December 2021 EcoQuest: Praiseworthy Plants

Join the December EcoQuest: Praiseworthy Plants
For this EcoQuest, find and map the plants that are close to you.

For this EcoQuest, you will need to join to have your observations counted.
Join the EcoQuest

For this December EcoQuest, we’re doing things a little different. In the spirit of the holidays, we invite you to observe plants that are close to you, ones that you’re grateful for and ones that resonate with you. Observations from this EcoQuest can increase our appreciation of plants and the way they brighten our day-to-day lives.

Candelilla (Euphorbia antisyphilitica)


  1. JOIN the EcoQuest to have your observations counted.
  2. OBSERVE plants that are close to you in your own yard or neighborhood, or plants anywhere that have meaning to you.
  3. SHARE your stories and praise with us. Tell us why the plants you chose are praiseworthy. In the Notes section of your observation (see below for help), tell us why you appreciate them or what they mean to you. Did you grow up with lavender growing in the yard? Is there a specific plant smell that is memorable to you? Did you learn more about a plant through an EcoQuest?

We will read your stories and share them on social media all month long, and they could be used in future publications for EcoFlora.

NOTE: If you would like to make observations at or near your home, but do not want to share where you live, you can set your location preference to Private or Obscured. Obscured is recommended, as it places your observation randomly in a 2-square kilometer square area. Private is also an option, but this does not allow anyone (including EcoFlora) to see the location and the observation cannot become research grade.

Southwestern Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha)

How many animal names do you know? How many plants do you know the names of? Can you name an endangered animal? Now how about an endangered plant? For many people, plants are not as charismatic or relatable as animals, and they tend to know less about them.

Plants are incredible. They can often be underappreciated and overlooked, but plants are the foundation of ecosystems. They live their own incredible lives and are capable of bewildering acts. Did you know the flowers of Watson’s Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia watsonii) grow to resemble a rodent ear to lure in biting flies that pollinate them? And they put off a musty smell that is said to be like a rodent. How do they even know what a rodent looks or smells like? How amazing is that? Plants provide food and habitat for animals and humans. They are the base of the food chain, provide medicine, fiber, shelter, create oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and regulate water cycles. Their presence alone contributes to our mental and physical well-being. It’s difficult to imagine a world without them. Humans certainly couldn’t survive in such a place.

Can you see the rodent ear resemblance in shape and vein-like lines?

In the late 90s, two botanist and biology educators wrote about “plant blindness,” which refers to human’s inability to see or notice the plants in their own environment. The term plant invisibility or similar is now being used in place of plant blindness. This uses more inclusive language and does not make use of a disability metaphor. More information about this can be found here. The idea remains the same that humans have the tendency to disregard plants, even if unintentionally. Plants can blend into the background of our everyday lives, like a fire hydrant or park bench. They tend to go unnoticed until we need them or use them. Plant invisibility also includes the lack of understanding about how important plants are, for people and the planet.

Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)

This also makes plant conservation more difficult. Plants receive far less attention in illegal wildlife trade policy and research. In 2011 plants made up 57% of the federal endangered species list in the United States but received less than 4% of federal endangered species funding. Recently, after massive poaching incidents of the Dudleya species, California approved a bill that specifically protects this species and establishes penalties for poaching. It is the first piece of legislation that deals specifically with plant poaching.

Gila County Liveforever (Dudleya saxosa ssp. collomiae)

For this EcoQuest, we encourage you to take a moment to really look at the plants around you. What can you notice? How many different plants do you see? Are there insects or animals visiting that plant? Learn their names. By taking the time to better understand and appreciate plants, we have a better idea of how the natural world is connected and how we are part of this connection. Plant conservation starts with you, right where you are. 💚

RECOMMENDED READING: In Defense of Plants: An Exploration into the Wonder of Plants by Matt Candeias. Find the book here, or read the blog here. You can also listen to the In Defense of Plants podcast.

