Butterfly observations at Sinhagad valley Pune 19.01.2020

Today 19.01.2020 once again I decided to visit Sinhagad valley. So based on last Sunday's experience I had my breakfast at home with family 😊 and left for valley around 9:30 am. I was lucky enough to get a direct share auto from Nanded City main gate to Sinhagad Paytha. I reached around 10:15 am.
As my stomach was already full so didn't waste any time and directly went to the valley. On the way I peeped in the garden where we had spotted the Peacock Royal last week, but it wasn't seen today morning. It seems Royal's arrive in the afternoon only 😊.

It was a normal sunny day today and not that cool so the butterflies had already started their routine work of basking and nectaring.
Today my observation started with a hedge blue. And slowly all the common species were seen around.
A huge patch of the Lantana plant which is seen in the farms in the valley is the main attraction for these butterflies. the grass yellows, Emigrants, Pansy's, Tigers and few Rare buddies can be spotted on this plant. The Lantana plant flowers is a good nectaring for the butterflies as well as few birds too.

There are few patches of farmland in the valley. In the last week we had spotted few butterfly species in the farms but today the scene was different. The farmers have started ploughing their farms and getting ready for the Rabi season due to which the tiny flowering plants/weeds have been removed from the farm. So few blue family butterflies were not spotted in this patch.
Today i was lucky to spot a new species - Abnormal Silverline.
I had visited the stream also where i spotted mud pudding activities too. I managed to see the Common Nawab today but unfortunately it had become a prey to the Indian Paradise Flycatcher bird.

Following is my list of today's butterfly observations at Sinhagad Valley Pune.
1. Common grass yellow
2. Common Jezebel
3. Common Mormon
4. Common Crow
5. Daniad eggfly (M&F)
6. Plain tiger
7. Stripped Tiger
8. Blue tiger
9. Glassy Tiger
10. Common emigrant
11. Mottled Emigrant
12. Zebra blue
13. Common Pierrot
14. Common castor
15. Common Rose
16. Skipper
17. Lemon pansy
18. Chocolate pansy
19. Grey pansy
20. Blue Pansy
21. Common Sailer
22. Common Cerulean
23. Common gull
24. Common Hedge blue
25. Common Fivering
26. Forget-me-not
27. Grass Demon
28. Common Nawab (killed)
29. Tiny grass blue
30. Wanderer
31. Peacock Royal
32. Dark Cerulean
33. Spotless grass yellow
34. Tailed Jay
35. Common Leopard
36. Painted Lady
37. Common evening brown
38. Great Eggfly
39. Slate Flash
40. Silverstreak blue - Male and female
41. Abnormal Silverline (new species)

All these observations will be uploaded on INAT within a day or two.

Pavan Damoor
Nature and Butterfly Lover, Pune

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Update 19-Jan-20

18 new Baltic amber inclusions were added to iNaturalist in December 2019. Note that identifications are provisional - any help that can be provided to refine/correct the identifications would be greatly appreciated!

BA386-A: Aphid (Aphidomorpha)
BA387-A: Non-biting midge (Chironomidae)
BA388-A: Fungus gnat (Mycetophilidae)
BA389-A: Non-biting midge (Chironomidae)
BA390-A: Possible mite (Acari)
BA391-A: Humpbacked fly (Phoridae)
BA392-A: Wasp (Hymenoptera)
BA393-A: Fly (Brachycera)
BA394-A: Long-legged fly (Dolichopodidae)
BA394-B: Midge (Sciaroidea)
BA394-C: Gnat (Sciaroidea)
BA395-A: Midge (Sciaroidea)
BA395-B: Midge (Sciaroidea)
BA395-C: Stellate hairs and organic matter (Tracheophyta)
BA396-A: Non-biting midge (Chironomidae)
BA397-A: Fungus gnat (Mycetophilidae)
BA397-B: Stellate hairs (Tracheophyta)
BA398-A: Predatory fungus gnat (Macrocerinae)

If you have any comments on the identifications uploaded so far, please update iNaturalist accordingly!

Thank you!

Further inclusions are planned to be uploaded this month.


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South/Aldercroft side - 1/18/2020

10:33am - 12:22pm
Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to stop sign.
Weather: Chilly, partly cloudy, had rained significantly (1.35") 2 days before.
Rainfall: MTD 1.72in, YTD 14.071in (per
Vehicles: 19
Bikes: 13 - One said "save the newts!" as they went by, so the bikers are getting to know us.
Pedestrians: 1

65 dead newts, several fresh
1 live newt, moving in the direction of the reservoir
No other dead critters
15 turkeys
A cluster of lovely, pale purple mushrooms

I was on the south side, but saw/heard the rowing club/class/whatever go by in the reservoir.

