Archivos de Diario para mayo 2023

01 de mayo de 2023

Nearing 1,000 participants!

We have been keeping the pace up all the way through to our last day of the City Nature Challenge! Remember we have until the end of the day to continue snapping photos and recording audio of the amazing biodiversity of South Florida. We have had some phenomenal weather today, which was especially nice after the rain and wind yesterday.

At the moment our participant count is at 931 observers... so, so, so close to hitting 1,000! If you know any nature lovers, take a minute to get them on iNaturalist and help them post an observation or two to take us over that threshold! If you know of any school kids that need community service hours, remember the Frost Science Museum has an initiative for recognizing observations posted as community service... after all, when we post to iNaturalist we are helping our community to learn about the biodiversity in the area and you never know who you will inspire to get outside and appreciate nature. Here is a link to Frost Science's page about Citizen Science community service hours:

As the day draws to a close, don't forget to check a nearby weedy patch to bump our observation count, too. I hit a vacant lot on my way home from work and documented lots of neat butterflies like dainty sulphur, barred yellow, Horace's duskywings and baracoa skipper. It's amazing how a little patch of lawn weeds will provide habitat for so many beautiful butterflies. Here are some of the butterflies we've posted during the City Nature Challenge so far:
That's 44 species in just 4 days!

Although the observation period closes at 11:59PM tonight, we have until Sunday, May 7th to post our photos/audio taken from Friday to Monday and also help identify the enormous amount of observations we have posted. If you have any questions about how identifying works, feel free to message me.

-Joe MDO & the CNCSOFLO team

Publicado el 01 de mayo de 2023 a las 08:54 PM por joemdo joemdo | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

06 de mayo de 2023

One day left to finish uploading and adding identifications

Hello CNCSOFLO participants,

We have climbed and dropped a few places on some of the categories as other cities around the world have continued adding observations taken during the City Nature Challenge period of last Friday to Monday. As it stands, we are in 17th place for observation count, 8th place for species count, and 11th place for the amount of observers. These are all big jumps compared to last year and we definitely have to thank Palm Beach County for their enormous effort in documenting biodiversity that we don't have in our other participating counties.

Keep in mind we can still add observations so if you know anyone who snapped some nature pictures between last Friday, April 28th and Monday, May 1st, they can upload the pictures to iNaturalist and we can try to climb a few more places in each of the categories! I am still not done posting observations myself :-D

Thanks to all of you for participating!! I will be posting a couple more journal entries once the City Nature Challenge posts results on Monday and then to highlight some of our special observations and finds. You can see what our results from last year look like here:

If you are interested in participating in more bioblitzes like the City Nature Challenge, keep an eye out for future journal posts... rumor has it the Environmentally Endangered Lands program (EEL) is planning something in autumn and we will also have our second Home River Bioblitz on the Miami River coming up, too.

Stay tuned,
Joe MDO & the CNCSOFLO team

Publicado el 06 de mayo de 2023 a las 04:39 PM por joemdo joemdo | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

18 de mayo de 2023

2023 CNCSOFLO Results

Hello CNCSOFLO Participants!

On behalf of all of the organizers involved in the City Nature Challenge, including Frost Science, University of Florida IFAS, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, West Palm Beach, Florida International University, Miami Eco Adventures, Citizens for a Better South Florida, Outdoor Connections, the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program, Mountain to Sea Education, Miami-Dade County and others, a big thank you goes to all of the observers, identifiers and everyone that put events together to get people outside, helping to showcase South Florida's amazing biodiversity.

Our numbers this year were off the charts, as we:
-doubled our observations (22k compared to 11k last year)
-jumped to over 3k species compared to 2.2k last year
-added 500 observers (almost 1.1k compared to 622 last year)

I'm not sure whose idea it was to add West Palm Beach to our City Nature Challenge but it made an enormous difference! Many users observed species that we simply don't get in Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe and that is a big reason that our species numbers shot up so much. Our area was already quite large (Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties) and with the addition of Palm Beach, it made it a lot easier to climb the ranks. Thankfully we had huge participation in Palm Beach to fully take advantage of so much new ground to cover! A big shout out also goes to many schools and young people who participated this year, as that really shot our observers count past the 1,000 mark! Many dedicated teachers and professors made a big difference in showing our students how to use iNaturalist :-)

Below is a breakdown of our rankings as of today, May 17th. Bear in mind some of our numbers have changed since the official results were released on May 8th.

2023 City Nature Challenge- SOFLO results ranked against 482 other cities/areas (up from 445 cities last year)
-17th by observation count (up 16 places from 33rd last year)
-7th by species count (up by 14 places from 23rd last year)
-11th by observer count (up by 12 places from 23rd to last year)
P.S. we are really more like in 6th place by species count because 1st place went to the "Global Project" which literally includes every single iNaturalist observation posted during CNC weekend that wasn't in an area covered by one of the participating areas! There's no way a single participating area could beat the diversity of the rest of the world!

You can look through the City Nature Challenge leaderboards, which compare all the cities, here:

Check out our stats from this year compared to 2022 and 2021 below:
CNCSOFLO 2023 vs 2022 vs 2021

These numbers will change as more observations are added (better late than never!) More identifications will also continue to come in as the iNaturalist community looks through observations that haven't been identified yet (in the Needs ID stage- we still have almost 7,000 observations in this stage).

Last year I included around 40 observations to highlight but I didn't dive as deeply into the observations as I did last year and don't want to leave out any cool observations I missed. So... if you click on the next link below, you can scroll past the stats and see some of the observations that got the most faves, comments and identifications. There are some really cool ones in there so make sure to give it a look! It would also be great if you mention some of your own favorite observations in the comments below, whether you posted them yourself or noticed someone else's observation. Bare in mind this can only be done on the iNaturalist website/not through the app!

If you missed the highlights from last year, or simply want to revisit them, you can see the journal post I wrote up here:

Thanks again for participating this year! Also, a big thank you to our top identifiers, @b_gonzalez added over FIVE THOUSAND identifications and @jimw3 added over 3.5k identifications. @oliver_g_jones and I each added over 2k identifications too. @brittanymmason almost hit the 1k mark and @stevewoodmansee lent his botanical knowledge to also really help boost our species count. @lgarriga was also in our top 8 identifiers and @coolcrittersyt shared his insect/arthropod ID skills, too! In the observation department, shoutout to @fherrerav and @coreytcallaghan for breaking the 500 observation count with Jim Wetterer and I and also @lgarriga @flortnash @alyssacritters and @coolcrittersyt for rounding out the top 8.

Some final notes:
-Don't forget to follow CNCSOFLO's official Instagram page @cncsoflo and you can also find us on Facebook at
-Make sure to join next year's project so you can get updates when we start planning:
-Check out the official City Nature Challenge's journal post for CNC 2023 with a neat infographic:
-If you'd like to view this journal post in an internet browser or what to share it with anyone, here's the link:

One more thing... remember iNaturalist is up and running all year! One of the best ways to train your eyes to find biodiversity is to keep on the lookout all the time. You never know what you will learn or find!

Thanks again,
Joe MDO & the CNCSOFLO team

Publicado el 18 de mayo de 2023 a las 12:09 AM por joemdo joemdo | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario

29 de mayo de 2023

Road trip from Miami, FL to Baltimore, MD

Drove to up to Baltimore across two days with my wife and her brother. I'm planning on typing up some notes about our stops here but I do tend to start journal posts and then never get around to actually writing them out. We'll see!

Here are my observations so far from this trip:

Publicado el 29 de mayo de 2023 a las 02:04 PM por joemdo joemdo | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario