

My next stop was the Desert Tortoise Natural Area. I was out in this reserve about 6 or more weeks ago and it is really, really dry. It almost looks like a barren wasteland. It really makes me sad. If you crave solitude, try coming here during the week in the summer months when the surrounding miles of OHV riders are few and far between.

What did I see? I walked probably 3/4 of a mile through sand before I saw any sign of animal life--a harvester ant carrying a dead beetle. I tried another trail after I'd been there for 40 minutes and I was happy to finally encounter some wildlife -- 3 zebra tailed lizards in the span of a quarter mile. Strangely, as dry and dead as everything looks out there, there were actually 3 or more new creosote bushes growing in so there is still life in spite of the drought conditions. And I ended my visit with a look at a very cool desert horned lizard.

On the road back towards California City (the town that is the gateway to the tortoise reserve), there is a kiosk and picnic table at an intersection. I noticed some heliotrope growing there and found a virtual feeding frenzy of insects. So few flowers are about that it's a real competition to get pollen. I found a really cool wasp there.

My next stop was Red Rock Canyon State Park. I've visited this place several times but have never really spent the amount of time I'd like to--usually because I'm on my way to or from somewhere. While I had planned to really take my time here this time, the winds picked up and were blowing so fiercely that I really didn't get to do much exploring. I walked up one trail about a quarter mile and found some Thurber's sandpaper plants blooming and like the heliotrope in California City, there were many insects competing for pollen. I actually found my coolest insect here....a fly with a red and white striped abdomen.

The next day I drove all the way up Highway 395 to Fossil Falls. Again, this is a place I've stopped a few times but usually on my way to or from somewhere so I have not devoted the amount of time I would like to. The weather was relatively cool and the winds were calm. But nothing was out. I found a couple of blooming plants though I really had to "search" to find those. As I was walking back on the trail I ran into a man coming from another direction. We started chatting and during the course of our conversation, he asked if I was on inaturalist. Imagine my surprise when I learned that he is a curator on the site, an entomologist and he had just ID'd a fly larva of mine a week or so ago. Definitely the most interesting "observation" I made at Fossil Falls!

Having no luck with wildlife there, I left to start my drive back. I decided to check out Jawbone Canyon Road. I've been on this road a couple of times. The whole area is once again, dedicated to OHV riders. However it is also the gateway to a really interesting place called Butterbredt Spring. I didn't have time to drive there on this trip but if you haven't been, its a great place for birds. You will need a 4 wheel drive to get there.

Jawbone Canyon was pretty busy. Lots of people driving in and out. It is also the site of a big DWP station and you can get great views of the California aqueduct pipeline here as it makes its way over several mountains. I did find more sandpaper plants blooming as well as some spiny senna. Both were attracting insects including a bunch of tarantula hawks and a nice assortment of bees and bee flies. However, the conditions weren't really great for exploring as you would have to head off toward the spring to get away from the off roaders. So it was time to head home.

Posted on June 13, 2021 06:26 by naturephotosuze naturephotosuze | 9 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Porch Finds 2021

My porch still supplies me with ample varieties of arthropods even after 10 years. Almost every night I discover new species that I haven't before. I don't use special lighting just a fluorescent bulb. I leave the light on about an hour and then I just poke my nose out the door and sees who shows up. Sometimes I get some bigger species like longhorned beetles and some of the medium sized moths ( I don't know what I would do if a cecropia moth showed up or any of the bigger silk moths) My largest insect to show up was a spring fishfly over 5 years ago but no matter how many or how small I always get something new

Posted on June 13, 2021 04:44 by wendyrobins wendyrobins | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Ура мир!

Отличная социальная сеть для натурфилософов. Меня особенно радует помощь в определении, как от ИИ так и от коллег со всего мира. Буду осваиваться и приживаться надолго.

Posted on June 13, 2021 02:58 by darth_alex darth_alex | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Governor's Invasive Species Council - Additions

Thanks to input from Kris Abell, Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Governor's Invasive Species Council (GISC), today I added over a dozen additional invasive species to the filters:

Amaranthus rudis
Amaranthus tuberculatus
Centaurea diffusa
Cirsium palusttre
Oenanthe javanica
Stratiotes aloides
Murdannia keisak
Alternanthera philoxeroides
Actinidia arguta
Impatiens glandulifera
Ludwigia grandiflora ssp.
Avena sterilis
Glyceria maxima
Crassula helmsii

The species listed above are from a working list of 150 or so invasive species of greatest concern; these are not on the DCNR list originally used to create this project.

Posted on June 13, 2021 00:37 by catttailsandcobwebs catttailsandcobwebs | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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