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Gilbert Riparian Preserve

After seeing many interesting iNaturalist observations from the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, I paid it a visit today with my progeny @ejones17. It shares parking facilities with the Gilbert Library. We got there before the library opened and the parking lots were completely full. We were lucky to happen upon a car leaving and took its space within seconds of it clearing. Bit of a human zoo, but a large, spread-out facility with many lovely trails. Not much happening botanically, though the place is thick with Lycium fremontii which were beginning to bloom. It is an eBird hotspot, with 306 species (and 106 other taxa) known from the area. I didn't run an eBird checklist, being too busy taking photos. I added a few species to my life list. It's most definitely a place worth visiting if you find yourself in the area.

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Beetles and fire kill dozens of ‘indestructible’ giant sequoia trees.

Deadly interaction between insects, drought and fire damage have forced California’s park officials to trigger climate crisis plans intended for the 2050s.

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Nalle Bunny Run 2020-01-18

Only three folks joined me this morning for the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. What was originally forecasted to be a cold and rainy morning turned out to be beautiful: a little foggy at first, then cloudy and in the 60s with no wind and the sun peeking out a few times. We found 23 species of birds and here are some highlights.

A mixed species songbird flock appeared before we left the parking area and we spent a few minutes watching a couple Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a Blue-headed Vireo, and listening to Carolina Wrens and Black-crested Titmice. Carolina Wrens were one of the most numerous birds this morning and we never saw one. We only heard their songs and calls.

By the spring we found this neat yellow fungus growing on a dead juniper trunk. Its common name is Witch's Butter and I'm hoping to learn more about it from folks here on iNaturalist:

Witch's Butter Fungus

Birds were active but pretty difficult to see until we got down to the sandy prairie area by the lake. There it was easier to pick out some Northern Cardinals, a couple Yellow-rumped Warblers, House Finches, a single Ring-billed Gull flying over, and this beautiful American Kestrel perched on the fence line. That fuzzy vertical line is one of the cables making up the Pennybacker Bridge over Lake Austin:

American Kestrel

We heard plenty of Carolina Wrens but still never saw one!

On our way back up the hill from the sandy prairie we spent some time enjoying the waterfall. While we were there a mixed-species foraging flock arrived and it was great fun to finally get some good looks at Carolina Chickadees and Black-crested Titmice. An Orange-crowned Warbler also appeared.

Following the path through the western half of the preserve, bird activity was a little lower. But we enjoyed seeing some neat plants like Anacua Tree, Kidneywood, Brasil, and Blackjack Oak. Yaupon Holly full of bright red berries was all over the place, and I took this photo of one holly bush when the sun briefly came out:

Yaupon Holly

Almost back at the gate we spotted and watched an Eastern Phoebe looking for insects.

Here's our complete bird list on eBird.

And attached are my iNaturalist observations.

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AL Vascular Plant collection stats

As of 1/18/2020, Tracheophyta, Alabama only

77564 total observations
64100 observations identified to species level
3753 species observed in total (cf 4219 total in APA checklist)
221 families observed (cf 233 in APA)

4472 observers

observations per user:
5251 adiamond
2562 howardhorne
1593 kommissar
1503 alabamaplants
1256 herp
1156 friel
1006 karenandphillip
997 jbroadhead
951 larry14
873 johntrent
859 wildflowersuz
754 bama_botany
688 ked0013
673 passiflora
632 peggeesoo
625 haczech
614 michaelezell
577 kbakkegard
560 ivoryrussell
553 rogerbirkhead
546 reallifeecology
525 maryshew
487 stevewhite
460 joanrundles
439 jmcalpin

species observed:
adiamond 1831
howardhorne 1682
kommissar 768
johntrent 706
alabamaplants 694
bama_botany 540
larry14 475
friel 465
karenandphillip 460
jbroadhead 450
wildflowersuz 407
joanrundles 366
passiflora 361
herp 361
kbakkegard 359
ivoryrussell 355
peggeesoo 353
reallifeecology 345
maryshew 337
rogerbirkhead 335
michaelezell 333
stevewhite 318
haczech 310
ked0013 299
destes 282
hansecj 278
jmcalpin 275
pgthompson 245

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A Rocha Brooksdale Biodiversity Project kick-off!

