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Funding, Infrastructure costs, Images on Amazon

Thanks for your thoughtful consideration of the kinds of nonprofits you support.

For the last three years, iNaturalist has been almost entirely grant funded from individual philanthropists (many with a long history of philanthropy through the California Academy of Sciences), the National Geographic Society, foundations such as the Moore Foundation, and tech companies such as Microsoft through their tAI for Earth initiative, and Google through their tGeo for Good initiative. We also have some project-based funding like the funds we received from the World Wildlife Fund to develop Seek 2.0.

While individual donations from the iNaturalist community currently constitute a small percentage of our overall revenue, we’d love to see that percentage grow. The more sustaining donors we have, the less time we and the development team at CAS have to spend wondering how to meet the next year’s budget requirements.

As a department of the California Academy of Sciences, 15% of additional funds we bring in go toward overhead for CalAcademy, and this includes individual donations. In addition to financial support, they provide office space, legal services, accounting, communications support, and other functions, so the overhead is a way that iNaturalist pays into those costs shared across the institution. The remaining 85% stays within the department to cover staff and operational expenses, like paying Discourse to host this forum, or paying Amazon for image hosting.

The single largest expense for iNaturalist is personnel. iNaturalist has 8 full-time staff in the USA (6 in the Bay Area, 2 remote on the East Coast) and one contractor.

For the CalAcademy fiscal year July 2018 - June 2019, iNaturalist spent $174,000 on infrastructure and miscellaneous expenses. These are the non-personnel related expenses. Like almost everything else about iNaturalist (e.g. users, data, traffic)—except the number of staff— these costs are almost doubling each year.

Donating to iNaturalist 1 (or not) is of course a personal choice. We hope this helps inform your decision. We understand that users have different means and appreciate all of the many ways that people support iNaturalist, financial or otherwise.

Ingresado el 16 de noviembre de 2019 por ahospers ahospers | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Making Observations

Hi Folks,

Just a heads up that this weekend would be the best time to make your observations. You need 10 observations of sufficient quality that the plants can be identified. You cannot use an unidentified observation in your table of results. i am just concerned that people might only make 10 observations, and then have to go back out and make some more at the last minute.
I posted a number of iNaturalist tutorials in the instructions for the iNaturalist Group Project, it might be a good idea to review these before heading out into the filed.
Best tip, take 3 photos of different features of the plant; leaf, how the leaves attach to the stem, and one of the whole plant; shrub, vine, tree, flower.
I will make some observations this week and upload them to the project as a guide.
Don't agree with the suggested identifications from iNaturalist, unless you can identify the plant to species level.
Finally, collaborating with team mates should be done through Canvas, rather than through iNaturalist.

have fun.

Ingresado el 16 de noviembre de 2019 por barry_thomson barry_thomson | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Those black bears you see in Southern California, this is how they arrived

Original source: https://www.sbsun.com/2019/01/07/those-black-bears-you-see-in-southern-california-this-is-how-they-arrived/amp/

It may be surprising or even a little disappointing, but the iconic black bears that roam wild in the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains didn’t arrive there in ancient times through a process of natural migration, but instead they arrived in 1933, in crates, in the back of trucks.

The importation of black bears was the brainchild of J. Dale Gentry, chairman of the California Fish and Game Commission from 1931 to 1934. Gentry was also a wealthy and sometimes eccentric San Bernardino businessman, best known for his ownership of the California Hotel. As an avid sportsman, Gentry believed that reintroducing bears to the local mountains would benefit the ecosystem and boost tourism.

Before the arrival of humans, grizzly bears were the unopposed monarchs of the area mountains. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the grizzly bear population was the likely reason that black bears did not naturally inhabit the area.

The California grizzly’s habitat began shrinking in the late 1800s when the state’s human population began to expand. The grizzly’s potentially ferocious nature ultimately led to their rapid extermination. The last grizzly in Southern California was killed in 1916, in Tujunga Canyon near Sunland. The last one in the state was killed in August 1922, in Tulare County.

Gentry’s transplantation plan came to fruition in October 1933, when the Fish and Game Commission captured six black bears in Yosemite, and released them in the Santa Ana River Canyon, near Seven Oaks, about 6 miles south of Big Bear Lake.

Gentry announced that more bears would be released over time, and that they would not be a danger to the local wildlife. “They will not harm deer or any other game,” he said. “They are not to be confused with the ferocious grizzly, as the black bear is of an entirely different species.” Gentry must have felt he had personal expertise in the subject, since he owned a young black bear that was given to him by a Shasta County game warden.

