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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.

Anotado en junio 13, domingo 02:58 por darth_alex darth_alex | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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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.

Anotado en junio 13, domingo 00:37 por catttailsandcobwebs catttailsandcobwebs | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Peters' gazelle differs from Grant's gazelle in ways resembling genus Gazella

Peters' gazelle (Nanger granti petersi) occurs only in eastern Kenya, and differs from the other subspecies in several ways apart from the shape of the horns in the male.

Firstly, the body mass of adult males is probably only about 50 kg (similar to that of the male impala, Aepyceros melampus), compared to 60 kg or more in nominate Nanger granti granti. Adult females seem not to have been weighed, but my guess is 35kg or less, compared with an average of 40 kg recorded for the nominate subspecies.

Peters' gazelle is the only subspecies lacking a lateral bleeze - i.e. a pattern on the flanks which is conspicuous enough in profile that it makes the figure stand out rather than blending into the environment - in any individual. This is because Peters' gazelle has only a faint form of the dark streak on the posterior part of the flank (above the stifle-fold), typical of juveniles in the other subspecies and particularly accentuated in populations of Nanger granti notata living on the Laikipia plateau in Kenya.

All forms of Nanger granti, at all ages and of both sexes, have a conspicuous whitish pattern - which I call a posteriolateral bleeze - on the buttocks and extending slightly on to the rump. In Peters' gazelle, the extension on to the rump is minimal and divided by a fawn mid-line, thus resembling the genus Gazella rather than any of the other forms of Nanger. Furthermore, white hardly extends on to the tail-stalk in Peters' gazelle, leaving the tail mainly dark; and photos suggest that the tail is slightly longer, proportional to body size, than in the other subspecies of Nanger granti.

In the facial colouration, the dark rostral spot is minimal in all individuals of Peters' gazelle. And another detail is that the whitish on the front of the upper hindleg is minimal in Peters' gazelle.

Peters' gazelle is the form of genus Nanger most closely resembling Gazella in colouration, and can be regarded as a replacement for Gazella beyond the southernmost limit of that genus on the Horn of Africa. However, it remains larger than any form of Gazella; it emphasises the pygal band (i.e. the dark band running vertically on the posterior of the haunch, adjacent to the whitish buttock) and de-emphasises the dark flank-band to a degree not seen in any species of Gazella; and the tail has a slimmer tassel and is less demonstrative in its movements than in Gazella.

Anotado en junio 13, domingo 00:02 por milewski milewski | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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¿Acabará extinguiéndose la golondrina en España?

Algunos motivos para hacer el censo que estamos realizando, pongo la introducción y el link del artículo.

https://verdeyazul.diarioinformacion.com/acabara-extinguiendose-la-golondrina-en-espana.html

El cambio climático está provocando una drástica disminución de las poblaciones de especies de aves como la golondrina común (Hirundo rustica). SEO/BirdLife calcula que cada año se pierden en España un millón de ejemplares de esta emblemática especie, una de las más apreciadas por la ciudadanía. En el resto de Europa, la situación es aún peor.

El declive poblacional de la golondrina común es alarmante: fue del 41% entre 1998 y 2012 y se sitúa en el 33% en el último decenio. Además, hay un 10% de probabilidades de que la especie se extinga en la península ibérica en los próximos cien años, según un informe de la ONG. Pese a todo ello, de momento, la golondrina solo está catalogada como especie amenazada en cuatro comunidades autónomas: Andalucía, Baleares, Castilla-La Mancha y Extremadura.

Uno de los criterios considerados por la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) para clasificar las especies en las distintas categorías de amenaza es precisamente el rápido declive poblacional. Y éste es uno de los valores que pueden detectarse gracias a los datos obtenidos en el programa de seguimiento de aves comunes Sacre de SEO/BirdLife.

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 22:43 por eduardoramirez-anapri eduardoramirez-anapri | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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22000 наблюдений!!!

Дорогие друзья!
Наш проект по Флоре Владимирской области прошёл отметку в 22000 наблюдений. Это почётное место заняло наблюдение Мать-И-Мачеха (Tussilago farfara), сделанное @lidia241985 01 мая 2006 года и загруженное 11 июня 2021 года.