Welcome to the A Rocha Canada Brooksdale Biodiversity Project. Here we hope to catalogue the biodiversity at Brooksdale Environmental Centre and share records among team members, volunteers, and visitors. This project can also include biodiversity observations from A Rocha-related activities within the broader Little Campbell River watershed, such as bird walks, habitat restoration activities, or species surveys. All are welcome and encouraged to contribute observations of any taxa (birds, mammals, fish, plants, fungi, insects, slime molds - you name it).

This project also kicks off a larger A Rocha Canada umbrella project, which will encompass the A Rocha Brooksdale Biodiversity Project along with projects from other ARC hubs, such as Cedar Haven Eco-Centre (ON), the Boreal Ecology Centre (MB), and Northern BC. Our hope is to encourage friendly competition among hubs to catalogue as many species as possible on the pieces of land that we collectively steward across Canada.

Why did we chose iNaturalist as a platform for storing our biodiversity records? iNaturalist contributes "research grade" observations to global databases (such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility). Here at Brooksdale we are blessed with the task of stewarding an amazing property within the Little Campbell River watershed, and by recording the biodiversity present here on iNaturalist we can contribute to scientific research and conservation worldwide. iNaturalist also provides a user-friendly platform that makes it easy to submit and share records among team members, building a sense of community both here at Brooksdale and also across Canada. For example, a farmer working in the fields can quickly submit (via smart phone) a geo-referenced observation of a toad in the kale patch that can automatically contribute to the science team's Western Toad monitoring program.

Finally, we hope to encourage all those we work with to know and understand our place through keeping a close eye on the creatures who share it with us.

Happy naturalizing!

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Projet Flore 74

Les observations vont bon train. L’application est facile et rapide d’utilisation. Il faut dire aussi que ce mois de janvier est clément et ensoleillé. Je n’ai jamais vu d’herbe aussi verte et autant de fleurs en un début d’hiver. Aujourd'hui on pouvait bien voir dans les haies, à côté des chatons, les fleurs femelles des noisetiers. En plus de mes observations, j’ai démarré le projet d’illustrer la flore de la Haute-Savoie. Les filtres que j’ai mis en place sont : des observations de 2020, limitées à la botanique (règnes Plantae et Fungi), sur le territoire du département. Personnellement j’en suis à 65 espèces, le projet à 92 observations et 78 espèces grâce aux contributions de 8 autres observateurs. Je pense qu’avec le printemps puis les fleurs d’alpage cet été, les champignons à l’automne, cela va donner un beau panorama de la biodiversité végétale de cette partie des Alpes.

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Nature Nova Scotia's Big Tree Project

This iNaturalist project is part of the effort by Nature N.S. to create a database of the largest trees of all native species that grow in the province. The project started in 2005 and has collected about 60 tree measurements before this iNaturalist project was created. The ( webpage has information on tree measurement as well as all the tree data and pictures for those large trees.

The NatureNS project was an addition to the Nova Scotia Forest Technician's Association ( selection of the annual biggest tree contest.

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Calling all iNaturalists - the City Nature Challenge 2020 is April 24-27!

Welcome to the 3rd year of the City Nature Challenge: Lower Rio Grande Valley. We've increased our observation and species numbers each year - it'd be awesome to continue that streak! To do that, we'll need everybody we can to help explore our four counties and add observations from April 24 - 27 (but they can be uploaded and identified through May 3).

All observations are welcome! We do ask that if you make observations of captive or cultivated organisms, please mark them as such. However, documenting wild organisms is especially encouraged. Knowing when and where wild organisms occur is an important step in making urban ecology FOR cities; using ecological information to help inform decision-making for a more sustainable future.

I'm tagging some of our top observers for the region below. If I've forgotten someone you think would like to be included, please tag them as well.

This is the global website from the California Academy of Sciences and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County:

And here is the the Texas Parks and Wildlife site:

I hope you’ll join in the adventure to whatever degree you want to or can – every effort is wonderful and appreciated. Feel free to share your thoughts/concerns/ideas in the comments. See you out there!

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BioBlitz results!

Thanks everyone for joining the Alum Rock winter BioBlitz (even though it was so cold!). We got pretty good coverage of the eastern part of the park, with some groups exploring the creek area, documenting many insect larvae and the woodland fauna and flora, and another group exploring the Rim Trail, getting a bit more sun, and also some awesome slime molds, a scorpion, and even a Sharp-tailed Snake!
We documented lots of great winter critters - the most observed species was the CA slender Salamander, and we also saw a few young arboreal salamanders, slugs, slime molds, and mushrooms, and many plants, such as mosses, liverworts, and ferns. We also documented a few species of bacteria, some living in the sulfur-rich springs, and some were found between the mosses (nostoc). Some of you might have noticed the green-algae like thing on the ground near the creek. I thought it was some kind of algae, and someone identified it as Vaucheria sp., belonging to the Chromista Kingdom, along with Kelp and Diatoms!
We also documented 70 (!) species of arthropods, including the aquatic insects, leaf-miners, and a few gall-inducers.
For info about our future events, please follow us on

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1500 наблюдений

На 18.01.2020 1510 - НАБЛЮДЕНИЙ, 166 - ВИДОВ, 242 - ЭКСПЕРТА, 14 - НАБЛЮДАТЕЛЕЙ.

ТОП-6 Видов

Большая Синица 75
Серая Ворона 60
Кряква 56
Дрозд-Рябинник 51
Снегирь 44
Зяблик 44

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Diversity in the Maritimes

When exploring the iNaturalist Canada site you probably noticed that one can toggle between Français|English on the top menu bar. Are you aware that you can select other languages from a lengthy list on the bottom of the web page? Are you aware that you can set your preferred language under your account settings?

As of January 2020, iNaturalist has been translated into the following languages:
Shqip (Albanian)
العربية (Arabic)
euskara (Basque)
Breton (Breton)
български (Bulgarian)
Català (Catalan)
简体中文 (Chinese Simplified)
繁體中文 (Chinese Traditional)
český (Czech)
Dansk (Danish)
Nederlands (Dutch)
Esperanto (Esperanto)
Eesti (Estonian)
Suomi (Finnish)
français (French)
Français (Canada) (French, Canada)
Galician (Galician)
Deutsch (German)
Ελληνικά (Greek)
עברית (Hebrew)
Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
Italiano (Italian)
日本語 (Japanese)
한국어 (Korean)
Lietuvių (Lithuanian)
Lëtzebuergesch (Luxembourgish)
македонски (Macedonian)
Norsk Bokmål (Norwegian Bokmal)
Occitan (Occitan)
Polski (Polish)
Portuguese (Portuguese)
Português (Brasil) (Portuguese, Brazilian)
Русский (Russian)
Slovenský (Slovak)
Español (Spanish)
Español (Argentina) (Spanish, Argentina)
Español (México) (Spanish, Mexico)
Svenska (Swedish)
Türkçe (Turkish)

Help us highlight diversity in the Maritimes. Choose your language and start exploring!

NOTE iNat is not currently accessible in Miꞌkmaq nor Gaelic. If you are able to help translate into either of these languages, please contact us at

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Annotation resolution: phenology

I don't do new year resolutions, but I'll make one exception. Well, two. I'm going to do lots of annotation (and not just phenology) from here on out. And take breaks from doing it to use the new piece of exercise equipment next to my computer so that I'll have more energy to observe stuff outside.

I discovered that you can filter observations that don't have annotations, so I'm doing phenology of TX/OK anemones now (note all the settings):,research&page=2&order_by=random&taxon_id=883652&place_id=18,12&without_term_id=12

And here's an interesting article about plant phenology.

And here's an amazing document covering all aspects of plant phenology.

Setting yourself up for an annotation session:
1. go to Identify mode
2. select the taxa (e.g. Lepidoptera or flowering plants) and the place (anywhere in the world as no local expertise is required)
3. go to Filters and select Research Grade in addition to Needs ID
4. open More Filters and select Without Annotation and a relevant option for your taxa
5. click through each observation (with the Annotations tab selected) and annotate away!

Once selecting all the options, you can bookmark the resulting URL for quick access later.

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3000 наблюдений

Прошли 3000 наблюдений в проекте
ТОП-10 наблюдателей:
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1 @birdchuvashia 981 173
2 @olegglushenkov 859 160
3 @valeriya_xoma 583 170
4 @velibortravoved 350 72
5 @naturalist8307 50 40
6 @polina_15 43 12
7 @margarita-antonova-888 26 14
8 @naturalist21667 24 12
9 @margaruta 21 15
10 @stasy23 17 10
ТОП-10 по видам:
Ранг Пользователь Наблюдения Вид
1 @birdchuvashia 981 173
2 @valeriya_xoma 583 170
3 @olegglushenkov 859 160
4 @velibortravoved 350 72
5 @naturalist8307 50 40
6 @margaruta 21 15
7 @margarita-antonova-888 26 14
8 @naturalist21667 24 12
9 @polina_15 43 12
10 @stasy23 17 10
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CNC 2020!