Observations from this EcoQuest can increase plant appreciation and visibility, learn more from a social science perspective, and better understand how we are connected to urban ecosystems.

When you upload your observation, type your praise or story in the Notes section.

On the website:

In the iPhone app:

In the Android app:


Plants People Planet: Are Humans Really Blind to Plants?

Plants People Planet: Overcoming Plant Blindness in Science, Education, and Society

USFWS: Threatened or Endangered Plants

Getting Plant Conservation Right (or Not): The Case of the United States

EcoQuests are month-long challenges that are part of the larger Metro Phoenix EcoFlora project. Learn more by visiting our website.

Look for project happenings, EcoQuest announcements and more in the newsletter, project journal and on social media.

Sign up for the newsletter, The Metro Phoenix Field Guide.

Let's be social on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Please do not observe indoor houseplants or pets.
For your own safety and the protection of plants and wildlife, do not trespass when making observations. Please follow all posted rules and guidelines in parks/preserves and do not enter private property.
Do not remove or move natural materials (plants, animals, rocks).
Respect wildlife (do not touch, feed, or disturb animals and keep a safe distance).

Observe COVID-19 Guidelines/Recommendations.
This is a great opportunity to observe and appreciate nature in our neighborhoods as we all navigate the complications of COVID-19. It is imperative that you follow COVID-19 guidelines/recommendations (wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands).

Do what’s best for you and your community.

For more COVID-19 information and guidelines, visit:

Arizona Office of Tourism: Responsible Recreation in AZ

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Промежуточные итоги проекта на конец ноября 2021 года

На конец ноября в рамках регионального проекта «Брянская область - Российская зима 2021-2022» сделано 140 наблюдений, зарегистрировано 50 видов птиц с участием 5 наблюдателей и 47 экспертов. Чаще других наблюдалась сойка.
Среди отмеченных птиц есть и "краснокнижные" виды: лебедь-шипун, гоголь, полевой лунь, воробьиный сычик, белоспинный, средний и зелёный дятлы, серый сорокопут.
Из перелётных видов птиц, задержавшихся с отлётом, отмечены большая белая и серая цапли, канюк, сизая чайка, свиязь, хохлатая чернеть, чёрный дрозд.
Информация о ходе проекта размещена на стене сообщества в ВК «Птицы Брянского леса и не только…»:

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Two Species of Flying Squirrel in Wisconsin

Ever wonder which species of flying squirrel you are seeing at your birdfeeder or looking for tips on how to differentiate the two species. We've got information for you!

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December birding

I have decided for December to try and find 100 species of birds during this month. They don’t have to be new birds. Is anyone willing to do this with me. I am also running a regular list as not every bird I find will provide me the opportunity to be photographed and recorded. I would love us as a group to find 100 - 200 species this month. I will ideally be doing daily posts about who is in the lead and what birds were found.

Happy birding

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‘Tis the Season

Postings have slowed down now that we are into the cooler weather but there is still lots to document. We have surpassed 2200 observations of over 1000 species. Some notable ones include an Elephant Water Flea, Zebra Mussels, Fishing Spiders, Common Mergansers and Trumpeter Swans, and fabulous fall fungi. Now is the time to search through your camera roll and post pictures from the summer. As long as you know the date, time and location, you can post historical shots. With the fresh snow it is an excellent time to observe animal tracks. Make sure to include a scale such as a ruler, hand or set of keys in your pictures to make them easier to identify.

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November Monthly Challenge-Results

Hey Team!
What a fabulous year for butterflies!

in the month of November we documented 7 Queens along the Hassayampa River Corridor and 3 Monarchs also within the Hassayampa River Corridor.

Most importantly we all learned how to recognize the difference between the two cousins!

Thanks every one!!and Happy Fall.

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Es el momento de ver que 3 fotos elegimos para participar en el concurso, revisa ya tus fotos, tienes hasta el día 3 de diciembre. Revisa bien y manda las fotos a
Un saludo.

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Es el momento de ver que 3 fotos elegimos para participar en el concurso, revisa ya tus fotos, tienes hasta el día 3 de diciembre. Revisa bien y manda las fotos a
Un saludo.

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109.11.11 教師研習與實地勘查 - 照片整理意外發現疑似有設校紀念碑
110.01.09 第一次工作坊 (參與: 23人) - 找到設校紀念碑及周圍竹林整理
110.02.08 後山重點路標步條標示 (會長.組長)
110.03.06 第二次工作坊 (參與: 24人) - 枯竹移除及場地整理
110.03.29 核心會議與實地勘查(校長.會長.副會長.幹事)
110.04.10 第三次工作坊 (參與: 23人) - 枯竹移除及安全範圍拉設
110.04.13 植物探查與標示牌初步設置(會長.植物學家)
110.05.08 第四次工作坊 (參與: 22人) - 安全範圍拉設及後段下山路線整理
110.05.10 行政團隊實地勘查 (參與: 25人)

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感謝 2021/11/29、2021/12/06 景文科大學生協助社區生態環境調查。

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Beginnerscursus Mossen van de Britisch society


Lucia Ruffino took advantage of some free time during the Covid-19 lockdown in Spring 2020 to put together a video for her local Record Centre. Entitled 'Introduction to Mosses and Liverworts Recording', you can watch it on the SEWBrec YouTube channel. Highly recommended for anyone new to mosses and liverworts.

Sharon Pilkington has written a series of very useful articles in Field Bryology which are particularly helpful for those starting out in bryology, although there is also much of interest to the more experienced as well. They can be found in the Field Bryology archive, but the links are also given below.


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Bryophyte Ecology is an ebook comprised of 5 volumes written by Janice Glime

Author: Janice M. Glime

Bryophyte Ecology is an ebook comprised of 5 volumes written by Janice Glime, Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University. Chapter coauthors include Irene Bisang, S. Robbert Gradstein, J. Lissner, W. J. Boelema, and D. H. Wagner. If you are a returning visitor, be sure to refresh your browser in case there have been recent updates.

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Browse the Volumes of Bryophyte Ecology:

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Bryophyte Ecology Volume 1: Physiological Ecology

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Bryophyte Ecology Volume 5: Uses

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Went out with Kevin Faccenda on a walk along Dole St. Got 55 new taxa and 56 new species (therefore at least one unique taxon was moved to species).

Which is not bad, for a walk along a main road. This is the most I've gotten since I started, in one day, I think. He was instrumental in this.

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Grasses of Oahu

I must say, almost all grasses look alike. And yet, here I'm told I have 30 species at least. Those are in bold below

So far on Oahu, 120 have been observed on iNaturalist:


