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An ordinary place

How many species can you find in an ordinary place? This depends mostly on how close you are willing to look and how much you are willing to learn. We are lucky to have our little piece of nature in this small town, but it isn't anything special. A pond, some woods, some lawns, a planted prairie, and a small stream. Much of the area is landscaped or disturbed; many of the common species are not even native.

And yet, after a hundred or so hours of looking closely at the plants, animals and fungi living here, I am still surprised by the new and interesting things I find. There are plants I never noticed before, insects I never knew about, new dimensions in the way they interact and live together. These 25 acres have become an infinite world, measured not by area, but by the variety they contain.

Today I have reached my first milestone in exploring this world—500 different kinds of life pictured, named, and listed—but I have only begun to discover what lives in this place. Finding the next 500 species will not be as easy. I will rely more on the tools of the naturalists' trade: my insect net, identification keys, and especially a microscope. Looking closer, there are new worlds to explore and new discoveries to be made.

With so much to see and know, I am reminded, after all, that there is no ordinary place.

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Статистика по группам живых организмов с территории Железногорского района

Зелёные водоросли - Chlorophyta: 2 вида
Харофитовые водоросли - Charophyta: 2 вида
Мхи - Bryophyta: 28 видов
Печёночные мхи - Marchantiophyta: 2 вида
Плауновые - Lycopodiopsida: 4 вида
Папоротниковые - Polypodiopsida: 18 видов
Хвощёвые - Equisetidae: 8 видов
Хвойные - Pinales: 8 видов
Цветковые растения - Angiospermae: 810 видов
Грибы - Fungi (не включая леканоромицеты): 232 вида
Леканоромицеты - Lecanoromycetes: 60 видов
Простейшие - Protozoa: 7 видов
Кольчатые черви - Annelida: 5 видов
Плоские черви - Platyhelminthes: 1 вид
Моллюски - Mollusca: 40 видов
Ракообразные - Crustacea: 7 видов
Клещи - Acari: 12
Пауки - Araneae: 68 видов
Сенокосцы - Opiliones: 2 вида
Многоножки - Myriapoda: 10 видов
Насекомые - 1 045 видов
Лучепёрые рыбы - Actinopterygii: 26
Земноводные - Amphibia: 9 видов
Пресмыкающиеся - Reptilia: 7 видов
Птицы - Aves: 191 вид
Млекопитающие - Mammalia: 30 видов

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Hotspot for Scutellaria minor Huds. (Lamiaceae)

The area adjacent to the upper Wark valley is the hotspot in Luxembourg for the small lamiaceae Scutellaria minor (Lesser Skullcap). Initially the species was known to grow in the Grosbous "Haarzebruch" and "Neiwiss" bogs. But recently, since 2017, the species has been found in several other reasonably wet areas as e.g. Grosbous "Säitert", Mertzig "Bill" and "Schwaarzebur" as well as Reimberg "Buchebësch". Other occurencies in the country are only known to exist in Derenbach and in Finsterthal. Historic occurencies in Eltersmuer (Beaufort) and in the Turelbaach valley near Mertzig have not been confirmed until now.
More information: https://www.snl.lu/publications/bulletin/SNL_2018_120_031_048.pdf

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Более 100 видов орнитофауны обнаружено следующими участниками:

  1. michail_anurev03
  2. dni_catipo
  3. ev_sklyar
  4. yriysokolov73

Отдельно поздравляем лидера michail_anurev03 с его 162 видами!

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Новая планка

Поздравляем ikskyrskobl с его первой тысячей видов! Ждём новых находок!

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Заметка в "Вечерней Москве"

Газета "Вечерняя Москва" о нашем проекте на iNaturalist


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A bit about Lissachatina fulica

It turns out that Lissachatina fulica, the snail species I always encounter in fields, gardens, and even roadsides, is an African animal. True to its name, African giant snail become the only land snail species I often encounter, mostly on areas with high humidity level and lush vegetation. When I was little, I remember I took one home and fed it fish pellets. Crunch, crunch...

The species is widespread, as I saw them in areas outside Jakarta's urban area - Bogor, Legian, Yogyakarta, etc. They are so abundant that apparently, I mistook a native species (Amphidromus sp.) as a 'leucitic' variant of African giant snail.

This large snail is voracious, as I fed some of them quite recently with fresh salads, and breed like crazy (lots of hatchlings in my garden that I had to control their population to prevent them eating seedlings). But I think regardless what species, land snails remain a mild threat to my garden.

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Type Localities - Why They are Important

Every species described was first described from a specimen collected at a specific location - the Type Locality. This specimen is known as the Holotype. Over the years some Holotypes are lost and with them their collecting data, including the type location, or it was never recorded. But by and large this information is known. Just as the Holotype is the individual that represents the entire species, the Type Locality is the place where a scientist knows a specimen collected is in fact the species as originally described.

When doing a revision of a group, particularly a DNA-based phylogentic revision, having specimens from the Type Locality is incredibly important. It allows us to be sure that what we collected is in fact what we think it is and not a very similar individual. We have managed to collect a good number of specimens from type localities, which are referred to a Type Specimens. Others have come from the people at iNaturalist. By receiving specimens from people across the country we get material from areas we would never get to (or never get to at the right time).

Okanagana arboraria from Davis
O. catalina from Catalina Island (collected with a permit)
O. formosa (from Cedar Springs, Utah)
O. ornata (from Shasta, CA)
O. utahensis (from Cedar Springs, Utah)

All of these are from the type locality or very close. We have a number of others that are within 100km or less of the Type locality which is pretty darn good. It's virtually impossible to get type material for every species even when we target them, but what we have gotten is incredibly important for our research.

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Throughout the Stephen C Foster campground in the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, there are signs warning against the feeding of wildlife. These warnings are no joke. The dangers of tossing food to wildlife should now be common sense (hopefully). Feeding of wildlife such as bears and alligators causes them to associate humans with food, and that can lead to future adversarial contacts. Typically, it is the animal that eventually loses out. They have to be drugged and relocated, or even killed.
Wildlife Feeding Strictly Prohibited sign
© Photographer: William Wise | Agency: Dreamstime.com
The Savannah River Ecology Lab writes, “Don't feed alligators. This is a most important rule as feeding alligators threatens the safety of both people and animals. Providing food for these wild animals (that are naturally afraid of humans) not only makes them bolder and encourages them to seek out people, it also alters their natural diet in an unhealthy way. Feeding alligators trains them to associate humans with foods. Feeding alligators is punishable by law with fines jail time.”

For all of those reasons, I take seriously the admonition to not feed the Okefenokee wildlife… except for a couple of species. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to not feed the mosquitoes and flies! No amount of repellent seems to keep these little bloodsucking critters from feeding on your flesh if you visit the Okefenokee in late spring and summer.

Do you love the Okefenokee? Join the iNat Okefenokee Photography Project and follow the Okefenokee Photography Wordpress blog at https://okefenokee.photography/. If you have an Okefenokee blog post or journal, message me the URL through my iNat profile page and I’ll post it in this project. Thanks for contributing and for be a lover of this great piece of earth, the Okefenokee Swamp! William

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My Photo Hall of Fame

Sometimes I stumble over really extraordinary photos on iNat which apparently are hardly noticed, often they are not even IDd. This is my personal photo Hall of Fame.

1) "Good Morning, Good Mood Bug": https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/53023317 (photo by @felix_riegel).

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Colas de golondrina apareando

My brother saw this play out for about an hour or so. He had to get them out of the yard where there were 9 three month old german shepherd puppies! He said that they were able to finish as he later saw them fly by. I wish I had been there to witness this happen. I did not know that the mate for so long. This really makes them vulnerable.

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Mid-Summer 2020 Update

I've observed a grand total of 2 caterpillars. That's it. You read that right.

It's definitely hot and humid - which seems to be their favorite weather. We had a heat advisory over the weekend. I have triple the amount of leafy vine for them to eat, but where are the caterpillars?!

So, I have thought of 3 possibilities. One, the insect population has cycles that include "off" years in which the population is experiencing a decline after a previous population explosion. Cycles of nature at work. Two, there have been more birds frequenting my yard. Without a cat that is interested in frightening them off (my new cat would rather sleep all day on the cool retaining wall in the backyard), the Northern Mockingbirds have taken to landing on the trellis. There's also a tiny, brown bird who flits in and out of the bushes. He pays no attention to me in the yard and the mockingbirds could care less about my feeble attempts to scare them away. Very tolerant of human presence, these little guys are! I would guess that they fill their bellies with butterflies that attempt to lay eggs on the vines. Three, the overall population of pollinator insects is in decline all over the North American continent, and now I am seeing that here. Everywhere, people are clearing land, building houses and homesteads, putting down concrete parking lots and huge commercial buildings, and destroying the habitat that the insects rely on. People are growing lawns, which removes the flowering weeds that provide food year-round for insects. I had hoped that my home was far enough "in-the-middle-of-nowhere" (Pineywoods forest) that we would either not see this decline, or the survivors would come here for refuge.

My option of choice is number 2. A cycle of population explosions and sharp declines would mean that things are normal AND I could have the best of both worlds: caterpillars some years and delicious passionvine fruit other years.

For now, I'll tend the vines and my garden and see what happens. I suppose I could look at the interaction of stink bugs with caterpillars. The stink bugs have been attracted to the new garden plant that I am trying this year: tomatoes!

Oh! I should mention that March through June was the coronavirus/COVID-19 quarantine period. I spent an extra amount of time in the garden as a result of our voluntary lockdown. It has been expanded and includes a greater variety of edible plants. It was also a very wet spring, which allowed me to place more bamboo trellis poles in the soft ground. So, there has been an increased amount of human disturbance/presence near the vines and the new plant diversity may be attracting a greater diversity of insects and/or diseases - which could be predating on the butterflies, eggs, or larvae without my knowledge. I have to say that I have enjoyed my extra time outside in the spring weather. I am also researching local edible plants - "foraging" as it is called - as kind of a prepper hobby to go along with my "victory garden."

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National Moth Week July 18 -26 2020

This is a great global event, though it happens near the middle of winter in Botswana.
Anyway we will do our best and find out what winter-active moths there are in windy, cold Botswana !


If you are taking part please register an event for your location and make thisMoth Week truly International and put Botswana moths on the map.
@gihan @dewald2 @tuli @budbud @derekdlh @robert_taylor @modise @rianafourie @grant_reed_botswana


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2020 City Nature Challenge Geelong

My apologies for not including this information in the offical project earlier. I did send out the note below via email and include in the June edition of Geelong Naturalist so may have missed some people.

So for completeness;

T he City Nature Challenge (CNC) concluded at midnight on Sunday 3 May. Geelong’s position in relation to the 244 participating cities is reported here with a summary showing ranking and totals for a variety of categories. This year the CNC rules were amended and the activity was no longer considered a competition due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organisers proceeded with the CNC on the basis that it would provide people with an opportunity to connect with nature. One of the prime objectives of the CNC is to foster observation and recording of nature using the iNaturalist system, and this remained the case in 2020.
Despite the difficulties, and much hardship experienced in some cities, the CNC organisers reported that thousands more people participated this year compared with 2019. The total species count was up, even though total observations were 150 000 fewer than last year.
For us in Geelong, the process was very new. I thought you might wish to see how we ranked against other cities as if it were still a competition. Table 1 shows various CNC categories and our corresponding ranking on the leader board.

CNC Categories - Geelong City Ranking

Total Observations (5949) - 40
Total Verifiable Observations (5496) - 37
Total Research Observations (3740) - 26
Total Species (1384) - 30
Total Verifiable Species (1292) - 28
Total Research Species (962) - 16
Total Observers (135)- 73
Total Identifiers (266) - 58

It is clear from these relative rankings that our standing in the CNC has been exemplary! Our performance is in the top 10 percentile of participating cities for Research Grade observations for any organisation—let alone a volunteer-based nature appreciation club. This is a rewarding outcome for all participants. It reinforces our already good reputation achieved over many years through involvement in other surveys and citizen science programs. The collected biodiversity and species information will be of benefit within the community and for use by relevant local and state government authorities.
Examining the CNC tables across the 67 cities with a population between 100 000 and one million shows that Geelong ranked fourth in total observations following Chiayi (Taiwan), Gainesville (Florida) and Christchurch (New Zealand). Christchurch had been identified as a benchmark city for us in planning for the event. It is pleasing to see that we achieved—in our first year—a comparable outcome to this New Zealand city which had participated in 2019.
Geelong ranked sixth for total observations for cities within our climate region (Warm Temperate Oceanic), comprising a subset of 37 cities, and third for total species in this category. In the total species count we were just behind Christchurch and Asheville (North Carolina). However, when looking at Geelong numbers for total verifiable and research grade species we achieved the No 1 ranking. The city nature challenge climate grouping is based on the Koppen Climate Classification.
Looking to individual contributions: The six top observers for Geelong were Helen Schofield, Rod Lowther, Trevor Prowd, Lachie Forbes, Naomi Wells and Jeff Dagg.
The six top local identifiers were Lorraine Phelan, Helen Schofield, Beth Ross, Graham Possingham, Marilyn Hewish and Naomi Wells.
Overall, it was a great effort from all our observers and identifiers. While the CNC was not a formal competition, I would nevertheless like to acknowledge the immense contribution Helen Schofield and Lorraine Phelan made to Geelong’s success, and feel it right and justifiable that they jointly share the title ‘Geelong CNC 2020 Champion Naturalist’.
Acknowledgements: 18 webinars were held prior to, and during, the CNC with more than 80 people attending at least one session giving a total of 242 attendees across all sessions. The webinars covered iNaturalist familiarisation, plus nature information presentations. These presentations were recorded and made available for viewing via our Facebook page. There were 94 viewings online as of Monday 18 May. Thanks to those involved in these information sessions.
Thanks to presenters Thomas Mesaglio for ‘Beachcombing for all occasions’; Guy Dutson for ‘Frogs and reptiles of the Geelong region’; Peter Crowcroft for his presentation and demonstration on ‘Mothing at home’; and Bernie and Barry Lingham for their excellent ‘Hints on photographing and identifying plants’ talk. These webinars were all very well attended and generated much interest and discussion in preparation for the CNC.
Thanks to Jenny Possingham in preparing and making available her informative guide on ‘Mobile phone photography’. The presentation was available for public viewing on the CNC Facebook page and received over 100 views.

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More than Eight

The winner of our Week 4 challenge 'More than Eight' is Simon Ong (@simono). Simon is an entomologist living in Kununurra in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. His entry included a crab, shrimp and sea slater (below) that he photographed while on a trip to Cape Domett - a remote but popular fishing spot five hours from town, down a dirt track.

© simono

For the Week 6 challenge we're asking you to build a native bee hotel. Why not have a go? As well as helping our native bees, you will increase your chances of seeing them in your garden and will be in the running to win a $30 Snowgum voucher and Bush Blitz cap! Visit the Bush Blitz website for further details.

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June 2020 EcoQuest Results

You all put forth an amazing effort to document Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)! You safely explored your neighborhoods and helped us see where this beautiful tree is living. The overall observations of Desert Willow in metro Phoenix increased from 30 to 161, and it was found in places it hadn't been observed before. Way to go!

Without further ado, here are the results! Drumroll...

Most Observations:
@laurasteger : 47
@thegardenhound : 23
@stevejones : 12
@rebeccaberry : 10
@joniward : 8

Final Counts:
Observations: 131
Observers: 22
Identifiers: 12

Great work citizen scientists!

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Thank You!

Wow! Everyone is doing an amazing job taking photos and collecting valuable data on what is out there. A big BIG thanks goes out to all those who have participated, whether you are taking photos, suggesting ID’s, or both, your effort is appreciated.

Thanks to all of you we have a total of 171 observations so far and we’ve documented 121 different species on our shorelines. All of you have helped in tremendous ways and we want to give a special thanks to some of our top observers!

Top Observers

  • mossytoes - 44 observations
  • stevenrcolson - 23 observations
  • lyleander - 18 observations

Another special thanks goes out to our top identifiers!

Top Identifiers

  • phelsumas4life
  • jimbreezely
  • estehr

Without help to identify some of the species’ iNaturalist can’t identify, and for some of the trickier ones, the project wouldn’t have the same success. So to all of you who are helping with identifications...thank you!

It’s been fun to see what everyone has observed. Below are just a few of the observations our community has posted.

Photos (left to right)

  1. lennea, Northern Kelp Crab
  2. dominicmoceri, sculpin sp.
  3. stevenrcolson, Nuttall's Cockle

We encourage you to also take a peek at the main project page to check out the rest of the observations, there is some pretty great stuff!

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Thank you!

Everyone is doing an amazing job taking photos and collecting valuable data on what is out there. A big BIG thanks goes out to all those who have participated, whether you are taking photos, suggesting ID’s, or both, your effort is appreciated.

We currently have a total of 31 observations, and we've documented 27 different species on our shorelines.

All of you have helped in tremendous ways and we want to give a special thanks to our top observer!

Top Observer

  • shoh with 25 observations

Another special thanks goes out to our top identifiers!

Top Identifiers

  • pointrond
  • resources
  • hazelgrouse4

Without help to identify some of the species iNaturalist can’t identify, and for some of the trickier ones, the project wouldn’t have the same success. So to all of you who are helping with identifications...thank you!

It’s been fun to see what everyone has observed. Below are just a few of the observations our community has posted.

Photos (left to right)

  1. kaylener, True Limipts
  2. pgypsy, Pale Swallowtail
  3. shoh, Japanese False Clam

We encourage you to also take a peek at the main project page to check out the rest of the observations, there is some pretty great stuff! And we would love many more observations, so please get out there and start observing!

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Observation of the Week 2015-09-29

Fyn Kynd’s close-up of a Calico Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis elisa) has been selected as iNaturalist’s Observation of the Week.

Fyn (@fyn_kynd), an eighth grader from Searsmont, Maine, found this female specimen along the edge of a swamp on Hog Island, located in Muscongus Bay, Maine. He made the picture during the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens Camp, sponsored by the Audubon Society.

When asked about his interests, the homeschooled 14-year-old said, “My favorite subjects are photography and anything in nature, whether it's mountain biking, swimming, or getting up at dawn to see migrating birds, I love it all.”

A birder at heart, Fyn says his “second loves” are butterflies and dragonflies. He’s been a nature photographer for about three years.

“I use a Canon 7D with a 400mm f/5.6 lens for my bird and dragonfly shots where I sometimes use an extension tube to let me get a little closer to my subjects,” said Fyn. “For macro I use a 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens with extension tubes.”

Celithemis elisa belongs to the order Odonata, which is divided into two suborders, Anisoptera (dragonflies) and Zygoptera (damselflies). There are approximately 407 odonate species represented in North America and >5000 worldwide.

Commonly called Pennants, Celithemis is a genus of 8 species, all native to eastern North America, where they primarily inhabit riparian ecosystems.

Because dragonflies depend on freshwater, a very at-risk ecosystem, they are often good environmental quality indicators. Dr. Viola Clausnitzer, a scientist with the IUCN’s Dragonfly Specialist Group studies dragonfly populations and their role in freshwater conservation efforts. She calls them “guardians of the watershed.”

Citizen Scientists: Keep exploring. Keep sharing.

Maybe your discovery will become an iNaturalist Observation of the Week!

By Matthew Monte

Hey, iNaturalists! See something that blows your mind? Click ‘Add to favorites’ so it can be considered for the Observation of the Week!
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Observation of the Week 2015-09-22

iNaturalist is pleased to announced the launch of our Observation of the Week program! Our first Observation of the Week comes from Pavel Kirilov (@pavelkirilov), a biology and chemistry teacher from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Kirilov, who is also a macrophotographer, made this picture of a Ladybird Beetle in Mexico City near the National Autonomous University of Mexico campus, where he found it in the grooved bark of an oak tree.
The Ladybird family, Coccinellidae, is a beetle family with over 5,000 described species found worldwide.
“Since childhood I've been fascinated with nature, especially with bugs, and always dreamed of tropical places,” said Kirilov. “Back when I was growing up, places like Borneo or Mexico seemed like different worlds. Not only were they far away, but travel outside the Soviet Union was restricted back then. Fortunately, that went away in the 1990s.”
Kirilov’s observation was made while out walking a pair of Tibetan Mastiffs that were straining against their leashes, which made stopping to photograph the <10 mm Ladybird specimen with his Nikon D90 and SB 900 flash all the more challenging.

Citizen Scientists: Keep exploring. Keep sharing.

Maybe your discovery will become an iNaturalist Observation of the Week!

By Matthew Monte

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Dont forget to post a picture of a flying animal! The animal does not have to be in flight when you are taking the picture. This week we will be talking about and taking picture of pollinators.


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11 000 наблюдений

и новые достижения:

  • 1 000 наблюдений за 16 дней, 1450 видов (+ 44), 333 наблюдателя. Хорошие успехи - наша общая коллекция крымской флоры пополняется на около 100 видов в месяц!

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Eastern Box Turtle


Box turtles are a common species of terrestrial turtle that are prevalent throughout North America with six subspecies. One of the six subspecies, the Eastern box turtle, has a range that spans the entirety of the east coast: from Maine to Florida and as far west as the Great Lakes in Michigan, (source: Eastern box turtle). As depicted in the photo, Eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) have a recognizable dome-shaped shell that is patterned with yellow and brown splotches. In addition to a patterned shell, Eastern box turtles have orange scales on their legs and neck that are beneficial in camouflaging among detritus in the forest. Eastern box turtles also have a noticeable hooked upper jaw with a significant overbite. Eastern box turtles are opportunistic omnivores. Generally, they are carnivorous at a young age and feed on Earthworms and other invertebrates, but switch to a more herbivorous diet by the time they reach maturity, (source: Eastern box turtle). Female Eastern box turtles are generally distinguished from males by their orange irises (as seen in the photo) and flat or slight conex under-shells (plastons) (source: Box Turtle) The conservation status of these turtles is marked at ‘vulnerable’ as a result of loss of their habitat due to suburban development and their popularity in foriegn markets, (source: Eastern box turtle).
This particular turtle specimen (a female Eastern box turtle) was spotted in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania, which is a suburban neighborhood located eight miles outside of the city of Pittsburgh. Aspinwall is situated in close proximity to the Allegheny river and boosts a new riverfront park with reclaimed “greenspace.” When I captured this photo, the turtle was located in a grassy area bordering an asphalt parking lot. Due to the close proximity of the river, it is likely that the soil was a mixture of sand loam and other detritus material, (source: Soil) . Eastern box turtles typically mate between May and October and create 4 inch deep nests to lay eggs (between one and eleven eggs per nest) in sunny sites (source: Box Turtle). It is plausible that this female turtle may have been seeking a site to nest and was left undisturbed as the area was safe from any imminent danger.

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Angolan House Snake Revision (Boaedon)

A recent revision of the Angolan Boaedon describes 3 new species (B. bocagei , B. branchi and B. fradei), re-validates B. variegatus, assigns B. lineatus var.
to B. variegatus, and elevates B. mentalis to full species status.

The paper also includes a dichotomous key for the identification of these species. Features important in this key include: subcaudal scale, venter pigmentation, midbody scale rows, head scales (top of head), length and thickness of white dorsolateral stripes, chin scales (underside of head), supralabials entering orbit (side of head), body markings, pigmentation of the lower 2-3 dorsal scale rows (so lots of diagnostic photographs will be necessary).

"Figure 2. Confirmed records of Boaedon species in Angola. Orange dots: Boaedon bocagei sp. nov.; Orange star: Boaedon bocagei sp. nov. Type Locality; Blue dots: Boaedon fradei sp. nov.; Blue star: Boaedon fradei sp. nov. Type Locality; Yellow dots: Boaedon branchi sp. nov.; Yellow star: Boaedon branchi sp. nov. Type Locality; Purple dots: Boaedon olivaceus; Red dots: Boaedon virgatus; Green dots: Boaedon fuliginosus; Pink dots: Boaedon mentalis; Brown dots: Boaedon variegatum; Brown star: Boaedon variegatum Type Locality; Black dots: Boaedon angolensis; White star: Boaedon angolensis "

Read the full article here:
Hallermann, J., Ceríaco, L.M., Schmitz, A., Ernst, R., Conradie, W., Verburgt, L., Marques, M.P. and Bauer, A.M., 2020. A review of the Angolan House snakes, genus Boaedon Duméril, Bibron and Duméril (1854)(Serpentes: Lamprophiidae), with description of three new species in the Boaedon fuliginosus (Boie, 1827) species complex. African Journal of Herpetology, pp.1-50.

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Make observations…earn prizes…help conservation! / Ajoutez des observations… gagnez des prix… aidez la conservation des espèces!

It’s a win/win for you and for conservation! By being a member of this project and uploading verifiable observations (with photo/sound and location) or helping identify species between July 15 and October 31, 2020, you are instantly eligible to win prizes including CWF buffs, bucket hats and smart phone camera lens kits to help you get that perfect shot. You can also earn prizes during the contest period for reaching milestones of 300, 750 and 1000 verifiable observations.

There will be a monthly prize based on a random draw, but the more observations or identifications you have, the better your odds. And everyone is eligible for the grand prize draw which includes a beautiful Robert Bateman canvas, CWF magazine subscription and more! Read the contest rules here for more information.

We want to reward you for making a difference in conservation and helping CWF track biodiversity across Canada. Thank you for being a part of Observation Nation. Have fun exploring!


Des bénéfices pour vous ET pour la conservation! En tant que membre de ce projet, chaque observation vérifiable (avec photo/son et lieu) que vous enregistrez, ou chaque espèce que vous identifiez, le tout entre le 15 juillet et de 31 octobre 2020, vous rend instantanément admissible au concours : vous courrez alors la chance de gagner des prix tels que des cache-cou multifonctionnels et des chapeaux de pêche de la FCF, ainsi que des ensembles d’objectifs pour téléphones intelligents qui vous permettront de prendre la photo parfaite! Vous pouvez également gagner un prix pendant la période du concours lorsque vous franchissez ces étapes : 300, 750 et 1000 observations vérifiables.

Il y aura un prix mensuel choisi lors d’un tirage au sort, mais plus vous avez d’observations ou d’identifications, plus vos chances augmentent. Et tous les participants seront admissibles au grand prix : une giclée sur toile de Robert Bateman, un abonnement à une revue de la FCF et plus! Consultez le règlement du concours ici pour plus de renseignements.

Nous tenons à vous récompenser pour le rôle important que vous jouez pour la conservation, en aidant la FCF à suivre la biodiversité partout au Canada. Merci d’être membre des BioObservateurs. Amusez-vous bien en explorant!

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Join the Vermont Moth Blitz During National Moth Week July 18-26

National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. Held worldwide every July, National Moth Week offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a citizen scientist and contribute information about moths. You can help map moth species distribution. Just find a moth, snap a photo, and add it to the Vermont Moth Blitz project on iNaturalist!

How many species can we find during moth week?

Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them. Check out this short introduction on how to start mothing. It's easy and fun!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of both professional and amateur Lepidopterists, since the 1995 landmark publication Moths and Butterflies of Vermont: A Faunal Checklist, over 400 new moth species have been found in Vermont. Preliminary results show us that there are now 1,903 species of moths known from Vermont. And, there are likely more awaiting our discovery.

Since 2013, professional biologists and naturalists have contributed moth observations to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. Many of us turn on special lights in our backyards on summer nights to find hundreds of moths and other insects gathering on our sheets, hunt fields and forest for day-flying moths, and place rotten fruit bait out to attract other moths. Many of these moths can be identified from good photographs (although some are impossible without examination under a microscope). With today’s amazing digital photography technology, coupled with the newer Peterson’s Field Guide to Northeastern Moths and web sites like iNaturalist, BugGuideMoth Photographers Group, or Moths of Eastern North America Facebook Group, moth watching (aka mothing) has become increasingly popular.

Moth watchers have added more than 100 new species to the Vermont faunal list via iNaturalist and have documented over 1,450 species across the state. What’s even more amazing is that together we’ve recorded over 60,000 moth observations, which help us understand their phenology, habitat use and range in Vermont like never before.

Discover and share which moths are flying in your neighborhood during National Moth Week!

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1000 видов растений!

Друзья, поздравляю с круглой цифрой!
Мы сфотографировали 1000 видов растений. Много это или не очень? В публикации М. Князева с соавторами 2019
года для Свердловской области указано 1715 видов, кроме них еще есть межвидовые гибриды, вместе с которыми
набирается примерно 1734 вида (может немного больше). Таким образом, мы выявили 58% флоры региона.
Лето в самом разгаре, надеюсь, еще найдем много интересных новых видов!



Количество видов в области

Количество видов в проекте

% обнаруженных видов


Lycopodiopsida - плауновые





Polypodiopsida - папоротниковые





Pinopsida - хвойные





Liliopsida - однодольные





Poaceae - мятликовые





Cyperaceae - осоковые





Juncaceae - ситниковые





Orchidaceae - орхидные





Liliaceae - лилейные





Magnoliopsida - двудольные





Asteraceae - астровые





Rosaceae -розоцветные





Brassicaceae - капустовые





Fabaceae - бобовые





Caryophyllaceae - гвоздиковые





Ranunculaceae - лютиковые





Lamiaceae - яснотковые





Salicaceae - ивовые





Violaceae - фиалковые










Список использованных источников:
Князев М.С., Золотарёва Н.В., Подгаевская Е.Н., Третьякова А.С., Куликов П.В. Конспект флоры Свердловской
области. Часть I: Споровые и голосеменные растения. Фиторазнообразие Восточной Европы. 2016. Т. 10, № 4. С.
Князев М.С., Третьякова А.С., Подгаевская Е.Н., Золотарёва Н.В., Куликов П.В. Конспект флоры Свердловской
области. Часть II: Однодольные растения. Фиторазнообразие Восточной Европы. 2017. Т. 11, № 3. С. 4–107.
Князев М.С., Третьякова А.С., Подгаевская Е.Н., Золотарёва Н.В., Куликов П.В. Конспект флоры Свердловской
области. Часть IV: Двудольные растения (Empetraceae - Drosseraceae). Фиторазнообразие Восточной Европы. 2019.
Т. 13, № 2. С. 130–196.
Князев М.С., Чкалов А.В., Третьякова А.С., Золотарёва Н.В., Подгаевская Е.Н., Пакина Д.В., Куликов П.В.
Конспект флоры Свердловской области. Часть V: Двудольные растения (Rosaceae). Фиторазнообразие Восточной
Европы. 2019. Т. 13, № 4. С. 305–352.
Князев М.С., Третьякова А.С., Подгаевская Е.Н., Золотарева Н.В. Конспект сосудистых растений Свердловской
области как этап к подготовке создания «Флоры Урала» // Инновации и традиции в современной ботанике: Тезисы
докладов Всерос. науч. конф. с междунар. участием. СПб.: Ботанический институт им. В.Л. Комарова РАН, 2019. С.
Куликов П.В., Золотарева Н.В., Подгаевская Е.Н. Эндемичные растения Урала во флоре

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Welcome to Coastal Mountains Land Trust Preserves

Hello everyone and welcome to our project page! Thanks to those of you who attended our tutorial webinar yesterday and thank you to the others who were already a part of this project before hand! I look forward to seeing all the great observations you upload! For those of you who weren't at the webinar here are the main points:

We want to encourage the usage of our Preserves this summer so we will be offering prizes to the highest observer in our preserves as well as possible prizes for the most unique or interesting species found! Enjoy iNaturalist while you're out hiking and remember to log your miles at coastalmountains.org/trails

In addition to using the app, we may have additional volunteer and community activities for those of you wishing for a more active role in conservation with Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Please message me if you are interested and you could help us scout our trails for damage and more!

I would love for this community to become an active one so feel free to comment on any post or message me at any time with questions! I will try to pull together weekly discussion posts and if enough people are interested then I can throw in some really interesting stuff!

Hope to see you all out there!

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Changes to Quality Grade 2015-08-14

We recently changed the way our quality grades work: instead of just "casual" and "Research" grades, we now have "Research," "Needs ID," and "Casual." Here's what they mean:

  • Research:
    Just like before an observation must have media, coordinates, a date, and pass quality metrics, but now the community ID must be finer than family.

  • Needs ID:
    Any observation that could become "Research" grade but needs more identifications.

  • Casual:
    Any observation that cannot become "Research" grade.

The only exception is that observations stay in "Needs ID" until they get a community ID at species or lower unless they get voted out of "Needs ID" using the Data Quality Assessment. Here’s a flowchart that... might not help:

Here's a more narrative example: if you add a blank observation it will be considered "Casual." If you add a photo, coordinates, and a date, it will become "Needs ID." If two people identify it as "Order Lepidoptera" it will still be "Needs ID" because the community ID is at the order level. If ten people identify it as a Monarch Butterfly, it will become "Research" grade because the community ID has shifted to the species level.

And another example: you add an observation of a bird. It has coordinates, a date, an identification, and a photo, but the photo is really blurry. The observation is at "Needs ID" because it could become "Research" grade if the community IDs it to species. However, someone comes in and votes "No" on "Still Needs ID?" because they think the photo is too blurry for anyone to be able to go further than Class Aves, which shifts the quality grade to "Casual."

The most significant changes here are the narrower definition of "Research" grade that excludes coarsely identified observations, and the shift away from requesting ID help to assuming that every observation that could become "Research" grade needs ID help. We're leaving in the "ID Please!" checkboxes for now, though their only effect is to vote "yes" on "Still needs ID?" when a user is updating their own observation.

We've also added the ability to mark observations as reviewed. This is really a feature for hardcore identifiers who want to be able to filter out observations they've looked at but could not identify:

Observations that you’ve identified or created yourself are automatically marked as reviewed.

The upshot of all this is that you can now browse observations that need IDs and you haven’t already checked out like this: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations?reviewed=false&quality_grade=needs_id. We’ve also updated http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/id_please with these changes, though we’ll probably be replacing that with something better soon.

Why We're Doing This

These changes stem from some extensive discussions in our Google Group and within the iNat team:

Basically, we're trying to accommodate the opinions of many dedicated members of the community that observations with coarse IDs should not be shared with our data partners, and that the community should decide what does and doesn't need to be identified rather than the observers. We're also trying to make it a bit more clear that one of the goals of the site is moving observations toward "Research" grade status, i.e. creating accurate and precisely-identified biodiversity observations.

There was a lot of discussion<

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Just about to 10,000 observations!

Hi Project PorchLight contributors!
As tired as I'm sure we all are of seeing graphs depicting ever-increasing bad news metrics, be they COVID-19 cases, record-breaking heat waves, or number of Zoom meetings we've participated in since March, we will be hitting a major milestone in terms of total observations contributed by you all just in time to kick off National Moth Week in the U.S. While I can't figure out how to get the graph into this post, the increasing curve is a familiar one, so I'll just focus on that target of 10,000 observations (and then on to 15,000)!
As we approach this milestone and the midpoint of this "summer of stuckness", and as we celebrate the diversity of species drawn to our lights, please remember to turn off those lights as safety allows so those critters can get back to providing all the vital ecosystem services we rely upon, and so that they can find the food or mates that can help them survive into the future!
Thanks, as always, for your observations!
Be well and Shine On!

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