For those not familiar with it, the City Nature Challenge is a bioblitz-style event in late April/early May where urban areas across the world "compete" to see who can make the most observations and identifications within that time period. This is the fifth one - the first was between San Francisco and LA. Last year almost 160 cities participated, and this year we're on track for over 250!

I'm helping to organize Ann Arbor/Washtenaw's participation along with NAP, and was hoping to draw on your expertise to help with some of the set up. You folks have street cred as far as nature in and around Washtenaw goes :-)

So, if you have a moment, I'd love your input. The link is a list of all of the preserves I have been able to find within Washtenaw - there are over 180! The criteria for inclusion are that the preserve has to be in Washtenaw, have some "wild" land and be open to the public.

Would you review the list and let me know any missing or incorrect info you can supply, and of any parks/preserves that are missing?

This is the link to the folder:

and this is the link to the file with the lists of preserves

And just for giggles, I've plotted them on a Google map

There are other things I'd like to pass by you if you are interested, but one thing at a time :-) And if you'd rather not be included in future notes just let me know :-)


Kit (KitKestrel)

@elliotgreiner @ken-potter @jokurtz @jaspersail @nathan20 @rawolinski @bugologist_beth @melissa515 @jonathantparker @lincoln @mokennon @mcaple

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How we can keep the world's largest migrants safe.

As our waterways have become significantly cleaner in recent years, in large part due to successful conservation efforts, humpback whales have started to feed with regularity in places like San Francisco Bay and Boston Harbor. It's a triumphant comeback story for the whales, whose North Pacific population has grown from about 2,000 in the 1970s to more than 20,000 today.

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Bird lovers flock to SLO County for Morro Bay’s annual festival.

Want to hike and look for birds? Grab your binoculars and head out to this weekend’s Morro Bay Bird Festival.

The annual three-day festival features 140 events, including field trips, workshops, presentations and special activities for bird enthusiasts.

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January update

Today I changed the banner photo to show the beautiful winter scene at Minnekhada. We're now up to 453 observations of 223 species.

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The early worm gets the nutrients!


For some species in Arizona, spring is on the way! I recently checked the status of plant development in Arizona by querying the National Phenology Network, a citizen science-based data repository that provides information on the timing of plant life events (e.g., leaf out, flowering, and seed set). Buffelgrass, an invasive grass, is predicted to emerge throughout central Arizona over the next two weeks. Several invasive plants, including the notorious annual grass, cheatgrass, emerge early in the growing season to take up soil nutrients, water, space, and other resources prior to the emergence of native plant species. Understanding the distribution and spatial dynamics of such species can help researchers and land managers develop strategies to control invasive plant populations and protect our native communities. While iNaturalisting over the next couple of weeks (in central and southern AZ at least!), take note of which species are emerging and consider making an observation to add to our overall knowledge of AZ plant dynamics!


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Artículo: Abejas silvestres en ecosistemas urbanos: estudio en la ciudad de Bogotá

Nates-Parra, G., A. Parra-H, Á. Rodríguez, P. Baquero & D. Vélez. 2006. Abejas silvestres (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) en ecosistemas urbanos: Estudio en la ciudad de Bogotá y sus alrededores. Revista Colombiana de Entomología 32: 77–84.

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Huge upswing in observations in 2019 in the Potomac Gorge

The results are in from 2019! In total, 769 observers made 7,852 observations across 1,406 species across the Gorge. In comparison to 2018, observers grew by 94% (up from 396), observations grew by 91% (up from 4,119), and total species increased by 51% (up from 929). In addition: * 454 species were documented for the first time in 2019, with a total species identified in the Gorge of 2,394 as of end of year-- 1.25 new species per day! * 587 observers had their first observation in 2019 in the Gorge, indicating that over 75% of observers were new in the Gorge in 2019. (587/769). Thank you for your contribution to citizen science!
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Preparation for the 2020 Orthoptera Season

@umpquamatt @geographerdave @leppinm @russnamitz @ldibiccari

You have been tagged because you are the top observers for Oregon Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids) sightings. The purpose of this post to grab a few volunteers to help me in this project.

