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Paynter Observations

Observations from central Maryland

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 12, 2021 0306 ΠΜ από skrentnyjeff skrentnyjeff | 1 παρατήρηση | 1 σχόλιο | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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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).

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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!💪

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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 😉

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 1059 ΜΜ από valentinaborodulina valentinaborodulina | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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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!

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 1058 ΜΜ από sckh sckh | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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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!

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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

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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.

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Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 1056 ΜΜ από valentinaborodulina valentinaborodulina | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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iNaturalist Webinar Recording Available

iNATURALIST WEBINAR AVAILABLE

Are you signed up for the MnSeed Native Plant Community Science Project? Have you started to document your native plantings as observations in iNaturalist? Minnesota State Horticultural Society hosted a great iNaturalist introduction webinar in May. Britt Forsberg, UMN Extension Educator and Master Naturalist shared her best practices to make the most of iNaturalist and this project. If you missed the webinar here is the recording: https://youtu.be/NDlhkPCl6Fc

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 1050 ΜΜ από dmlamm dmlamm | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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Pollinators

Today we held a program all about pollinators. Lucinda and Roger Mays joined us and along with our visitors we had a great time! First, Roger read us a story "Flowers are Calling" by Rita Gray. Then Lucinda and the audience talked about types of pollinators, and what makes good pollinator habitat. We all went outside and the hands on fun began. Visitors made their own cardboard pots, and potted up starts of parsley (a host plant for black swallowtail butterflies). Then they cut out seed packets and opened up the seed heads of Queen Sophia marigold seeds grown in Lucinda's garden. They were amazed at how many seed there were! Participants left with seed packets, a new plant and a basking stone to help make comfortable butterfly habitat.

Staff planted two containers in front of the library planted with parsley, marigolds, and anise hyssop. Now we will just wait for visitors. We will take photographs to post of our insect guests this summer.

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0951 ΜΜ από sjrolfsmeier sjrolfsmeier | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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Massachusetts Butterfly Big Year update 2

Today I hit 50 species, half-way there to my goal. Of course, I've already gotten a lot of the easy ones, in addition to the early spring difficult ones. My next challenge is getting the hairstreaks when most of them start flying in a couple of weeks. There are only a few habitat specialists to worry about at mid-summer, like Bog Copper and Dion Skipper. I've written off a second species, Cobweb Skipper.

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0919 ΜΜ από maractwin maractwin | 4 παρατηρήσεις | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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Get ready we are live at Sunset June 11 EDT

I hope you have had a chance to think about what images you would like to get. Anything you see on a forest walk is great. The best images focus in on one species without a lot of other plants or debris around the image.

If you have a drone and can legally fly in a forest get up close to leaves and flowers and take a picture. The higher off the ground the better. I have not been too lucky seeing animals with my drone but you might do better than me! We had some students observe the Duke Lemur center inhabitants https://www.instagram.com/p/COvN-G0lmaG/

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0904 ΜΜ από dukexprize dukexprize | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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Join our Calgary Pollinator Count!

This project aims to document the insect pollinators present in Calgary and their associated plants. Please contribute your photographs of an insects interacting with the flower surface or flower parts of plants. Associated plants can be in wild or cultivated settings.

To be included, observations must:

  • Be of an insect
  • Clearly show the plant the insect was interacting with
  • Include the observation field "Interaction->Visited flower of"
  • (Optional) Include the observation field "Associated observation"

Thank you for helping us better understand Calgary's Insect Pollinators!

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0857 ΜΜ από m_summers m_summers | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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BioBlitz results!

Thanks everyone for joining us for the Coyote Creek BioBlitz! It was nice to be back by the Anderson Reservoir Visitor Center, after such a long time. We saw plenty of bird activity, including a Steller's Jay nest, and Bewick's Wren fledglings, in addition to many other birds.

We documented many insects that were found on the oaks along the creek, including the rare Ashy Gray Lady Beetle and a few species of galls (and the first of the season Spined Turban Gall Wasp on a Valley Oak). We saw 6 species of ants, and some really cool wasps, such as the Pacific Velvet Ant, which is not an ant, but a female wasp, searching the ground quickly for native bee nests to lay her eggs in.
In the creek, we found a few Damselfly larvae, Mayfly larvae, aquatic bugs and crustaceans, and countless invasive New Zealand Mudsnails, that unfortunately keep spreading in the area.
I hope you had fun, and please join our future events!
Merav
https://www.bioblitz.club/

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0834 ΜΜ από merav merav | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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6/11/21 - “Easy" Summer Bees

As you have probably figured out by now, there aren’t a lot of bees that are easy to identify. There are, however, a couple common species that can be easily recognized once you know what to look for.

The Bicolored Striped Sweat Bee (Agapostemon virescens) is probably the easiest bee in VT to identify. The females are big and bright green with a black and white-striped abdomen (we don’t have to worry about males for a few more months).
https://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/vtbees/agapostemon-virescens/

Wilke's Mining Bee (Andrena wilkella) is not nearly as distinctive, but is common and often found in many human-modified landscapes. It is an introduced species that is associated with non-native legumes and one of the only midsummer Mining Bees (Genus Andrena).
https://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/vtbees/andrena-wilkella/

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0826 ΜΜ από beeboy beeboy | 1 σχόλιο | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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NYBG EcoFlora June EcoQuest Challenge - Guide to the Ferns and Fern Allies of New York City

FERN FORAY

How many Ferns can you find?

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0818 ΜΜ από danielatha danielatha | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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Doolittle Lake

Walked all around the lake which is about 3 miles and took about an hour and a half due to walking slowly to search for fungi. I'm not very good at spotting or identifying fungi, but I was pleasantly surprised to find more than just a few. The shallow end of the lake is where I found most of my specimens as it is in a wetland. The weather was dry, clear and about 90 degrees fahrenheit. Most of my finding where on or new trees in the woods on the embankment of the lake. This spot is a family vacation place that we love to visit when we get the chance.

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0811 ΜΜ από natureangel22 natureangel22 | 9 παρατηρήσεις | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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Fungi-Focused Nature Walk

I walked for about 30 minutes at a nearby state park. I mainly stayed on one walking trail that weaved through a forest and passed a few lakes and ponds. The more mushroom-looking fungi I found were near these bodies of water. There was also a strong smell of sulfur by the water, which I thought was interesting. I also saw a lot of common forest animals, like squirrels and deer. The wild turkey I added to my observations had a limp which was sad to see. But back to the fungi! Besides the mushrooms, I saw an additional organism that I had more trouble identifying. It was definitely a fungi, but it was broken up into three different pieces, maybe by an animal. I also observed lots of moss on the forest floor, and green algae in the water. It wasn’t hot out at all. It was a more cloudy day and it even started to drizzle by the end of my walk.

Αναρτήθηκε στις Ιούνιος 11, 2021 0806 ΜΜ από kkitrick kkitrick | 7 παρατηρήσεις | 0σχόλια | Αφήστε ένα σχόλιο
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