Journal archives for July 2021

July 09, 2021

June 2021 Challenge - summary

Our Monthly Challenge continues with another splendid effort, in the last month we all contributed a massive effort. The numbers will only go up as people may upload observations in the next few weeks. As of writing, we have contributed
Observations 5651 ( 5339 in Australia)
Species 1597
Identifiers 391
Observers 56 ( 18 with more than 50 observations at the time of writing)

@gregtasney @natashataylor @ethan241 @grisper1 @stephen169 @donnamareetomkinson @twan3253 @ ludwig_muller @zachmalcomson @hatwise @hatwise @thbata1 @karenweaving62 @nyoni-pete @leithallb @rodolfosalinas @rwl@anthonypaul

For the latest stats check out the July Challenge-Updated Stats

The 53 Australian observers contributing this month was a slight increase on the previous month. Together our observations accounted for around 9.7 % of all observations within Australia (54, 668) over the month of June (at time of writing). While the 53 observers constituted only around 1.6% of all iNaturalists observers active during the month Australia.

For the latest results of the current Month check the
June Challenge-Updated Stats

Check out how this compares to

May Challenge-Updated Stats
April Challenge-Updated Stats
March Challenge-Updated Stats March summary
February Challenge-Updated Stats February summary
January Challenge-Updated Stats January summary
December Challenge-Updated Stats December summary


Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax and a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita observed by © anthonypaul,

How good is Greg?

How good is it when you find a plant, particularly a fern that you cannot for the life of you identify and the person who the species is named after identifies the observation?

Rasp Fern Blechnum parrisiae observed by @gregtasney, Lockyer, Gatton, Queensland

Blechnum parrisiae - Rasp Fern. "Etymology: Named in honour of Barbara Sydney Parris (1945–), New Zealand pteridologist with a special interest in Doodia and gammitid ferns".
@barbaraparris Found at Helidon Hills.
Interestingly @donnamareetomkinson came across dozens of Orange Bushbrown Mycalesis terminus beside a creek on Portland Rd, Lockhart that they stopped at.

Orange Bushbrown Mycalesis terminus observed by @donnamareetomkinson, Lockhart QLD

left Painted Grasshawk Neurothemis stigmatizans and Grass Skippers Subfamily Hesperiinae observed by ©donnamareetomkinson in Cook, QLD, Australia

jumping spider probably Genus Cosmophasis observed by ©donnamareetomkinson in Cook, QLD, Australia

with the City Nature Challenge held over the first weekend of May this month it will be amazing to see what we find!

Thank you to all those that contributed this month, I hope you will continue to be involved.
@sarinozi @chrisseager @streglystendec @owen65 @aavankampen @melbo @dragonette @jeannie_bartram @carl_ramirez @nswanson @verna29 @ellurasanctuary @larissabrazsousa @sandy_horne @heathwallum @seamus-doherty @mickey63 @rubbery @natrydd @fairypossum
@gagars @bbrice @diondior @elfir @marionmackenzie @strawberry15

Posted on July 09, 2021 14:03 by saltmarshsteve saltmarshsteve | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 11, 2021

100,000 observations from 60 users

Hey everyone what a fantastic achievement, the group has passed 100, 000 observations!

This has included observations from around Australia and beyond, I am truly amazed at the diversity we have discovered. Please let me know what is your favourite observation or species in the comments below.
The most commonly observed organism with 807 observations is the Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen in fact the top 5 are all birds! Have a look at all the 10,174 species we have catalogued here.


Magpie observed by
@twan3253 Mount Tomah NSW 2758, Australia
Unsurprisingly The European Honey Bee Apis mellifera with 447 observations has been the most commonly observed insect. However, the much more interesting Common Evening Brown Melanitis leda is not far behind with 304 observations






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