The Purpose of the Project

To collect data from all suitable habitats in Oregon to comprise a complete and thorough identification field guide to Oregon Orthoptera. As of January 17, 2020, there are 136 species of grasshopper and crickets recorded in Oregon but this number can and probably will increase with the help of devoted volunteers.

What data am I collecting?

When you collect data on an Orthoptera species, here's the information I would like those volunteering will collect.

1. Date
2. Species (I'll identify it if you can't)
3. Body Length and Wing Length measured in millimeters.
4. Sex
5. Age
6. Habitat
7. Accurate location
8. Any addition notes if any not mentioned above.

These eight aspects cover any data needed to help me develop the outline to creating the Orthoptera field guide.

How can you prepare?

There are several ways for you prepare for the 2020 Orthoptera season. So here's what you can do.

- I've created a current list of Orthoptera species in Oregon in the following link. It also includes a list of genera that are influx so the genus itself counts as "one" species until new information comes forth.

- Start plotting out places prior to grasshopper season that you should go to. If you want to find a particular species, you can look up the species on iNat and see what times of the year they are spotted.

- Get your gear ready early. When I go out and catch grasshoppers, I always make sure I have my ruler, phone (for photos) and my bamboo butterfly net on me.

- If you decide to join the group and help me collect data, I'm trying to think of efficient methods of collecting your data. You can add your data to the notes of your iNat observation. However that information might be lost so I created a Google Form that you can fill out if you prefer that, I'll just need to send it to you. If you just want to e-mail me in general, I'll do it.

- Try to learn beforehand the main groups of Orthoptera and how to best photograph them for identification. For example, Oedipodinae (Band-winged Grasshoppers) best need a wing shot for identification along with a lateral shot while Melanoplinae (Spur-throated Grasshoppers) needs a shot of male genitals for accurate identification.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, I hope you have just as much interest as I am to document Orthoptera in Oregon. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I'll get back with you as soon as possible.

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Birds observed nesting at Grasby Memorial Park in 2019

In 2019 sixteen species of bird, listed below, were observed nesting at Grasby Memorial Park, a remarkably high number for such a small area. There were other species that appeared with young and may well have also nested there unobserved. In spring Fan-tailed Cuckoos were frequently seen and heard and were presumably parasitising other species nests however no cuckoo fledglings were observed.

Purple-crowned Lorikeet,
Rainbow Lorikeet,
Adelaide Rosella,
Common Bronzewing
Sacred Kingfisher
Wood Duck
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Fantail
Superb Fairywren
Striated Pardalote
Spotted Pardalote
Red-browed Finch
New Holland Honeyeater
Red Wattlebird
White-naped Honeyeater

Ingresado el 17 de enero de 2020 por rfoster rfoster | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Trails that will be included

The trails that need attention in this BioBlitz are listed below. I am using the numbering system that the County Parks has developed (and signed spectacularly well) - see this map here:

1. Ridge Fire Road (from about 1/3 of a mile up from the gate off of Pescadero Road at trail#6 to trail #26; easy parking at large pullout just west of the gate on the south side of the road)
2. Towne Fire Road (from about trail marker 20 to trail marker 33)
3. All of the East Brook Trail (from trail marker 28 to a tad south of trail marker 32)
4. West Brook Trail (from trail marker 27 for about .75 of a mile south)
5. Heritage Grove Trail south from 21 to 30/31
6. For those averse to uphill walking, the bulk of the Heritage Grove Trail from trail marker 14 to 25 is uncovered, especially in the middle sections. One could start at either the main parking lot or the Heritage Grove Parking on Alpine Road (limited, dirt lot that is often muddy)

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Recovering un-uploaded observations from dead Android phone

Fortunately even though the screen was dead it is possible to connect to the phone with adb and pull the iNaturalist app data from /data/data/

In particular the inaturalist.db database contained in the databases directory is what is useful. This is an sqlite3 database and the following two tables are what I needed: observations, observation_photos. If there had been sounds then observation_sounds would also have been useful.

The date field is in Unix timestamp with milliseconds format which needed to be converted to local date/time format, and the _id from the observations table needs to be matched with _observation_id from the observation_photos table. The tables are connected using a join.

The relevant fields necessary to create an observation are:

Finally, I also only wanted the observations that were made from 12/26/2019 onward. These records are filtered using a WHERE clause.

Here is the actual command:

SELECT observations._id, 
datetime(ROUND(observations.observed_on / 1000), 'unixepoch') AS isodate, 
FROM observations 
JOIN observation_photos ON observations._id=observation_photos._observation_id 
WHERE isodate > '2019-12-25 23:59:59';

Here is the output:

264|1577387141872|2019-12-26 19:05:41|37.9038325792225|-122.571555711329|asteraceae||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_120451.jpg
265|1577388307000|2019-12-26 19:25:07|37.8969966246212|-122.569546736777|Angiospermae||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_122507.jpg
266|1577388787000|2019-12-26 19:33:07|37.896361120291|-122.566486671567|asteraceae||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_123307.jpg
267|1577388922000|2019-12-26 19:35:22|37.8961060703826|-122.566429004073|asteraceae||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_123522.jpg
268|1577389296000|2019-12-26 19:41:36|37.8960055317941|-122.563664652407|Angiospermae||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_124136.jpg
269|1577390172000|2019-12-26 19:56:12|37.8937439064166|-122.564252726734|angiosperms||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_125613.jpg
270|1577390730000|2019-12-26 20:05:30|37.8923648840782|-122.567022442818|Angiospermae|Tastes good|/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_130531.jpg
271|1577392176000|2019-12-26 20:29:36|37.8967288774207|-122.575220279396|Angiospermae||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_132936.jpg
272|1577392301000|2019-12-26 20:31:41|37.8974127949668|-122.574964463711|gilled mushrooms||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20191226_133142.jpg
273|1577996487000|2020-01-02 20:21:27|37.8002776774237|-122.479512691498|grasses||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20200102_132127.jpg
274|1577996858000|2020-01-02 20:27:38|37.8011270032275|-122.479240782559|asteraceae||/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20200102_132738.jpg
275|1577997057000|2020-01-02 20:30:57|37.8014438421677|-122.479247152805|Hedgenettles|Hairy leaves and stems leaves have lemon-y scent|/storage/7672-BA7A/DCIM/Camera/20200102_133057.jpg

Based on this I recovered all the information necessary to create these 12 un-uploaded observations using the pictures which I also saved from the phone.

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Goldenrod Galls

I confess I have been completely ignoring this project in favor of leafminers, but I wanted to point out this great post on goldenrod galls by @ddennism:


Ingresado el 16 de enero de 2020 por ceiseman ceiseman | 1 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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CNC 2020: South Florida

Hi everyone,

thank you for joining and participating in the 2019 City Nature Challenge! We have our new project page up for 2020 and we're hoping you can join the project page. This year's challenge will include Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties, so we have a lot more ground to cover!

Be on the lookout for events and trainings we will be organizing leading up to the actual challenge, which runs from Friday, April 24th to Monday, April 27th 2020! We also have a website in the works and would love to hear from you if you have any ideas to help recruit new participants for this year's challenge. Please help spread the word!

Here is a link to the new project page, where we will be posting news updates to keep you informed about events and trainings:

If you haven't heard about last year's results, here they are:
24th by observation count (12,171 observations total)
19th by species count (1,710)
16th by participant count (552).

That is out of over 150 participating cities, so it's really not too bad! We can improve though so let's band together to observe biodiversity and learn more about the nature in our back yard :-)

-SoFlo CNC Leadership Committee

Ingresado el 16 de enero de 2020 por joemdo joemdo | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Gearing up for Butterflyway Season 2020!!

You did a great job in 2019!! Thank you for all our citizen scientists who took the butterfly photos, helped ID the species and took the time to share with BIMBY Butterflies in BC.
Together, we have over 3000 observations, 595 observers, 249 identifiers and 121 species of butterflies across the province.
Because of your work, the Butterflyway Project in BC is able to gauge the species of butterflies that showed up in 2019 and have now formed a basis of what to expect in 2020.
The Butterflyway Project in Vancouver, Richmond and the District of North Vancouver will start recruitment for new Butterflyway Rangers on February 10, 2020.
There will be a registration/application link on David Suzuki Foundation website and social media starting Feb. 10 and will stay up for at least two weeks.
If you live outside of the three Lower Mainland cities and want to help, you can participate in the iNaturalist BIMBY Butterflies in BC for 2020.
Stay tuned!!

Ingresado el 16 de enero de 2020 por winniehwo winniehwo | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario