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Batch Load photos on computer

1. Create iNaturalist account

2. When in field, take as many separate photos of plants and animals (and do not upload to iNaturalist, just take lots of photos and allow them to be stored on phone; make sure locating services is on)

3. With smartphone and data or when hooked up to wireless, upload all these photos to Google Photo . Then, go to google photos on computer and download all google photos to folder on computer

4. OR: On your laptop or computer, connect smartphone to computer and directly download all the field photos to a folder on your computer

5. Go to your Inaturalist account on your computer and sign in

6. In the upper right – you will see a green button (Upload – click it)

7. Select Choose files (find folder and then select all photos and click open)

8. You should see all the photos on your computer screen, make sure they all have a location on them and a date, you can give them a species name if you know it)

9. Hit the submit observations button (upper right)

10. All done!

(NOTE: Do not link your iNaturalist account to Google Photos and upload that way as the geolocation is lost and will not register in contest)

Anotado en abril 07, martes 15:39 por hostetm hostetm | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Hello All

So excited to get this project going and learn how to do this.

Anotado en abril 07, martes 15:33 por mrsdarg mrsdarg | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Tech Tip Tuesday: Digiscoping

All this sunshine is making me optimistic. While I know that it’s not going to last, it’s at least inspiring me to get out, play in my garden, and explore the nearby woods, before the next rush of cold and rain. And it’s also adding some much-needed physical light to a dark, uncertain time. It’s much easier to step away from the news when the view out the window looks warm and inviting.

The wildlife too seems to be capitalizing on this sunny spell. Over the weekend I saw a moose while out hiking, as well as sign of other animals, including coyotes and a bear. Sadly, I could only photograph the moose during my hike, however I did get to photograph a Barred Owl while out gardening the other day. In short, the wildlife is abundant, and signs of spring are everywhere—you don’t have to go far! Even just a quick trip into your backyard can introduce you to new wildlife and plant neighbors.

This Week on Tech Tip Tuesday

What happens when the animal or plant you wish to photograph is far away, say at the top of a tree or across a field? If you are a professional or advanced amateur photographer, you probably have a camera lens that can bridge the gap. However, if you usually take pictures with your smartphone or don’t have a wide array of camera lenses, you may struggle in these situations to get a clear photo.

If you fall into the latter category, there’s good news—by using either a spotting scope or pair of binoculars, you can take close-up photos without an expensive camera or lens. Known as “digiscoping” (when done through a spotting scope), this practice was originally coined in the 1990’s and has gained popularity in recent years. This method allows birders and other naturalists to get a close-up shot of the critter in question while still giving it plenty of space. However, this practice is not just for birds and other flighty wildlife. You can also use this technique to snap close-ups of fungi or plants that you may not be able to get to close to, such as flowers at the top of a tree.

It’s possible to get incredibly clear photos using this method, however there are several factors to keep in mind.

Spacing—The more distance there is between your camera lens and the eyepiece of your viewing equipment, the more likely you are to get “vignetting” (a dark, circular frame around your photo). The lenses also need to be close enough to avoid light getting between them—this will cause a shadow in the affected part of your picture. You also want to make sure that your phone or camera is held firmly in place, otherwise it may slip and leave you with a partial photo.

There are plenty of fancy adapters for connecting your phone or camera to your spotting scope or binoculars, however these can be expensive. It’s possible to brace the devices with your hand, keeping your finger between your phone lens and eyepiece, however this works best for smartphones. You can also make your own adapter at home using PVC pipe or a similarly sized piece of material. A quick Google search shows many different websites that might guide you through this process.

Stability—You want your setup to be as stable as possible since magnification amplifies small movements and can lead to blurry photos. When using a spotting scope, use a tripod to help stabilize your image. Binoculars are a bit trickier but with some practice you will find ways to brace your arms that will help your photos come out more clearly.

Lighting—Sometimes photos will come out underexposed when digiscoping. One of the most common causes is zooming in with your camera or phone because it reduces the amount of light taken in. Zooming in also further amplifies any shakiness that may occur. While it may seem somewhat counterintuitive, try to avoid using your camera’s or phone’s zoom when digiscoping.

Try not to be discouraged if your first digiscoped photos aren’t perfect. Digiscoping takes practice, even for seasoned photographers. However, once you get comfortable with it, it’s a powerful tool for getting close-up shots of faraway specimens or photographing animal behavior that you may not see if you were closer. And remember, any photo of a species, even those that aren’t National Geographic-quality, adds more valuable data than no photo.

TTT Task of the Week

If you have a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope, practice photographing plants, animals, and fungi from afar. You can photograph birds in your yard, or even a flower you see growing across the street. Just make sure to stay safe!

If you want some more, in-depth information on how to get started, check out either this article from All About Birds or this article from Audubon.

As always, thanks for helping us map Vermont’s biodiversity, stay safe, and happy observing!

Anotado en abril 07, martes 15:03 por emilyanderson2 emilyanderson2 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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⚠️ Se aplaza el Biomaratón Pamplona 2020

Como consecuencia de la crisis sanitaria de COVID-19 el Biomaratón Pamplona 2020 queda aplazado hasta nuevo aviso. Se reanudará el evento y las actividades programadas cuando las condiciones permitan celebrarlo con seguridad. Anunciaremos las nuevas fechas establecidas y cualquier novedad en nuestra web, redes sociales y a través del boletín de noticias.

Los coordinadores y colaboradores del Biomaratón Pamplona os deseamos mucho ánimo en la cuarentena, esperamos volver a explorar la naturaleza con vosotros pronto.

Anotado en abril 07, martes 14:59 por txalibionte txalibionte | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Black Capped Night Herons

There is at least one nesting pair on Huntington Ave, in norman OK, between Berry and Wiley. They are very active in the morning.

Anotado en abril 07, martes 14:21 por raphael1c raphael1c | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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William Cullen Bryant Preserve Grounds Exploration (Nassau Co. Museum of Art Grounds)

The preserve was much nicer than I expected. There was some interesting ecosystems in the area. Surrounding the ponds were small fragments of sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and pin oak (Quercus pulastris) with great laurel (Rhododendron maximum) and northern spicebush (Lindera benzoin). The ponds also had many painted turtles (Chrysemys picta), and I suspect that the areas support wood ducks (Aix sponsa) and a variety of amphibians. It was refreshing to not see red-eared sliders.

The upland forests of the flatter sections of the preserve (on the Manhasset Plateau, I believe) hardwood forests composed of impressive sugar maples (Acer saccharum) and tuliptrees (Liriodendron tulipifera) were present. The Pinetum had many ornamental species planted, but among them were impressive stands of eastern hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) and northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis). The hemlock seemed unaffected by the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae).

On the west facing bluffs of Hempstead Harbor, ecosystem was similar to those of other tunnel-valley bays on the North Shore of Long Island, such as Cold Spring Harbor State Park and Trail View State Park. The soil here seemed to be slightly better and less acidic based on plant community, but members of the ericaceae were still present. Mountain laurels were not uncommon in the area (Kalmia latifolia). Dominant trees of this area were American beech (Fagus grandifolia) and red oaks (Quercus sect. Lobatae), with frequent black birch (Betula lenta) and sugar maple. On one southern facing bluff face, trout lilies were in full bloom (Erithronium americanum) and were intermixed with Jacob's needle/ common yucca (Yucca filamentosa). This was a surprising cohabitation, as I associate trout lilies with more mesic areas, and yucca with more xeric areas.

Anotado en abril 07, martes 13:31 por maxbg621 maxbg621 | 15 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Νέο ξενικό είδος εντοπίστηκε για πρώτη φορά στη Μεσόγειο στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος - New alien species with Atlantic origins recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean

Νέο ξενικό είδος, αυτόχθονο στον Δυτικό Ατλαντικό ωκεανό, εντοπίστηκε από επαγγελματία αλιέα στα Ίσθμια, στον Αργοσαρωνικό κόλπο. Μετά από επικοινωνία φίλου του αλιέα με την ομάδα του προγράμματος Σε ξενίζει .... Μοιράσου το μαζί μας-Is it Alien to you? Share it!!! έγινε αναγνώριση του είδους Chaetodipterus faber και στάλθηκε το δείγμα για περαιτέρω μελέτη.

Σήμερα δημοσιεύτηκε η επιστημονική εργασία που τεκμηριώνει την καταγραφή του είδους στις ελληνικές θάλασσες και παράλληλα αποτελεί την πρώτη καταγραφή του είδους στη #Μεσόγειο.

Με βάση την απουσία καταγραφών του είδους σε χώρες του Ατλαντικού κοντά στο Γιβραλτάρ, αλλά και στη Δυτική και Κεντρική Μεσόγειο, πιστεύουμε πως η εύρεση του ψαριού πιθανά οφείλεται σε απελευθέρωση ή διαφυγή από κάποιο #ενυδρείο.

Η Μεσόγειος είναι η πιο επιβαρυμένη περιοχή σε όλο τον κόσμο από τις θαλάσσιες εισβολές με κύρια αιτία εισόδου τη Διώρυγα του Σουέζ. Ωστόσο, τα τελευταία χρόνια παρατηρείται αύξηση των καταγραφών που υποδηλώνουν απελευθέρωση ή διαφυγή από ενυδρεία. Για αυτό και καλούμε όλους τους ενυδρειόφιλους να ενημερωθούν για το πρόβλημα και να διαχειρίζονται υπεύθυνα τα ενυδρεία τους.

Σε περίπτωση μη δυνατότητας συντήρησης του ενυδρείου να επικοινωνούν με τοπικά καταστήματα που φέρουν ενυδρεία, με την Κεντρική Διαχειριστική Αρχή CITES του Υπουργείο Περιβάλλοντος και Ενέργειας στο grcitesma@prv.ypeka.gr ή με τις τοπικές διαχειριστικές αρχές CITES.

Βρείτε την επιστημονική δημοσίευση στο νέο άρθρο μας εδώ: https://wp.me/p94Vaj-1Pt

Aν είδατε κάποιο ξενικό ή άγνωστο είδος, μπορείτε να το ανεβάσετε στην ομάδα του προγράμματος στο Facebook "Σε ξενίζει .... Μοιράσου το μαζί μας-Is it Alien to you? Share it!!!!".
Βρείτε την ομάδα εδώ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/104915386661854/

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New alien species, native to the western Atlantic, captured by a professional fisherman in Isthmia, Argosaronic Gulf. A friend of the fisher contacted the Is it Alien to you…. Share it!!! team. The individual identified as Chaetodipterus faber (Atlantic spadefish) and the specimen sent to iSea for further study.

Today the scientific publication published, which confirms the first record of the species in the Mediterranean and thus in the Greek waters.

Given the absence of Atlantic spadefish records across the Atlantic countries near the Strait of Gibraltar, but also in the Western and Central Mediterranean, we suspect the specimen was released or escaped from an aquarium, as the species is popular in the ornamental fish industry. In fact, we have recently received additional recordings of the species from nearby areas, indicating that more individuals of the species may have been released in the area. The last years, there is an increase in the number of reported alien species that are suspected to be introduced by an aquarium release.

In case of inability to maintain the aquarium, contact local aquarium stores, the CITES – Central Personal Authority of the Ministry of Environment and Energy at grcitesma@prv.ypeka.gr or the local management authorities CITES.

Find the scientific publication in our new article here: https://wp.me/p94Vaj-1Pt

If you have seen any alien or unknown species, please send us a picture or upload it to the Facebook group of the project "Is it Alien to you? Share it!!!".
Find the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/104915386661854/

Anotado en abril 07, martes 10:42 por isea_org isea_org | 1 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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April Download

We've just carried out the first download of your wildlife sightings since the last Greenspace Challenge. You have contributed around 16,000 new sightings which will now be used to help local conservation effort and make better decisions for biodiversity across our area.

Keep at it and enjoy yourselves! Don't forget we will still be running the #CityNatureChallenge later this month so please do get involved.

As always any questions of comments to info@merseysidebiobank.org.uk

Anotado en abril 07, martes 10:19 por deedb8 deedb8 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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"Classic" Okefenokee from 1974

I just wanted to highlight a few 1974 observations from Joe @joekunk. Classic photos of the Okefenokee! I had thought my shots from the '90s were old! I was only 1 year-old when Joe took these shot (in fact, just a few days shy of my birthday on May 25!). Thanks for posting Joe, hope to see more.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41475889
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41475888
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41475891
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41475894

Anotado en abril 07, martes 10:11 por williamwisephoto williamwisephoto | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Getting started challenge

This first challenge is particularly for those who are getting started here, but really for all of us. The rules for this challenge are simple:
· Make at least 10 observations this week (april 7th-14th).
· Find at least 5 species.
· Find at least one animal and one plant.
Happy iNatting,
Alexis

Anotado en abril 07, martes 07:18 por alexis_orion alexis_orion | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Приглашение в команду Уфы для участия в City Nature Challenge

https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/32633-priglashenie-v-komandu-ufy-dlya-uchastiya-v-city-nature-challenge#activity_comment_4312547

А здесь проект в котором идёт отсчёт времени до начала и конца акции по г. Уфа https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-ufa-russia-vne-zachyota

City Nature Challenge - это глобальное четырехдневное мероприятие, которое проводится в конце апреля. Ему пять лет. Его задача простая - с помощью участников задокументировать биоразнообразие городов мира. Участники фотографируют на свои смартфоны и фотоаппараты растения, грибы и животных и грузят изображения на портал соревнований. В России для этого используется приложения iNaturalist и Seek или сайт inaturalist.org . В прошлом году в CNC участвовало примерно 150 городов и свыше 30 тыс. человек.

В 2020 г. впервые в City Nature Challenge будут участвовать три города из России - Москва, Севастополь и Курск. В категории "вне зачёта" участвуют Екатеринбург, Железногорск, Орехово-Зуево, Петропавловск-Камчатский, Пермь, Ижевск, Нижнекамск, Новосибирск, Тверь, Томск, Тольятти и Ханты-Мансийск. Присоединиться к городским командам может каждый! Для этого необходимо зарегистрироваться на платформе iNaturalist (и хотя бы за пару недель до соревнований освоиться там, сделав свои первые наблюдения в природе). В период проведения соревнований за 96 часов необходимо сфотографировать как можно больше объектов дикой природы в административных границах городов-участников. Наблюдения культурных растений и животных, содержащихся в неволе, в зачёт не идут.

iNaturalist в дни соревнований просто кипит - за четыре дня в 2019 г. участники загрузили туда почти 1 млн фотонаблюдений со всего мира. Все наблюдения в дни соревнований будут автоматически цепляться к порталам городов-участников.

Даты проведения челленджа:
- с 24 по 27 апреля 2020 г. фотографируем и грузим,
- с 28 апреля по 4 мая 2020 г. загружаем остатки и определяем,
- 4 мая 2020 г. узнаем победителей!

Соревнования между городами проводятся в категориях:
- число наблюдений,
- число видов,
- число участников.

Кроме глобального зачёта, есть отдельные зачёты для городов из разных климатических зон (бореальные, субтропические, аридные, тропические).

Также будут проводиться личные зачёты по числу наблюдений и по числу найденных видов:
- по каждому городу,
- по России,
- в мировом зачёте.

По итогам соревнований первые 500 участников (по числу наблюдений) в каждом городе-участнике получат ключ доступа к автоматически сгенерированным сертификатам с указанием занятого места и рейтинговой статистики.

Внимание! Соревнования проводятся среди участников-одиночек на открытом воздухе вдали от скопления людей и не являются массовым мероприятием. Возможна отмена официального мероприятия в связи с эпидемиологической обстановкой в регионах, где к 24 апреля 2020 г. не будет снят режим обязательной самоизоляции.

Соблюдайте правила личной гигиены и следуйте указаниям местных властей!

Anotado en abril 07, martes 05:56 por krivosheev krivosheev | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Great work everyone! Find some great resources here

These are some awesome resources (books and online) that will help you ID your bioblitz findings:

City of Gold Coast Backyard Biodiversity - Frogs
https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/backyard-biodiversity-our-nature-frogs.pdf

City of Gold Coast Backyard Biodiversity - Hollows
https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/hollows-are-homes-booklet.pdf

City of Gold Coast Backyard Biodiversity - Native Bees https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/backyard-biodiversity-our-nature-native-bees.pdf

Mangroves to Mountains for identifying native plants
http://www.mangrovestomountains.com/

Environmental weeds and native alternatives
https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/environmental-weeds-of-the-gold-coast-booklet-2406.html

Threatened plants of Logan
https://www.logan.qld.gov.au/downloads/file/2454/threatened-plants-of-logan

Threatened wildlife of Logan
https://www.logan.qld.gov.au/downloads/file/60/threatened-wildlife

Don't forget all the Field guides for Australia and field guides for Queensland for specific species!

Anotado en abril 07, martes 05:22 por watergum watergum | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Seguimos Trabajando por la Fauna Silvestre de la jurisdicción

Durante este periodo de aislamiento social, como medida preventiva frente a la propagación del COVID-19, quédate en casa, pero si ves un animal que requiera ayuda y atención, comunícate con nosotros. El Centro de Atención, Valoración y Rehabilitación CAVR de Corpochivor, continúa trabajando para garantizar el bienestar de la fauna silvestre en la jurisdicción. Puedes llamarnos al 3508780578 y hacer tus registros aquí en inaturalist.

Anotado en abril 07, martes 05:19 por juanita_andrade juanita_andrade | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Missing Mammals of Washington County

There are 41 species of mammal that exist in Washington County but have yet to be observed. Some, I suspect may never get here, but I would like to cross some of these of the list one day. Tracks or scat can be just as helpful as actual observations.

Carnivores
Mountain lion
Red Fox
Gray Fox
American Marten
Long-tailed Weasel
Short-tailed Weasel
Western Spotted Skunk

Deer
White tailed Deer

Rats
Black Rat

Pocket Gophers
Camas Pocket Gopher
Western Pocket Gopher

Moles
Coast Mole
Townsends Mole

Squirrels
Northern Flying Squirrel

Rodents
Mountain Beaver

Rabbits
Snowshoe Hare
Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Voles/shrews
White-footed Vole
Red-tree Vole
Townsend’s Vole
Long-tailed Vole
Creeping Vole
Water Vole
Dusky/Montane Vole
Vagrant Shrew
Bairds Shrew
Marsh Shrew
Trowbridge's Shrew

Bats
Fringed Myotis
Millers Myotis
California Myotis
Little Brown Bat
Yuma Bat
Long-legged Bat
Western Red Bat
Hoary Bat
Silver-haired Bat
Big Brown Bat
Townsend’s Big Eared Bat

Anotado en abril 07, martes 04:46 por chrisleearm chrisleearm | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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"CAMBIAL ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE DOES NOT ASSESS VITALITY OF INDIVIDUAL SWEET GUM TREES"

This article, from the Web of Science database, features both topics of American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and urban settings. It was featured in the Journal of Arboriculture 18(1): January 1992, written by J. Clarki, R. Kjelgran, J. Hushagen and J. Fiore.
They focus on cambial electrical resistance (CER) as a measure of tree vigor, specifically in urban areas, such as the mentioned six sites in Seattle, Washington. The CER measure the electrical flow resistance in tree's stems, as a function of the content (cells and solute) in the tree's cambium. Most healthy trees would have the thickest cambium, and have a low CER reading.
The experiment discusses the many factors involved, including the soil details, growth and development of the sweetgums at each site, seasonal ranges of CER, and other variation and informative characteristics of the grown trees that were tested.
Interestingly, they found that the most rapidly growing trees did not subsequently rate with the lowest CER values, as being most vigorous.
This led them to synthesize that CER, in fact, did not show a true relationship of the urban trees' vigor here, but was a flawed measure because there was too much variation in CER readings. The multiple significant factors that contributed to this are listed and discussed.
However, CER measuring of vigor has been reportedly successful in other experiments, but never in situations like this, with the evaluation "of single trees in diverse urban environments."

Clark, J., Kjelgran, R., Hushagen, J., & Fiore, J. (1992). Cambial electrical resistance does not assess
vitality of individual sweet gum trees. Journal of Arboriculture, 18(1), 1 – 5.
http://apps.webofknowledge.com.ezproxy.cul.columbia.edu/full_record.do?product=UA&search_mode=GeneralSearch&qid=13&SID=7Cp5UU4GBkFQHOcFoaK&page=1&doc=3

Anotado en abril 07, martes 03:33 por abg2177 abg2177 | 1 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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【中止】東京都市大学二子玉川夢キャンパスイベント

東京都市大学夢キャンパスでのCity Nature Challenge2020-Tokyoイベントの開催は、新型コロナウィルス感染症の感染予防と拡大防止のため中止とさせていただきます。

City Narure Challenge2020-Tokyoにつきましては、4月24日から5月3日の間、個人で野外にてスマホで動植物の写真を撮って投稿し、同定する作業は実施の予定です。

Anotado en abril 07, martes 01:57 por kobori kobori | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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April 6th 2020

I am bored

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 23:52 por jakewell jakewell | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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New Summary Uploaded 新总结报告已上传!

Hi everyone, This year I committed some time and generated a summary report for all records of butterflies within Mainland China up to 2020-April-03. It is now hosted on GitHub, please check it out and let me know any suggestions for the project or the report :)

大家好!

今年我花了一点时间整理了iNat上截止2020年4月3日中国内地/大陆所有的蝴蝶记录,产生了一份**有图**的总结。这份报告现在已上传到 GitHub 上,可以访问下面的页面查看(请告诉我任何您的建议或意见)

Thank you all for uploading and taking care of the butterflies on iNaturalist! Please stay safe and wish the best for your observation in the coming summer!
感谢大家在最近一年中上传蝴蝶到这里来,希望今年大家都能健康平安,在夏天有个充实的蝶季!

--yixianshuiesuan

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 23:27 por yixianshuiesuan yixianshuiesuan | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Tips and Tricks to Tally Up!

Hi everyone!

Looking for a way to add observations to your tally?

I will be posting a series of tips and tricks to my social media pages every couple of days, so feel free to follow me on...

Instagram - kerry_at_taronga
Facebook - Kerry At Taronga
Twitter - @Kerry At Taronga

Cheers all - hope you are having fun!

Kerry Staker
Community Programs, Taronga Zoo Sydney

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 23:23 por kerryattaronga kerryattaronga | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Garnett BioBlitz

I have taken the plunge. COVID-19 has inspired me to take this service that I've just used for my own purposes and adapt it into a project for my classes this quarter. My students are creating collection pages in groups of 4. I am adding all the projects to this umbrella project I created.

I am currently working on a rubric while the project is in progress. The project will last a month and teams will be scored based on: total observations, unique observations, and in comparison to other groups on the leaderboard.

All observations from today forward are good for the project!

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 21:20 por rickgarnett rickgarnett | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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6th Nature Neighbor!

Our nature neighbor today is a mushroom! Many different mushrooms can be found in the urban environment - try looking on rotting trees, on the ground under oaks, or in leaf litter. Go out and try to find one around your home!

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 21:06 por merav merav | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Emma steps up!

Twenty three students have now joined the project, and seven students have no contributed observations. Nice work! With 10 invert observations so far, Emma has taken the lead, nice job Emma!

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 20:59 por tomleeturner tomleeturner | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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One of Ten Woodlouse Species in a Family's Garden Project in Belgium - Observation of the Week, 4/6/20

Our Observation of the Week is this Nosy Pill Woodlouse, seen in Belgium by @gillessanmartin!

Ah, the ubiquitous woodlouse, also sometimes known as a roly poly, sowbug, or any number of other common names (and that’s just in English!). These crustaceans (my 8 year old mind was blown when I found they’re not “bugs”) are so common that many of us disregard them, but woodlice are pretty fascinating and sometimes strikingly colored creatures, and one that many of us can commonly find in backyards and neighborhood parks during this time.

Gilles San Martin and his sons Leo and Emile were doing just that when they found the woodlouse you see on this blog post. “Because of the COVID-19 lockdown we are stuck at home with two young boys who are 11 and 7 years old, [and] we are extremely lucky to be healthy and to have a home and a garden,” says Gilles, who is a part-time professional entomologist. So he created a project for the area and encouraged his sons to start exploring and documenting its wildlife. 

We think that iNaturalist is a very beneficial way for them to use their abundant spare time. They go more willingly outside and they learn a lot of useful skills (that they would not have learned at school): the natural world and its taxonomy, of course, but also how to use a camera, how to deal with the files, how to use the computer... They also learn lots of social skills like communicating in a foreign language, using modern tools (eg DeepL) and learning the rules of a social network and online community (at the beginning, they were a little bit too confident about their taxonomic knowledge when they identified observations by other people...)

Gilles had previously found this species of woodlouse in their garden but thought it would be a good subject for his boys to shoot, “[and] in the end I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures myself,” he tells me. It’s one of ten woodlouse species they’ve found in their garden, and Gilles’ favorite is Porcellio spinicornis. He has some tips for finding wildlife in a small setting: “My wife regularly teases me because I can spend a few hours at the exact same spot laying on the ground and not moving an inch,” he says,

I even use now a camping floor mat to improve my comfort ;-) Not moving and waiting allows you to see a lot of insects moving that you would have missed otherwise and they are often easier to photograph because they are less frightened. But I suppose such a static approach is not for everyone. Having your nose at ground level and looking at the base of plants, below decaying plant material, can [also] reveal real treasures. But basically being curious and sharpening your eye to detect the small critters is probably the most important.

iNat’s open source data and philosophy, as well as its global reach, drew Gilles (above, 10 years ago but he assures me he still has the long hair) to iNaturalist last year, and he’s made over 2,000 observations since then, as well as 24,000 IDs. His passion for identifying organisms actually started with a woodlouse he found at age 13, and a naturalist friend immediately identified it. “I was completely amazed that it was even possible to put a name on such a insignificant invertebrate. The guy then showed me the book “Synopsis of the British Fauna” about woodlice and I realized that it is in fact possible to put a name on any animal if you have access to the right documentation (or the right people)...

The combination of digital photography, naturalist observations and online citizen science collaborative platforms like iNaturalist has certainly been a revolution for me. With this combination you obtain a stack of pleasure: the pleasure 1) to be outside in nature, 2) to observe new insects, 3) to take beautiful pictures if possible, 4) to learn about these insects by 5) interacting with a community and 6) last but not least to contribute to a dataset that can be useful for scientific research and nature protection.

By Tony Iwane. Some quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and flow.


- If you’re considering having your children use iNaturalist, we recommend they try out our Seek app first. And keep in mind that no one under the age of 13 can have their own iNaturalist account without obtaining a parent or guardian’s permission. Finally, please monitor their use of iNat.

- Last year, iNat user @gyrrlfalcon documented the first Venezillo microphthalmus woodlouse in the San Francisco Bay Area in decades, which was confirmed by @loarie!

- Have you ever seen a purple woodlouse? It’s likely ailing from the Isopod Iridescent Virus, which causes the exoskeleton to take on a blue or purple hue. 

What have you found in your yard or neighborhood recently?

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 20:54 por tiwane tiwane | 5 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Garnett BioBlitz

I have taken the plunge. COVID-19 has inspired me to take this service that I've just used for my own purposes and adapted it into a project for my classes this quarter. My students are creating collection pages in groups of 4. I am adding all the projects to an umbrella project that I created.

I am currently working on a rubric while the project is in progress. The project will last a month and teams will be scored based on: total observations, unique observations, and in comparison to other groups on the leaderboard.

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 20:35 por rickgarnett rickgarnett | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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El Paso Zoo: Backyard Safari Week 1

In this weeks Backyard Safari we will be searching for birds and cacti.
Backyard Safari List:
Birds (any)
Cactus: Prickly Pears

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 19:20 por sajo2022 sajo2022 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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We're off to a great start!

We are only a few days in, but there's already a striking variety of plants being identified in and around Princeton. Keep going and enjoy the weather!

If you've noticed our project numbers drop, it's only because we are now limiting the numbers to the observations from those who've joined our project. This helps us better see what our immediate neighbors are identifying and know our full impact, but you can always see what else getting identified outside of this project, through the Explore tab.

Have fun!

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 19:20 por jenny08540 jenny08540 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Bio Blitz Update

Due to COVID-19, we are making adjustments to our week long Bio Blitz, which was scheduled to take place April 20-27th. We hope you will still participate in the BioBlitz. However, we will no longer host events across our watershed. That's is okay! We still encourage you to go out on your own or with your family to nature and record observations while maintaining social distancing, and adhering to CDC Guidelines. Contact ryan@ttfwatershed.org to learn more.
We look forward to observing nature with you!

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 18:46 por ttfwatershed ttfwatershed | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Meet Your Nature Neighbors!

While sheltering-in-place we can still enjoy nature!
I would like to invite all my local friends to join our new project - Meet Your Nature Neighbors! All you need to do, is make an observation around your home or within walking distance, and share it on our new project -
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/meet-your-nature-neighbors
Each day we will have a challenge - something you need to find that day. But feel free to add any observation you make around your home. Let's see how many species we can find!

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 18:44 por merav merav | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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mise à jour COVID-19 update

Hello iNaturalists!

This update is to inform you that the City-Nature-Challenge will be continuing with a few important changes. The global organizers have removed the 'competition' component of the event to ensure there is no pressure to participate (https://citynaturechallenge.org/). An additional component of this event was to organize in groups to maximize observations and knowledge. Given the current pandemic, ALL GROUP ACTIVITIES MUST BE CANCELLED. Everyone should follow all relevant instructions from their local authorities. If you are able to participate, should (according to current instructions) ensure they do not gather with anyone outside their family groups and avoid travelling. If that changes between now and the event (April 23-27), these activities can be revisited. Lastly, people can most certainly take advantage of their own backyards and local neighborhoods within the Ottawa-Gatineau NCR region for recording observations. However, please try to avoid posting observations of captive/cultivated organisms, especially trees and plants that are in gardens/arboretums. Please write me at NCR.nature.RCN@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.
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Bonjour iNaturalists!

Cette mise à jour a pour but de vous informer que le Défi Nature Urbaine se poursuivra avec quelques changements importants. Les organisateurs mondiaux ont supprimé la composante «compétition» de l'événement pour s'assurer qu'il n'y a aucune pression pour participer (https://citynaturechallenge.org/). Une composante supplémentaire de cet événement était d'organiser en groupes pour maximiser les observations et les connaissances. Compte tenu de la pandémie actuelle, TOUTES LES ACTIVITÉS DU GROUPE DOIVENT ÊTRE ANNULÉES. Chacun devrait suivre toutes les instructions pertinentes de ses autorités locales. Si vous êtes en mesure de participer, vous devez (selon les instructions actuelles) vous assurer qu'ils ne se réunissent avec personne en dehors de leurs groupes familiaux et éviter de voyager. Si cela change d'ici à l'événement (23-27 avril), ces activités peuvent être revues. Enfin, les gens peuvent certainement profiter de leur propre arrière-cour et de leurs quartiers locaux dans la région de la RCN d'Ottawa-Gatineau pour enregistrer leurs observations. Cependant, veuillez éviter de publier des observations d'organismes captifs/cultivés, en particulier des arbres et des plantes qui se trouvent dans des jardins / arboretums. Veuillez m'écrire à NCR.nature.RCN@gmail.com si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations.

Anotado en abril 06, lunes 18:38 por hacole hacole | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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