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 22:13 por vist vist | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Experimenting with the "Seek" app on my iPhone

I've been trying the Seek App on my iPhone for about a week. It's pretty decent at identifying many species in a diverse group of organisms. Can be really bad with butterflies and dragonflies, but otherwise comes close to spot on for most species. Several glaring blunders - it apparently defaults to Canadian tiger swallowtail for any yellow swallowtails in Michigan, even when way out of range. Similarly tanked on a Red-spotted purple, calling it a Pipevine Swallowtail (not know from where the photo was taken).

Also a strange issue was with an Ashy clubtail - three consecutive photos resulted in three species. With a little effort I knew that it was Ashy. So, I'd be careful using it with unkown dragonflies and directly posting.

Another strange thing happened with a tiger moth that it assigned to Spilosoma lubricipeda, a Eurasian species not found near Lake Superior in Michigan. Otherwise it's been spot on for most moths, which is quite surprising, especially for the micros that were identified to species, although many were id'd to genus.

Most plants were id'd properly, even without a flower. So, that can be helpful. So ids even surprised me, which is OK. Fern id was usually to species level, but nor always. It even worked with Botrycium. Orchids were mostly to species. But I was surprised when it could not id Hooker's Orchid.

So, I'll keep experimenting with everybody hopefully tolerating this.

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 22:08 por makielb makielb | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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10000 наблюдений! Статистика проекта "Биоразнообразие Пензенской области" 12/06/2021

Наблюдений 10093
Видов 1764
Наблюдателей 144
Экспертов 811
Наблюдения исследовательского уровня 7012 (69.47%)
Наблюдения требуют идентификации 3081 (30.53%)

Самые часто наблюдаемые:

Растения (860 видов)

  • Пижма обыкновенная (67 наблюдений)
  • Крапива двудомная (60 наблюдений)
  • Ветреница лютиковая (57 наблюдений)
Птицы (136 видов)
  • Полевой воробей (34 наблюдения)
  • Лазоревка (31 наблюдений)
  • Кряква (28 наблюдений)
Насекомые (510 видов)
  • Семиточечная коровка (20 наблюдений)
  • Клоп-солдатик (18 наблюдений)
  • Дневной Павлиний Глаз (18 наблюдений)
Млекопитающие (19 видов)
  • Обыкновенная белка (8 наблюдений)
  • Кабан (4 наблюдения)
  • Европейская Косуля (4 наблюдений)
Грибы, лишайники (137 видов)
  • Ксантория настенная (27 наблюдений)
  • Трутовик Настоящий (20 наблюдения)
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Пресмыкающиеся (6 видов)
  • Прыткая ящерица (18 наблюдений)
  • Обыкновенный уж (10 наблюдения)
  • Живородящая ящерица (10 наблюдений)

Больше всего наблюдений за период 22 мая -12 июня 2021:

1 @nikolai_nakonechnyi - 1 162 / 225
2 @a-travva - 268 / 183
3 @zemleved - 205 / 105
4 @irinasavenko - 157 / 105
5 @ekaterinap - 137 / 102
6 @sergey_shitov - 82 / 66
7 @fenolog - 70 / 50
8 @yulia_permiakova - 58 / 50
9 @alexandrkos - 55 / 45
10 @fixet - 51 / 38

Больше всего добавленных наблюдений за период 22 мая -12 июня 2021:

(наблюдения сделаны не только в этот период)
1 @nikolai_nakonechnyi - 1 162 / 225
2 @a-travva - 312 / 208
3 @naturalist48908 - 289 / 191
4 @ekaterinap - 248 / 200
5 @zemleved - 245 / 130
6 @sergey_shitov - 191 / 150
7 @fixet - 183 / 114
8 @irinasavenko - 157 / 105
9 @alexandrkos - 88 / 67
10 @yulia_permiakova - 72 / 63

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 20:05 por irinasavenko irinasavenko | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas Square Summary (14PA67) 2010-2014

breeding possible probable confirmed total
# of species 33 43 20 96
Target number of point counts in this square: 14 road side, 1 off road (Open Wetland: 1). Approximate time allocation for general atlassing:: Young broadleaf forest: 2%, Mature broadleaf forest: 12%, Mature mixed forest: 1%, Open Wetland: 9%, Agriculture / open country: 64%, Urban / unclassified: 8%.

confirmed breeding probable breeding possible breeding unconfirmed

Canada Goose
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Red-headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Orchard Oriole

Wood Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Ruffed Grouse
American Bittern
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Merlin
Sora
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Mourning Dove
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Alder Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Sedge Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Veery
Gray Catbird
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Clay-colored Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Le Conte's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Sharp-tailed Grouse
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Virginia Rail
Marbled Godwit
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Yellow-throated Vireo
American Crow
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Ovenbird
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch

Gadwall
Ring-billed Gull
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

the map
https://www.birdatlas.mb.ca/maps/pdf/14PA67.pdf
the summary results 2010-2014
https://www.birdatlas.mb.ca/mbdata/summaryform.jsp?squareID=14PA67&start=-1&lang=en

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 18:39 por marykrieger marykrieger | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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A decline in insects

When I was growing up I would commute with my dad to and from his job a lot. He worked throughout the region on construction sites. I was often the one to jump out of the truck at gas stations and clean the windows on our family truck, jeep, or car with the squeegee. A few years ago I noticed how I rarely do this anymore.
There could be several explanations for this. I personally haven't ever had to commute to work, I stopped riding with him as often when I got older, and aerodynamics of vehicles have gotten better. After taking all of this into consideration, I still think there is a notable decrease in insect hits.

I can remember back when you could drive over Mt. Rose highway 431 and hardly see another vehicle sometimes. It was still a one lane road with nothing but sagebrush down to Old Virginia St that you had to take into down town. In just one trip I could count insects hitting the windshield.

If you think about the sheer numbers of increasing vehicles moving around in the world every day it seems like a reasonable assumption. In the Lake Tahoe area specifically, there has been an exponential increase in commuters due to wealth pushing the working class further and further away.

For every lost insect from a vehicle strike, that's one less meal for another creature since this dead biomass is often moved to car washes and sewer drains. There are some years in the Sierras that see amazing butterfly hatches. I something feel like getting a bumper sticker that says "I slow down or stop for butterflies," however, I don't want the trouble of some crazy tailgater interpreting it wrong. As it is, people on the roads around here are already getting unbearably selfish, rude, oblivious and in a such a hurry.

Several national parks clearly mark reduced speed limits indicating that it helps prevent wildlife strikes. I think this is true of insect strikes as well. Vehicles these days are engineered so well that it's easy to feel safe driving fast and it's easy to forget that we share the planet with other life and a whole ecosystem that supports us. On a trip to Canada I was impressed by some of the wildlife corridors they have built around highways. I also like seeing these kinds of studies and things taken into account over near Sagehen.

A quick search on google scholar every once in a while shows more and more studies related to my subjective observations. Here is one I just saw specifically orientated around my hypothesis.
Flying insect abundance declines with increasing road traffic
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/icad.12300

It appears much of the research on this is done in Europe. I remember in the early 90's a group of science students doing some insect studies out in the Royal Gorge area. I wonder what happened to their data.
More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 18:29 por ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Paynter Observations

Observations from central Maryland

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 17:08 por oysterprof oysterprof | 24 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Formation of iNaturalistUK:

The NBN Trust is delighted to be bringing you iNaturalistUK (https://uk.inaturalist.org) - in partnership with the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and the Biological Records Centre (BRC). This is the UK portal of the popular, global, wildlife recording app - iNaturalist.org

If you are already a member of the iNaturalist recording community, and mainly record British wildlife, you may wish link to iNaturalistUK.

For more information about iNaturalistUK, please visit: https://nbn.org.uk/inaturalistuk/

If you have any queries, please read our page of Q&As: http://ow.ly/9Vlq50EhvG2

If your question is not answered there, please get in touch via email: inaturalistuk@nbn.org.uk

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 16:01 por stevemcbill stevemcbill | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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A Tool to Transfer Your iNaturalist Records to iRecord:

A Tool to Transfer Your iNaturalist Records to iRecord:

A Tool to Transfer Your iNat Records to iRecord:

https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/tool-for-exporting-inaturalist-data-to-irecord-or-elsewhere/19160/5

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 16:00 por stevemcbill stevemcbill | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Deszczu, padaj

Schody i stare drzewa owocowe dostarczają mnóstwo materiału w temacie mchów. Od południa leje z przerwami, więc wykorzystujemy krótkie okna pogodowe.
Niektóre mchy są tak malutkie, że przekraczają techniczne możliwości naszego sprzętu foto. Być może nie uda się oznaczyć ich co do gatunku. Będziemy jeszcze próbowali z lupą (edit: lupa jest za słaba, binokularu pod ręką brak).
Plusem wilgotnej pogody jest znacznie ciekawszy wygląd mchów, rozprostowane listki, nasycone kolory itd.
Współobserwator @marcinklisz

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 14:15 por kroolik kroolik | 6 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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East Coast Gomphus clavatus or Cantharellus brevipes specimens needed

Alan Rockefeller sequenced a Gomphus clavatus he found in Humboldt County, California, and found that it's not the same as the European Gomphus clavatus. That means that the west coast Gomphus clavatus is either a new species, or it's Cantharellus (Gomphus) brevipes, described from New York by Peck in 1883. To figure this out, Alan needs a specimen from New York state or adjoining states.

If you happen to come across something looking like Gomphus clavatus this summer, please notify me (sigridjakob@gmail.com) or Alan Rockefeller (alanrockefeller@gmail.com) and preserve the specimen.

It looks like this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomphus_clavatus#/media/File:Gomphus_clavatus_II_Totes_Gebirge.jpg
It's called the pig's ear mushroom because it looks like a wrinkly purple pig's ear. It's distinctive and hard to confuse with anything else.

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 11:55 por sigridjakob sigridjakob | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Large-billed Crow or Carrion Crow

seeing 10s of new Japanese crow photos a week at inat makes me understand that I know less than I think I do.
I thought i had it sort of figured out with this pair but...sometimes it is hard.
Sure the obvious birds are just that obvious...other than that..


In the field ID is often straightforward. Birds call differently, behaviour can be viewed. This post deals solely with ID from photos, which more often than not seems to be surprisingly hard.

Comparison sites I could find are focused mainly on the obvious differences.
I hope to collect some info here

Carrion Crow Large-billed Crow
ハシボソガラス ハシブトガラス

questions I ask myself:
The curve in the upper mandible could be something to work with
Is the feathering of the saddle an indication?
Tail-width and length seem to be greater with LbC but is it a fact?
What other features could help?

big bill? large tail? This appears to be a Carrion Crow anyway
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/82613508
(the saddle may be a feature)

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 07:37 por housecrows housecrows | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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High mountain reserve

I went to walk at the high mountain reserve during the day. It was pretty humid in the forest right before a down pour. I walked for around 40 minutes discovering some cool signs of life. When I first entered the forest i saw a dead log which had some lichen on it. The Lichen was whiteish green. As I continued I started to get bit by some bugs but also noticed a moth like insect almost hit me on the face. It was black with 2 orange dots. As i continued further i noticed some oyster looking mushrooms on a big dead tree stump. I felt like it was hard to find some fungus so i went a little off trail to an area where i thought i might find some cool things and i ended up spotting this fungus that complete covered the underside of a branch. It was white and made a big sheet on it. I honestly had a fun time taking photos and walking through nature. I felt like i observed more and actually got to take some time and enjoy the things going on around me

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 03:59 por narteaga narteaga | 8 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Emergency watering continues

60 gallons covered the 1000sq feet in June 9. Next plan is to water on June 14. Trying to keep a record here.

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 03:40 por jeanbog jeanbog | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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A Walk

I decided to take a walk near a small river near my house that is always contaminated with mercury. It was in the 60s and not very sunny. The actual place where there are trees and "nature" is behind a big office building so everything is pretty artificially kept. For example, there is a big parking lot then it leads to a large grass area that you can tell is mowed often and then there are pebbles up until the edge of the water. The whole walk is about 2 minutes and you can count how many trees are there, needless to say, it's a very small area but I did the best I could. I saw some green substance growing on some trees and I believe it was lichen from what I could observe. On the ground between some rocks, I also spotted what looked to me as fungi. Among this, I also spotted a rat who was very fast and I was not able to capture a picture. On the grass there was an absurd amount of what I at first thought was spider webs then realized it was most likely cotton from Eriophorum plants. I also saw some plants which the app helped me identify as "Genus Parthenocissus". And lastly, I spotted the cutest little geese family but they were too far for pictures. All in all, I actually saw more on this walk than I expected to considering how small of an area it is.

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 03:21 por brenda_e brenda_e | 6 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Neighborhood Nature Walk

For my nature walk this week, I went on a walk around my neighborhood with my mom just before sunset. The weather was cool and in the 70s but started to drizzle towards the end. I normally go on walks around my neighborhood just to get outdoors or walk my dogs, so walking with the purpose of observing nature was a bit different. I absolutely loved paying closer attention to different fungi and plants on my walk. I never noticed how biodiverse my neighborhood is! This walk inspired me to play more attention to the details in nature everywhere. I was surprised that I was able to find the amount of different fungi that I did.

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 03:20 por bridgetgreen bridgetgreen | 9 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Can't Respect What You Can't Name

Today, as I was heading out of the house to see some of my favorite doctors, I noticed this fly on some of the vegetation along our walkup. Didn't recognize it, took a few photos, got on my way.

When I got home and loaded it into iNaturalist.org, I learned it was likely a Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris). I looked to see if I had ever seen one before, as it did not look familiar. I learned that I had indeed see one, ONCE before, on the very first day I ever used iNat, on June 8th, 2016. That day I helped Pete Leki and the folks at Waters Elementary, where my kids did some of their elementary education, to do a bio blitz on the Waters School campus grounds.

I had never heard of a Narcissus Bulb Fly before that day. That day it was just a fly. An interesting looking fly. I had also never heard of iNaturalist, and wasn't sure I even wanted to learn how to use it. HA! Turns out, this fly was the 28th iNat observation I ever made. Flash forward 5 years (and three days) and I see the second Narcissus Bulb Fly I have ever seen. It was iNat observation 22,026. Still didn't know what it was when I saw it today. I did know how to find out what it was this time.

In the 5 years between these two Narcissus Bulb Fly observations, I have made 22,000 additional iNat observations of 4110 other species of living things. That comes to about 12 observations a day for the 1829 days I have been an iNat user. For the last 898 straight days, I have made at least one iNat observation a day as I try to learn the world of living things that share Spaceship Earth with us. Can't respect something you can't name. Isn't that why they chant "Say his name?"

I digress.

Really, that is about it. I found it rather amusing that today I saw my second ever Narcissus Bulb Fly, a bug I only ever saw once before, and that on the first day I ever used iNat. How interesting that that was almost exactly 5 years ago today. In the interim I have made 22,000 additional iNat observations.

I thought this was pretty cool.

Derek likes to say to me that making iNat observations is my compulsion. Or is it my obsession? My addiction? Could be worse I guess. At least those observations will help with the citizen science that iNat empowers. And really, I think of it as my classroom. My text book. My teacher. I think of what I knew about our natural world 5 years ago, I think about what I know now. HA!

I think Spaceship Earth would be a better place for humans and the organisms who share this ride around the sun with us on this 3rd rock from the sun, if everyone made one iNat observation a day to learn what else travels with them on these annual rides around our sun.

Really, I do.

Can't respect what you can't name.

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 03:06 por skrentnyjeff skrentnyjeff | 1 observación | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario
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Key West, FL 2021.05.29

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

6AM Campsite

Our plan was to use a tent camp site as a base of operations and drive to different Keys each day, looking mainly for Leps and Aves.

The plan worked, but not entirely as expected. As we do, Scott and I brought backpacking gear. When we arrived at Boyd's campsite, we were greeted with RVs, a pool, and a laundromat. So much for roughing it. Nevertheless, we started at 6AM looking and listening for birds. About 20 ft from our campsite was a nesting Gray Kingbird. Laughing Gulls were out over the water, and some White-Crowned Pigeons popped up from the tops of Mangroves just across the water. Familiar species like Mourning Dove, Red-Winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, and Northern Mockingbird were heard and seen. But unfamiliar species also visited the campsite like Eurasian Collared Dove, White Ibis, and Magnificent Frigatebird. Sadly, I never got to see any Frigatebirds puff up their necks.

The absolute strangest find of the morning was a medium-sized black bird with a thick yellow beak sitting passively in the grass. It looked disheveled and made no objection when we respectfully approached for pictures. I stared at it. Scott stared at it. We both declared our ignorance. Suddenly Scott says "That's a chicken!"

Indeed: feral chickens ("Red Junglefowl") are all over Key West. They get onto hoods of cars, up in trees, into campsites. And most amusingly, they chime in for morning chorus.

8AM Key West Botanical Gardens

It turns out the gardens are closed until 10AM. However, we parked for a bit and tried to get pictures of the very common yet annoyingly flighty Florida Duskywing. These are not "true" Duskywings, but it's not easy to tell the difference in the males. They seem to be most active in the morning from 7-11 AM and seem to prefer edges of woods. These were hypnotized by a planting of Bahama Wild Coffee at the front gate of the gardens.

Also seen or heard: Monarch, Mourning Dove, Osprey, Rock Pigeon, White-Crowned Pigeon.

Fort Zachary Taylor 9AM

This area was by far the most productive site we found in Key West for butterflying ("lepping"? I would enjoy calling myself a lepper). There are some butterfly garden areas with both shaded and open habitat. And to the northwest against the ocean is a large meadow area with some very nice Bay Cedar.

The fun part of coming to a new area is that you don't know what is common. This is the Keys -- that small yellow thing could be anything! But we quickly found that the whites were seemingly all Great Southern Whites. The blues were overwhelmingly Cassius Blues. Scott and I spent way too much time waiting for a Blue to settle down because it seemed smaller than the Cassius Blues. It turned out to be ... Cassius.

The small Sulphurs divided into a few Dainty Sulphurs and a larger number of Little Yellows. These fooled me for a bit because the orange HW spot was faint, especially in comparison to ones seen near me in Maryland. The large Sulphurs were seemingly all Large Orange Sulphurs -- none of which wanted to pose.

We saw / heard:

Great Southern White
Large Orange Sulphur
Dainty Sulphur
Little Yellow
Cassius Blue
Ceraunus Blue
Gray Hairstreak
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
Julia Longwing
Gulf Fritillary
Queen
Common Buckeye
Dorantes Longtail
Hammock Skipper
White Checkered-Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Southern Broken-Dash

We also saw a Great White Heron

Key West Botanical Garden 12:30PM

Finally! The garden is organized as a hardwood hammock with a lot of interesting plants. The species mix shifted accordingly.

We saw

Large Orange Sulphur
Orange-Barred Sulphur
Cloudless Sulphur
Lyside Sulphur
Statira Sulphur
Great Southern White
Zebra Longwing
Monarch
Florida Duskywing
Dorantes Longwing
Hammock Skipper
Monk Skipper

Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird

Little Hamaca State Park 2:45 PM

This is a White-Crowned Pigeon Refuge ... next to an airport. The White-Crowned Pigeon is declared endangered because of disappearing habitat and small numbers (est about 7500 pairs). Nevertheless, it seems prevalent all over Key West, including downtown.

The habitat is salt marsh with Mangroves growing here. White-Crowned Pigeons like to hide out in Mangroves and poke their heads up in the morning and evening.

Saltwort also grows here, host plant for Eastern Pygmy-Blue, which was a nice find.

We saw:

Eastern Pygmy Blue
Gray Hairstreak
Fiery Skipper
Large Orange Sulphur
Great Southern White
Cassius Blue

Gray Kingbird
White-Crowned Pigeon
Red-Winged Blackbird
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal
Black-Whiskered Vireo

Downtown Key West 4:45 PM

Saw Monarchs along the waterfront, along with Green Heron, White-Crowned Pigeon, Cormorant, Eurasian Collared Pigeon.

See the whole gallery from 2021.05.29 here (Scott) and here (me).

Anotado en junio 12, sábado 02:42 por jrcagle jrcagle | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Publications using data from iNaturalist virus observations


Douch JK, Poupa AM (2021) Citizen science data opens multiple avenues for iridovirus research and prompts first detection of Invertebrate iridescent virus 31 in Australia. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 183: 107619. Publisher's version (open access after embargo period elapses in July 2022; requires institutional login before then): doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2021.107619. Authors' version (green open access): researchgate.net/publication/351617057.


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🔥10 000 НАБЛЮДЕНИЙ🔥

На 12ый день проекта мы пересекли рубеж в 10 000 наблюдений! Участники проекта взяли очень хороший темп👍

👀И это пока только 288 участников сделали наблюдения. Очень надеемся, что совсем скоро сможет объвить о круглом числе наблюделей 😉

Дальше больше!💪

Anotado en junio 11, viernes 23:12 por valentinaborodulina valentinaborodulina | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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🔥1000 ВИДОВ🔥

Меньше, чем за две неделе участники проекта нашли более 1000 видов!🤩

Сейчас наш проект включает наблюдения 1117 видов! 🌼

Продолжаем искать новые интересные виды 😉

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MnSEED PROJECT SUMMER MEETUP on 6/22

Want to get more practice using iNaturalist with fellow MnSeeders? Join us Tuesday, June 22 at Horton Park 1383 W. Minnehaha Ave St Paul MN 55104 6:00-7:30 pm for a drop in session to tour the arboretum and native gardens in the park and practice your iNaturalist documentation skills. If you’re a resident or garden in the Capitol Region Watershed Service Area and have joined the MnSeed Native Plant Community Science Project on iNaturalist we’ll have a special set of lenses to enhance your photo taking using your smartphone camera.

Stay cool and don’t forget to load your photo observations with as much detail as possible. We’ll see you on Tuesday June 22nd at Horton Park! Don’t forget your camera or phone! Oh and invite your neighbors!

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❗️ВАЖНО!

Эксперты, которые просматривают сейчас наблюдения проекта «Виртуальный боатник» просят напоминить:

🌼Просматривайте комментарии экспертов. Там могут быть не только подтверждение или определение вида, но и ценные комментарии к вашим наблюдениям. А так же эксперты могут задать уточняющие вопросы, не забывайте на них отвечать.

🤓Пока вы только осваиваете платформу, мы просим вас не определять наблюдения других участников.

🌱Не спешить соглашаться с определениями экспертов под вашими наблюдениями. Под своими наблюдениями стоит дождаться хотя бы двух подтверждений от экспертов прежде, чем соглашаться с ними.

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⚡️ИТОГИ НЕДЕЛИ ⚡️

Дорогие участники, по понедельникам мы будет рассказывать о том, как продвигается наш проект на платформе и подводить небольшие еженедельные итоги.

Итоги 1️⃣ недели проекта «Виртуальный ботаник»

🔸5500 наблюдений
За неделю участники сделали больше 5500 наблюдений! Уже на третий день проекта было сделано первое юбилейное - 1000ое наблюдение! О юбилейных наблюдениях будем делать отдельные посты😉
Сейчас в проекте уже 5684 наблюдения, возможно уже сегодня пересечем новый рубеж в 6000! 🤩

🔸850 видов
Более 850 видов уже нашли участники, а именно 879 видов отмечаны в проекте. Это восхитительный результат для одной недели! 🎉

🔸239 наблюдателя
Приведенные выше внушительные и впечатляющие цифры - дело рук 239 наблюдателей.
К нашему большому сожалению, не все участники присоединившиеся к проекту на платформе iNaturalist загружают наблюдения. Но мы верим, что они скоро подключатся к увлекательной фотоохоте на растения!

🔸Лидеры недели по числу наблюдений и найденных видов
Практически всю неделю лидерство по числу наблюдений и видов сохранялось за Анастасией Меркуловой.
Следом за Анастасией в лидерах одновременно по числу видов и наблюдений: Светлана Галкина, Валентина Костина.
Кроме того, Екатерина Зайкова, Татьяна Ганина и Екатерина Зазнобова являются лидерами по числу собранных наблюдений, а Яна Злочевская, Савва Чигарков и Лиана Ишмухаметова лидируют по числу найденных видов.

Но как показал опыт первой недели ситуация меняется буквально на глазах, и каждый может вырваться вперед!

Anotado en junio 11, viernes 22:57 por valentinaborodulina valentinaborodulina | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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SEED HARVESTING TIME HAS BEGUN

This hot weather has all of us in accelerated gardening mode, especially plants. You may have noticed that many of your plants are flowering early and ones that have flowered are setting seed very quickly. So now is the time to check those early spring blooming natives for seed heads. Plants like pussy toes , prairie smoke, pasque flower, and wild geranium are all setting seed here in the twin cities region. Many other early flowering native shrubs and trees are setting seed as well. Now it’s time to take your phone or camera out to the garden to document the current plant life stages for your MnSEED project. Here is a link to local pussytoes that has ready had seed harvested: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/80690444

Anotado en junio 11, viernes 22:56 por sckh sckh | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Рекомендации и советы по работе с платформой и вашими снимками

🌱Фотографии, которые вы будете загружать на платформу должны быть сделаны с 1 июня по 31 июля. Если вы загрузите наблюдения, сделанные до 1 июня, то они не будут включены в проект «Виртальный ботаник»

☘️Фотографируйте дикорастущие растения, а не посаженные (культурные) специально на клумбах или на грядке. Если вы всё-таки сфотографировали культурное растение, то при загрузке пометьте этот факт галочкой. А если вы уверены, что культурный вид “одичал” (растет теперь в лесу или на компостной куче без какого-либо ухода), то сообщите об этом в разделе “описание”.

🍃Делайте несколько фотографий одного и того же растения (общий вид, цветки, листья) и загружайте их, обязательно, как одно наблюдение. Так экспертам будет проще определить или подтвердить ваше определение.

🌻Не загружайте размытые снимки, снимки со случайными “обрезками” растения, снимки с листьями злаков без колосков и панорамные снимки леса, опушки или обочины (на которые попадает сразу много разных видов). По таким снимкам, к сожалению, ни эксперт, ни нейросеть помочь с определением растений не сможет.

🍀Если снимаете растение дома, сорвав его в лесу или на лугу, то точка на карте должна соответствовать месту произрастания, а не месту съёмки. Это важно для составления карты распространения растений.

🌸Не делайте скриншоты изначальных снимков или фотографий из интернета (facebook, ВК и проч.) - у таких наблюдений нет вшитого файла с местом и временем съемки. И ваши фотографии не будут отмечаться на картах и не попадут в базу данных.

🌷Не загружайте чужие снимки. Ведь вы здесь, чтобы собрать свою собственную коллекцию! 🙂

🌿При загрузке наблюдения, если вы знаете, к какому вид или роду относится растение - подписывайте! Если нет, посмотрите, что предлагает нейросеть 😉

🌹Если вы не знаете, что за растение сфотографировали даже приблизительно, а предложенные нейросетью варианты не подходят, подписывайте растения хотя бы до отдела (цветковые растения, папоротники) или указывайте группу - Сосудистые растения.

🌼Просматривайте комментарии экспертов. Там могут быть не только подтверждение или определение вида, но и ценные комментарии к вашим наблюдениям.

🤓Пока вы только осваиваете платформу, мы просим вас не опредялять наблюдения других участников, и не спешить соглашаться с определениями экспертов под вашими наблюдениями. Под своми наблюдениями стоит должаться хотя бы двух подтвержданий от экспертов.

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