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Kazakhstan - iNaturalist World Tour

Kazakhstan is the 89th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. The top observer is @kastani, a medical botany enthusiast, with observations clustered near Semey along the border with Russia. @amirekul has observations clustered near Shymkent on the border with Uzbekistan. There is a large group of top observers clustered around the capital of Almaty including @talgar-t64, @amalgama, @wildchroma, @gancw1, and @amarzee.
@marnika's observations are clustered near the Caspian Sea and @yuriydanilevsky in central Kazakhstan near Baikonur.


The number of observations per month jumped up significantly in 2019.


@kastani is the top identifier in addition to being the top observer and leads in plant, arachnid, and fish IDs. @amirekul, also from Kazakhstan, is the second top identifier and leads in most of the other categories including insects. reptiles, mammals, mollusks, and other animals. @birdnerdnariman, who is from Kazakhstan but lives in Texas, is the third top identifier and leads in bird IDs. Thanks to other top identifiers such as @sethmiller, @mallaliev, and @juhakinnunen


What can we do to get more people in Kazakhstan using iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread.

@kastani @talgar-t64 @amirekul @amalgama @wildchroma @yuriydanilevsky @kildor @birdnerdnariman @sethmiller @mallaliev

We’ll be back tomorrow in Martinique!

Posted on September 21, 2019 20:52 by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Добро пожаловать на апрельский квест

City Nature Challenge - это глобальное четырехдневное мероприятие, которое проводится в конце апреля. Ему пять лет. Его задача простая - с помощью участников задокументировать биоразнообразие городов мира. Люди ходят и фотографируют на свои смартфоны и фотоаппараты растения, грибы и животных и грузят это на портал соревнований с помощью приложения или сайта iNaturalist. В прошлом году в нем участвовало примерно 150 городов и где-то 50-60 тыс. человек.

В 2020 г. впервые будут участвовать три города из России - Москва, Севастополь и Курск:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-moscow-russia
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-sevastopol-russia
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-kursk-russia

Всё мероприятие основано на волонтерско-добровольном принципе, так что "оргкомитет" это пока пара человек за компьютерами, которые в свободное время этим и занимаются.

iNaturalist в дни соревнований просто кипит - за четыре дня в 2019 г. туда закинули 1 млн фото. Все наблюдения в дни соревнований будут автоматически цепляться вот сюда:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-moscow-russia
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-sevastopol-russia

Даты проведения челленджа:
- с 24 по 27 апреля 2020 г. фотографируем и грузим,
- с 28 апреля по 4 мая 2020 г. загружаем остатки и определяем,
- 4 мая 2020 г. узнаем победителей!

Подробности о соревнованиях:
http://citynaturechallenge.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Nature_Challenge
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020

Результаты 2019 года:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019/journal/24652
http://citynaturechallenge.org/leaderboard-2019/

Видео:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jilyJyMM4z0

Присоединяйтесь!

Posted on September 21, 2019 19:17 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Обновлена фотография обложки

Автор фото: @ev_sklyar

На фото северные окраины города Курска: долина ручья Кур, давшего название городу (по одной из версий). На его левобережье одно из самых старовозрастных лесных урочищ города - Знаменская роща - дубрава с участками березовых и сосновых посадок. За ней "новый" Курск - проспект Победы с 17-этажными жилыми кварталами и коттеджной застройкой. И над всем этим возвышается храм Георгия Победоносца, открытый всем ветрам он был возведен как символ памяти ратным подвигам курян.

Posted on September 21, 2019 19:13 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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EXCITEMENT! EVENTS UPCOMING!

First - BioBlitz on Saturday September 28 at Flood Park in Menlo Park - a small, manageable, urban Blitz. Great for introducing people to our favorite productive pastime. Here is a link to the journal for that project. Be there next Saturday for all the fun! ADA accessible, btw, since many pathways in the park are paved, and all are level.

P.S. Possible afternoon hike for iNaturalist addicts to follow.
https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/27618-an-urban-bioblitz#activity_comment_3473829

Second - The President of the American Birding Association, Jeffrey Gordon, will be speaking in Belmont on Friday October 11. This event is free to the public (donations accepted), ADA accessible.

Third - Sunday October 13 - Green Birding with the Big EASY Ride, and Stable Birding with the Big SIT! at Pescadero Marsh. I'll post again about this before the event.

Posted on September 21, 2019 18:56 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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An Urban BioBlitz!

Dear friends - Please come to the BioBlitz at Flood Park on September 28 (information above). This small county park has quite a few unexpected treasures within, from under-explored edges to a profusion of oak habitat rare for San Mateo county. Unlike most BioBlitzes, this one involves no hiking, no elevation changes, few-to-no natural hazards, and no time limits pushing you away from interesting sightings: in other words, a no sweat blitz!

This is an ideal BioBlitz for inviting your friends who have been curious about this activity, or youngsters looking for a starter blitz. Many of the pathways in the park are even paved, so this is genuinely ADA accessible, too.

Hope to see many of you here.

Posted on September 21, 2019 18:45 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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Late summer bee party!

Yesterday (9/20/2019), as the kids played outside on their swingset, I noticed that the large patch of Yellow Crownbeard was COVERED in pollinators. I saw at least four (possibly five) different types of bees, along with many Sachems, a ladybug and a fancy caterpillar. It was impressive to see about a hundred bees working their stingers off to get ready for winter. I particularly fell in love with the gigantic bumbler that the algorithm has suggested is an Eastern Carpenter Bee. I had no idea they were so huge!!

We also took some photos of a clickbeetle, the exciting sproingy mushrooms that are growing out of the woodchip, and our hawk which flew overhead.

It's shocking how many species live around us all the time, just waiting to be noticed. :)

Posted on September 21, 2019 18:44 by the_royes the_royes | 13 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Steller's Jay

Added my photo of steller's jay to the project "Give the Gift of Species Data," for E. O. Wilson this week.

Posted on September 21, 2019 14:47 by russfrizzell russfrizzell | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Evolution of the Insects - David Grimaldi - Michael S. Engel

Insects are the most diverse group of organisms to appear in the 3-billion-year history of lifeon Earth, and the most ecologically dominant animals on land. This book chronicles, for thefirst time, the complete evolutionary history of insects: their living diversity, relationships,and 400 million years of fossils. Whereas other volumes have focused on either living speciesorfossils, this is the first comprehensive synthesis of allaspects of insect evolution. Currentestimates of phylogeny are used to interpret the 400-million-year fossil record of insects,their extinctions, and radiations. Introductory sections include the living species, diversityof insects, methods of reconstructing evolutionary relationships, basic insect structure, andthe diverse modes of insect fossilization and major fossil deposits. Major sections cover therelationships and evolution of each order of hexapod. The book also chronicles majorepisodes in the evolutionary history of insects: their modest beginnings in the Devonian,the origin of wings hundreds of millions of years before pterosaurs and birds, the impactthat mass extinctions and the explosive radiation of angiosperms had on insects, and howinsects evolved the most complex societies in nature.Evolution of the Insectsis beautifully illustrated with more than 900 photo- and electronmicrographs, drawings, diagrams, and field photographs, many in full color and virtually alloriginal. The book will appeal to anyone engaged with insect diversity: professional ento-mologists and students, insect and fossil collectors, and naturalists.

Descarga Directa: https://mega.nz/#!OsczgaoY!byu0aAeARzmzii1CORLfWHYMU_E-A8zY7U1CCiyJHh4

Posted on September 21, 2019 12:12 by gmalonso gmalonso | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Population structure and spatial ecology of Garamba's giraffe

An article has been published on Garamba's highly localised Kordofan giraffe population. The data was collected in the context of a master thesis research between September 2016 and August 2017 and is now rewritten in the form of a publication. Please have a look on the following link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.5640

Posted on September 21, 2019 08:57 by mathiasdhaen mathiasdhaen | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Rehydrating the Quest for Moss

When this year started, I bought a microscope. I thought if I could just pop the plants under a microscope, I'd finally be able to use those keys to ID every little clump of moss I came across. Was I ever wrong about that! Feeling a bit discouraged, I decided to try out my new toy on the water in a nearby pond. This new alien world of diatoms and ciliates was so exciting that I've almost entirely neglected my original mossy mission since that day. That is, until I went on a trip—nay, a pilgrimage—to one of the world's bryophyte biodiversity hotspots: The Olympic Peninsula. As it turns out, my water samples were mostly sparsely inhabited by microbes large enough to see under a microscope. But the ubiquitous mosses never failed me. There was even moss growing on the sidewalk—not just around the cracks between sidewalk blocks, but on the surface of the sidewalk itself.

Before this pilgrimage I had gotten burnt out with not just moss, but iNat itself. A neverending backlog of observations to be uploaded, old water samples sitting around waiting for me to microscopically examine, a million observations to ID, and just as many ID'd ones needing to be revisited. I'm just tossing all that old baggage away now, though it pains me. (But what if that one photo I took at a forgotten location happened to be something special!)

The things I like best are bryophytes and microbes, and that's what I need to stick with from now on. Other things are fun, but it takes too much time to deal with them. I am the kind of person who needs to spend a week camped out in one spot closely examining everything within walking distance instead of going off on some foolish quest to survey an entire peninsula in five days. There is still so much to learn just about moss. Even though I've looked at thousands of photos of moss on iNat, I still didn't recognize some of the common species I came across until I pulled up the photos I took of them on my monitor. There is something about the way typical iNat photos are taken that doesn't present the full story, so the hunt must continue.

Posted on September 21, 2019 08:55 by zookanthos zookanthos | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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5 teams from Ferndale and Mt Somers Springburn School to undertake the Staveley BioBlitz

The 17 students, 2 staff from MTSS School and the 5 students 4 staff from Ferndale School will work in 5 teams on the 23rd-24th for the Staveley Forest BioBlitz:
1) Team Kea
2) Team Ruru
3) Team Kereru
4) Team Piwakawaka
5) Team Korimako
Each team has its own iNaturlist login/profile, so we can have a friendly competition to see which team has the highest Observations and Species count!

Posted on September 21, 2019 08:19 by pauldespa pauldespa | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Scavenger Hunt Check-In

Hey, how are we all doing?

The scavenger hunt has been in for a little while now, but if you haven't started, theres still time for you to jump on in while still earning the highest level badges!

Speaking of badges, for those who haven't noticed, I updated the badges page to make it easier for you to post the images. I had mine on my user profile page, but moved them into a journal post.

In the comments of this post, I invite you all to post your lists, your favorite observations made during the challenge, anything like that.

Here's my journal so far:
https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/27056-my-scavenger-hunt-checklist
I'm nearly done but still have a handful left.
I also decided to add all the observations i used for the list as associated observations on the journal post. The tool to do that is located right next to the journal editing tool, but its very tedious. I, however, like tedious so I had fun doing it, but you don't have to do that. If you do, you just check off all the observations you want to add, and hit the "next" button to keep scrolling through your observations.

Don't forget I set up a quick survey so I can assess the strengths and weaknesses of how this was executed. I've got some ideas for other events so input would be really appreciated!

So, how's it going?? :D

Posted on September 21, 2019 03:28 by kuchipatchis kuchipatchis | 5 comments | Leave a comment
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5 facts (and photos) about sea otters.

September 22-28 is Sea Otter Awareness Week, an annual event in recognition of the role that sea otters play in their ecosystem.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/amp/news/article/sea-otter-awareness-week-five-facts

Posted on September 21, 2019 01:19 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Multi-Year Wildlife Camera Study Shows Worrying Trend.

Results of a multi-year study of activity in a wildlife corridor connecting the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to the Cleveland National Forest are now available to the public for viewing. Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., a local environmental organization, planned and executed the study, using 21 cameras to examine wildlife movements in the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor (also called the Irvine Wildlife Corridor and Orange County Wildlife Corridor). Volunteers collected data over a two- year period. The full report can be found and downloaded free of charge at wildlifecorridor.org.

https://www.lagunabeachindy.com/multi-year-wildlife-camera-study-shows-worrying-trend/

Posted on September 20, 2019 20:45 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Title Change for ECRTMN

Please note the new title for this ECRTMN project on iNaturalist. It is meant to be more descriptive.

Posted on September 20, 2019 20:42 by connlindajo connlindajo | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Salamander hunt

Today we went deep into the woods looking for salamanders. I did not find any but lucky for me the others found enough. I got to measure one and look for tattoos. Mine did not have any because he/she was a baby. I couldn't tell the sex. It will get marked and put back into the woods.

Posted on September 20, 2019 20:40 by cbaker052764 cbaker052764 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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New Title for Project

The project title has been changed to clarify the purpose of this project.

Posted on September 20, 2019 20:38 by connlindajo connlindajo | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Photography With UV Light

From Alice Abela, a wildlife biologist from Santa Barbara County:

"Can you remind me how you image the specimen (scorpion) under UV such that the background isn't also lit? i'm thankful, - Marshal

alice_abela commented:

You need a black light with a 365nm wave length to illuminate the subject then do a really low intensity flash. This was a 2 second exposure at ISO 500. I set the flash on manual and probably had it at around 1/32 or 1/64. I usually have to play a bit with the exposure duration, flash, and ISO to find the combination that works best for the shot and I kind of paint the subject with the flashlight during the exposure to get even illumination. Hope this helps! a black light with a 365nm wave length to illuminate the subject then do a really low intensity flash. This was a 2 second exposure at ISO 500. I set the flash on manual and probably had it at around 1/32 or 1/64. I usually have to play a bit with the exposure duration, flash, and ISO to find the combination that works best for the shot and I kind of paint the subject with the flashlight during the exposure to get even illumination. Hope this helps!

Posted on September 20, 2019 18:39 by jwparker2 jwparker2 | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Mozambique - iNaturalist World Tour

Mozambique is the 88th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. The top observer is @snidge with observations clustered around central Mozambique north of Beira along with other top observers such as @graeme and @judygva. @i_c_riddell, a Safari Guide throughout Zimbabwe, has Mozambique observations clustered here but his icon is pulled towards Zimbabwe by his observations there. There's another cluster of top observers to the south along the border with South Africa and near the capital of Maputo including @andrewdeacon (who worked for many years at South African National Parks), @seastung (a marine naturalist from cape town), and @ricky_taylor (with an interest in coastal ecosystems between the Tugela River and Maputo). A third cluster of observers are located to the north of the country such as @tomaschipiriburuwate, @francescocecere, and @ldacosta.


There's an interesting peak around 2014
which was driven mostly by @snidge, @graeme, @i_c_riddell, and @andrewdeacon and then a lull until things started ticking up again in mid 2017. This timing coincides with the arrival of the Southern African community formerly using iSpot.


The top identifier is @jakob who does research across the African continent. @cabintom leads in insect IDs, @johnnybirder leads in bird IDs, and @ricky_taylor leads in plant IDs. @tonyrebelo and @alanhorstmann, based in South Africa are also top identifiers.


What can we do to get more people in Mozambique using iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread.

@snidge @andrewdeacon @graeme @seastung @judygva @jakob @cabintom @johnnybirder @tonyrebelo @alanhorstmann

We’ll be back tomorrow in the Kazakhstan!

