Welcome CSCSEO!

Hello CSCSEO - Welcome to our Nature Bioblitz Project and Challenge!!

We are excited to bring you this project where everyone in the world can participate. Engaging citizen scientists (that's all of you) to collect data on species and the risks posed to their survival

So get out exploring and observe and take as many pictures as you can

Thank YOU for your contributions and participation to this project !!

• Get your team together and create a bioblitz page / Project
• Send that project page to either Alex Agudelo or Kelsey Spiel
• Then, go outside and take as many pictures as you can of Nature (we want recent pictures!)
o Pictures must be taken between May and October 2019
o Then Post your pictures on your project page
• We will see how teams are doing and award the top team with a prize 😊

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 17:40 por alex98052 alex98052 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Third Foxcroft Farm Adventure

I had a really nice time visiting Foxcroft Farm this week. I am sad that it was my last time; I will surely miss the swamp.

The weather was the nicest it had been for all of our adventures. For a little while, it lightly rained. The rain made me excited because I know that is when many organisms will choose to come out and explore.

We made it to the location that we’ve observed during the previous trips. Immediately I noticed the strong scent of skunk cabbage. The cabbage had grown a lot. The entrance to our swamp area was covered with it. It was a beautifully lush, green color. It was very interesting to see the development of these skunk cabbage. They started as a deep purple color and with each week they got larger, greener, and less purple. The smell also became more pungent over time (perhaps it was just me recovering from sickness). Using the garden tools, I dug up one of the mature skunk cabbage plants to see some of its roots. While doing this, I saw many different organisms in the mud. We found so many earthworms and other insects that we hope to identify later. It wasn’t easy to dig up the cabbage because it had many roots set in the ground. Next week in the lab I hope to analyze these root structures in preparation of the species paper on skunk cabbage.

However, we did not have a replacement biocube to set down. We observed the area where our biocube was originally placed. We didn’t see any fish or large aquatic organisms swimming in the water. The water was pretty clear which made it easy to see to the bottom. However, once we walked around for a bit, the mud would be disturbed from the bottom of the water and cause the water to be a murky brown color, obstructing our view. We did see a lot of different insects in the water and bugs that would land on the surface of the water. We were able to collect many of these organisms we saw with our net and place them in jars for later identification. We used the shovel and rake to dig up some plants and dirt to place in our Tupperware container for later analysis. We got a wide variety of plants and insects and other microbes in the dirt that we may be able to view under a microscope. We collected water samples as well. I’m curious to see what is present there and how it compares to our protist samples in the preview unit.

During our fifteen minutes of silence, we had something truly amazing happen. We were watching the water and listening to the sounds of different birds calling across the farm. There were many different calls. Sometimes I thought I could hear water splashing or rustling in the grasses. However, I was unable to find anything upon further investigation. Two geese flew down into the stream of the swamp area. It was quite amazing how just being silent and one with nature can be enough to make humans less scary to other animals. They definitely saw us and kept their distance but they knew that we going to be kind. They continued down the stream as we took videos and listened to their dialogue consisting of quacks and head dunks.

After our moments of silence and the geese passed by, we decided to check out a new area. It was our last time in the field and we wanted to see what other biodiversity would be in other locations. We walked past the bike path, past the conifer forest and crossed over to where the beaver dams are. We went down by the water and into the swamp areas. We tried a couple more moments of silence to see what we could hear but we couldn’t locate any organisms there. We were able to get some nice photos of some plants that we didn’t encounter in the previous area, however. We even ran into the conifer forest group and they showed us some of their ecosystem and some of the organisms they had. It was cool to see how different the areas were.

I am very thankful for this experience in field biology. I enjoyed it a lot and can definitely see myself continuing in the future.

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 16:18 por logant653 logant653 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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The Class i Naturalist Group Project starts today

Hi Folks,

Today is April 19, which is the first day of the group project. This means that I will start providing feedback on your posts, which I will do on Tuesday, and that you should be collaborating with your group members using the Group discussions.

Just a note that the goal is to identify species in natural areas, such as parks and reserves, not garden plants or domestic animals.

have fun


Anotado en abril 19, viernes 15:32 por barry_thomson barry_thomson | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Year 2 of the ESNPS is here!

And suddenly, there are flowers everywhere. Spring has arrived in full, and despite the lingering snow in some parts of our large state, insects have started emerging in many places on the warmer days. Here in Albany, I'm seeing bees curiously exploring the early-blooming shrubs and I'm ready to get out and start photographing.

I hope you are too! Early spring is a great time for pollinator photography. Some species of hover flies and bees are unique to early spring, and the colder temperatures mean potentially more cooperative subjects. Please help make year 2 of the Empire State Native Pollinator Survey even more successful than the first by contributing your photographs of pollinating bees, hover flies, beetles, and moths to this project. For our complete list of specific focal taxa, see, where you can also find our Participant Handbook and other project materials.

In addition to this iNaturalist project, we are recruiting volunteers to collect specimens opportunistically or by using our full project protocol, which our staff are already deploying around the state. (Some species cannot be identified reliably from photographs because of microscopic characters. Collecting isn't for everyone, but directed research has shown little effect of scientific collection on local insect populations.) We have announced several workshops around the state this spring and summer to train project participants. See There you can also register as a project participant or sign up just to stay in the loop.

Happy spring, and happy photographing! Thank you for your participation.

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 15:30 por mattschles mattschles | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Troll of Charleston Harbor 4/18/19

Time of day: 1-3 in the afternoon
Weather: Beautiful weather, 76 degrees, mostly sunny, humid, 10-15 mph winds
Where we went: We parked at the DNR location on James island, at CofC's Gracie Marine Laboratory. On a ~ 30 ft DNR troller, we trolled 3 different areas in the Charleston Harbor. The first two areas were closer to the shore of mount pleasant, where the harbor floor is hard and shelly, then the last troll was on the muddier side of the harbor near James Island. The boat set out the net and troll for 10-15 minuets before bringing in the load.
What we did: We observed the organisms that were caught from the different areas of the harbor floor. We learned about the diversity of the ecosystem and got hands on experience with how DNR surveys the different populations in the harbor. We found many diverse organisms such as stingrays, horseshoe crabs, snails, fishes, shrimp, and even octopi and dolphins (who popped up near the boat while trolling).

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 14:26 por skyemajka skyemajka | 40 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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100 подписчиков

У нас 100 подписчиков и 1221 наблюдатель!!!

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 14:02 por apseregin apseregin | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Rewriting the Record Book!

Lizards On The Loose 2018/19 is a wrap, and we are so impressed by the fantastic effort that you all put into this year’s challenge! We absolutely blew away our record total of observations from last year – you submitted over 900 more observations which means the 2018/19 total has now passed 3,150 iNaturalist submissions!! We had 18 schools each submit at least 50 observations to the project showing the great variety of anole species and their habitats in the Miami area. We are so exceptionally proud of every single one of you lizard biologists in your quest to record data that has never been done before at this scale!

We are already exploring the many different ways in which we can use the data from your submissions of lizards to iNaturalist. These data are going to be vital in our quest to understand two important scientific questions; 1. How invasive lizards invade, and 2. How lizards are surviving in city environments! We hope you had as much fun spotting lizards and being scientists as we did working with you to identify all your observations.

If you have caught the bug and just can’t wait for Lizards On The Loose 2019/2020, then we encourage you to keep using iNaturalist to document the lizards, and any other creatures, you encounter. Next week, Miami is having an iNaturalist BONANZA. An event called The City Nature Challenge is happening on April 26-29. In this event, Miami will be competing against other cities from around the world to see who can upload the most observations of plants and wildlife to iNaturalist. The Upper Keys count too! You live in an amazing lizard hotspot, and so we want to make sure that we have a great lizard representation! As part of the City Nature Challenge, there are lots of free events in the Miami area that you can participate in. You can find more info on the Miami Nature Challenge iNaturalist project page (

For teachers, there are resources to integrate the CNC into classroom activities that are aligned with NGSS standards (Check out for more info!). The CNC Miami team has posted other resources for schools in the area, including a flyer and small assignment ready to give to students: ( Students who have experience with Lizards On The Loose should already be experts on these! Hopefully we’ll see lots of your observations this coming week as you help to represent Miami in this world challenge and in next year’s Lizards On The Loose 2019/20 Challenge!

Chris and James

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 13:50 por cthawley cthawley | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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D-6! Are you ready?!? We certainly are!

🔎 D-6 to the #CityNatureChallenge! Are you ready? We are! EwA is participating in this year’s challenge again! Every single day of the challenge, we’ll run bioblitz training events in parks & streets of the Boston area, including Somerville, Medford, Winchester, Cambridge. Check what we planned for you!


#nature #citizenScience #bioblitz #biodiversity #species #survey #conservation #iNaturalist

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 12:45 por akilee akilee | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Brooklyn Event List for City Nature Challenge 2019

Here are the Brooklyn events planned for City Nature Challenge 2019 so far. If you're planning an event and don't see it listed, or want to plan one for your park, garden or neighborhood, and don't know what to do, let me know! Most events have been scheduled for Saturday, especially Saturday morning. If you have flexibility in scheduling, picking another day will reduce conflicts among events.

Observation Period, Friday 4/26 to Monday 4/29

Saturday, April 27

No events scheduled yet!

Feminist Bird Club Walk
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 8:30a-11a
Host: Feminist Bird Club
Location: Marine Park
Description:Spring is here! Check in with the local osprey pair, keep your eyes open for marsh-dashing clapper rails, scan the grasses for Eastern meadowlarks and more! We will also explore other flora and fauna of the area as we participate in the City Nature Challenge, logging anything we can find into iNaturalist. We will also learn more about this platform and yet another way to social network in the natural world.
RSVP: Free event, but RSVP will be required here:

Brooklyn Bridge Park CNC Mini BioBlitz
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 10am-12pm
Host: Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Location: 334 Furman St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Description: Join us for a workshop highlighting the park’s rich ecology, how to use the iNaturalist app, and a mini-bioblitz in the park to help catalog plants and animals! Families are welcome; we will have scavenger hunt activities for children. Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring a fully charged smartphone or camera, and download the iNaturalist app beforehand.
RSVP: Free event, but RSVP required here:

City Nature Challenge at Genspace
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 10am to 4pm
Host: Genspace
Location: 132 32nd Street, Suite 108 Brooklyn, NY
Description: Which city is the wildest? Help us discover the breadth of biodiversity in our NYC backyards. The City Nature Challenge (CNC) mobilizes people around the world to observe and identify the biodiversity in their own backyards - and to compete on behalf of their city. Let’s show off all the amazing plants and animals that call NYC home. Genspace is participating in the CNC throughout the weekend of April 27-28. We’ll be open from 10am - 4pm each day and can get you up to speed about the challenge before sending you outdoors to get started.
RSVP: Event is free, but registration is required here:

City Nature Challenge: Spring Blossoms
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 1p-2:30p
Host: Urban Park Rangers
Location: Fort Greene Visitor Center
Description:Join the Urban Park Rangers in a search for springtime flowers. Participants will record data while identifying wildflowers and other spring blossoms.
RSVP:None needed. For more info:

Sunday, April 28

City Nature Challenge at Genspace
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 10am to 4pm
Host: Genspace
Location: 132 32nd Street, Suite 108 Brooklyn, NY
Description: Which city is the wildest? Help us discover the breadth of biodiversity in our NYC backyards. The City Nature Challenge (CNC) mobilizes people around the world to observe and identify the biodiversity in their own backyards - and to compete on behalf of their city. Let’s show off all the amazing plants and animals that call NYC home. Genspace is participating in the CNC throughout the weekend of April 27-28. We’ll be open from 10am - 4pm each day and can get you up to speed about the challenge before sending you outdoors to get started.
RSVP: Event is free, but registration is required here:

Monday, April 29

No events scheduled yet!

Identification Period

The observation period is OVER, but there is still time to upload observations you made 4/26-2/29 AND we need help IDing all of the observations!

Tuesday, April 30

City Nature Challenge: ID Party!
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 6:30p-8:30p
Host: Genspace
Location:132 32nd Street, Suite 108 Brooklyn, NY
Description: Help us identify our observations from the City Nature Challenge! In the CNC, cities around the world compete to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people. At our ID Party, we will come together and use an app called iNaturalist to identify as many of the species observed in NYC as possible. We’ll show you how to navigate the app and make decisions about identification. Bring a laptop and field guides if you can, or use ours. Snacks will be provided.
RSVP: Event is free, but registration is required here:

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 11:11 por xris xris | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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აპრილის თვის პირველი ბონუს დავალება

⏳დავალების შესრულებისთის დრო 19 აპრილიდან 26 აპრილის ჩათვლით გაქვთ

🎊 ბონუს დავალების გამარჯვებულს გადაეცემა საქართველოს ფლორის ილურსტირებული საველე სარკვევი და გაივლის 1 თვიან სტაჟირებას საქართველოს ეროვნულ ბოტანიკურ ბაღში 🎊

✅ თბილისის ადმინისტრაციულ საზღვრებში 🕵‍♀ მოძებნეთ, iNaturalist-ის აპლიკაციით ფოტო გადაუღეთ და პროექტში - "Tbilisi EcoHunter" ატვირთეთ საქართველოს ენდემური სახეობა 👉 ქართული მედგარა (Pulsatilla georgica)
ინსტურქციას გაეცანით ლინკზე:

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 08:18 por kristinebelashvili kristinebelashvili | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Busca general del 1 de enero 2018 al 31 de dic de 2018

Mazatlán Sinaloa
Monterrey Nuevo León
Cancún Quintana Roo
Ensenada Baja California
Hermosillo Sonora
Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas
Torreón Coahuila
Chihuahua Chihuahua
Ciudad de México Ciudad de México
Angel R Cabada Veracruz
Ciudad Victoria Tamaulipas
Toluca Estado de México
Guadalajara Jalisco
Irapuato Guanajuato
Tepic Nayarit
Xalapa Veracruz
Guaymas Sonora
Atotonilco de Tula Hidalgo
Huasteca Potosina San Luis Potosí
Área conurbada de Veracruz Veracruz
Huatulco Oaxaca
Cozumel Quintana Roo
Mérida Yucatán
Pachuca Hidalgo
Tlanepantla Estado de México
Morelia Michoacán
Zumpango Estado de México
Atarjea Guanajuato
San Luis de la Paz Guanajuato
Aguascalientes Zona Metropolitana Aguascalientes
Charcas San Luis Potosí
San Luis Potosí Zona Metropolitana San Luis Potosí
Wirikuta San Luis Potosí
Cuautla Morelos
León Guanajuato
Taxco e Iguala Guerrero
Cuernavaca Morelos
Tehuacán Puebla
Cadereyta Querétaro
Tijuana Baja California
Huichapan Hidalgo
Lagos de Moreno Jalisco
Manzanillo Colima
La paz Baja California Sur
Calvillo_Tabasco Aguascalientes
Puebla y Zona conurbada Puebla
Cuautinchán Puebla
Seybaplaya Campeche
Mapimí Durango
Playa del Carmen Quintana Roo
Puerto Vallarta Jalisco

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 05:48 por elizatorres elizatorres | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

First Progress Report - 8. Sewage overflow reporting

Additional activities have included the reporting and observation of a sewage overflow from the manhole above the Creek at the Tradescantia Trial Zone. On arrival at the site during rain we heard and saw the mixture of sewage and stormwater as a waterfall down the fern-covered bank from the manhole beside the Native Plant Trail, down the channel created 1997 by stormwater and crossed by a short boardwalk built in 1999, into the stream below, with solids clinging to the bank adjacent the path, including the boardwalk which cannot be avoided in using the Native Plant Trail.

The reporting was smooth and efficient once we learned that we needed to call Watercare, and we learned later that manholes throughout the length of the streamside bush walk were cleared that evening. We understand fromWatercare that Council Water Pollution staff also attended, to evaluate the water quality.

We have now hung on our cordon a small hand-made sign with Watercare's phone number so Reserve users can more easily report future overflows. Reserve users tell us overflows are not uncommon, the smell being both organic and chemical and pervading the neighbourhood outside the Reserve.

On this occasion, we did not know the number to call and called Council Call Centre, who were very busy due to the heavy rain no doubt, so it took an hour to achieve the report. Having the number for Watercare should make this process much quicker. Making Reserve users aware of the issue and providing the number onsite spreads the burden of reporting, should achieve earlier intervention, and saves our time explaining the cause of the smell and the required action to people who approach us while we are working there.

We do not know when the pipes were last cleared here, or whether there is a regular schedule. If it had NOT been done recentl , it is possible that blockages and overflows will for the near future be less frequent than they have reportedly been over the last year.

If the previous overflows have gone unreported, it would seem advisable to have public signage, perhaps on the North Shore City Council sign at roadside, encouraging the reporting of overflows, so that the stream pollution becomes less frequent.

We hoped to learn more from Watercare and, after reaching them to report overflow (finding we were not the first to report it) we requested a report of the outcome, including the name of the chemical used, as we havs already been hand-weeding the diverse native ferns, parataniwha, nikau and other vegetation on the bank below the manholes inour Trial Site.

Despite Watercare Call Centre's much appreciated efforts to relay our request, we have not yet received these answer, but we tried again when asked, by automatic email, for Feedback on our service request.

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 04:50 por kaipatiki_naturewatch kaipatiki_naturewatch | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Downtown Charleston

On February 28, 2019 in downtown Charleston, SC, from the time of 12:30pm to 2:00pm (1 1/2 hours), I made observations through the iNaturalist app and posted them to my account. On that Thursday, it was very sunny with a temperature of 75 degrees accompanied by a high humidity index. My exploration started relatively close to the epicenter of the urban district of Charleston and extended down Bull street to the final observation point, historically an area for oyster harvesting man-made into a pond.
Charleston is a touristic place praised and noted for it's historic beauty, from old churches to mansions. In addition to the man-made structures accredited for their appealing aesthetic, the natural sights to be had are just as spectacular. All along the streets of Charleston you see palmetto trees and blooming jessamine flowers scaling the sides of buildings, so it was no surprise to be able to identify a wide variety of plant life and some animals that inhabit these vegetations.
Beginning the tread on my exploration, I came across a common plant, typically seen in gardens for aesthetic purposes, Madagascar umbrella papyrus (Cyperus alternifolius). Madagascar umbrella papyrus, also referred to as umbrella palm, is a grass-like plant in the genus of Cyperus. This grass-like plant is commonly found in the United States on the southern part of the East and West coast but the plant itself is native to Madagascar, hence the name "Madagascar" umbrella papyrus. While this plant is a relatively easy species to identify, due to its common shape and characteristic sprouting "flowers," my observation has yet to be deemed that of research grade. Moving more towards the direction of Bull St, I noticed a tree with pink flowers, that of which someone could possibly misidentify as a cherry blossom, but upon identifying it through the iNaturalist app I learned that is was an eastern redbud tree (Cercis canadensis). The eastern redbud, is a large deciduous shrub or small tree that, unlike an evergreen, sheds its leaves annually. The deciduous tree begins to bloom in early spring, growing white buds that gradually develop their distinct purple color. The eastern redbud is native to the eastern part of North America but is known to thrive in other areas such as California. Once again, like the Madagascar umbrella papyrus, the eastern redbud is a common tree planted around the Charleston area for its aesthetic appeal. Also, like the Madagascar umbrella papyrus, my post hasn't been recognized as a research grade observation. Surveying the area to see if there were anymore possible identifications, I noticed a large amount of oak trees and upon closer inspection I detected sickly looking plants, curled up and shriveled, attached all along the tree. Capturing an image of these odd vegetations, I was able to identify them as resurrection ferns (Pleopeltis michauxiana). Resurrection ferns are a species of epiphytic fern, native to the Central and Eastern America. The name "resurrection fern" comes from the aspect that the plant can easily lose up to 75% of its water reserves on a relatively hot and dry day. From the extreme water loss, the plant responds by shriveling up to a grayish brown clump of leaves. When it is exposed to water again, it will “come back to life” and look green and healthy. Since my post of the resurrection plant, it has been deemed a research grade observation. As mentioned before, Charleston has a plethora of palmettos in the local area, so it was no surprise to come across, what I know now to be, a needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix). The needle palm is a plant native to the southeastern part of the United States. The palm thrives in subtropical temperatures and is characterized by the long needles found at the base of the plant. My observation, while accurate, has yet to be formally verified as research grade. As expected, based on the purpose of some of the previous plants mentioned, I observed many species of plants cultivated for their aesthetic appeal. Plants like these include daffodils (Narcissus), red buckeye trees (Aesculus pavia), tsutsusi azaleas (Rhododendron indicum), common lantanas (Lantana camara), and star magnolias (Magnolia stellate).
With so many plants beginning to bloom, there had to be some type of bird or insect to pollinate all of them. Amongst where I saw the majority of flowers, I identified, what I believed to be, two eastern carpenter bees (Xylocopa virginica). After sharing my id on the iNaturalist app, I learned that the two bees were actually cellophane bees (Colletes). Cellophane bees are of the genus Collete and are categorized as ground-nesting bees. The bees build cells in underground nests that are lined with a cellophane-like plastic secretion. Plant diversity being so vas in Charleston, it makes perfect sense for their to be a large insect diversity too. Amongst the leaves of a sabal palmetto tree, I saw a giant leaf-footed bug (Acanthocephala declivis). The giant leaf-footed bug has adaptations that allow it to blend in with its environment. The bug is the largest of its genus and can grow to be 1.3in long in abdomen.
Finally arriving to the main location point of interest, I identified a green anole (Anolis carolinensis). The green anole is a arboreal lizard found primarily in the southeastern part of the United States. The lizard has the ability to change colors form several brown hues to bright green. Green anoles have a common body structure of a narrow, pointed head, slender body, long hind legs, and thin tail. The lizard can reach a total length of five to eight inches and males are generally larger than females. In addition to the green anole I also discovered a large amount of marsh periwinkles (Littoraria irrorata). March periwinkle is a species of sea snail that plays an important role in the environment by digesting and processing waste into a more viable source of nutrients for co inhabitant plants.
Overall, from the time I spent observing different plant and animal species in the downtown Charleston area I gained an insight into how each species plays a role in the natural diversity and beauty of the environment. More specifically, I was able to identify, seemingly common, plants that actually have more interesting aspects about them. Downtown Charleston, while not a typical environment, is a highly diverse and functioning one that, not only, provides food and shelter for the plants and animals but also beauty for the people immersed in it.

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 04:47 por christian731 christian731 | 15 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario


So today I was able to the marsh. I went with Marina. We left HSU around 12:50pm. My friend took us to the marsh so it was a quick drive. Once getting there we went to go check out our tree. There had been rain last week. We both though there was not going to be a lot of water. We spoke too soon. And when Marina went it she felt going down. We both realized that our tree looked different from others. It was so red. But it looked so cool I didn't not mind the fact that our tree was so different. After our tree we went to check if there were any avocets. Unfortunately every time me and marina go we do not find any. At first I thought I saw one but nope. After that we took our pictures and left back to HSU.

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 04:13 por samigonzalez samigonzalez | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

First Progress Report - 9. Dumping and litter

Dumping was much more of a problem in 1997, when the open kikuyu-covered banks permitted easy hurling of rubbish right down the bank, including cars.

Litter is also much less now, and stays near the top of the bank, caught by the higher vegetation.

In 1997 - 99 plastic drink bottles lined the gutter along the road at the top of the streambank until stormwater washed them into the stream, where we had to pick our way between the rocks and natural debris to extract them and carry them back up the bank to pile them for collection by Conservation Cleaners, who were contracted to remove these piles along the length of the stream, in addition to large items they hauled or winched out of the stream separately.

Archive observation from 1998:

At that time we requested narrower grilles on the drains along the road, but were told these silt sump entries needed to be wide enough to receive plastic bottles etc in order to keep the streets clean! The prevention of street litter being washed into the stream with stormwater may have been achieved by grilles or other means since that time, or there may be less littering, or perhaps even less use of disposable bottles!

Plastic bags in the trees and on the ground are also much fewer.

For some reason fresh new empty wine bottles appear at least weekly, but at least they are raely broken.

We have been putting such refuse in or beside the rubbish bin which was placed at the entry to the "Native Plant Trail" Bush Path in 1998 to assist the volunteer restoration, and this recently found refuse has all been picked up. (This rubbish bin may be another factor helping reduce litter in the bush and stream).

At the downstream end of the selected Tradescantia Trial Zones, 8-10 car tyres and a couple of wooden pallets were found on the first day of site survey, lightly covered by Tradescantia. These were all dragged to the roadside and picked up the following day by Auckland Council in response to our phone request.

We happened to meet the contractor onsite. He checked that he had all the right stuff, as he had taken the welcome initiative of uplifting a live leafy yucca (vegetative invasion from dumped refuse) that we had uprooted the previous day, as he was aware that they are vegetatively invasive.

[This yucca could have been regrowth from our ad hoc removal during informal survey and yucca-uprooting last year. We placed the removed plant clear of the canopy on the grass verge, hoping a contractor might notice and take it away, but we did not make a service request for pick up of a single plant.

which followed this observation and confirmation of ID in August 2018:]

The prompt and well-informed service in response to our request for pick up of the tyres and pallets immediately improved appearances and gave us a good start with restoration of the Trad zones.

That day or the following one, however, at midday, we noted drooping Mahoe leaves in the interior of this planted roadside "forest". We also found an area of soil uncovered in our initial exploratory Trad removal to be so dry that it was dust, in which a finger could be inserted 5-6mm.

We observed that the mahoe leaf droop was in the area of the car-tyres' removal, where the covering Tradescantia had been completely - and easily - uplifted in removing the tyres and other refuse, leaving about 5x5m of ground bare, exposing superficial mahoe roots previously shaded and kept mopist by refuse and tradescantia.

The area was promptly re-covered with loose Tradescantia, both that removed earlier from the spot, and some more from other areas where cover was not needed.

The two affected mahoe recovered after about 10 days during which it rained twice, the second rain being heavy for a time.

In future dry seasons we will postpone widespread removal of either refuse or ground-covering weeds from areas of surface tree roots. We are also taking this effect into consideration in our Tradescantia removal planning. (See future Posts for more on this observation of Tradescantia removal and drought).

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DNR boat

On April 18, we went on a DNR boat to trawl in the Charleston Harbor. The weather was partly cloudy, about 76 degrees with a slight ocean breeze. We captured a huge variety of organisms with the net, including an octopus, multiple squid, and a type of sea snail not native to the area. We also netted a couple stingrays, lots of crabs (mostly blue crabs), many types of small fish, and lots of large shrimp. We were also visited by a lot of pelicans and seagulls trying to eat the fish we threw back overboard.

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Differentiating Langloisia setosissima ssp setosissima vs ssp punctata

Rough list of differentiating factors: Needs to be confirmed


Petal pattern Stripes/very pale spots, no yellow
Flower color Lavender, white, no dark center
Stamens Stamens grey/light purple
Leaf shape Center lobe with 2ndary minor lobes
Bloom period Blooms Jan - June


Petal pattern Strong spots, often w/ yellow; may have stripes
Flower color Lavender, white, Dark center
Stamens Stamens grey/light purple; c/b white
Leaf shape Center lobe with 2 pronounced secondary lobes
Bloom period Blooms Feb - June

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Visit to Foxcroft Farms 4/18

The first thing noticeable upon arriving at the farm today was the fact that the environment was much greener than last week. A week ago we started to see the beginnings of growth, but it was very apparent without even close inspection this week. After arriving at the vernal pools, we noticed that the landscape seemed overall changed from the previous week. Some spots seemed flatter and some seemed more overgrown. My best guess is that this was due to the heavy amount of rain throughout the last week. We also disturbed some of the larger wildlife that was there just by our presence. I think I saw a rabbit running through the bushed on the other bank and I believe the hole I found last week may be its home, I attached the photos I took today to this journal. Additionally, I noticed two deer running across the fields towards the coniferous forest, which really started my day off right. After we started to look through the area, I noticed a lot of plants we noticed weeks prior are finally changing, which was exciting. Most noticeably, the pussy willows are starting to bloom which made me happy, especially because I am specializing in it for my population dynamics paper. We found, I believe, two different stages of it depending on where on the farm we were looking. The ground was a TON slushier than it had been previously, once again due to the extreme amount of rain we received. We hoped the wetter conditions would bring out more amphibious species but we still failed to find any, but we did find a lot more spiders. The ice melted that we found algae frozen to last week. Throughout the whole visit there was an on and off slight rain which looked very pretty on the pools, in my opinion.

The moment of silence this week was much noisier than last week. The birds were constant this week, which enabled me to approximately locate where each call might have been coming from, despite them all being far away. There was a bit of rain which was honestly relaxing because it wasn't raining hard and I love the sound and feel of it. There were less sounds from the road this week, maybe because it slightly earlier, which was nice. There was the church bell at the half hour again though. I actually sat on the ground this time and I was a bit cold by the end.

I wish we had one more week in the field because I really wanted to find some different animal life. I also really enjoyed watching the transformation of the farm over the few visits. I can't say that I would necessarily want to do field work in the future, but I did really value and appreciate these experiences.

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April 18 Grice pt.2

The students returned to Grice for their final FYE trip of the semester. We boarded a research vessel that belonged to the DNR on a beautiful and sunny day that had a high of 79 degrees. "This is such a gorgeous day to be out" was a statement that was thrown around the boat numerous times. As the boat proceeded, occasional stops to drop the large dredge was released and the boat slowly trolled around to scrape the bottom of the benthic zone. We pulled in three different batches, and they got better and better. Catches like pufferfish, robin fish, squid, and shrimp were an experience that many students wouldn't be able to have outside of this class. The shrimp and squid were reserved for meals for the specimens that are being held at the laboratory. This trip was a great finale for the course as all students were engaged, sharing laughs and enjoying the day together.

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Common Habitats in Florida

Common Habitat Types Found In Florida


Located along the coastline, this habitat is dominated by communities adapted to life along the sea where wind and salt spray shape the environment.

Marine and Esturaine

These ecosystems occur along coastlines and include subtidal, intertidal, and supratidal zones.
Estuarine communities may temporarily exhibit freshwater conditions during periods of heavy rainfall or upland runoff or marine conditions when rainfall and upland runoff are low, but generally are areas within which seawater is significantly diluted with freshwater inflow from the land. Marine habitats are those areas without significant freshwater inflow. Common marine and estuarine wetlands are:
- Salt Marsh
- Salt Flat Mangrove Swamp
- Buttonwood Forest Keys Tidal Rock Barren


These ecosystems are characterized by aquatic ecosystems containing freshwater. Freshwater habitats come in many different forms in Florida. Common freshwater habitats are:
- Rivers and Streams
- Ponds and Lakes
- Non-Forested and Forested Wetlands
These freshwater habitat types can be broken down even further into many sub-types. More information and photo examples of these habitat types and sub-types can be found on the Florida Natural Areas Inventory.


This is an ecosystem whose flora is characterized by a large number of trees. Forests come in many different forms in Florida. Common forest types are:
- Hardwood Forested Uplands
- High Pine
- Pine Flatwoods
These forest types can be broken down even further into many sub-types. More information and photo examples of these forest types and sub-types can be found on the Florida Natural Areas Inventory.


Prairies are treeless, open grasslands, many of which are seasonally inundated with water. These prairies contain communities of low shrubs and grasses occupying vast, level expanses in three major areas north and west of Lake Okeechobee in south-central Florida. Common prairie species in Florida are saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), dwarf live oak (Quercus minima), dwarf wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera var. pumila), and dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia dumosa; Carr 2007).

Scrub and Sandhill

These are dry, sandy habitats found away from Florida's coastline.
Scrub is a community composed of evergreen shrubs, with or without a canopy of pines, and is found on dry, infertile, sandy ridges. These are Florida's desert and possess well-drained, loose “sugar sand”. Common scrub species are shrubby oaks like Florida rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides) and sand pine (Pinus clausa).
Sandhill is characterized by widely spaced pine trees with a sparse midstory of deciduous oaks and a moderate to dense groundcover of grasses, herbs, and low shrubs. Sandhill occurs on the rolling topography and deep sands of the Southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain. Indicator species of sandhill habitats are longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), turkey oak (Quercus laevis), and wiregrass (Aristida stricta var. beyrichiana).


Primarily absent of any natural habitats and are often dominated by manmade habitats (such as manmade planters).


A location that was impacted by human activity in the past, but may be in a state of remission. Natural succession in these locations are interrupted regularly or frequently. Disturbed habitats around USF include roadsides and vacant lots.

More Information

More information on the habitats of Florida can be found on the Florida Natural Areas Inventory: Note that many of the descriptions here come from Florida Natural Areas Inventory.
Note that this is not a full list of the many habitats found in Florida, but is instead an introduction to common habitats you may encounter.
Please keep in mind that a growth form is not the same as a habitat. A lichen may be epiphytic and grow on the side of a tree, however, for this project the tree is not considered its habitat. To determine the habitat, observe the other organisms that dominate the community in which you found the organism.

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April 4 Grice

FYE class travelled to the Grice Marine Lab. This laboratory houses scholarly and academic researches for the College of Charleston at Fort Johnson on James Island. Though we did not enter, we walked to a nearby path which led us to an area where the low tide allowed the class to view whatever washed up. A handheld two person dredge was offered to scrape up specimens from the bottom of the water and sediment. Though the dredge was handy for catching small fish and small worm like creatures, a lot of jellyfish and seaweed were washed up on shore.

Anotado en abril 19, viernes 00:00 por khear946 khear946 | 14 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

March 14 Dixie

The FYE class returned to Dixie Plantation, a thirty minute drive to Hollywood, SC, to wade in the waters and get a more immersed experience than before. The weather consisted of a sunny and warm 75 degrees, with slight breezes that deterred the gnats away- for a short 45 seconds at the most. Like the previous trip, the traps were placed in advance to make sure the class got to see more specimen. We stumbled upon a salamander- which was the main goal of the trip. As usual, we found more crawfish and the same plants in the first post for Dixie Plantation.

Anotado en abril 18, jueves 23:52 por khear946 khear946 | 12 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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City Nature Challenge Public Events

We'll have two nature walks on campus, starting at the duck pond bridge at 2pm Friday, and 10am Monday. Read on to check out all the great events our partners have planned around the city!

Learn to use iNaturalist
Create an iNaturalist account and join our project at:
Attend an event, or follow the instructions at

Wednesday, April 24 10:00 - 11:30 am Juan Tabo Library

Attend an event or go to your favorite places to observe our wild neighbors!

Friday, April 26
2:00 - 3:00 pm Campus Bird and Nature Walk - meet at the bridge at the UNM Duck Pond
6:00 - 7:30 pm Bosque Sunset Nature Walk - RSVP required, sign-up at

Saturday, April 27
8:30 am Nature Walk at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park ($3 day use fee)
9:00 am New Mexico Herpetological Society’s Bill Gorum will be at Tingley Beach. DM on
Twitter @nmherpsociety or New Mexico Herpetological Society Facebook to RSVP.
9:00 am Hike at Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
RSVP required, contact for details.
10:00 am New Mexico Herpetological Society’s Brandon Bourassa (@CrocGypsy) will be at the Volcanoes.
DM on Twitter @nmherpsociety or New Mexico Herpetological Society on Facebook to RSVP.
10:00 am New Mexico Herpetological Society’s John Ruyak will be at the Cedro Creek Nature Trail.
DM on Twitter @nmherpsociety or New Mexico Herpetological Society on Facebook to RSVP.
10:30 am Nature Walk at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park ($3 day use fee)
10am - 3pm Observe at Art along the Rio Grande at Hubble House and
on a bus tour to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

Sunday, April 28
Noon - 5:00 pm Bernalillo County Spring Family Fun Day at Bachechi Open Space
9521 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
1:00 - 2:30 pm Family Nature Walk at ABQ Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
2:00 - 3:30 pm Guided walk to observe all living things at Raven Pond (between 2200 and 2300
Don Andres Road SW) AMAFCA drainage basin south of Rio Grande High School

Monday, April 29
10:00 - 11:00 am Campus Bird and Nature Walk - meet at the bridge at the UNM Duck Pond
8:30 pm New Mexico Herpetological Society’s Josh Emms will be leading a gecko hunt at
Piedras Marcadas Park. DM on Twitter @nmherpsociety or New Mexico
Herpetological Society on Facebook to RSVP.

Identify & Celebrate
Do you like identifying wildlife to the family, genus or species level? Join us for one or more of these events for fun and refreshments. Amateur and professional biologists and naturalists welcome!

Tuesday, April 30
4:00 - 7:00 pm at Draft & Table in the Student Union Building, University of New Mexico

Saturday, May 4
4:00 - 6:00 pm at Explora!

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City Nature Challenge Coming Up!!!!

The City Nature Challenge is coming up April 26th through 29th!

It's super easy to participate. Just observe things between April 26th and 29th and upload your observations to iNaturalist.

We would love to get more observations of wild plants, animals and fungi from the UCLA campus.

Anotado en abril 18, jueves 23:20 por andy71 andy71 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Ring mountain afternoon survey (Trip)

I stopped by Ring Mountain on the way to pick my daughter up at school and thought I'd keep my eye out for a few things

Anotado en abril 18, jueves 22:42 por loarie loarie | 51 observaciones | 4 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Commonly Incorrectly Identified Organism: Common Greenshield Lichen

I am a shield lichen, I am green, but I am NOT Flavoparmelia caperata known as Common Greenshield Lichen

Photo Credit:

What is Common Greenshield Lichen?

Common Greenshield Lichen is a large foliose lichen. It has a worldwide distribution including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It often grows on broad leafed trees, shrubs and fence posts in open habitats, coastal to montane up to 2000m, or rarely on rocks.

Images of Common Greenshield

Photo Credit:

How to Properly Identify a Lichen

The North American Mycological Association has an excellent guide to properly identifying lichens:

According to the North American Mycological Association, in order to help organize the lichens for identification, they are categorized by growth form of the thallus (vegetative body of the lichen). There are four major growth forms — crustose, foliose, fruticose and squamulose. Note that these growth forms are not taxonomic groups.
- Crustose lichens are varied, but are always firmly attached to the substrate. One must remove a portion of the substrate to remove the lichen intact. Crustose lichens have no lower layer of the thallus.
- Foliose lichens are leafy in appearance with a bottom layer that allows removal from the substrate.
- Fruticose lichens are shrubby or pendant in appearance with no upper or lower layers.
- Squamulose lichens have small scale-like lobes like roof shingles.


Common Greenshield Lichen is a shield lichen that grows in a foliose growth form. Lichens are classified under the Kingdom Fungi because the fungal partner is always the major partner in the symbiosis. Some common lichens you will encounter in Florida will fall under Class Lecanoromycetes. Common Greenshield Lichen falls under the Family Parmeliaceae, which are commonly known as Shield Lichens and Allies. Many of the lichens that are incorrectly identified as Common Greenshield Lichen are Shield Lichens from the Family Parmeliaceae, but they do not belong to the genus Flavoparmelia.

Resources on Common Greenshield Lichen

Ways of Enlichenment
Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria

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Grice April 11th

On April 4th we waded to a small island at Grice that is only accessible at low tide. On April 4th it was partly cloudy with a high of 68 degrees. It was fairly windy out on the water. In the shallow water we used a seining net to observe the different organisms in the area. We didn't catch very much with the seining net but we did catch quite a bit of Atlantic Silverside fish, a few Swimming Crabs, a Sea Squirt, and a very small Planehead Filfish. Along the beach we saw many Eastern Mudsnails along with lots of Red Algae which kind of looked like hair washed up on the shore. We also a few Cannonball Jellies and one very cool Lion's Mane Jellies in a small pool of water. In the nets we also observed a few Plumed Worms which were pretty hard to distinguish, they blend in with the sand and seaweed. Besides the living organisms we found, we also found a lot of sharks teeth. I found around 20 just along the shore. I love sharks and looking for their teeth so this was easily my favorite part of this trip.

Anotado en abril 18, jueves 22:19 por landsb landsb | 15 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario
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Reminder: City Nature Challenge

Just a quick reminder that there will be a City Nature Challenge (BioBlitz) for the Boulder-Denver metro area. They are looking to collect observations (April 26-29) and identify those observations (April 30-May 5) and can use all the help that the iNaturalist community can provide.

Anotado en abril 18, jueves 22:09 por lukewheeler lukewheeler | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

Sullivans Island April 11th

On April 11th we went to Sullivans Island, it was very sunny and the high was around 80 degrees. There was a good breeze this day as well. Along the board walk we observed Poison Ivy, a Wax Myrtle, some Cattails, a Willow tree and a couple Spiderwort plants. We planned to search the dunes for Texas Horned Lizards but only found some of their waste, which was full of ants. In the dunes there were a lot of different types of vegetation. There was tons of Dune Marsh Edler, Beach Evening-Primrose and Sea Purslane. There were also tons of Sandburs which my feet were a victim to. Despite not finding any Texas Horned Lizards, we did find an Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad which was pretty neat.

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Understanding iNaturalist Taxonomic Framework

iNaturalist organizes its taxonomy using a single taxon framework. This taxonomy may differ slightly from the taxonomy we use in class, which is based on Campbell Biology 11th edition. Here are some answers to questions you may have about iNaturalist taxonomy.

What is State of Matter?

State of Matter, commonly called Life, is what iNaturalist calls anything that is living. This taxon is above Kingdom. Your observation may be labeled as State of Matter if you make an identification for an organism in one Kingdom, but another user makes an identification for an organism in a different Kingdom.

What is Protozoa?

Protozoa, commonly called Protozoans, is what iNaturalist calls any living thing that isn't a plant, animal, or fungus. This taxon is a Kingdom that includes two taxonomic groups that we cover in class:
- Phylum Amoebozoa
- Phylum Mycetozoa (Slime Molds)

What is Chromista?

Chromista is commonly called Kelp, Diatoms, and Allies. This taxon is a Kingdom that includes several taxonomic groups that we cover in class. These groups are:
- Phylum Foraminifera
- Phylum Miozoa
- Phylum Radiozoa

More information about the iNaturalist taxonomic framework can be found here:

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