The Fish and Game Commission released six more black bears into the San Bernardino Mountains on Nov. 14, 1933. The release of these animals was captured on film. Six black bears had been released in the San Gabriel Mountains near Crystal Lake a few days earlier.

The total number of bears released into the local mountains as part of Gentry’s transplant program ranges from 18 to 34.

On Nov. 17, 1933, one of the recently released bears was sighted in Cucamonga, ambling across the intersection of Archibald Avenue and McKinley Street, where Cucamonga Elementary School now sits. The oblivious bear caused quite a commotion and frightened a group of children on their way to school before it disappeared into an orange grove. Outraged parents quickly contacted commissioner Gentry and demanded he “come pick up his pet.”

The defiant Gentry responded in the Nov. 18, 1933, issue of the San Bernardino Sun, “I don’t see why people are so worried about these bears. They wouldn’t harm anyone.”

On Nov. 20, the Cucamonga bear was cornered in a eucalyptus tree in Ontario, where it kept game wardens at bay for two days. The bear had reportedly been sampling the local bee hives before it scampered up the tree. When the bear finally came down, it was captured, and returned to its original release site in the Big Bear area.

The renegade Cucamonga-Ontario bear had traveled at least 50 miles in just over two weeks, clearly demonstrating the extensive range the animals can cover. Just a few days earlier, another black bear was found on a power pole in Yucaipa.

Sightings of “Gentry’s bears” became frequent, and some residents of mountain and foothill communities grew increasingly angry about the “ferocious beasts” that had been released.

The biggest uproar over Gentry’s bears came in June 1934, when two of the animals were shot and killed after raiding outdoor refrigerators in Wrightwood. One of the bears was killed by William Bristol, a well-known author, rancher, and owner of Wrightwood’s Acorn Lodge. The other bear was brought down with a .22 caliber rifle by Clyde Steele, also a Wrightwood lodge owner.

Gentry asked the district attorney in San Bernardino to bring charges against both men for illegally shooting the bears.

Rarely had two men of such resolve and unique character like Gentry and Bristol tangled in San Bernardino courts, and the newspapers carried extensive coverage of the bear killing case. On July 20, 1933, a jury found Steele not guilty of the bear crime, and a few days later, the district attorney dropped the charges against Bristol.

In December 1933, Gov. Frank F. Merriam asked Gentry to step down from his position of State Fish and Game commissioner. While there was no direct mention of the bear escapades being the cause of the dismissal, there was little doubt the string of misadventures played a major role in the governor’s request.

You can call it misguided, unfortunate, or brilliant, but there’s no question that Gentry’s unusual transplant experiment accounts for a significant portion of the wild bears that roam the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains today.

Mark Landis is a freelance writer. He can be reached at historyinca@yahoo.com.

Ingresado el 16 de noviembre de 2019 por jessicawest jessicawest | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Panther Scat

The Panther that was killed in a vehicle collision in Martin County, Florida, near Indiantown on 11.02.19, was closer to "my normal hiking range" than I expected it to be. I did see a Panther here in (western) Palm Beach County back in circa 1987 and I occasionally look for them in Collier County, Florida. Writing this I did find out one fitting the description of the one killed, was captured on several Trail Cameras in western PBC.

On 11.13.19, I hiked the Grove Trail in Jones/Hungryland and I came out on Indiantown Road and walked that 1/4 mile on the road before heading north again (because I spent most of the morning on an unpopular trail that was overgrown). Unknowing of the incident, I was right near that spot where the Panther got killed. I photographed some larger than usual scat than what I normally see and shared it with a Facebook friend, Carmel Severson. She said, it could be, but size is important, what were the measurements of the scat? Length of stool segment & width. Quick lesson: diameter of scat will be approximately 1.25 - 1.5" thick. The segments within the stool will be short & tend to tip at the tail end. Color will vary depending on prey & portion of prey eaten & freshness of stool.

I thought about throwing on the ground my wooden 6 inch ruler, but wrestling brushes and not even halfway yet, I was lazy.

I asked her if anyone tests scat? She said, I can contact FWC, and ask for the Panther Team Vet or Biologist - to test the scat sample. Collecting use gloves. Parasites are transmissible. Call them to check collection protocols/ how they want it contained. Usually plastic or a glass sealed container, if bagged, double bag & paper. Then she sent a later comment, more on puma poo - the string or cord is usually segmented, however, it can have a ropelike appearance. You may find a pile of segments which have broken into several chunks. The cord can be 5 - 9.5" long, but the diameter is over an inch usually 1.25 to 1.5". Black, brown or whitish grey. The older scat will be whitish. Scat after organ meats will be darker & more, runny. The richer the meat the likelihood of mushy stool. Often in the drier well formed scat you can see lots of hair & bone debris. Occasionally they will eat grass, so that will show also. Puma (meat-eater) scat tends to be quiet pungent especially when fresh.