Posted on September 20, 2019 18:11 by loarie loarie | 5 comments | Leave a comment
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Summary of the 2019 CVC Butterfly Blitz

As the organizers of the 2019 CVC Butterfly Blitz, @lindseyjennings, @lchung and myself would like to say a great big THANK YOU to all of you for participating! Whether you contributed one butterfly sighting or 100, you were an important part of our project.

Here’s a quick summary of what we found this year:

• Between June 22 and August 24, there were 1,157 observations of 57 different butterfly species added to our iNaturalist project
• We saw a 600% increase in the number of butterfly observations submitted to iNaturalist in the Credit River Watershed for 2019 compared to 2018; this is significantly higher than the average increase of 68% in observations in other taxonomic groups in the watershed over the same time period
• For 44 of the 57 butterfly species observed, we increased the number of observations on iNaturalist by 50% or more; for example, Common Wood Nymph had 5 records in the watershed before 2019 and 33 records from 2019
• We added the first observations on iNaturalist in the watershed for five butterfly species (Dion Skipper, Crossline Skipper, Mulberry Wing, Acadian Hairstreak, Giant Swallowtail)
• We observed a provincially rare butterfly species (Black Dash) and one species that hadn’t been reported from the watershed in 20 years (Dion Skipper)
• In our one-day butterfly count on June 29th, 18 people recorded 476 butterflies from 26 species at nine sites in the upper watershed; the data from this count was submitted to the North American Butterfly Association
• Throughout the summer, six people completed 33 timed surveys and recorded 1118 butterflies from 44 species; these data were submitted to eButterfly

All together, we collected over 2500 records of 57 butterfly species in the Credit River Watershed – a wonderful amount of data on an under-surveyed group. As we repeat the Butterfly Blitz over time, the data will help us track trends and provide insights to help protect and restore wildlife habitat in the Credit River Watershed.

For more summaries of the Butterfly Blitz, check out our CVC blog post here: https://cvc.ca/conversations/butterfly-blitz-whats-in-our-watershed/ and the presentation we gave at the August 24th wrap up event here: https://bit.ly/2m5ThJq

If you’re interested in learning more about the Butterfly Blitz or would like to know how to get involved next year, contact Lindsey Jennings: lindsey.jennings@cvc.ca, 905-670-1615 ext. 445.

Posted on September 20, 2019 14:01 by lltimms lltimms | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Logging Hours for FPWC and SDNC

Hello Citizen Scientists,

I am so impressed with all of our data collection this summer! We have documented a wide variety of species across the county. I appreciate all of the hard work you put in.

Since peak citizen science period for our programs is winding down (not that you should slow your iNaturalist activity), I am working on collecting information about our volunteers and how much time they have invested into these projects.

If you are not already an official volunteer for Forest Preserves of Winnebago County or Severson Dells Nature Center, I would really appreciate it if you followed this link to fill out an online application: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1763481094. This will help us track your hours and use that information to secure funding from grants!

Once you fill out the application, FPWC and SDNC staff will work together to get you set up with a Volgistics account where you can log your hours.

If you already have a Volgistics account but don't know how to navigate it, feel free to reach out to me at the SDNC office (815-335-2915) or to andrea@seversondells.org.

I know this may seem like an extra hoop to jump through, but this will really help us out. Thank you so much!

Posted on September 20, 2019 13:53 by seversondells seversondells | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Illinois Native Plant Society Mixer @ The Garage Bar (aka Wink & Swillhelm)

Next month!


Wink & Swillhelm at The Garage Bar


Friday, October 18th, 2019
starting at 6:30PM and going to 9:30PMish or whenever
at The Garage Bar & Sandwiches, 6154 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (Norwood Park)

Come meet and hang with other local botany and ecology enthusiasts at The Garage Bar in northwest Chicago! We'll be in the room upstairs. FB event for people who like that: https://www.facebook.com/events/2403057686577194/

Pretty informal, come whenever and no need to RSVP nor to be a current INPS member.
Though you should join! :) https://ill-inps.org/northeast-chapter/

Hope to see you there!


fyi to some folks who have made observations in the area @aerintedesco @amyjurkowski @andrea14 @andrewphassos @anmolsingh1 @asampang @brdnrdr @dbild @deansy @debant @deirdre6767 @dziomber @eddiemoya @elfaulkner @grantfessler @iacampoverde @ilemma @inotherwordsfly @jackassgardener @jmmcclo @joelmc @js175 @k0zi @kennedy9094 @kpclemenz @liamoconnor11 @lukehuff @mabunimeh @maureenclare @mavina4 @mross5 @nathanbealedelvecchio @nicholasbiernadski @obamagaming @orbweb @ornithopsis @palmer1 @paulroots @pavoss64 @pfautsch @rachaelpatterson @rgraveolens @ruabean @sampickerill @sanguinaria33 @skrentnyjeff @susiesodini @taco2000 @tmurphy4 @tomlally @ulaniluu @yetikat
(and sorry if some of y'all that I tagged are under 21)

Posted on September 20, 2019 13:24 by bouteloua bouteloua | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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How to use this project

Observations added to this project must be linked in the observation fields such that photos of the arthropod visitor are paired with a photos of the visited flower, ideally using duplicates of the same photos. For example, if I photographed Bombus impatiens visiting Helianthus tuberosus, I would take the following steps:

1. Upload the photo(s)
2. Identify the observation as B. impatiens
3. Duplicate the observation
4. Identify the duplicate observation as H. tuberosus
5. In the Observation Fields section, add the "linked observation" field; paste in the URL of the H. tuberosus observation into the linked observation field of the B. impatiens observations, and paste the URL of the B. impatiens observation into that of the H. tuberosus observation.
6. Add each observation to our project, Arthropod-Flower Associations

If you have any difficulties with this workflow, or any questions or comments about the project, please feel free to contact me at sponslerdb@gmail.com. Thanks for your efforts!

Posted on September 20, 2019 11:47 by dsponsler dsponsler | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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A POST-MORTEM … OCCAM’S RAZOR AND A CONTRADICTING PRINCIPLE

This relates to the following observation submitted by @vynbos:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32933634

Let’s use the “spanner” to fix things.

This observation and my own responses to it provide some insights into this challenging business of identifying droppings. I don’t really want to turn this journal facility into a blog, but I think others may benefit from the thoughts below. I have.

MY FIRST MISTAKE

I looked at the pics initially and couldn’t immediately decide whether this was a cat or not (which is why I said initially “while I give this one some thought”). I studied my own published and unpublished cat pics and thought, “well, they could be”.

I saw, and wondered about the substrate, the flattened dry vegetation. “Would a cat do its thing on that?”. It didn’t look right. (This business is a lot about inconclusive feelings, I’m afraid.) A canis species would use such a substrate, I felt.

Then it occurred to me that it was a multiple deposit. A cat producing a multiple deposit?! But the general “rule” is: “they don’t use latrines”. Wow, that’s interesting. And it is just possible, and I gave the (rarely observed) reasons.

What rule did I break you ask? The principle of Occam’s Razor. https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_razor

The principle: If there are two explanations for something, the simplest one is usually correct.

Two possible explanations are:

(1) The multiple deposits (on what seemed an unusual substrate) were possibly a black-footed cat (which is quite scarce) near a den or a wildcat (which rarely does this).
(2) It’s not a cat, but some other carnivore.

Explanation (2) is the simplest.

MY SECOND MISTAKE

I had looked at the map and zoomed in to the best resolution it could give. I even did it in my Google Earth (although the map is the same, GE is more flexible). I noticed the buildings to the south east but made the mistake of not measuring the distance to those buildings. I see now they are only about 500 m away. That should have been at least a red light that a domestic animal could not necessarily be ruled out (whether canis or felis).

I’m still in a bit of that mode in which I have to remind myself frequently that domestic animals are important to consider in this business. (To this end, I included some of them recently in my database of quantitative data, so they appear automatically now. But some refinement is necessary.)
Domestic dogs and especially cats even appear in species lists for some protected areas or are known to have been present but are not recorded in lists.

IN MY DEFENCE (he adds timidly)

Another principle (long used in various other contexts, I see from Google) that I still frequently remind myself of, is this:

“When it concerns animal behaviour, always remember never to use the words always and never.”

[ In the above case, this conveniently negates Occam’s Razor! But let’s not go there. :-) ]

Don’t underestimate this principle. I have seen examples of this over the years. (Just one: Once, and only once, a single unquestionable aardwolf dropping, unburied, on the edge of a dirt road. The “rule” is: They bury them in middens. The lack of adherence to the rule might be easily explained, of course: when you gotta go, you gotta go.)

But, generally speaking, the problem with animals is they don’t read the guidebooks we write about them. If only they would. They might then follow the rules more closely. Our lives would be much simpler.

The only relevance this has to the above-mentioned observation is that one shouldn’t ignore the unusual in this business.

However, I hasten to add, maybe Occam’s Razor should have more prominence than it’s been getting.

Kevin

Posted on September 20, 2019 11:41 by kevinatbrakputs kevinatbrakputs | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Kleinmond: 1) Red List Spp 2) 3S Ridge - species of interest

Magriet
Of interest to KB CREW, the redlisted plants noted by us. No doubt still work in progress. We are adding it to the Red List Project as obs are uploaded. There were some divine plants on the 3S Ridge and I added a note below.

Weer eens verskriklike groot dankie vir jou gasvrye plant wys en saamkyk. Dit was beslis 'n hoogtepunt en nog lekkerder om daarvan in my moedertaal te kon doen saam met jou!

The informal tea, iNat demo and general dicussion added value too and I think this kind of collaboration should not be underestimated as a way to support and strenghten CREW nodes.

I am inordinately uncomfortable using online and social media. If this of interest to KB, copy - lest I delete it at some stage!

Mooi bly, goedgaan en tot wedersiens
xxS

Kleinmond environs with
Ann, Jenny & Sandra of Outramps CREW, 9-13 Sept 2019

1) Red Listed spp.

ASTERACEAE
Osmitopsis parvifolia Rare
Metalasia lichtensteinii Rare

FABACEAE
Liparia angustifolia EN
Cyclopia genistoides NT
Ampithalea tomentosa NT

IRIDACEAE
Nivenia stokoei Rare

PENAEACEAE
Sonderothamnus petraeus Rare

RUTACEAE
Adenandra villosa * depens which

THYMELAEACEAE
Gnidia penicillata NT
Gnidia humilis EN

RHAMNACEAE
Lachnaea densiflora NT white and pink form

ERICACEAE
Erica patersonii EN
Erica sp.1 Rod’s Trail
Erica sp.2 Rod's trail
Erica sp.3 Three Sisters

PROTEACEAE
Protea angusta NT
Protea longifolia VU
Protea compacta NT
Protea scabra NT
Ls concocarpodendron EN/NT depends subsp*.
Ls cordifolium NT
Ls prostratum VU
Aulax umbellata NT and of interest the A umbellata x A cancellata intermediate plants
Serruria adscendens/rubricaulis NT
Serruria elongata NT
Mimetes hirtus VU
Diastella fraterna Rare
Spatella racemosa NT
Paranomus sceptrum-gustavianus NT

2) Plants of interest: 3S Ridge
Phylica humilis
Protea longifolia
Erica cristata
Erica holosericea
Liparia vestita
Osmitopsis parvifolia
Spatalla sp.
Metalasia lichtensteinii
Nivenia stokoei
Adenandra villosa

Posted on September 20, 2019 10:16 by sandraf sandraf | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Sexual Cannibalism in Praying Mantises

Insect world continues to fascinate us with the diversity in all aspects. Insects have amazing adaptability, strength in comparison to body size, ability for metamorphosis, and so on.

Praying mantis are one cool and photogenic group due to their eyes, face posture and forearms. I love watching them and can spend a lot of time just looking at their movement or feeding style.

While walking casually between two university buildings, I noticed some insect in the grass. From a distance I thought it was a grasshopper or Katydid. But I decided to take a closer look. It was a Praying Mantis.

But it looked a little different. I then realized it was not single insect but was a mating pair. But then the male looked weird. It took some time for me to realize that the head of the male was missing.

I immediately remembered reading about sexual cannibalism in mantises. But I was thinking it happens after the mating is complete. The females many times catches and eats the males. There are different theories about this. In most predatory species this is observed. It is a very high percentage in captivity but is known to occur in the wild in about a fourth of times.

I never thought that I would get to see such an event in wild myself. Most interesting thing was the mating was still in progress even though the male was headless. And half an hour that I observed the male was still in the same position and the female was not attempting to attach further.

It is a Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) in Mantids Family (Mantidae)

Update: Thanks @mantodea for id confirmation.

Posted on September 20, 2019 02:40 by vijaybarve vijaybarve | 1 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The Last Butterflies?

If the Trump administration weakens the Endangered Species Act, many populations that are already dwindling will disappear.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-last-butterflies/

Posted on September 20, 2019 02:33 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Hungary - iNaturalist World Tour

Hungary is the 87th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. The top observer, @philsansum, has observations clustered in the northeastern part of Hungary along with @beidts, @ahospers, and @deserti around places like Bükki National Park and Hortobágy National Park. The second top observer, @veszt is a biologist and plant breeder from Hungary, his observations are distributed widely across the country. There is a cluster of observers such as @rudynature and @ikomposzt around the capital of Budapest and other users such as @gergely_katona clustered around Debrecen, Hungary's second largest city after Budapest. @balzs9's observations are clustered on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe. @cathyp is currently 10th on the leaderboard but doesn't show up on the map since her observations are mostly from September of this year and the figure was last updated on September 1st.


The number of observations per month jumped up in the summer of 2018 and again in 2019.


In addition to being a top observer, @veszt is the top identifier and leads in plant identifications. @cossus and @ldacosta lead in insect and bird IDs respectively. Thanks to other top identifiers such as @kastani and @cs_melitta.


What can we do to get more people in Hungary using iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread.

@philsansum @veszt @beidts @balzs9 @rudynature @gergely_katona @veszt @kastani @cossus @ldacosta @cs_melitta

We’ll be back tomorrow in the Mozambique!

Posted on September 19, 2019 23:59 by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Results (so far) from California Biodiversity Day in the Wilderness Park

Well, we didn't have a huge turnout of observers, but we have so far logged fifty observations made in the Wilderness Park on California Biodiversity Day. (Actually, it should be "Days", as California counted observations made on both Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.)

Among the fifty observations, were 40 different species, including 16 species that were new to this project, which is great! You can check them all out here.

You can also see photos of Friends at the Park on the Friends' blog.

If you have observations from Sept. 7 and 8 that you haven't posted yet, don't worry. We will keep collecting them indefinitely. And all Observations made in California on those days (including the ones from the Wilderness Park) are also collected on the statewide California Biodiversity Day project run by the California Department of Natural Resources.

We plan on having an event in the Wilderness Park for next year's California Biodiversity Day. For 2020, September 7 falls on Labor Day, which is a Monday, and I am assuming the state will count Sunday, Sept. 6, and maybe Saturday, September 7, as well. We also plan to have an event in the Wilderness Park for the City Nature Challenge on April 24-27. Observations made in the Park will count for LA County, which enters as a "City". Mark these dates on your calendar now!

Posted on September 19, 2019 22:51 by nvhamlett nvhamlett | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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