Phragmites australis
Phyllostachys aurea
Phyllostachys nigra
Bambusa vulgaris
Schizostachyum glaucifolium
Chloris barbata
Chloris divaricata
Chloris gayana
Chloris radiata
Chloris virgata
Cynodon dactylon
Eleusine indica
Leptochloa fusca
Leptochloa panicea
Distichlis spicata
Dactyloctenium aegyptium
Eragrostis amabilis
Eragrostis barrelieri
Eragrostis brownii
Eragrostis cilianensis
Eragrostis ciliaris
Eragrostis grandis
Eragrostis leptostachya
Eragrostis pectinacea
Eragrostis pilosa
Eragrostis tenuifolia
Eragrostis variabilis
Sporobolus diandrus
Sporobolus elongatus
Sporobolus piliferus
Sporobolus pyramidalis
Sporobolus pyramidatus
Sporobolus virginicus
Zoysia japonica
Zoysia matrella
Isachne distichophylla
Isachne pallens
Microlaena stipoides
Andropogon glomeratus
Andropogon virginicus
Hyparrhenia rufa
Bothriochloa bladhii
Bothriochloa ischaemum
Bothriochloa laguroides
Bothriochloa pertusa
Cymbopogon citratus
Dichanthium annulatum
Dichanthium aristatum
Dichanthium sericeum
Heteropogon contortus
Themeda villosa
Coix lacryma-jobi
Eremochloa ophiuroides
Saccharum officinarum
Sorghum bicolor
Sorghum halepense
Chrysopogon aciculatus
Digitaria bicornis
Digitaria ciliaris
Digitaria eriantha
Digitaria henryi
Digitaria insularis
Digitaria radicosa
Digitaria sanguinalis
Digitaria setigera
Digitaria violascens
Echinochloa colona
Echinochloa crus-galli
Oplismenus compositus
Oplismenus hirtellus
Cenchrus agrimonioides
Cenchrus ciliaris
Cenchrus clandestinus
Cenchrus echinatus
Cenchrus polystachios
Cenchrus purpureus
Cenchrus setaceus
Cenchrus × cupreus
Dissochondrus biflorus
Setaria palmifolia
Setaria parviflora
Setaria verticillata
Setaria viridis viridis
Stenotaphrum secundatum
Dichanthelium koolauense
Eriochloa procera
Megathyrsus maximus
Megathyrsus maximus maximus
Melinis minutiflora
Melinis repens
Urochloa glumaris
Urochloa mutica
Urochloa reptans
Urochloa subquadripara
Panicum repens
Panicum torridum
Sacciolepis indica
Axonopus compressus
Axonopus fissifolius
Paspalum conjugatum
Paspalum dilatatum
Paspalum distichum
Paspalum fimbriatum
Paspalum notatum
Paspalum paniculatum
Paspalum pilosum
Paspalum scrobiculatum
Paspalum urvillei
Paspalum virgatum
Bromus catharticus
Bromus hordeaceus
Lachnagrostis filiformis
Aira caryophyllea
Vulpia myuros
Poa annua
Triticum aestivum

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December 2021: Describe your walk by adding a comment below

Each time you go out and make observations for this project, describe your walk by adding a comment to this post. Include the date, distance walked, and categories that you used for this walk.

Suggested format:
Date. Place. Distance walked today. Total distance for this project.
Brief description of the area, what you saw, what you learned, who was with you, or any other details you care to share.

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Короткий чеклист перед лекцией №9 (01.12.2021)

Короткий чеклист перед лекцией №9 (состоится 01.12.2021)

Ссылка на трансляцию лекции №9, 1 декабря, в 15:10:


  • проверьте статусы выполнения домашних заданий (все ссылки тут): ;
  • у вас должно быть корректно выполнено домашнее задание №1 (регистрация), замечания исправлены;
  • у вас должно быть выполнено домашнее задание №2 (тест по GBIF), при попадании в списки неверно ответивших, нужно послать ответ еще раз;
  • у вас должно быть выполнено домашнее задание №3 (освоение модуля массовой загрузки), если оно не выполнено, то его нужно выполнить вместе с домашним заданием №4;
  • у вас должно быть выполнено домашнее задание №4 (полевые наблюдения за пределами МКАД, минимум 5 штук) - опоздавшие делают задания №3 и №4 не обращая внимания на прописанные дедлайны;
  • вы должны отозвать свои ошибочные определения - инструкция по автоматическому поиску таких наблюдений тут: ;
  • в сумме у вас должно быть не менее 10 наблюдений, отвечающих требованиям проекта (статистика: );
  • вы должны найти себя в списке слушателей курса и проверить свою запись на корректность: ;
  • если вы не планируете выполнять домашние задания, то вам следует отписаться от МФК в личном кабинете на сайте .


Лайфхаки по выполнению домашних заданий №3 и №4 для отстающих в зимнее время:

1) Кормушки для птиц:
2) Сухие растения:
3) Кора и почки деревьев:
4) Вечнозеленые растения:

Пожалуйста, не снимайте культурные растения (растения, которые разводят в населенных пунктах).

Все ссылки на полезные ресурсы тут:

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some of you may know Katja (treegrow) here on iNat. I got inspired by a project she created, where she collects all her observations of species not seen by anyone else so far.

It's a great idea, and I think it fits very much with the idea of our iNat-Challenge-Project here, as this might inspire others to go and look for those missing species.

If you want to create one for yourself, you need to make a collection project and manually include all species names. Then you can regularly check your project and as soon as an additional observer turns up in the project overview, you can remove that taxon from the project (better check first the other's observation for a mis-ID 😉)

Here's mine:

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Отзыв ваших ошибочных определений

Уважаемые слушатели!

В ходе выполнения ваших домашних заданий №3, №4 и №5 у каждого из вас накопилось изрядное число безусловно ошибочных определений. Вам необходимо отозвать или удалить все такие определения.

Для этого перейдите по ссылке такого вида: ,

где yury_gavrik - имя пользователя. В браузерной строке поменяйте имя пользователя на свой ник, и вы перейдёте на страницу, где перечислены все наблюдения с вашими ошибочными определениями. Далее заходите в каждое такое наблюдение и отзываете (или удаляете) ваше неправильное определение, помеченное красным. В конце курса (перед зачётом) стоит проделать то же самое еще раз, поскольку ошибочные определения ещё будут всплывать.

Также время от времени вы можете пролистывать наблюдения с вашими определениями по ссылке такого вида: ,

где yury_gavrik - имя пользователя. Здесь вы можете еще раз просмотреть все наблюдения, которые вы определяли (как ваши, так и чужие) в удобном режиме модуля "Идентифицируйте".

Эта настоятельная просьба связана с тем, что я получил жалобу от кураторов iNaturalist на массовые неправильные определения от участников нашего курса в ходе выполнения домашнего задания №5. Пожалуйста, будьте предельно внимательны при его выполнении и обязательно пересмотрите лекцию №8 с пояснением этого домашнего задания. Не забывайте, главный принцип: "Не уверен - пропускай".

В качестве иллюстрации в жалобе фигурировали следующие студенты:

Ссылки для участников МФК в пятом домашнем задании регулярно ротируются, чтобы наблюдений в категории "Неизвестно" было достаточно.

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E' stato pubblicato sul sito ufficiale del progetto LifeOrchids il manuale di buone pratiche per la conservazione di orchidee selvatiche in praterie, vigneti, oliveti, noccioleti e giardini.
Il manuale è dedicato a tutti i custodi del territorio, agricoltori professionisti e non, che con entusiasmo coltivano non solo la terra ma anche il paesaggio che ci circonda. Ha l'obbiettivo di descrivere le esigenze delle orchidee e le pratiche agricole e gestionali che possono essere adottate per conservarle e consentirne la diffusione.
Scritto a sei mani da D. Barberis, G. Lombardi e M. Lonati , introduce profani e amanti delle orchidee selvatiche alle tecniche agronomiche e agli accorgimenti utilizzati dagli agricoltori e dagli appassionati.

E' possibile scaricarlo a questo link: , dove si possono trovare anche gli articoli dedicati al progetto e un libro da colorare per i più piccoli.

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Rainfall in Mmopi garden

21 Nov 21 25 mm
21 Nov 22 20 mm
21 Nov 23 5 mm
21 Nov 30 4 mm morning

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It's (Been) a Wrap!

Thanks to all who participated, and a special tiara goes out to Richard George (@parsingphase) for the most observations (57). Overall, our numbers are very much down from last year's Beaver Moon Bioblitz, Cambridge, but we had some notable observations, such as a very tardy Red-winged Blackbird and, may we say it, an abundance of turkeys, in gangs as well as some solists.

Apologies for this late wrap-up for this bioblitz, which ended at midnight on a holiday—spread the word in time for next year.

Notably this year our efforts to marry art and environmental education include a sandwiching of our Cambridge City Nature Art Challenge (CCNAC) for children and youth who live in our city between two observation events, the Beaver Moon Bioblitz Cambridge and the April City Nature Challenge. We will shortly begin accepting entries for the third annual CCNAC, with many of the artworks based on observations of species in Cambridge made here on iNaturalist. Thanks for your support—please spread the word about the CCNAC within the city.

—Cambridge Wildlife Arts (a program of Green Cambridge)

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Welcome and a note re: species list

Welcome everyone and thanks for your observations and identifications. It's great that people have recorded three vagrant species in SA waters, but there's a lingering problem with the Arctocephalus genus. I lack the expertise to separate the Long-nose fur seals from the Australian (brown) fur seals, so there is likely to be some misidentification among records here. Experts advise me that they also struggle working from photographs alone.

If anyone has a reliable way of telling one species from the other, that would be wonderful. Long-nose fur seals are far more abundant in SA. There is only one breeding colony of Australian fur seals in SA, on the Casuarina Islets off Kangaroo island's south-western tip, so an observer is far less likely to encounter A. pusillus than they are A. forsteri.

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North section - 11/30/2021

Tuesday, 9:10-11:00 no live newts, xx dead newts
I walked with Robin and Shoshi.
Weather: nice. It's been dry for a while?
Coverage: from the Jones Trailhead parking lot to the second stop sign.
Newts: I had 8 dead newts, 2 of them juveniles, all pretty dry. Robin had xx newts
Other roadkills: a few Jerusalem Crickets, a few Tylobolus millipedes, one spider.
Traffic: very quiet - 18 cars, 10 trucks, 1 motorcycle, 6 bikes, 1 electric scooter (my first sighting!), 11 pedestrians, 25 parked cars (1 car at the far parking lot).
My observations of the day -
Robin's observations of the day -
I forgot to add that to the newt observations, so at least I'll have it here - "The Midpeninsula Board Meeting regarding the ongoing newt massacre is Dec 8. Please submit your support/comments/questions about the roadkill death of 5,000 Pacific Newts per year on Alma Bridge Road here: For more info or to join Newt Patrol: "

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Changes to which species are automatically obscured in Canada

On the iNaturalist Canada Portal, the iNaturalist Canada Steering Committee has announced a change to both how the list of automatically obscured species is generated in Canada and which species are listed. The changes will come into effect December 6, 2021.

The details of these changes are posted here:

The list is available here:

If you’d like to ensure you get future updates from iNaturalist Canada, you can set your iNaturalist affiliation to iNaturalist Canada by going to Profile -> Edit account settings and profile -> Account and then choose "" from the dropdown menu.

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Thanks to Everyone & Here are our Winners!

Thank you for participating in our first MycoBlitz at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Our goal was to work together to raise awareness of the fungi at Tryon, as well as create a verifiable record of the wide and wonderful range of mycoflora here. We had over 1,100 observations and 60 observers. Thank you! With so many observations, further species identification will continue in order to improve the accuracy of species found in the park.

We appreciate everyone who followed along and submitted observations. Our winners are announced below! I’ve listed folks by iNaturalist names, so if you are a winner stop by the Nature Center this Friday-Sunday between 9am and 4pm to pick up your prizes at the front desk. Or contact me at you have any questions.

In line with our mission, we hope this opportunity inspired you to identify, cultivate or reclaim your relationship with nature in this cherished urban forest. Friends of Tryon Creek is a member-supported nonprofit that provides opportunities to learn, play, and care for Tryon Creek State Natural Area. We invite you to learn more, find upcoming events, and become a member today at

Categories and Winners

Winner: aracnosnilmot
Category: Top Research Grade Observations
Prize: Mushroom Art Print & Friends Sticker!

Winner: lindsay_the_explorer
Category: Top Observations
Prize: Mushroom Art Print & Friends Sticker!

Winner: rebecca1335
Category: Top Species
Prize: Mushroom Art Print & Friends Sticker!

Winner: tkriplean

Category: Smallest Find
Prize: Mushroom Art Enamel Pin & Friends Sticker

Winner: mthighas_morse
Category: Largest Find
Prize: Mushroom Art Enamel Pin & Friends Sticker

Winner: mcmicha
Category: Awesome Photo
Judges’ comments “low angle, nice light, great perspective”
Prize: Mushroom Art Enamel Pin & Friends Sticker

Winner: mcmicha
Category: Awesome Photo
Judges’ comments “tiny rainbow - is this even real!?”
Prize: Mushroom Art Enamel Pin & Friends Sticker

Winner: grasshoppr
Category: Awesome Photo
Judges’ comments “these guys look ancient and made out of stone – beautiful”
Prize: Mushroom Art Enamel Pin & Friends Sticker

Winner: cdominguez333
Category: Best Mushroom Selfie :)
Prize: Common Mushrooms Waterproof Field Guide & Mushroom Art Tattoo

Winner: kim_johnson_vitali
Category: Best Mushroom Selfie :)
Prize: Common Mushrooms Waterproof Field Guide & Mushroom Art Tattoo

Winner: susannem1001
Category: Best Dog selfie
Prizes: Common Mushrooms Waterproof Field Guide & Mushroom Art with Snail Sticker

Winner: ASauble
Category: Farthest from the Nature Center
Prize: Prize: Common Mushrooms Waterproof Field Guide & Mushroom Art with Snail Sticker

Winner: lauratov
Category: Closes to the Nature Center parking lot
Prize: Prize: Common Mushrooms Waterproof Field Guide & Mushroom Art with Snail Sticker

Thanks again!

  • Friends of Tryon Creek Staff

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Start log (project species number counter)

The project begins on 01 Dec 2021 with 47 species

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Like a Star: Meteorus stellatus from Japan

I have just asked for a new species to be added to the iNat universe. Meteorus stellatus is a braconid wasp with a gregarious cocoon cluster that resembles a star suspended on a thread. Please read the link for more details about this fascinating find.

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A Hazel Grouse Winter Portrait in Russia - Observation of the Week, 11/30/21

Our Observation of the Week is this Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia, Рябчик in Russian), seen in Russia by @zveroboy57!

Alexander tells me he’s been interested in nature since he was a child but has only been photographing wildlife seriously since 2013. If you check out the 500+ observations he’s posted to iNaturalist, you’ll see he’s captured many fantastic images of the animals around his home in central Russia.

And in that area, he says, Hazel Grouse are “not uncommon” and he’s often able to find them at watering holes and feeders. This species ranges throughout much of Eurasia and usually eats plants, although it also consumes insects when breeding. Measuring about 35–39 cm (14–15 in) in length, it’s one of the smaller members of the Family Phasianidae, which also contains chickens, peafowl, and pheasants.

Alexander (above, ready to photograph) joined iNaturalist just over three years ago and says “I upload to iNaturalist so that the world knows who lives in my area.”

(Google Translate was used to translate Alexander’s responses into English, and I lightly edited them for clarity.)

- Hazel grouse have a pretty high-pitched song, you can listen to it and watch some nice footage here.

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Catálogo de Fauna Silvestre

El grupo Anfibios de Sinaloa participó en el asesoramiento del Catálogo Fauna Silvestre de CIP Playa Espíritu, Escuinapa. Felicitamos a los compañeros por excelente publicación en el podrán encontrar tanto anfibios, reptiles, aves y mamíferos de esta pequeña parte del estado.

Anexamos el enlace de descarga:

Facebook e Instagram: Anfibios de Sinaloa

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Ukrainian Winter Bioblitz 2021/2022 стартує вже завтра!

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