Ingresado el 16 de noviembre de 2019 por arthur-windsor arthur-windsor | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Fallen Trees are Time Capsules

Dinosaurs did not inhabit Florida, therefore there are not any Dinosaur bones here, but since the state has been submerged under the Ocean multiple times due to Glaciers melting and freezing, there is an enormous amount of evidence of this history just about everywhere you look. Shells that are millions of years old can found everywhere, and yesterday I can across a huge fallen tree with a massive root system. The round part of the root system that was now vertical, was above my head, and was caked with shells. I saw this again earlier in the week at another location, this time with a Palm Tree; almost nothing but shells. Could they have been Indian Mounds? I suppose, but I witness this so much and the ground here in South Florida has visible shells all over, I doubt most of this I encounter are piles of shells discarded from Indians. I do scrap away some of the outer clinging shells when I find a fallen tree, in hopes of finding something interesting, but always find more shells.

Ingresado el 16 de noviembre de 2019 por arthur-windsor arthur-windsor | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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United States joins Nature and Plastic!

A warm welcome to the United States who joined Nature and Plastic this week! Many thanks to @biohexx1 for setting up the US Marine and Terrestrial projects. Already seeing some incredible, but sad observations.

White-tailed deer with a plastic jug caught on its antlers: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/15122458

Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle trapped in fishing line:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24641

Ingresado el 16 de noviembre de 2019 por jacqui-nz jacqui-nz | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Searching for resightings of Two-Banded Plovers (Charadrius falklandicus) within Argentina!

Dear Birders & Photographers:

I am searching for resighting records (photos) from banded adults of Two-Banded Plovers as part of a banding program I am working on since 2016. Most of the plovers banded are from the northeast of Chubut Province, Patagonia Argentina.

If you have further questions, please contact me by:
email at glenda_hevia@yahoo.com.ar or my Instagram @glen_checita

You can read more info of the work done with this species on the ResearchGate web:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenda_Denise_Hevia
or also at the Facebook plover page: www.facebook.com/chorlodoblecollar

I appreciate in advance any information!

Kind regards,

Glenda

Ingresado el 16 de noviembre de 2019 por glendadenisehevia glendadenisehevia | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Native Bee Talk at the NAT

Don't miss the native bee talk at the NAT on Monday night 11/18!! Get your ticket at the link below:

https://www.sdnhm.org/calendar/public-programs/nattalks-and-films/

Ingresado el 15 de noviembre de 2019 por patsimpson2000 patsimpson2000 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Μεταφέρθηκε όλη η βάση δεδομένων για τα έτη 2018-2019.

Μεταφέραμε εδώ όλη την βάση δεδομένων από το πρόγραμμα καταγραφής των μεδουσών μέσα από τα κοινωνικά δίκτυα εδώ στο inaturalist, ώστε να συνεχιστεί εδώ το πρόγραμμα.

Ingresado el 15 de noviembre de 2019 por ctaklis ctaklis | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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A Walk Around Campus 11/10/2019

On Sunday as a break I decided to take a walk down to the reservoir. While walking down from my dorm on upper I was lucky and was able to see the group of six turkeys that frequent that part of campus. They were walking around very close to the sidewalk and did not seem very bothered by the amount of students walking close by. As I continued walking I decided to cut through the small park by the Plex. While walking I did not see much animal life, but all of a sudden saw a chipmunk scuttle across some leaves. If I hadn't been very observant I would have completely missed it, and it was really interesting seeing it in such a habitat that it was able to camouflage. I kept walking and came to the Reservoir. I was able to see the swans, mallards, and geese that share the water. Finally as I headed back up to my dorm I decided to take the "scenic" route back and to avoid the stairs walked along Beacon Street. As I walked past the backyard area of the dorms I saw several squirrels that enjoy the oak trees there. They were close by to where the turkeys were, and neither species bothered the other. It was interesting observing as all of these animals were preparing for winter, gathering food and feasting while they can.

Ingresado el 15 de noviembre de 2019 por maggiekleahy maggiekleahy | 7 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Swift libraries remove Restkit, the third-party library

I agree that it’s a bummer when features are pulled, but please understand that I did this for a very good reason. iOS 13 deprecated a number of older developer libraries, and the third-party library we were using to do multi-photo selection was hit hard. It was causing significant amounts of instability, crashes in the app in unpredictable ways, etc. In order to bring multi-photo selection back, I’m either going to have to re-implement that whole library, or find a new third-party library. Both will take time, and are further complicated by the fact that we can’t use Swift libraries in the iOS app right now, since one of the other third-party libraries we’re using (RestKit) won’t compile with Swift. I’ve been working on removing this problematic library for a while now, but it’s slow going because we use it a ton.

So my plan is to keep working to remove Restkit, the third-party library that won’t compile with Swift, so that in the future I’ll be able to choose from the vast menu of Swift libraries that do camera/photo library picker stuff, with lots of support for multi-photo selection.

Ingresado el 15 de noviembre de 2019 por ahospers ahospers | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Verifying our records

Just a reminder that athough the Big Forest Find events have now ended we still need your help.

As we start to look in detail at the data we’re really keen to try to increase the number of records to Research Grade, for Bedgebury there is still around 38% of to be verified.

Let's see if we can get more up to research grade before the end of the year when the final figures are taken for the project.

You can start verifying here: Verify Bedgebury Pinetum Big Forest Find

Good luck!

Ingresado el 15 de noviembre de 2019 por dylanfc dylanfc | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Нужен точный kml-файл границ Санкт-Петербурга

Всем привет!

На небольшом личном опыте выявлены проблемы с нашим шейп-файлом Санкт-Петербурга, который в iNaturalist лежит под названием Gorod Sankt-Peterburg, RU. В него, к сожалению, не входит местами узкая приморская полоса, из-за чего пара сотен приморских наблюдений не попала в проект "Флора Санкт-Петербурга".

Временно я наложил на него сверху старый (и совершенно неточный) шейп из базы iNaturalist по умолчанию, который называется City of St. Petersburg, RU. Он включает не только побережье и острова, но и большие куски Ленинградской области, что тоже плохо.

Если кто-то готов аккуратно поправить шейп Gorod Sankt-Peterburg, RU, я его вышлю и перезалью на портал. Пишите!

Ingresado el 15 de noviembre de 2019 por apseregin apseregin | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Rhinoclemmys Observation

A very interesting observation was posted by @maddicowen this week. The first iNaturalist record of a painted wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima; subspecies not distinguishable) in California was reported this week in Los Angeles.

The animal is definitely a released pet. While not particularly common in the pet trade, this species is definitely available to the exotic animal hobbyist, and they do show up in pet stores on occasion. This species contains four recognized subspecies (including the nominate) and ranges from the state of Sonora, Mexico, to Costa Rica.

This record puts the number of iNaturalist observed introduced California turtles and tortoises to 29 (however, likely 28 given the only loggerhead report is under speculation at present).

A very interesting piece of data indeed!

This has been the first Introduced Turtles of California news post, check back for more!

Ingresado el 15 de noviembre de 2019 por protostega123 protostega123 | 1 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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1,450 species!

Not too long after my previous note in September, announcing our collective PorchLighters' observations creeping up on the 1,000 species mark, I took a peek at the count and we were deep into the 1,200's. Not even a chance to pop a cork to celebrate the Millennial Species Count before it was, as they say, old news. A special "hats off" to (or perhaps, given the context, let's shine a light on) jollygoodyellow (https://www.inaturalist.org/people/jollygoodyellow) for her observations lifting us up and well-over that "millestone" (Latin pun, not typo).
As of today (14 November, 2019), we have 6,230 observations tagged to Project PorchLight (thanks, mercí, gracias, obrigado, zikomo, תודה! to all of you for your contributions!). 2,717 of those are considered "Research Grade" (which is pretty amazing, I have to say). But that also means that even more- 3,506, in fact- are still in need of identification, so please reach out to people within your respective networks or colleagues that might be able to spend some of their northern hemisphere "downtime" helping identify those observations still needing ID'd so your observations are able to be considered "Research Grade", shunted over to the GBIF database to contribute a bit more directly to science and conservation.
Shine on!
Stan

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9k+ observations

We are currently at 9,717 observations. Thank you to everyone for continuing to photograph Mammals here in Oregon. 10k is just around the corner. Maybe even 10.5k.

Ingresado el 15 de noviembre de 2019 por chrisleearm chrisleearm | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Advice for recorders of Patella depressa on iNaturalist & (in Britain) iRecord.

[Note that iNaturalist 'Research Grade' records from Britain are automatically passed to iRecord where they are assessed by accredited verifiers before being passed to NBN maps. On the P. depressa map at https://species.nbnatlas.org/species/NHMSYS0021056395 the real distribution is that of the crowded dots. The scattered dots are incorrect. The Marine Recorder of Concholgical Society of GB & Ireland and I are working to get them removed.]
Dear Recorder,
The shell of Patella vulgata is very often as low as on P. depressa, and is very frequently mistaken for it in Britain and Ireland. If yours is a dead, fresh shell, please remove loose debris and position it carefully to take 3 views, as at https://flic.kr/p/2hKbikx . A single exterior view is very unlikely to be sufficient for verification.

Records for P. depressa will only be accepted on iRecord with an image that shows some or all of these features:
1) dark brown/black foot (insufficient alone as P. vulgata sometimes as dark).
2) chalky white, opaque pallial tentacles around periphery (best seen when attached to glass in water, as on left of https://flic.kr/p/2hKbikx )
3) chalky white marks near tips of ribs on interior (may be lost by erosion).
4) apex of shell offset towards anterior (insufficient alone as applies also to P. ulyssiponensis).
5) interior colouring (often helpful, but not always because of wide variation).

Records claimed anywhere in Ireland, or out of area in Britain and northern Europe, as demonstrated by the map and caption at https://flic.kr/p/BewPND , require 1 & 2 for acceptance, as such records would change the understanding of this species. For full details please read the account at https://flic.kr/s/aHskokisge .

Because P. depressa is apparently one of the commonest limpet species in southern Europe there seems to be a tendency on iNaturalist for records of any limpet there to be identified by some recorders as it by default.
P. ullyssiponensis, P. vulgata and P. rustica are all widespread in Galicia. Southwards, they are joined by other limpet-form species, such as Siphonaria pectinata. Many of these may be mistaken for P. depressa when only a single exterior image is shown. In such cases, the generalised suggestion of ‘Patellogastropoda’ is likely (though S. pectinata is not in that subclass).
For Atlantic coasts of Iberia, a useful aid is Trigo et al. 2018. Guia de los Moluscos Marinos de Galicia.

Ingresado el 14 de noviembre de 2019 por morddyn morddyn | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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2000 Observations

On 2019-11-05, I posted my 2000th observations, of a Shaggy Mane mushroom I found at Lagarde d’Apt in the French Provence, Alpes Cote d’Azur, on October 30th.
I put in a geek hour and ran the stats on the second batch of a thousand, just as when I had posted my first 1,000 observations (https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/andreacala/25683-1000-observations-some-stats).

The big differences:
1. Time spent on iNat:
0001-1000: 447 days / 64 weeks / nearly 15 months.
1001-2000: 134 days / 19 weeks / 4 months and a week.

2. Focus on insects and their relationships with plants:
0001-1000: Insects - 109 obs of 71 species; Plants - 98 obs of 90 species.
1001-2000: Insects - 391 obs of 169 species; Plants - 227 obs of 174 species.

3. Butterflies! 2019 was a great year for that.
0001-1000: 36 observations of 19 butterfly species.
1001-2000: 184 observations of 36 butterfly species.

In my first year on iNat, I focused on wildlife I can observe around my house and also spent a lot of time in the King Gillette Ranch area. In the second year I was nearly exclusively exploring the burn scar of the Woolsey Fire, which was the first fire I had experienced first hand, including evacuation etc. I contributed nearly 800 observations to https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/woolsey-fire-wildlife-and-plants, a 365 days project to document losses and recovery from the fire. But this had a slow start for me: For about three months after the fire, I was holed up at home, and had to deal with the trauma, stress, sadness, and fear I had experienced. But as soon as I was able to face the devastation around me, I started to explore how nature dealt with it.

Comparing the first and second 1000 obs, percentages of Research Grade observations of the various kinds of wildlife are pretty similar. Birds, Mammals, Reptiles fared really well, Spiders, Funghi, Plants and Insects could use more identifiers.


1001-2000 Species All obs RG obs % 0001-1000
RG percentage
Birds 110 248 246 99% 157 species / 644 obs 100%
Amphibians 4 9 9 100% 3 / 8 100%
Reptiles 5 11 11 100% 6 / 20 95%
Mammals 14 35 33 94% 15 / 68 97%
Fishes 8
11 10 90% 7 / 7 57%
Mollusks 8 8 8 100% 7 / 7 85%
Arachnids 13 22 13 59% 5 / 10 60%
Insects 169 391 328 84% 71 / 109
83%
Plants 174 227 164 72% 90 / 98 71%
Funghi 19 28 17 61% 2 / 2 50%
protozoans 0 0
unknown 0 0
Overall 434 1000 846 85% 380 species / 1000 obs 933 obs / 93%



Some more data points:
331 identifiers, and counting.

105 observations of 71 invasive species
24 observations of 13 threatened species

775 observations of 407 species in L.A. County
84 observations of 73 species in Ventura County
106 observations of 77 species in Germany
35 observations of 33 species in France

Europe: 141 obs / 107 species / need ID: 15 obs - 11%
USA: 859 obs / 431 species / need ID: 137 obs - 16%

(The Western European iNat community is very responsive and helpful, which makes iNatting while traveling there a blast. Thank you, Danke and Merci to all.)

Most observed:
16 Northern White-Skipper
13 Orange Sulphur and Acmon Blue
12 Common Buckeye and Lorquin’s Admiral
10 Gray Hairstreak and Cabbage White
9 Monarch and Checkered White
8 RT Hawk

212 Butterflies and Moths observations of 55 species
184 Butterflies observations of 36 species - 3 need ID
15 Bumble Bees observations of 9 species

1 banded bird (a W Gull who I reported to USGS who were able to trace it).

18 popular observations, most popular with two stars of a Western Fence Lizard on a burned tree trunk

Ingresado el 14 de noviembre de 2019 por andreacala andreacala | 1 observaciones | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Update

During the 2018-2019 newt migration season, we recorded 4,887 newt roadkill victims along with 69 individuals of other species. To date, no mitigations have been put in place, other than the SCC Road Dept. installing eight "Newt Crossing" signs. Therefore, we can probably expect similar road mortality numbers for the upcoming migration season, which will probably commence within two weeks. It's unknown how many newts live in the mountains above Lexington Reservoir. I believe this population is in danger of extermination. How many years can it survive this high mortality rate?

Progress Report:
A dedicated group of professionals is still trying to identify the most appropriate mitigation(s) for the newt mortality on Alma Bridge Rd. and gain funding for the project. The group includes people from the following agencies: UC Davis Road Ecology Dept, Santa Clara County (SCC) Parks & Recreation, (SCC) Roads Dept., Audubon Society, Sierra Club, CA Fish & Wildlife Dept, and Western Ecological Research Center (USGS).

In April, 2019, Dr. Fraser Shilling, UCD Road Ecology Dept., submitted a grant proposal to the CA Wildlife Conservation Board, but without luck. There were too many worthy causes vying for limited funds. He'll try again this coming year.

Volunteers Needed:
The above professionals want to continue to monitor the newt mortality on Alma Bridge Rd. during the upcoming 2019-2020 migration season in order to establish a baseline that can be used to determine the efficacy of any mitigations put in place. I cannot continue this work because I'm currently battling an aggressive cancer. Therefore, I'm asking for volunteers who might be interested in continuing the work @merav and I started last season.

To give you an idea of the amount of work required:
Timeframe: mid-November through mid-April
Frequency: twice per week
Total data collection days: 52
Length of road: 4.1 miles
Observations & photos submitted to iNaturalist: >5,000

Obviously, if more people are involved, the less work for each individual. Meanwhile, if you're hiking in the Lexington Reservoir area, please record any roadkill you come across in the iNaturalist database.

Ingresado el 14 de noviembre de 2019 por truthseqr truthseqr | 15 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Unbelievable amount of green still out there

A 6-mile walk home from the "Y" (HWY50/SR89) and through Washoe Meadows State Park yesterday yielded a bunch of green-leaved plants. Hard to believe considering we're in the middle of November! Although I found the Oregon Grape in town, the other four specimens were all located in a boggy section of the state park.

Then, the following day (11/14/19), I hiked up Mount Tallac and just above Cathedral Lake I found Lace Lip Fern and Bridges Cliffbrake still growing.

Although I'm posting somewhat redundant observations, mostly I'm doing it as a record of how late in the season I'm still able to find living/lush specimens.

Ingresado el 14 de noviembre de 2019 por jaredmanninen jaredmanninen | 8 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Новый сезон "Сибирской зимы"

Друзья, новый сезон "Сибирской зимы" открыт!

Актуальное положение (для тех, кому актуально) можно скачать по ссылке - https://cloud.mail.ru/public/5zhq/cyG9XqJZC.
Всем - успешных наблюдений, посмотрим, кто станет самым везучим в ноябре. :)

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Mystery Frog in White River

Several years ago Ninda Baptsita discovered a species of Leaf-folding frog (Afrixalus spp.) in a pond near Swartfontein, White River which looked like an Afrixalus fornasini but with the two dorsal stripes divided in the posterior part.

This could be a new species!

All budding herpetologists are encouraged to try to collect a live specimen of the frog or tadpole during the Wessa Bioblitz Challenge 2019.

