Mar 12 - more on New Goals

Two journal posts back we looked at Survey goals and targets, both original (2021) and revised (now).

How much work is involved in achieving the revised goals? Well, that depends...

Here are the 28 counties that are below our goals in terms of either number of observations or number of species. The numbers are how many observations or species are needed. Any empty spot means already above goal.

County Observations Needed Species Needed
Allen   5
Auglaize   9
Belmont 242 9
Brown 60 7
Carroll 10  
Columbiana 57  
Fayette   4
Fulton 160  
Guernsey 17  
Hardin 70 7
Harrison 72 1
Henry 228 6
Holmes 77  
Huron 137 5
Jefferson 145  
Lawrence 101 2
Marion 117 9
Meigs 162 6
Mercer 40 6
Monroe 139 4
Morrow 203  
Noble 276 10
Perry 37  
Preble   2
Putnam 72 3
Seneca 170 10
Union   3
Van Wert 6 10

Some of these will be easy, some less so.

Confidence is higher in bumping up the county observation numbers than finding new county species. If you think about a reasonable wetland in June or July, you should be able to document 15 observations. A reasonable day is 3 sites. So around 1 person/day for 50 records. We have 5 counties that can get to the observation goal in a day. Worst case scenario (242 needed for Belmont Co) will probably require 5-7 days for one observer, or 1 day each from 7 observers, or something in between. Very do-able, may need a little coordination. Basically getting people in the field in these counties should do the trick.

Picking up new species requires more than boots in the mud. We'll need strategy. Example: Seneca Co. We need 10 species to get to 60. If we look at the data on species not yet recorded in Seneca in relation to the surrounding area we can zero in on potential target. Local means a county that shares a border with the target.

Running the data, with some slight edits, we get this list of species:

Seneca Co needed Species State # Observations Local # Observations Number of Local Counties since 2000
Halloween Pennant 2599 96 6
Midland Clubtail 570 69 3
Unicorn Clubtail 1009 41 6
Swift River Cruiser 563 35 5
Dot-tailed Whiteface 895 30 6
Slaty Skimmer 2441 27 4
Swamp Darner 499 23 4
Common Baskettail 603 20 5
Sweetflag Spreadwing 282 18 5
Citrine Forktail 650 18 3
Mocha Emerald 169 17 4
Comet Darner 340 14 4
Great Spreadwing 576 14 3
Lancet Clubtail 904 13 4
Swamp Spreadwing 380 13 4
Spotted Spreadwing 540 12 3
Vesper Bluet 371 10 4

In this case, every county around Seneca has 3 species not found in Seneca, all but 1 have another 3 species, etc. Altogether, there are 17 species with a relatively high likelihood of being in Seneca Co. Then it's a matter of matching habitat (see your favorite field guide) and flight period (see the OOS flight charts). Easy-peasy? Probably not, but worth a try.

Publicado el 12 de marzo de 2022 22:31 por jimlem jimlem


Turns out Belmont county is also less than 10 minutes from me, and I would be happy to wander that way some days. I am not familiar with the territory however-I'll look on google maps for bodies of water-any other suggestions on finding spots?

Publicado por leezeca hace más de 1 año

For Belmont County, try this link:

There, you can find more information on: Piedmont Lake, Slope Creek Reservoir, The Egypt Valley Wildlife Complex, Captina Creek and Belmont Lake.

Publicado por lundbergj hace más de 1 año

I can work on Seneca, Marion, and Morrow counties this year :)

Publicado por chelsealynne hace más de 1 año

Hi Jim,
If you can get me the needs for Noble County, I might be able to make a few trips down to fill some gaps.

Jon Cefus

Publicado por jcefus hace más de 1 año

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