A Young Naturalist Spots a Tree-Like Moss in Lithuania! - Observation of the Week, 1/18/22

Our Observation of the Day is this Tree Climacium Moss (Climacium dendroides, Palminė junetė in Lithuanian), seen in Lithuania by @stelute!

[@stelute is an account shared by a young naturalist, seven year-old Stela Beatrice Nauburyte (Stelute is a nickname), and her mother Brigita. Brigita answered my questions via email, so the quotes all come from her. - Tony]

“On the first day of 2022, while walking in the forest,” recalls Brigita,

Stela Beatrice noticed the tree climacium moss and exclaimed “Mom, look what a beautiful moss!” Mother still doubted if it was worth photographing, because this type of moss had both been found before, but Stela persevered.  “So green in winter, so gentle, so soft - just amazing, let's take a picture!” And it was definitely worth it! This discovery by Stelute not only delighted the girl, but also received pleasant attention from the iNaturalist community :)...

Walking along the forest paths, discovering various mosses, watching the life of beetles is like hearing a new fairy tale of Nature, unheard of and more and more interesting.

A species that’s found in many moist places across Eurasia, North America, and parts of New Zealand, tree climacium moss gets its common name from the palm tree-like stems which can grow up to 10 cm tall.

Stela learned about iNaturalist last year when two Lithuanian iNatters, @almantas and @tomasp, appeared on TV to promote their “Surask juos visus 2” (“Find them all 2”) project, encouraging young Lithuanians to find 100 interesting species in the country. She found a very cool Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus, Platusis elniavabalis in Lithuanian) soon after that an “she brought it in the palm of her hand and asked - ‘What is it, maybe one of the hundred we are looking for?’ It was fantastic to see those joyful eyes when she heard the positive answer!” says Brigita.

So in the spring of 2021, Stelute, her brother, and her mother began exploring nature nature - meadows, forests, near water bodies, around home. Stelute’s parents, relatives and some friends got involved as well. It is a wonderful incentive to take a fresh look at the environment around us, to fall in love with nature's creations once again and more sincerely. And where there are new friendship with Nature enthusiast, photographer, and poet Ramunė Vakarė (@ramune_vakare), entomologist of Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum and researcher at the Botanical Garden of Vytautas Magnus University Vytautas Tamutis (@vytautas_tamutis), and of course countless other information and photos from iNaturalist observers from all over the world, which Stelute and her family view and discuss - this is an inexhaustible source of knowledge!

Her camera and a phone with the iNaturalist app has become an indispensable helper in answering Stelute's (above) constant questions: “What is the name of this wonderful flower? And how long does this bird live? Why is it so hard to photograph this  northern dune tiger beetle? What do butterflies feed on?” And hundreds more :) Mom can no longer answer “I don't know...” to the questions of a young nature lover. Stelute immediately reminds her - “Let's take a look at the iNaturalist app!” It is gratifying that we find the answers immediately, and they are gladly supplemented by other iNaturalist observers. Thanks to iNaturalist.org that she felt like a young scientist!

(Some quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.)


- Almantas Kulbis’s Bird’s Nest orchid was featured as an Observation of the Week over four years ago!

- Brigita tells me that Stelute hopes to eventually have a career in science, but is not sure what field that might be. She has a small microscope but would love to eventually get one that allows her to see bacteria and other micscrosopic organisms.

Posted on January 18, 2022 22:30 by tiwane tiwane | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Project Update 1/18/2022

The project was updated to run from January 1, 2022-December 31, 2022.

Posted on January 18, 2022 22:11 by cupnclare cupnclare | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Эти загадочные рыбы!

Подскажите, друзья, кто знает:
когда я не знаю что это за птица, совсем не знаю я ставлю класс: Птицы или вороьбиные, если это точно кто-то их них.
Что ставить когда я не знаю (а я никогда не знаю) что это за рыба, какой тут класс у рыб?

Posted on January 18, 2022 18:06 by dariaorl dariaorl | 1 comment | Leave a comment

Lesson Learned: Engine Shake

Killdeer
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 66532942 - Killdeer; Walton County, Georgia. January 18, 2018.

Arriving a bit early to work, I drove around back to the retention pond. Out on the water were about 25 Redheads. I didn’t get an exact count but the numbers looked a little bit lower than Tuesday.

While passing the north point of the pond I spotted a small plover-like bird in the weeds. For some reason, the Killdeer which typically hang out in the parking lot, were standing huddled up on the semi-frozen surface of the pond. It was a chilly 19° and breezy. Poor birds. But I was nice and warm shooting from the cab of my warm truck.

Back in the office, I was puzzled when nearly every shot of the Killdeer was blurry. Why? I was stabilizing it on the truck window while shooting. I’m sure I had a high enough shutter speed. Well, I remembered that nice feeling I had “shooting from the cab of a warm truck.” I forgot to turn off the engine while shooting! Apparently the Vibration Reduction feature on the lens can’t overcome the continuous vibrating of a running motor! Lesson learned.

Walton County, Georgia January 18, 2018.

  • Sunny, high near 46°. Clear tonight, low 23°
  • Sunrise 7:37 AM; sunset 5:50 PM
  • Day length: 10 hours, 12 minutes
  • Moon: 2% waxing crescent

Posted on January 18, 2022 15:26 by williamwisephoto williamwisephoto | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

One Hundred and One Species

With over 200 observations, and having just tipped over 100 species, here are some things we’ve learned from this project already as novice iNaturalist users.

The project was started on October 1st, 2020, which probably explains some of the distribution of research grade observations - currently 60% birds! Although it includes observations made before the project was set up, there were only a few, spread over three years.

Yellow Flower and dark green leaves

Despite being a meadow, we’ve got relatively few research grade plant records (25). This is partly due to the season, but it has to be partly down to the difficulty of verifying plant IDs. It can be tricky to take pictures which show all the characteristics necessary for someone else to ID the plant. And photos can’t show characteristics like smell, which can be an important part of identification. If you are using Seek, you may not even know what someone else needs to see to verify the record. So as spring comes around, this is definitely something we’ll be looking to improve.

Brown and cream bird of prey sitting in the bare branches of a tree

The opposite of plants, birds are very easy, and often incredibly fast, to get community IDs. Of the research grade species recorded on the meadow, nearly 40% are birds. The most observed species (and probably individual) is the kestrel, which makes sense because I find it really hard to walk past without taking a picture of that beautiful bird.

chunky black beetle climbing the trunk of a small tree

The next biggest group of observations is insects. Though we have quite a few butterflies from 2019 and 2020, this is mostly a random selection of flying things that have hung on into autumn and some insect-caused plant galls. As spring and summer come around, I expect this group will get much bigger - only four beetles and two bees so far, even though they are pretty much everywhere in the right season.

In a typical example of the fast moving state of iNaturalist data, in the time I have been writing this, we have had another species bumped up to research grade, taking us to One Hundred and Two species. Already closer to our next hundred species. And who knows how many species the meadow supports?

Posted on January 18, 2022 15:12 by hestan hestan | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Итоги сезона 2020-2021

За время проведения конкурса Российская зима 2020-2021 Санкт-Петербург в черте города было сделано 2 733 наблюдения 87 видов птиц, это примерно 11% от всех наблюдений птиц в Санкт-Петербурге, а также 39% от всех встреченных на данный момент видов птиц (233).
Такой результат оказался возможен благодаря трудам 94 наблюдателей, пятеро из которых сделали 200 и более наблюдений, а четверо встретили 50 и более видов.

Топ-15 наблюдателей по количеству отмеченных видов:
Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @lyudmilamikh 217 59
2 @wolpertinger-rus 81 56
3 @mashivva 402 55
4 @roughingit 352 50
5 @kot-kotka 200 49
6 @zametnya 103 46
7 @aleks_kov 81 37
8 @shivvarudra 221 30
9 @anastasianiveus 35 29
10 @igor-dvurekov 39 28
11 @irinakondr 144 27
12 @pticzasinicza 91 26
13 @olga_shinkareva 26 22
14 @alexey_nesmelov 32 21
15 @reflectitur_photons 55 20
Топ-15 наблюдателей по количеству сделанных наблюдений:
Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @mashivva 402 55
2 @roughingit 352 50
3 @shivvarudra 221 30
4 @lyudmilamikh 217 59
5 @kot-kotka 200 49
6 @irinakondr 144 27
7 @anastasiya_spb 131 13
8 @zametnya 103 46
9 @pticzasinicza 91 26
10 @aleks_kov 81 37
11 @wolpertinger-rus 81 56
12 @marina_gorbunova 72 9
13 @reflectitur_photons 55 20
14 @nadiopt 51 10
15 @eseyf 43 12

Как видно из таблиц, места по количеству видов и наблюдений сильно расходятся и у нас нет чистого победителя по обоим параметрам, но особая благодарность выражается @mashivva как участнику с наибольшим количество наблюдений, занимающему третье место по видам, лишь немного отстающему от первого места.
Без особых сюрпризов обошлось в списке самых наблюдаемых видов:

Позиция Вид Количество наблюдений
1 Большая Синица (Parus major) 228
2 Кряква (Anas platyrhynchos) 214
3 Лазоревка (Cyanistes caeruleus) 173
4 Серая Ворона (Corvus cornix) 161
5 Домовый Воробей (Passer domesticus) 137
6 Снегирь (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) 115
7 Серебристая Чайка (Larus argentatus) 103
8 Большой Пёстрый Дятел (Dendrocopos major) 102
9 Обыкновенная Пищуха (Certhia familiaris) 96
10 Сизый Голубь (Columba livia) 94
Однако 17 видов были встречены лишь единожды:
  1. Клуша (Larus fuscus)
  2. Лебедь Шипун (Cygnus olor)
  3. Чирок-Свистунок (Anas crecca)
  4. Красноголовый Нырок (Aythya ferina)
  5. Чернеть Морская (Aythya marila)
  6. Луток (Mergellus albellus)
  7. Тростниковая Овсянка (Emberiza schoeniclus)
  8. Обыкновенный Дубонос (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)
  9. Деряба (Turdus viscivorus)
  10. Белая Трясогузка (Motacilla alba)
  11. Болотная Сова (Asio flammeus)
  12. Усатая Синица (Panurus biarmicus)
  13. Пуночка (Plectrophenax nivalis)
  14. Синьга (Melanitta nigra)
  15. Обыкновенный Канюк (Buteo buteo)
  16. Обыкновенная Пустельга (Falco tinnunculus)
  17. Свиязь (Mareca penelope)
Также почти четверть из встреченных за время проведения конкурса видов оказалась в Красной Книге Санкт-Петербурга.
Позиция Вид Количество наблюдений
1 Длиннохвостая Неясыть (Strix uralensis) 37
2 Белоспинный Дятел (Dendrocopos leucotos) 28
3 Ушастая Сова (Asio otus) 24
4 Ястреб-Тетеревятник (Accipiter gentilis) 16
5 Обыкновенный Зимородок (Alcedo atthis) 15
6 Шилохвость (Anas acuta) 15
7 Серый Сорокопут (Lanius excubitor) 15
8 Камышница (Gallinula chloropus) 14
9 Чёрный Дятел (Dryocopus martius) 13
10 Малый Пёстрый Дятел (Dryobates minor) 10
11 Воробьиный Сыч (Glaucidium passerinum) 7
12 Орлан-Белохвост (Haliaeetus albicilla) 4
13 Серая Неясыть (Strix aluco) 4
14 Серая Куропатка (Perdix perdix) 2
15 Трёхпалый Дятел (Picoides tridactylus) 2
16 Седой Дятел (Picus canus) 2
17 Утка Серая (Mareca strepera) 2
18 Клуша (Larus fuscus) 1
19 Луток (Mergellus albellus) 1
20 Болотная Сова (Asio flammeus) 1
21 Усатая Синица (Panurus biarmicus) 1
22 Обыкновенная Пустельга (Falco tinnunculus) 1

Не обошёлся наш конкурс и без прославившихся наблюдений, среди отмеченных сообществом встреч можно выделить некоторые:
Белокрылый клёст в Приморском районе от @dmitryosipov78

Кедровка в Петроградском районе от @igor-dvurekov

Серый сорокопут в Колпино от @alexey_nesmelov

Усатая синица в Петергофе от @zametnya

Деряба в Выборгском районе от @agulivanov

Благодарим всех участников и надеемся увидеть вас снова!

Posted on January 18, 2022 14:58 by marina_gorbunova marina_gorbunova | 0 comments | Leave a comment

2022/01 物種分類統計

大類 分類 觀察數 物種數 野生物種數
節肢動物門 昆蟲綱 🐜🐞🐝 234 115 115
  蛛形綱 53 13 13
  軟甲綱 8 5 5
  其他節肢動物 3 3 3
軟體動物門 軟體動物 🐌 9 3 3
脊索動物門 鳥類 🐦 44 20 17
  爬蟲類 🐢🐍 10 9 6
  魚類 🐟 8 4 4
  兩棲類(蛙) 🐸 4 4 4
  哺乳類 🐾 10 5 1
環節動物門 環節動物 4 2 2
線蟲動物門 線蟲動物 0 0 0
扁形動物門 扁形動物 0 0 0
其他 其他 2 0 0

Posted on January 18, 2022 13:54 by rickyp rickyp | 0 comments | Leave a comment

2022/01 物種分類統計

大類 分類 觀察數 物種數 野生物種數
動物界-節肢動物 昆蟲綱 🐜🐞🐝 3921 811 810
  蛛形綱 366 78 77
  軟甲綱 19 7 7
  其他節肢動物 49 8 8
動物界-脊索動物 鳥類 🐦 374 47 43
  爬蟲類 🐢🐍 157 27 25
  魚類 🐟 83 15 14
  兩棲類(蛙) 🐸 112 16 16
  哺乳類 🐾 48 15 10
動物界-軟體動物 軟體動物 🐌 100 14 14
植物界 被子植物 🌷 4505 798 541
  水龍骨綱(蕨類) 348 60 57
  苔蘚植物 50 9 9
  其他植物 316 18 8
真菌界 真菌(菇、多孔菌、地衣) 155 51 51
其他 其他 42 5 5

Posted on January 18, 2022 10:53 by rickyp rickyp | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Big Bushfire Bioblitz : Murramarang National Park, Yuin Country, 6pm Friday 11 March - 4pm Sunday 13 March 2022

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/big-bushfire-bioblitz-registration-206905017477
Join us in the forests of the Murramarang National Park as we search for bugs, bats, birds and everything in between. We’re putting together an exciting line-up of experts to help point out amazing plants, animals, and fungi, explain how they fit into the ecosystem, the impact of the bushfires, and give you all kinds of tips and tricks to help you become a better naturalist!
Grab your hat, your camera, and your moth sheet, and get ready for the Big Bushfire BioBlitz! UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science, the Atlas of Living Australia, the Australian Citizen Science Association, Minderoo’s Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative, and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment are joining forces to run 3 bioblitzes across NSW to help track how our native ecosystems are recovering from the 2019-2020 bushfire season.
UNSW fieldwork volunteer requirements mean this event is only open to ages 18+
See COVID- 19 DISCLOSURE on Eventbrite page. Social distancing and wearing masks is recommended.

Posted on January 18, 2022 10:23 by barv barv | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Introducing the Australian Mothing News on Facebook

It will be 6 years come this March since I began a run at year-round mothing. I think the total Lep species count in iNaturalist at the time was little more than 800 (vs 5600+ today). And the bulk of the moth species with 2/3rds of the observations were a consequence of one person, Donald Hobern.

It became evident that some sort of national network of citizen scientists was the only way that we might make inroads into this dearth of knowledge. Not only within one's own lifetime, but given the haste with which the environment degrades, one could argue within the existence of the very species we are trying to reveal.

I continue to do what I can to promote this idea on iNaturalist. Now I am expanding into the launch of a Facebook page I am calling "Australian Mothing News". It is loosely modeled after an online birding news service I ran for a decade beginning in the mid-90's. It is open to the public but with restricted postings (presently solely myself).

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/657886238903373

Facebook participation is NOT required to read any of the page entries. However, posting, comments, and access to pdfs may be restricted to Facebook participants.

My mission statement reads ...

This page serves to bring to light the mothing discoveries made through the citizen science community of iNaturalist Australia. Membership will be open to the public initially. Posting privileges will be restricted to members participating in some form of citizen science (but not limited to iNaturalist). I encourage investigating these programs and how you may further our knowledge of Australian moths by becoming a participant. As you will read in these pages, every day people make real contributions right from their own backyard.

and therein, you will find links to iNaturalist Australia and the Atlas of Living Australia.

Initial news page offerings include ...

  1. Milestone reached with the number of iNat Lep observations; 50% of those in ALA, and comprising 75% of the human obs. in ALA.
  2. New Taxa Alert: presentation of new to iNat obs. involving two Metallarcha sp. from W.A.
  3. iNat entry of Trichiocercus with discussion of original descriptions
  4. link to an iNat journal offering under the Australian Moth Index, Geometridae.
  5. Downloadable crib sheet pdf file in my identification series. A one-page look at the 5 lenticular Ennominae frequently confused with each other {Gastrina, Gastrinodes, Gastrinopa, Aporoctena, Cryphaea).

Regardless of whether you make use of Facebook, I value your thoughts. So please feel free to comment. Whether to critique the page, or offer up potential news items.

@imcmaster @dustaway @nicklambert @dianneclark @dhobern @gregtasney @tas56 @reiner @peregrine80 @davidtng @ecosse28 @larney @dhfischer @hdavid @daviaker @wellsii @domf @kenharris @sarahcobbaus @jb2602 @johnlenagan @eremophila @koolah @paul2george @wambledyn @toddburrows @kdbishop69 @d_kurek @rogstanden @gumnut @thebeachcomber @nyoni-pete @dlync @jackiebeer @pmwhitington @wattlebird @tjeales @vuk @triciastewart @natashataylor @lifeisamazing @swainsona1 @bushbandit @ethanbeaver @kallies @clairecottage @a_kurek @rosewise @roserobin @suecee @simono @juliegraham173 @davemmdave @ellurasanctuary @rattyexplores @nedfisher @donna391 @dickw @petermarriott @markos1955 @laufamily @ianmcmillan @urliup-wildlife-sanctuary @mattcampbellaus @dj_maple @ladymidge @donnamareetomkinson @ken_cross @jimbobo @mhewish @cesdamess @cobaltducks @ladydawn @marietarrant @mariannebroug

and please let me know what you think.

cheers

Vic

Posted on January 18, 2022 07:36 by vicfazio3 vicfazio3 | 12 comments | Leave a comment

2022/01 物種分類統計

大類 分類 觀察數 物種數 野生物種數
動物界-節肢動物 昆蟲綱 🐜🐞🐝 632 241 241
  蛛形綱 59 20 19
  軟甲綱 3 2 1
  其他節肢動物 13 5 5
動物界-脊索動物 鳥類 🐦 120 32 30
  爬蟲類 🐢🐍 24 7 7
  魚類 🐟 1 1 0
  兩棲類(蛙) 🐸 15 5 5
  哺乳類 🐾 13 6 4
動物界-軟體動物 軟體動物 🐌 19 5 5
植物界 被子植物 🌷 1222 337 203
  水龍骨綱(蕨類) 91 27 26
  苔蘚植物 21 7 7
  其他植物 52 11 4
真菌界 真菌(菇、多孔菌、地衣) 27 9 9
其他 其他 9 3 3

Posted on January 18, 2022 06:39 by rickyp rickyp | 0 comments | Leave a comment

2022/01 物種分類統計

大類 分類 觀察數 物種數 野生物種數
動物界-節肢動物 昆蟲綱 🐜🐞🐝 234 115 115
  蛛形綱 53 13 13
  軟甲綱 8 5 5
  其他節肢動物 3 3 3
動物界-脊索動物 鳥類 🐦 44 20 17
  爬蟲類 🐢🐍 10 9 6
  魚類 🐟 9 4 4
  兩棲類(蛙) 🐸 4 4 4
  哺乳類 🐾 10 5 1
動物界-軟體動物 軟體動物 🐌 9 3 3
植物界 被子植物 🌷 745 227 162
  水龍骨綱(蕨類) 51 16 15
  苔蘚植物 15 3 3
  其他植物 39 2 1
真菌界 真菌(菇、多孔菌、地衣) 8 4 4
其他 其他 14 6 2

Posted on January 18, 2022 05:42 by rickyp rickyp | 0 comments | Leave a comment

We have a website!

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for being a part of Who Eats Whom. I'm writing to share that we have a website with a simple mockup of the observations submitted to our project so far.

Link here: https://whoeatswhom.org/

The home page shows species-level interactions among all research-grade observations of predation in our project. A separate page shows the relationship at a coarser taxonomic level. More features will be coming out to make these graphics more useful (searchable, for instance) in the coming months.

Thanks again and please let me know your thoughts! I've had to really up my coding skills to bring all the different pieces together for this and am pleased to finally see at least the beginnings of a useful end result for everyone.

Best,

Bradley

Posted on January 18, 2022 05:13 by bradleyallf bradleyallf | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Day One Inat "Mushrooms Among Us" Getting Started

Hey Eliot:

I'm actually pretty pumped about how this inat format might work for us. First thing, take all your photos on you phone from September 1st, 2021 to present (and continuing forward) and "batch upload them to your account. If your lucky the data in pic (loc and time) will be in each pic and it will sort it automatically, if not- I have a work-around but it takes a little more effort- just ipload them mainly. The project should automaically include all yours that were taken in either Mississippi and Louisiana. --Thats one of the limits I put on it since our focus is Greater New Orleans area- liberally from Mississippi Guld Coast to Lafayette. Anyways upload at least some and lets see if this thing works. If its from those states and dates since Sept. 2021 it should auto show up in the group. We'lllll see

Posted on January 18, 2022 04:05 by tresfisher tresfisher | 0 comments | Leave a comment

South Section: Monday January 17, 2022

Conducted survey of South side from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm. Weather was 44° F, cloudy.

Observers: Karan and Matt (SFBBO Staff)

Documented 147 dead newts of which at least 1 was a juvenile.

Documented Human Activity:
Cars: 32
Motorcycles: 0
Bikes: 17
Pedestrian: 3
Parked cars: 12

Notes: A lot of the newts were pretty fresh since the guts were spilling out while scraping them. No one asked what we were doing except a couple of bicyclists who were biking shouted "No need to eat that, I can give you my power bars". To which I responded "Have you tried Newt Jerky? it tastes better than beef jerky".

Saw a couple of live newts around the soda springs canyon crossing over to the forest, so gave them a free ride to the other side of the road.

Link to my observations for today: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-01-17&place_id=any&q=roadkill&subview=map&user_id=karangattu&verifiable=any

Posted on January 17, 2022 23:44 by karangattu karangattu | 1 comment | Leave a comment

Galavanting to Gullivan

Jan 11

While we were all excited to go to White Horse Key, many of us were dreading the paddle. We had endured around 8 or 10 miles on the Turner River the day before, and were about to go through about 12 more. We got up around 7, had our traditional oatmeal breakfast at 8, and were out of Trails Lake by 9:15. We arrived at the Collier-Seminole State Park around 9:45, and we set out on our kayaks and canoes at 10:30.
The first several miles of our paddle went relatively smoothly; we steered through calm waters, with dense mangrove forests on either side of us. We stopped at a muddy sandbar/oyster bar to have a lunch of muenster cheese sandwiches, hand delivered by Miette, who had stepped into the water, not realizing how deep she would sink into the mud. She decided that, since she was already in the water, she might as well save us the mess and bring us all food herself (like a true Quaker). We finished off our lunch with hot, melty Clif bars, and continued on our paddle.
Around this time, two of our three canoes, steered by Josh, Nathen, Ben, and Hannah, were joined in holy matrimony. They became one being, a single vessel, by holding a tarp up to the wind and making the best damn sail boat any of us had ever seen. While many of us were doubtful, the wind filled their sails (tarp, rather), and they zoomed away, taking the lead of our pack of boats with very little effort, while we watched with excitement and chagrin.
As we left the river and entered the bay, we were surprised by a majestic pod of dolphins, either 2 or 3 of them. They were hunting fish, and breached the surface in the process, giving us a beautiful show. However, as we waved fair well to the dolphins and steered further into the bay, the waters and strong winds became increasingly perilous. Our vessels were being thrown around by the choppy waves like a shoe in a washing machine; constantly rocking back and forth, being turned off course, and filling with salty, salty water.
Against all odds, 13 soggy Earlhamites arrived at an island, although not the one we intended to camp at. We ended our paddle at Gullivan Key, the island immediately north of White Horse Key. We pulled our boats up onto the shore, set up our tents, and Chris made gourmet quesadillas as the sun set beyond the waves. We ate dinner and sat around a beach campfire, and went to sleep shortly after.

Jan 12

We woke to the sound of gentle waves crashing against the sand. While we ate our breakfast of champions (oatmeal, obviously), Chris deemed that it would be a free day to do what we wanted. We all explored in one way or another; while some of us set out to paddle the bay in kayaks, others stayed behind and walked the circumference of the island, looking in the tidal pools at sea shells and marine life. We saw hermit and horse shoe crabs, comb jellies, mollusks and snails, a giant sting ray, ospreys, reddish egrets, brown and American white pelicans, sanderlings, american oyster catchers, ruddy turnstones, anemones, and a fisherman who sold us mullet (the fish, not the haircut) for about a dollar a pound.
After buying about 16 pounds of fish, Chris cooked it up for our lunch (as well as dinner, since there was so much left over), and many of us either ate it on its own, or on bagel sandwiches. Shortly following lunch, most of us got back in the water to keep exploring the tidal pools, but some of us stayed behind and took naps on the sand or in hammocks. As the sun was going down, we finished off our fish in an early dinner, with Nathan "Fish Champ" Brophy leading us to victory, by eating approximately 3 or 4 fish fillets (about 2 fishes worth). We made smores around a campfire, and turned in for the night around 9 or 10.

Jan 13

While we had planned to set for another early morning (estimated leaving time was 8 am), we woke up to rain on our tents and hammocks around 7 am. We ate dry bagels for a quick breakfast, deconstructed camp in the rain, and surprisingly only had about a 30 minute delay, getting back on the water by 8:30.

The water in the bay as we were leaving the island was very calm, much different from two days prior. We paddled through the bay back into the mangroves with much more ease than before, and much less water in our boats. We continued through the beautiful mangroves, where the water stayed pretty calm and still. We made it back into the Collier-Seminole State Park around 12:30, and promptly drove to Pollo Tropical, for a much needed and very delicious lunch.
Following lunch, we retreated to Trails Lake, where we reconstructed camp and took the rest of the afternoon for ourselves. Most of us showered and changed clothes, and did laundry (since we were covered in a layer of salt and sand). We opted for hot dogs and veggie dogs for dinner, eaten around yet another campfire. We finished eating, hung out around the fire to avoid the mosquitos as much as possible, and went to bed around 10.

  • Sophia Gilkey and Nathan Brophy, first years

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13000

Funga chilena alcanzó las 13000 observaciones!

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Bird Highlights of 2021

My nature-related interests span throughout all groups of organisms--from lichens to liverworts, and from slime molds to salamanders. However, birds are at the core of that interest, and I'll probably always be a birder at heart, no matter what I end up doing. In 2021, I actually beat my own record for number of species seen: by the end, I'd racked up 285 species, ~79% of the total number of birds I've ever seen. This was due to a variety of factors. For example, COVID restrictions easing up made travel a better idea, and my college graduation was timed in such a way that I got to experience birds' breeding season in Vermont and California, to name two. Regardless, to celebrate this milestone, I figured I'd draft a quick journal post with my top ten favorite life-list species from this past year.

First, an important caveat: except for number 10 (which should be number 1, but iNat auto-formats lists I guess), these won't be in any significant order. I love all birds too much for that! This first ranking concerns new lifers. Anyhow, on to the list!

  1. Common Redpoll (and Hoary Redpoll). These irruptive winter finches are really something. I'm including them both here due to their similarity, but also due to the fact that I'm not convinced they're distinct species (for more info, go here). Their confusing taxonomy is part of what makes them interesting, in my book. Either way, I love redpolls! It took a couple of expeditions for me to find even a Common Redpoll this past winter, but when I did, you can bet these adorable finches were present in large numbers! This was a good year for lovers of irruptive finches, including Pine Grosbeak and Red Crossbill, and clearly, redpolls were no exception. Thanks as well go to Allan Strong for allowing people to view the Hoary Redpolls at his house.
  2. Northern Fulmar. This was the first new species I saw on my first-ever marine pelagic, so of course this little tubenose is one of my favorites. This one was so close to the boat that I didn't need my big fancy lens, I could just use my cell phone to grab a pic!
  3. Short-eared Owl and Rough-legged Hawk. These two wintry raptors are a package deal because I saw them both on the same day, and I was equally stoked about both. They're also similar ecologically, being widespread Holarctic birds of prey that frequent open areas, are at least occasionally diurnal, and whose distribution can be somewhat hard to predict. They're both gorgeous birds as well, really leaving a solid impression on whoever sees them.
  4. Sabine's Gull. This one was another I saw on the pelagic trip, and as an avid gull enthusiast (for some reason), I couldn't help but mention it. Everything about them is just so weird for a gull! They're mostly pelagic, have slender black bills with yellow tips, and are in a genus all their own, Xema. Cornell's All About Birds compares them to terns, and with good reason. They fly similarly, and have similar overall lifestyles. Sabine's Gull is definitely distinct, though, and the number we saw out on the open sea was a pleasant surprise.
  5. Lesser Sand-Plover. By far the most far-flung and unusual bird I saw in 2021, an immature "Mongolian Plover" showed up on a beach just outside Santa Cruz and drew in birders from all around the Bay Area, if not farther. Indeed, a key field mark was the large group of scope- and camera-laden birders near the bird! The Lesser Sand-Plover was a charming little shorebird, chasing some of the nearby Snowy Plovers around and hunkering down on the sand. If not for this bird's wrong turn, I'm not sure I ever would have gotten to find one, so I'm grateful for the opportunity I had.
  6. South Polar Skua. I'm completely fascinated by the wildlife of Antarctica, so the name of this bird alone grabbed my attention. As it turns out, the name is well-deserved, as the breeding range encircles Antarctica. This skua seems like a big brute, especially compared to the jaegers I saw alongside it, but as it turns out, it's only around the size of a Western Gull, and is one of the smallest of the true skuas. Still, this veritable raptor of the sea is really cool, and I'm glad I was able to see one.
  7. White-winged Dove. I'm proud to say that this was a rarity I was able to find all on my own, and the first iNaturalist record from Santa Cruz County! Weirdly enough, I saw this on the exact same day I saw my first-ever White-winged Scoter! In any case, this vagrant dove showed up on a wire over a building, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. I can be quoted as saying, "Oh my god, is that a White-winged Dove?" It was unfortunately unable to be found by any other birders, but I'm glad that I at least got to get a look at this new species for my life list.
  8. Burrowing Owl. Ever since I was a youngster reading through the Guardians of Ga'Hoole books, I've been fascinated by owls, with the Burrowing Owl being a long-time favorite. Its unusual life history, living in burrows and being active at times other owls wouldn't, as well as its small size, combine to make a cute, interesting species I'm glad I've finally seen! In addition to my life bird, there was another individual found in Santa Cruz County, which I was able to get much better photos of. What a cool little owl!
  9. Varied Thrush. I can confidently say I haven't had this much fun with a lifer in a long time. At the end of a multi-hour car drive with a great friend of mine, we reached our stopover destination in Humboldt County and, as we had some extra time, arbitrarily decided to stop by Sequoia Park. Imagine my surprise when, mere minutes after leaving the car, I heard this eerie song echoing throughout the redwoods. It was a thrill, and not one I'll soon forget.
  10. Black-footed Albatross. How could I not pick this bird? Like the Burrowing Owl, albatrosses are something I've been hoping to see since before I started birding. Their huge wingspans and the grace with which they soar over the waves is simply incredible. The three(!) albatrosses I saw on my pelagic journey were the perfect capstone to an already amazing day, and I couldn't have asked for anything more from my trip.

I managed to see quite a few other birds this year, beyond just lifers! I could mention some of my top favorites, like Hutton's Vireo, Western Gull, or Wrentit, but I think mentioning some noteworthy species would be much more interesting. Here are some birds that really stuck out to me, even though I'd already seen or heard them before. There are way more than ten worth noting here, like the Marbled Murrelet I saw at the wharf, the surprising and adorable pair of nesting Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at Missisquoi, or the lovely flocks of American Tree Sparrows I saw during the winter, to name just three. Despite this, I did my best to narrow all the species down to just ten.

  1. Northern Cardinal. Cliche and/or overdone? Sure, maybe. I can't deny this bird's charm, though. After all, it was one of the last birds I saw or heard before leaving Vermont, and I miss having these brightly colored birds around now that I'm back in California. Hearing them sing or even just call from my urban apartment was always a good reminder that nature is never too far away.
  2. Northern Waterthrush. Among my favorite warblers, ever since it was my first "rare" sighting back in 2016, this bird was a delight to see and hear. There's something that's just so cool about a little warbler that, instead of being in the treetops like its kin, prefers to stay on the ground near the water. I don't have a ton to say about this one, only that I look forward to the next waterthrush I can find!
  3. Red-winged Blackbird. Another kind of generic pick, but one that's worth noting. Winter 2020-21 was the first that I spent the entirety of in a truly cold climate, with no "breaks," for reasons I'll detail later. This, along with my daily iNat streak, gave me a whole new appreciation for spring, and the "renewal" that comes along with it. For me, nothing symbolized the upcoming arrival of spring more than this species. There's not much that can compare to finally seeing those males arrive on their breeding territory and practicing those familiar songs, konk-a-REE! In addition to its presence in Vermont, however, getting home and finding the nostalgic, familiar California Bicolored blackbirds was also a treat. The Tricolored Blackbird gets an honorable mention here, as these endangered birds are extremely interesting as well, and I was luckily able to see them a couple times in 2021.
  4. Parasitic Jaeger and Long-tailed Jaeger. Though they weren't new birds, these might as well have been, considering my only views of them prior to my pelagic trip were distant and brief ones on Lake Champlain when I was a "chum-chucker." As a result, it was exciting to see these two, as well as their relative the Pomarine Jaeger and the aforementioned South Polar Skua, in action over the ocean. They were flying acrobatically, chasing birds like terns and Sabine's Gulls in search of pirated food. Though I do feel somewhat bad for their poor victims, it's undeniable that the jaegers really put on a spectacle.
  5. Fish Crow. Being the obsessive birders we are, some friends and I decided to make a "graduation list" (for species we saw or heard during my graduation ceremony). This is the list, and Fish Crow is one of the species on it! More seriously, though, I enjoyed unexpectedly finding this species at a local cemetery I'd adopted as a "patch." I even heard some of the cemetery's resident starlings adopt the Fish Crow's nasally caws into their songs! Its relatively recent expansion into Vermont makes it something special, in my book at least.
  6. Fox Sparrow. This was a nice bird to start my year with! On my first Redpoll-seeking journey, I took something of a wrong turn, and ended up taking the longer way towards the meadow where they were reported. This took me through an admittedly lovely hillside forest, so no regrets there. Things got interesting when I saw a small sparrow hopping around a mostly-thawed stream. I initially thought it was a Song Sparrow, but closer investigation revealed it to be a Fox Sparrow—a rarity for that time of year, and my Vermont first, to boot!
  7. Hooded Merganser. A long-time favorite duck, this is another bird with a sentimental attachment for me. It was my first-ever lifer in Vermont, before I even started college there! Ever since that first sighting, coming across any Hoodies is something special. It took until 2021, though, for me to see any in California, or on iNaturalist in general! Now that I have found one, however, it seems almost like they're all over the place. I've seen them in Santa Cruz a couple times since that first sighting, and again when I went to visit my brother in Marin County! You won't hear me complaining, though!
  8. Surfbird. My favorite shorebird of them all, this "rockpiper" was lovely to see again upon returning to Santa Cruz. It's always fun to see it running around the jetties and rocky coasts here alongside its constant winter companion, the Black Turnstone, after all. As an added bonus, somehow I'd never gotten a photo of this bird on iNat before, so this was a personal first for the site as well.
  9. Hermit Thrush. I couldn't not mention this bird! As the state bird of Vermont and the 100th lifer I ever found on my own, Hermit Thrushes are in a perfect spot to be highly significant to me. Even if I didn't find too many in Vermont in 2021, I found more than enough singing in the Santa Cruz mountains in summer and hanging around wherever in the winter to make up for that. I'm lucky to be able to experience these incredible little thrushes all year long!
  10. Golden-crowned Sparrow and Townsend's Warbler. This one, like the cardinal, blackbird, and merganser, is more sentimental. I've always associated the lovely song of the Golden-crowned Sparrow with the onset of fall and winter here, and ever since I got into birding, Townsend's Warbler sightings have joined them in significance. During the winter of 2020-21, however, the pandemic resulted in me spending the holidays away from my family for the first time. Instead, I stayed in Vermont for the entirety of my winter break. Even if it was only for a year, I really missed these two birds, and it was absolutely wonderful to see them again after what felt like such a long time. Whether it's the Golden-crowned being absolutely everywhere or the Townsend's bringing a splash of color to the forests, it's hard to overstate how much these two in particular do to make the environment more "wintry." I love these two birds!

Where to go from here? Well, I do have some hopes for 2022. Returning once more to the list format, albeit not in a top 10 this time, I'll write down a few.

  • Resighting a Black Swift, Bullock's Oriole, or Yellow-billed Magpie, among others. It's been at least half a decade since I've seen some species, and I'd love to see them again and especially add my sightings or recordings to iNat.
  • Finding one or two owl species I haven't seen or heard before. There are a few species I've yet to find that occur in my area of California: Western Screech and Northern Pygmy* spring to mind, with Spotted being not too far off. Flammulated and/or Great Gray are both possibilities, too, albeit very, very unlikely.
  • Tracking down some of my nemesis species, or at least birds I've been trying to find for a while! I've tried time and again to find Iceland Gull, shrikes, Red-necked Grebe, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a couple other species, but I'm still looking for them. Getting to see a bird I've missed before would be more than appreciated.
  • Finally, I'd like to bring this site and my "actual" life list closer to a balance. That is to say, I'd like to get audio or photos of species like White-throated Swift, Bell's Sparrow, or Rock Wren that I've seen before, but don't have any record of on iNaturalist.

*This one is in a bit of a weird gray area, so stay tuned!

That's it for now. I hope you enjoyed this read! It's unlikely this will spread around much, but if so, feel free to leave some of your favorite sightings from 2021 in the comments. Thanks for your time, and have a good day! Here's to some really cool species in 2022!

Posted on January 17, 2022 21:31 by thetorterra thetorterra | 0 comments | Leave a comment

How to identify Geranium yeoi (Greater Herb-Robert)

This project collects observations of Geranium yeoi (Greater Herb-Robert) in California for the purpose of facilitating identification and preventing misidentification of this species in iNaturalist.

Photo tips:

  • It’s important to get a picture of the entire plant.
  • It's also helpful to get close-up pictures of the face of the flowers, sepals, leaves, and fruits, if present.
  • If there are multiple plants in the picture, it’s helpful to crop your photo to focus on the plant of interest.

How to identify Geranium yeoi:

  • G. yeoi is similar to G. robertianum, but the flower is about 3x as large and the pattern is slightly different. It is often a bit brighter pink and the stripes within the petals are not so distinct, which results in the darker shaded area being more obvious.
  • G. yeoi tends to form a clump of leaves, almost a low shrub. The leaves are very substantial and approach the form of other Mediterranean species such as G. palmatum and even G. maderense.
  • They grow side-by-side alongside G. reuteri, with which it also appears to hybridize.

G-yeoi-for-journal

Similar Species:

  • Geranium robertianum (Herb Robert)
  • Geranium purpureum (Little-Robin)
  • Geranium maderense (Giant Herb-Robert)

3-species

References:

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Самый краснокнижный регион России

Пришло время проанализировать распределение наблюдений редких и уязвимых видов по регионам страны. Где найдено больше краснокнижных видов? Куда лететь за редкими находками: Алтай, Крым или все-таки Дагестан? А еще пора определить и поблагодарить наиболее успешных наблюдателей в каждом крае, области и республике.

Под охрану на всей территории России подпадает 1119 видов живых организмов. Натуралисты интернет-платформы iNaturalist добавили в проект больше 40000 наблюдений 657 видов (58.7% от всех охраняемых).

Регионы-лидеры по редким наблюдениям в отдельных категориях

Для начала узнаем в каких регионах наибольшее число наблюдений краснокнижных видов по отдельным категориям.

  Растения Птицы Млекопитающие Насекомые Грибы Рептилии Моллюски
Наблюдений из ККРФ  20461  17211  2259  1662  1057  553  42
Лучший регион Республика Крым Алтайский край Московская область Республика Крым Ханты-Мансийский автономный округ — Югра Краснодарский край Краснодарский край
2-е место Краснодарский край Новосибирская область Владимирская область Республика Башкортостан Краснодарский край Республика Дагестан Республика Крым
3-е место Новосибирская область Республика Алтай Новосибирская область Курская область Алтайский край Республика Крым Приморский край

Это вполне предсказуемый результат. Бердвотчеры облюбовали Алтай, а за редкими растениями нужно ехать на юг.

В первой таблице указано количество «краснокнижных» наблюдений. Но интересно посмотреть в каких регионах обнаружено и зафиксировано наибольшее число различных видов из Красной книги России. Такие данные приведены на следующей карте.

Разнообразием редких видов радует Приморский, Ставропольский, Алтайский край, Башкортостан, Волгоградская и Сахалинская область. К сожалению, очень мало загружено значимых наблюдений из Орловской области, Ингушетии и Еврейской АО. Призываю всех, кто был в указанных регионах, загрузить свои находки, даже если они датированы прошлыми годами.

Сводка редких находок в регионах и самые успешные наблюдатели

Все регионы отсортированы по количеству найденных там редких видов из Красной книги России. Для каждого региона указан натуралист, внесший своими наблюдениями наибольший вклад в учет «краснокнижных» видов на территории. Советую подписаться на их новые наблюдения.

Регион Видов ККРФ Наблюдений Лучший наблюдатель в регионе
1 Краснодарский край 189 2990 4  @krylenkosl
2 Республика Крым 156 5375 1
2 Республика Дагестан 156 1128 10  @ramazan_murtazaliev
4 Приморский край 120 968 11  @vvolkotrub
5 Ставропольский край 91 414 25  @tatyana_ilina
6 Волгоградская область 84 677 16  @urusovaalina
7 Алтайский край 83 4340 2  @anatolykotlov
8 Республика Башкортостан 82 778 15  @krivosheev
9 Республика Алтай 80 1667 5  @deniszhbir
10 Сахалинская область 70 347 33  @ledum
11 Красноярский край 68 560 21 @taimyr
12 Камчатский край 67 896 12 @olga2019kuryakova
13 Республика Бурятия 64 395 26 @daba
13 Ростовская область 64 390 27 @phlomis_2019
15 Нижегородская область 62 1185 8 @tomegatherion
15 Московская область — есть отдельный проект по ККМО 62 855 13 @solisia
15 Карачаево-Черкесская Республика 62 353 31 @demons1312
18 Курская область 61 1283 6 @zibzap
19 Свердловская область 60 841 14 @dinanesterkova
20 Новосибирская область 59 3022 3 @alexanderdubynin
20 Республика Калмыкия 59 575 18 @anton_abushin
22 Воронежская область 58 1230 7 @aleks-khimin
22 Республика Северная Осетия — Алания 58 164 56 @gen_ok
24 Иркутская область 57 1161 9 @nikolaydorofeev
25 Республика Татарстан (Татарстан) 56 561 20 @radik_kutushev
26 Республика Адыгея (Адыгея) 54 163 57 @andrewbazdyrev
27 Ленинградская область 51 509 23 @maxim_ismaylov
28 Самарская область 48 329 34 @naturalist38499
28 Амурская область 48 247 45 @alekseyfaraway
30 Астраханская область 47 323 35 @kgrebennikov
31 Чувашская Республика — Чувашия 43 387 28 @birdchuvashia
32 Республика Карелия 42 256 42 @ruseva
32 Оренбургская область 42 194 49 @denis_tishin
32 Забайкальский край 42 155 59 @naturalist4631
35 Челябинская область 40 349 32 @yaroslavmagazov
35 Пермский край 40 297 36 @mashat
35 Мурманская область 40 277 38 @marina_gorbunova
38 Кемеровская область — Кузбасс 38 297 36 @dmitrydubikovskiy
39 г. Москва — есть отдельный проект по ККМ 37 569 19 @sokolkov2002
39 Севастополь 37 248 44 @sapsan
39 Республика Хакасия 37 174 54 @andreenkov
39 Республика Тыва 37 89 67 @pyakai
43 Владимирская область 36 598 17 @vist
43 Кировская область 36 512 22 @votinceva-elena
43 Омская область 36 482 24 @vladimir_teplouhov
46 Ханты-Мансийский автономный округ — Югра 35 355 30 @ninacourlee
46 Калининградская область 35 177 51 @mariakohanovskaya
48 Тульская область 34 247 45 @marina-privalova
48 Саратовская область 34 163 57 @cava
48 Кабардино-Балкарская Республика 34 101 65 @elenasuslova
51 Санкт-Петербург 33 361 29 @roughingit
51 Белгородская область 33 261 40 @dni_catipo
51 Чукотский автономный округ 33 206 48 @pfaucher
51 Архангельская область 33 143 61 @pavelfutoran
51 Псковская область 33 108 64 @gennadiy
56 Ямало-Ненецкий автономный округ 31 273 39 @valeriya_xoma
56 Удмуртская Республика 31 257 41 @konstantinseliverstov
56 Тверская область 31 177 51 @ivanovdg19
56 Хабаровский край 31 45 76 @vladimirarkhipov
60 Брянская область 29 249 43 @panasenkonn
61 Ульяновская область 28 151 60 @andreymoskvichev
62 Новгородская область 27 176 53 @nat_zouieva
63 Томская область 25 238 47 @konstantinsamodurov
64 Липецкая область 24 126 62 @sergey_48
64 Ярославская область 24 121 63 @eduard_garin
66 Республика Мордовия 23 189 50 @hapugin88
66 Чеченская Республика 23 33 80 @salazar95
68 Пензенская область 22 95 66 @zemleved
68 Республика Коми 22 62 70 @tanya_komi
68 Республика Саха (Якутия) 22 39 79 @frankdoubleyou
71 Тамбовская область 19 79 68 @dzirt2142
71 Ивановская область 19 64 69 @tatyanazarubo
73 Рязанская область 18 57 72 @polinalikhacheva
73 Смоленская область 18 47 75 @naturalist19358
73 Тюменская область 18 41 77 @vaglazunov
76 Республика Марий Эл 17 51 74 @igor_kokushkin
77 Костромская область 16 167 55 @anna_efimova
77 Курганская область 16 53 73 @denzanova
79 Калужская область 15 58 71 @a-lapin
79 Ненецкий автономный округ 15 41 77 @iuliia_bogomolova
81 Вологодская область 11 27 81 @yehoryatsiuk
82 Магаданская область 10 22 82 @mefupa
82 Орловская область 10 18 83 @yuriysokolov73
84 Республика Ингушетия 5 14 84 @rozadaurbekova
85 Еврейская автономная область 4 10 85 @veronika_belova

Приглашение лучших наблюдателей и экспертов к управлению проектом

Проект «Красная книга России» быстро растет и развивается. Для учета редких наблюдений в регионах, для анализа и проверки самых редких находок, подготовки сообщений в журнал проекта требуется помощь наблюдателей и экспертов из регионов.

Приглашаю тех, кто отмечен в таблице (...назовем их «краснокнижными губернаторами»), стать администраторами этого проекта вместе со мной, чтобы вместе искать новые местообитания охраняемых видов, публиковать статистику и сообщения о наиболее интересных находках в своем регионе. Напишите мне личное сообщение. Давайте вместе сделаем проект лучше!

Вклад натуралистов в регистрацию редких видов в РФ

Отдельно хочу выразить благодарность и упомянуть тех, кто в разных регионах занимает 2-3 места по числу найденных «краснокнижных» видов: @vadim66 @mallaliev @cryptobasis @alinaboksorn @konstantindanilov @aquacielo @noyablokov @borisbolshakov @grihahasanov @yury_kopylov-guskov @shukov @nevski @svetlana_katana @tcager @vladimirov @dssh @anatolipomortsev @vadim_prokhorov @alexander_perevozov @yellow_bird @lyudmilamikh @prokhozhyj @mihail13 @rovzap @maglove @al_losk-lifebra @aleksandrebel @apseregin @katerina_kashirina @zefirka @woodmen19 @anatolymikhaltsov @viktoriabilous @gijwans @igor_scherbakov @alex_iosipenko @alopecurus @sergejseleznev @disertinsky @elena_pismarkina @irinaskorohodova @camrad_48 @sergeyus @sergilus @tomaavtaeva @svstrizh @alexdersu @kltsv @maldo_ror @elena_tikhonova @geolms @uz45 @elena_71 @mariakhoreva @vyacheslavluzanov @vladimir_m @alexeiebel @svg52 @kirillkorznikov @andreyefremov @valerkov @allaverkhozina @marnika @convallaria1128 @ev_sklyar @deniselin @dmitryshtol @naturalist29626paterikina @sofia_khokhlacheva @ed_shaw @igor-dvurekov @divitre @marina_far_east @mirmar_birds @olegglushenkov @hikuta @ochirnima_nimaev @sundry_divers @gyng @merlu @dinasafina @swetlana_meshcheryagina @petr_kosachev @pozh_dm @anisimov-43 @tatyana-omck @nikolai_nakonechnyi @npz @ilya_zabaluev @natalya_ostapova @epopov @beetle23 @egorbirder @kiramarch @skeptyk @kluchnikov_48 @tukkki @tbsilaeva @gonkem1986 @a-travva @anaumkin @evfratova @naturalist55666 @g_kolotin @eleramo @olga_plotnikova @lada_l @nick_ilin @max_carabus @irina_tretyakova @alexander_ignatenko @dmitry_kulakov @elena_andriyanova @a_rover

Почему имеет смысл стать участником проекта «Красная книга России»

Если вы внесли в iNaturalist наблюдение редкого вида в границах РФ, то оно автоматически попадет к нам в проект. Но если вы станете участником проекта, нажмете кнопку «Присоединиться» на главной странице проекта, тогда все ваши «краснокнижные» наблюдения будут отмечены специальным значком проекта. Его увидят все, а вы сможете быстро отыскать особо ценные экземпляры в своей ленте.

Отмечу далее тех натуралистов, которые имеют в своих лентах больше 10 наблюдений нескольких видов из Красной книги России.

Предлагаю присоединиться к проекту @lenatara @kildor @alexandrkochetkov @oleg_kosterin @veravolobyeva @marinavs @pavel_golyakov @kuzmenckin @lola73 @sofya_priezzhih @siburhan @a_teimurov @wrrite @nestboxer @cambala @kakoshkina56 @svetlanaagafonova @alzov @mikhail_novichkov @epikhin @birds_in_nature @svdudov @irinakrug @alexey_katz @evgenyboginsky @ana_lu @taisia06nagornaa @natalia_gamova @darya_vasileva @inessa_naturalist @sergei_kazanovsky @vladimir_maer @ludmilapozhidaeva @ankhen @zakhar @aleksey_baushev @naturalist16000 @bespalov @dorithur @tatiana-fomicheva @el-kizi-1204 @michail_anurev03 @sofiavetrova @irinakudinova @misha_kuzmin @talyat @rejoin @vladimir_onishko @masha_2008 @crashfil @vladimir_korotkov @pushai @ninabredihina @kazakovdenis @irinabobyleva @olga_chernyagina @nastasya40 @alexey_yabs @ivan_savinov @smsergey @valentin_kosterin @fedor_kondrachuk @sofya_hm @karavan-altay @andrewins @achertok @kot-kotka @nliks @evgen_gu @sergeydrozdov @s_chere @naturalist49367 @kotia @denis_m @a-vinogradov @aleksandr_levon @khomax @tegipo @tatyaya @lex_deineko @natashatrofimova @i_fefelov @antennaria @yuriydanilevsky @madmanserg @naturalist25016 @alexanderyuz @kurilinms @isakovdenisrussia @ocanire @tls-60 @mikvik @mikhail_87_ @repta @kotomiti @elzg @tanniii66 @egoshina @natalia_trifuz @w_shakhparonov @alyona4 @ikskyrskobl @vyatka @d-catulus @elizabird26 @mawritanec @rumpelstiltskin @grisha59599 @tatyana-seaangel @finn_from_nn @anastasiapopelskaya @nadezhda_orlova @en_shtein @maksikovandrej @birds_n_roll @vladimir_donscoi @alexey_nesmelov @dina_hromova @fyodorp @alex_pol_64 @mashivva @miron1959 @itallmas @natalya_eromasova @naturalist36862 @viktor_chekan @fateryga @olegdavydov @ggularijants @tx_neft @tutormax @lilia_rakitianskaia @siberian_birdguide @valyvolk @fyodorkhomenko @wolpertinger-rus @lyuda59 @viktoriya_vaulina @renatrahmatullin @elena_bobachenko @tprozorova @ilya_bogachyov @lilijasultangareeva @vyacheslavlin @naturalist28098 @yuliad @shienok @crossassembler @anastasiiamerkulova @naturalist23338 @igor_voinov @mariakozhevnikova @windof @pg18 @sergeygerasimov @don-jean @brodaga59 @elizaveta1992 @idbirds @bogdan_mag @svetlanakhanty @vikaryabkova @vlbury @fogt1 @matvei @naturalist7664 @a_ma_bird @pamari @aleksandr_vasiljev @bakkasv @aurata @alexfamilyteam @popova-ira70 @svet_khol @marfa_sergeevna @tayapol @naturalist35399 @pvk @marina_sad @kohab @shivvarudra @nightlighty @valery_kambalin @aleksey_loginov @sergeyprokopenko @m_alina @bolotoved @tivanik @vadim_kirichenko @naturalist34144 @urij777 @ekaterina_arkadevna @sergey100 @altoopt @dryomys @igon @lusha @ru_osmanov @sdrovetski @naturalist26231 @igor117 @pavloviv @bird_in_silence @aleksandra2000 @mitrula_paludosa @saganss_kaganov @lisopavlik @snegirka @nmukhanova @sergeysvk @alakey @neymark @denis_ivanov @vorden @aksana-22reg @annajolka_kz @tashamel @zveroboy57 @ashache @at0m @crimean_nature_photographer @sergegorin @ferdania @tsvetasheva @igor158 @alleasy @korotkov @yana_plshk @alebedev @tarsen @fenestron @olgaaseeva @justcorpse @sneckl @anastasia_naturalist @s2h @elenasoldatova @alexander_fomichev @amarzee @rimma_anashkina @velibortravoved @tatyana_kolesnikova @andreyprohorov @evgeny_z @tatyanapopova @toopique @annabutrim @naturalist25051 @tatiana_karpenko @blashyrkh @evgenyi_eg @katyakor @dari3 @evgeniyaast @dimoner @ordin91 @beerolha @naturalist6849 @vikula_bludov @vaganov_vav @gelectrode @sultanov-rinat @sanatin @safinarezeda @upanov49 @andrey_358 @urmansky @oksana_serikova @vladimirkharuk @gaisinaga @tavika @anna_kichapina @alexanderlakomov @evgeniy_vz @abramicheva_polina @mykytaperegrym
Posted on January 17, 2022 20:01 by nellysemenova nellysemenova | 19 comments | Leave a comment

Flora and Fauna actual locations

I did try to be more specific withe the observation locations. Sadly, when I take the location point out of the volcano summit. The app will change the location's name to Contundo, Napo province or something else than de name of the mountain... Something I really don’t want, because of a project I am in, and the name of the mountain at the app location is relevant. Anyway, flora and fauna were found at the slopes, from 4200 to 4900 masl., most of them it below 4500. I am sorry for the misunderstandings.

Posted on January 17, 2022 19:39 by puchitricio puchitricio | 30 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 2021 Photo-observation of the Month: Great Blue Heron


A Great Blue Heron shows off its dagger-like bill and impressive balance on the icy banks of the Missisquoi River. © Charlotte Bill

Congratulations to @cgbb2004 for winning the December 2021 Photo-observation of the Month for the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. Charlotte’s photo of a Great Blue Heron braving the cold of a northern Vermont winter received the most faves of any iNaturalist observation in Vermont during the past month.

A familiar visitor of ponds, lakes, and other wetlands in the summer, Great Blue Herons are less common throughout winter in Vermont, when they can occasionally be found along streams, rivers, and other patches of open water where they might have a chance at spearing a fish for a meal. Charlotte encountered this bird a few days before the East Franklin Christmas Bird Count, but the heron was nowhere to be found on count day. The Christmas Bird Count is a century-old birding tradition of counting all the birds in a 15-mile-radius circle, with count circles spread throughout the globe. This invaluable dataset of winter bird populations is fueled by intrepid birders scouring their local habitats as well as homeowners filling their bird feeders and counting their visitors throughout the day. To learn more about the Christmas Bird Count circles in Vermont, click here.

A heartfelt thank you is in order for Charlotte, not only for providing this wonderful photo of her Great Blue Heron encounter, but for contributing (as of this writing) a whopping 44,036 iNaturalist identifications in Vermont alone! Charlotte’s expertise and dedication to helping others on this community science platform is what makes it so fun and scientifically valuable to post sightings to iNaturalist.


With 2,092 observations submitted by 299 observers in December, it was very competitive. Click on the image above to see and explore all of the amazing observations.

Visit the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist where you can vote for the winner this month by clicking the ‘fave’ star on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you, then submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!

Posted on January 17, 2022 19:21 by nsharp nsharp | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Итоги 2021 года

Дорогие друзья!
Подводим итоги наблюдения птиц в Свердловской области в 2021 г.
Всего за 2021 год: 18926 НАБЛЮДЕНИЙ 229 ВИДОВ от 171 НАБЛЮДАТЕЛЯ.
Число наблюдений по сравнению с 2020 годом увеличилось в 1.77 раза, видов выявлено на 15 больше, количество наблюдателей увеличилось на 48 человек.
Было сфотографировано 34 вида из Красной книги Свердловской области, в том числе филин (наблюдение @evgen_gu), скопа (@deniselin), орёл-могильник (@crashfil), черный аист (@max_lesnoi), обыкновенный турпан (@snegirka).

Лидер по числу видов – Дина Нестеркова (190 видов), на втором месте – Филипп Суворов (184 вида), на третьем – Денис Елин (181 вид). Лидер по количеству наблюдений – Ксения Волянская (2677 наблюдений). Наиболее активные наблюдатели, сфотографировавшие более 100 видов птиц, награждаются Институтом экологии растений и животных поощрительным призом – большим настенным календарем с замечательными фотографиями птиц Евгения Гурьевского.

Благодарим всех участников проекта и желаем в 2022 году ещё больше интересных встреч, наблюдений и фотографий!

Участники, наблюдавшие 10 и больше видов:

Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @dinanesterkova 1 772 190
2 @crashfil 611 184
3 @deniselin 1 830 181
4 @evgen_gu 498 172
5 @naturalist25016 2 037 157
6 @sundry_divers 1 343 150
7 @snegirka 2 677 147
8 @evgeny_z 230 132
9 @gvinping 475 106
10 @nadyavalova 418 103
11 @tanniii66 1 159 102
12 @koshka1 202 95
13 @svetlana_katana 428 91
14 @nastasya40 507 90
15 @dariaorl 513 89
16 @anastasiapopelskaya 300 87
17 @larisa_nekrasova 203 82
18 @biflab 640 74
19 @at0m 109 73
20 @maksikovandrej 181 70
21 @alexey_yabs 229 65
22 @marina_mitrokhina 243 63
23 @shikhalev 179 60
24 @magic_duck 188 58
25 @george_k 118 54
26 @lizistomin 100 53
27 @pixie_wee 166 51
28 @palfedor 94 49
29 @sanatin 74 49
30 @katrinkat84 73 46
31 @vladimirkharuk 65 42
32 @dmitriy_kuklin-volfson 183 40
33 @elenasyutkina 48 35
34 @natashkin 45 35
35 @tinnaro 76 34
36 @natalia_ru 96 32
37 @tyrceva 55 30
38 @elenamedvedeva 49 30
39 @polina567 59 28
40 @elenailina 29 26
41 @mariaetelberta 32 22
42 @slalix 23 22
43 @mary_she 21 20
44 @liyta13 23 20
45 @naturalist6980 19 17
46 @ailein 22 16
47 @ludmilaostanina 15 15
48 @saamill 22 15
49 @smatvey 17 14
50 @romenka 12 12
51 @chortovatravka 13 12
52 @sofiaust 24 11
53 @larisa_plotnikova 12 11
54 @urymam 13 11
55 @dva_udava 10 10
56 @andrzejczurakow 11 10
Posted on January 17, 2022 16:34 by dinanesterkova dinanesterkova | 2 comments | Leave a comment

ИТОГИ

Дорогие друзья!
Подводим итоги наблюдения птиц в Свердловской области в 2021 г.
Всего за 2021 год: 18926 НАБЛЮДЕНИЙ 229 ВИДОВ от 171 НАБЛЮДАТЕЛЯ.
Число наблюдений по сравнению с 2020 годом увеличилось в 1.77 раза, видов выявлено на 15 больше, количество наблюдателей увеличилось на 48 человек.
Было сфотографировано 34 вида из Красной книги Свердловской области, в том числе филин (наблюдение @evgen_gu), скопа (@deniselin), орёл-могильник (@crashfil), черный аист (@max_lesnoi), обыкновенный турпан (@snegirka).

Лидер по числу видов – Дина Нестеркова (190 видов), на втором месте – Филипп Суворов (184 вида), на третьем – Денис Елин (181 вид). Лидер по количеству наблюдений – Ксения Волянская (2677 наблюдений). Наиболее активные наблюдатели, сфотографировавшие более 100 видов птиц, награждаются Институтом экологии растений и животных поощрительным призом – большим настенным календарем с замечательными фотографиями птиц Евгения Гурьевского.

Благодарим всех участников проекта и желаем в 2022 году ещё больше интересных встреч, наблюдений и фотографий!

Участники, наблюдавшие 10 и больше видов:

Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @dinanesterkova 1 772 190
2 @crashfil 611 184
3 @deniselin 1 830 181
4 @evgen_gu 498 172
5 @naturalist25016 2 037 157
6 @sundry_divers 1 343 150
7 @snegirka 2 677 147
8 @evgeny_z 230 132
9 @gvinping 475 106
10 @nadyavalova 418 103
11 @tanniii66 1 159 102
12 @koshka1 202 95
13 @svetlana_katana 428 91
14 @nastasya40 507 90
15 @dariaorl 513 89
16 @anastasiapopelskaya 300 87
17 @larisa_nekrasova 203 82
18 @biflab 640 74
19 @at0m 109 73
20 @maksikovandrej 181 70
21 @alexey_yabs 229 65
22 @marina_mitrokhina 243 63
23 @shikhalev 179 60
24 @magic_duck 188 58
25 @george_k 118 54
26 @lizistomin 100 53
27 @pixie_wee 166 51
28 @palfedor 94 49
29 @sanatin 74 49
30 @katrinkat84 73 46
31 @vladimirkharuk 65 42
32 @dmitriy_kuklin-volfson 183 40
33 @elenasyutkina 48 35
34 @natashkin 45 35
35 @tinnaro 76 34
36 @natalia_ru 96 32
37 @tyrceva 55 30
38 @elenamedvedeva 49 30
39 @polina567 59 28
40 @elenailina 29 26
41 @mariaetelberta 32 22
42 @slalix 23 22
43 @mary_she 21 20
44 @liyta13 23 20
45 @naturalist6980 19 17
46 @ailein 22 16
47 @ludmilaostanina 15 15
48 @saamill 22 15
49 @smatvey 17 14
50 @romenka 12 12
51 @chortovatravka 13 12
52 @sofiaust 24 11
53 @larisa_plotnikova 12 11
54 @urymam 13 11
55 @dva_udava 10 10
56 @andrzejczurakow 11 10
Posted on January 17, 2022 16:29 by dinanesterkova dinanesterkova | 0 comments | Leave a comment

2021 MVFN Lanark County Project Summary

Hi All,
Here’s a link to a short 2021 summary report for the MVFN Lanark County Biodiversity project.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-DdXcLuZxSjaWPZetrBPFO2ASr7MPAXO/view?usp=sharing

If you have any problem accessing the report, you can email me at denisag2@yahoo.com.

It has been great to see all the postings to the biodiversity record of Lanark County by members of this project in 2021. Thanks to all for your contribution!

  • There was an overall observations increase of 149% from 2021 to 2020.
  • The total species count increased by 41% from 2021 to 2020.

Happy nature sighting and posting in 2022!
.. Denis Gallant (denisag2)
denisag2@yahoo.com

Posted on January 17, 2022 16:17 by denisag2 denisag2 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Progress from mr_fab to dr_fab and to all Indigofora on iNaturalist described and identified

Our database has grown to impressive numbers. Over 5000 observations of Indigofera in the Cape have been posted.
Thanks for your great effort.

We are slowly updating information as the review in Indigofera nears completion.
You can review the following if you are interested.

The following still need ID to species level:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=needs_id%2Cresearch%2Ccasual&project_id=indigofera-of-the-gcfr&lrank=complex&not_in_project=19375

The following observations are of undescribed species, not yet in the iNaturalist dictionary. These are accessed under the Undescribed Species Project
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=undescribed-species-and-taxa&taxon_id=83365&verifiable=any
(You can see individual species by tweaking this url - for "Indigofera rodinii"
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?verifiable=any&place_id=any&field:New%20species%20reference%20and%20name=Indigofera%20rodinii%20sp%2e%20nov%2e )
Some of the more common underscribed species do have names - these are in the dictionary and will be updated as soon as they are published.

The following observations have been identified to species level, but need confirmation and checking:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=needs_id%2Ccasual&project_id=indigofera-of-the-gcfr&hrank=species&lrank=species

To see all the species observed so far:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/indigofera-of-the-gcfr?tab=species

Thank you for your contributions to unravelling Indigofera.

Posted on January 17, 2022 13:11 by tonyrebelo tonyrebelo | 2 comments | Leave a comment

Hooded Merganser Trio

Hooded Mergansers
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 19716527 - Hooded Mergansers; Walton County, Georgia. January 17, 2019.

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 8:15 AM - During my lunch break, I had a brief moment to wander up to the main retention pond behind my office in Walton County, Georgia. A trio of Hooded Mergansers were diving in the northeast corner of the pond. The Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus, is a small duck species found in North America. Since they typically winter on ice-free ponds, lakes and rivers, they love the mild winters of Georgia and usually show up here in the fall and winter. Beginning in November, I can expect a few to take up residence on the nearby retention pond.

Hooded Mergansers
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 19716527 - Hooded Mergansers; Walton County, Georgia. January 17, 2019.

The “Hoodies” are always quite skittish and rapidly swim away or take to the air as soon as they notice my approach. So this morning I stealthily snuck around the pond, hiding myself below the high bank. I took up a nook in some bushes and waited until they came to me.

Just then, a public works truck passed the far end of the pond, pushing the nervous mergansers my direction! I was able to grab a few photographs as they swam by. But sure enough, they were quick to hear my shutter clicks and spot me. The female was the first to notice. With breeding season not too far away, I suppose the two males were too busy thinking of something else!

Hooded Mergansers
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 19716527 - Hooded Mergansers; Walton County, Georgia. January 17, 2019.

Walton County, Georgia USA, January 17, 2019

  • Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.
  • Sunrise 7:38 am; Sunset 5:49 pm
  • Daylight Hours: 10 hours, 11 minutes (+1m 13s)
  • Moon: 83% Waxing Gibbous

Posted on January 17, 2022 13:00 by williamwisephoto williamwisephoto | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Первая половина января пройдена!

За первые 15 дней нового 2022 года участники проекта добавили 642 наблюдения 74 видов!
Это прекрасный результат, близкий к итогам первой половины Российской зимы 2021-2022, а также на 16 видов и 14 наблюдателей больше, чем было найдено в эти сроки в прошлом году!
Топ-10 наблюдателей за январь:

Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @roughingit 164 58
2 @alevtina_f 77 28
3 @lyudmilamikh 54 50
4 @kattenkwaad 41 16
5 @shivvarudra 33 17
6 @maxim_ismaylov 31 17
7 @shtepbraiter 29 23
8 @naturalist44086 24 24
9 @yulia_kazarnitskaya 23 23
10 @a-vinogradov 18 13
Топ-10 отмеченных за январь видов:
Позиция Вид Количество наблюдений
1 Снегирь (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) 40
2 Большая Синица (Parus major) 35
3 Большой Пёстрый Дятел (Dendrocopos major) 34
4 Серая Ворона (Corvus cornix) 33
5 Лазоревка (Cyanistes caeruleus) 30
6 Серебристая Чайка (Larus argentatus) 27
7 Кряква (Anas platyrhynchos) 25
8 Свиристель (Bombycilla garrulus) 23
9 Дрозд-Рябинник (Turdus pilaris) 21
10 Сойка (Garrulus glandarius) 20
Интересные находки:
Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @zametnya Средний пёстрый дятел https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104580866
2 @shtepbraiter Клуша https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104643026
3 @alevtina_f Юрок https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104296163
4 @roughingit Чирок-свистунок https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104586388
5 @alexey_perevezentsev Воробьиный сыч https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104579119
6 @romennar Обыкновенная пустельга https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104226302
7 @roughingit Лебедь-кликун https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104591379
8 @lyudmilamikh Лебедь-кликун https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104582637
9 @lyudmilamikh Серая неясыть https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104476198
10 @wolpertinger-rus Серая неясыть https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104533788
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