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MEDICINAL PLANT WISH LIST

1. Ximenia caffra (Sour plum)
2. Warburgia salutaris (Pepperbark)
3. Dichrostachys cinerea (Sickle bush)
4. Ziziphus murcronata (Buffalo thorn)
5. Pterocarpus angolensis (Wild-teak)
6. Peltophorum africanum (African-wattle)
7. Euclea divinorum (Magic guarri)
8. Cassia abbreviata (Sjambok pod)
9. Eucomis autumnalis (Pineapple flower)
10. Hypoxis hemerocallidea (African-potato)
11. Manilkara mochisia (Lowveld milkberry)
12. Bridelia micrantha (Mitzeeri)
13. Eucomis authumnalis (Pineapple flower)
14. Lippia javanica (Fever tea)
15. Ocimum incanum (Wild basil)
16. Siphonochilus aetheopicus (Wild Ginger)
17.. Artemisia afra (African wormwood)
18. Afzelia quanzensis (Pod-mahogany)
19. Flueggea virosa (White-berry bush)
20. Rauvolfia caffra (Quinine-tree)

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Australasian Fishes findings: June - October 2019

Australasian Fishes continues to grow, with 149 new members and about 70 observations being added daily from June until the end of October. The table shows some of the interesting observations that were uploaded during this period.

A selection of recent discoveries:

Total observation summary:
Subject Number of observations
Range extension / first record 146
Diet / feeding 30
Parasite / fungus 29
New species / newly described     12
Colour pattern 30
Damage / injuries 29
Courtship / reproduction 34
Request for photo / data, used for science / publication 16
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Akrotiri and Dhekelia - iNaturalist World Tour

We're in Akrotiri and Dhekelia for the 143rd stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. Akrotiri and Dhekelia are British bases on the island of Cyprus. The top 10 observers are @jurga_li, @qgroom, @bogmyrtle, @giuseppecsi, @purperlibel, @flucy, @raven0151, @ischnura, @nicolajarvis, and @torillomo.


There was a peak in observations per month during February 2019.


The top 5 identifiers are @o_pescotto, @qgroom, @sammyboy2059, @esant, and @purperlibel.


What can we do to get more people in Akrotiri and Dhekelia using iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below.

@jurga_li @qgroom @bogmyrtle @giuseppecsi @purperlibel @flucy @raven0151 @o_pescotto @sammyboy2059 @esant

We’ll be back tomorrow in the Seychelles!

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UPDATE: Hong Kong Social Unrest

Dear Participants and School Representatives,

Firstly, thank you so much for all of your work in mobilising your students, staff and communities for the HKISCNC, especially with the current social unrest.

While we would like your students and staff to still be a part of the identification process, we understand that your schools are having to make tough decisions regarding staying open or closed and we sympathise with the stress that you all must be going through. With this in mind, we will extend the ID period deadline to 6pm, Friday 22nd November but will consider more alternatives if needed.

For all of you iNaturalist Identifiers out there, THANK YOU SO MUCH. We appreciate every single one of your efforts and I'm sure you have made a positive impression to many of our participants.

As you may know, the current political and social unrest has now limited our volunteers and students' capacity to be fully involved in the HKISCNC and this has affected our ability to offer IDs to our observations. We are trying to manage this as best we can yet we would appreciate your continued assistance especially up until our new deadline.

Thanks everyone and stay safe.

Cheers!
Shaun

@hkmoths @portioid @cosmophasis @rajibmaulick @thui @morimami @robotpie @johnallcock @barthelemy @juhakinnunen @sunwenhao90 @ritafoo @sunnetchan @cynthiayau @aither @wongun @aru @johnascher @stephenmatthews @holly_lee @sethmiller @oryzias @borisb @gancw1 @ccllaw @charliev @fishtse @anilamanalil @edanko @briangooding @kokaho @wkcheng71 @depamine @hugoto @garyckk @techieoldfox @firos_ak @peterslingsby @karimhaddad @chanddgreen @manojsamuelgrg @yutam @shellfishgene @lincolndurey @taewoo @yuetfungling @jsclough @tom-kirschey-nabu @bonds @rwalker7102 @jennahm @andrewhardacre @samuelho @sk2 @tommyswift @mathewwan @xoni @kokhuitan @pihlaviita @vitalfranz @kevin_siyuan @tyh34 @walterma123 @daniel7787 @eekb @hecate @kemper @biobank-lantauhk @psyllidhipster @adamwang @kevinlaurie @jimw3 @entomokot @treegrow @john8 @kevin474 @yixianshuiesuan @fagushayata @poonpoon @greg3ph @hokoonwong @hollythefrog @chudamanikashyap @maractwin @rasbora @pasteurng @huang @ericching @bobbyfingers @caltonlaw @birdnerdnariman @louisayip @yuet71 @alisonnorthup @treefong @susanna_h @naturalist10547 @alex_cicindela_guy @jwidness @choess @hoiling @lisa_bennett @ongzi @thomas517 @huzi0131 @loarie @ineni @cuora1 @yoyo_ksn @janho @wingcarrie @hfb @jkfoon @pdfuenteb @rob-westerduijn @joe_fish @sswroom @tozi @jeffreyleeisanaturalist @shuanda @lfseec @cherrycheung @phelsumas4life @ida11 @lky_6 @ngtszyan @hoyat_hoi @etang @maxallen @faifaifai @kamfunglai @claasdamken @ginsengandsoon @ivanllam @nagabhushanjyothi @oxalismtp @pierotoni10 @hormiguel @cullin @granticadubia @wolfgang_wuster @mrfish33 @babyblublu @kaysonlo @lagwan @alexiz @kevinho @chris971 @jiangyou @dhobern @yanny3 @frank_arroyo @holis @sonelson2003 @joecheung @reasonelaine @susanhewitt @jasonrgrant @paulballuff @sterling @wingsau @user4321 @artois @choisum @maggisuen54 @mikegigliotti @wildcreatures @kachuncheung @glmory @tlaloc27 @calvinleung1226 @lek @alsion @theo_damen @myelaphus @vicfazio3 @stevenw12339 @joycesiu @dkavanaugh @ferox_formicae @bugman1388 @carmenor @dendrohk @marcelfinlay @danielvogt @rogerlaw @zoeyc2001 @d_kluza @kfbg_jinlong @leaf1234 @tiwane @sheenachung @raymkd @berkshirenaturalist @nzshells @naufalurfi @alexisbourgeois @shelley_b @nathantaylor @brandonwoo @zanklon @catherine2 @matthewkwan @russgray @papilionoidea @lulce @psweet @chan_siu_yuen @aniruddha_singhamahapatra @mmulqueen @cliygh-and-mia @calebcam @andyhknature @napoleon1799 @mazancourt @mwtreftig @jonathan142 @raphaelysan @vsoror @tszsumtse @kestrel @lhiggins @aztekium_tutor @oxalismtp @dickson825 @jasonrgrant @ongzi @twong @wai2 @cynthiayau @shellfishgene @kokaho @nathantaylor @lisa_bennett @chudamanikashyap @juhakinnunen @hkmoths @ccllaw @wojciech @alexiz @choess @theo_damen @johnallcock @stephenmatthews @holis @kevin_siyuan @hfb @sedgequeen @barthelemy @sunwenhao90 @ponerinecat @lincolndurey @peterslingsby @treefong @ritafoo @danaleeling @aither @lotteryd @gancw1 @kevin474 @pdfuenteb @eduard_garin @barbaraparris @tsemaverick @neontetraploid @jsclough @pasteurng @jennifer785 @plants_and_pottery @rajibmaulick @kc1lqm @garyckk @chris971 @johnascher @wkcheng71 @chauyl @mwtreftig @wongun @elliotgreiner @star3 @milkweedguy @jwidness @nicklambert @biologynerd @thui @twan3253 @lkaf @mc1991 @alisonnorthup @sunnetchan @greg3ph @amzamz

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Plastic debris from tyres and synthetic fabrics are a major source of ocean pollution

2017 BBC News article by Helen Briggs.

"Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Our daily activities, such as washing clothes and driving, significantly contribute to the pollution choking our oceans, with potentially disastrous effects on the rich diversity of life within them, and on human health."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39042655

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Drivers beware: It’s deer mating season.

Caltrans crews had to remove several dead deer along Interstate 80 in the Auburn area over Veterans Day weekend.

"That becomes a dangerous animal at some point when the mating season comes upon us, which is pretty much right now," said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy.

https://fox40.com/2019/11/12/drivers-beware-its-deer-mating-season/amp/

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BIGHORN SHEEP SPOTTED NEAR ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK.

Rod Lagace said he's known for awhile when the bighorns come down from the mountains, normally between October and the next rain.

https://www.cbs8.com/amp/article/life/animals/bighorn-sheep-spotted-near-anza-borrego-state-park/509-b181b66e-bced-4131-9af6-d3ce127f65d6

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Aprendiendo a Naturalistear

Amigos!
Es un gusto estar con Ustedes participando!
Me da mucha emoción ver como empiezan a observar con mas detalle el mundo natural.

Este es un medio para estar comunicados!

Saludos

Carlos Aztekium Velazco

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